I really wasn’t sure what to expect. Frankly, the circumstances sounded a bit suspicious: reclusive artist schedules a mid-size tour after a long artistic silence and immediately prior to a career-spanning archive release. But from the first few seconds of “Oh, Comely,” it was impossible for me to see anything disingenuous in Mangum’s performance; further, [...]
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13 Sep 2011 · No Comments
26 Aug 2011 · 1 Comment
The Lizard Lounge was crammed to the gills for the very welcome work-night friendly early set. Joe Pernice opened with a handful of solo songs, including the title track from Goodbye Killer and “Telescope,” a sneak peek at the in-progress Pernice Brothers album (he said it was mostly too rockin’ to translate well to an [...]
25 Jun 2011 · No Comments
Holy crap, I haven’t written about Mixtapes before? Really!? I have literally listened to this band more than any other artist this year.
Mixtapes live in a weird intersection between well-produced pop-punk and lo-fi indie pop. On the one hand they have a fatter drum sound than I expect from low-budget indies; on the other, [...]
18 Apr 2011 · No Comments
One disadvantage of my “quick take” approach to album reviews is that sometimes my response to a record changes significantly over time. Fortunately on the internets I can amend earlier commentary when I think it’s necessary.
I’ve been feeling bad about my initial response to Mars Classroom’s The New Theory of Everything almost since I posted [...]
06 Apr 2011 · No Comments
Longtime readers will know that my love for all things Big Dipper-related is even more boundless and unconditional than my love for most things GBV-related, so maybe it’s inevitable that my (stratospheric) expectations for this project weren’t quite met by the first listen. The Bob Pollard/Gary Waleik balance seems a bit more skewed toward the [...]
17 Mar 2011 · No Comments
An expansive approach to arranging makes for an engaging, varied listen. Mostly this is moody rock with lots of reverb-laden guitar and trace elements of folk and country, but it throws some nice curves: “Somewhere In Your Heart” has an unruly guitar break worthy of Giant Sand’s Howe Gelb at his skronkiest; “Grown Man” [...]
13 Mar 2011 · No Comments
Bands that basically sound like Mogwai are practically their own genre by now, so presumably you have an opinion on the master template. Hardcore Will Never Die But You Will offers few surprises (and certainly nothing I’d call hardcore). “San Pedro” and “George Square Thatcher Death Party” flirt with conventional rock tempos and drum strucutres; [...]
12 Mar 2011 · No Comments
I wound up with this odds & ends collection on the strength of a friend’s recommendation and sympathy for the band’s recent broken-down-tour-van plight; it’s perhaps an odd way to be introduced to an act, but I’ve decidedly been enjoying it. Murder by Death could loosely be classed as Americana, but only loosely; prominent use [...]
01 Aug 2008 · No Comments
Breaking all kindsa rules: I haven’t even listened to this record all the way through once, and it’s already one of my favorites of the year. It’s got me bouncing around in my seat so much, I just have to tell someone about it right now!!! Manhattan Love Suicides (from Leeds; the name is [...]
30 Mar 2008 · No Comments
The first time I saw The Magnetic Fields was such a profoundly moving experience that even after several years, I have trouble distilling a coherent description of what was so magical about it. It was very warm and human, almost disquietingly intimate — perhaps a bit like eavesdropping on the quiet evening gathering of a [...]