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Quick Take: Chris Lawhorn: Fugazi Edits

27 Nov 2012 · No Comments

Fugazi Edits is a collection of brief compositions entirely sourced from instrumental samples from Fugazi albums (with permission). I love it almost unreservedly and it’s already one of the albums I’ve played most this year.
It’s clearly not for everybody — I’ve seen some harsh reviews — but it’s definitely for me. Is it for you? [...]

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Tags: experimental · l · post-punk · self-released

Quick Take: Hussalonia: Nefarico Jingles

14 Nov 2012 · 1 Comment

The backstory (since you probably weren’t paying attention): Hussalonia is basically one dude writing, performing, recording, and releasing willfully eclectic music; he’s been at it for a while and he’s gotten really good at all aspects of it. 2010 started as the “Year of Hussalonia” with a new album/EP every month, including lotsa awesome [...]

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Tags: 2012 · alphabetical · experimental · folk · h · indie pop · indie rock · lo-fi · quick take · self-released

Jeff Mangum, American Contemporary Music Ensemble, 10 September 2011

13 Sep 2011 · No Comments

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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Tags: 2011 · a · acoustic · experimental · live · m

quick take : if by yes : salt on sea glass

12 May 2011 · No Comments

Hard to slot this into a specific genre, it’s not very “rock” (not in the least “rawk”), largely (but not exclusively electronic). It’s the sort of record in which choices of “which instrument voices this part” seem driven more by sonic coloration than by personnel. There’s a lot going on if you pay close attention [...]

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Tags: 2011 · chimera · dream pop · electropop · experimental · i · indie pop · quick take

quick take : holden : l’essentiel

13 Apr 2011 · 1 Comment

The confusingly named L’essentiel is split into two halves: “Champ” (field) is 14 tracks culled (and remastered) from Holden’s previous releases; “Hors-Champ” (off-screen) is another 14 previously unreleased tracks. I suspect some, like a cover of The Smiths’ “The Boy With the Thorn In His Side,” were left off earlier albums because they simply didn’t [...]

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Tags: 2011 · dream pop · electro-acoustic · experimental · h · indie pop · quick take · watusa

quick take : parts & labor : constant future

25 Mar 2011 · No Comments

Parts & Labor have always had this push-pull thing: enticing listeners with catchy melodies and repulsing them (at least the unadventurous ones*) with screechy, hissy, treble overdrive. (Key listening game with P&L: is that noise made by a guitar or a keyboard?) Constant Future ramps up the pop quotient a bunch and tames the noise [...]

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Tags: 2011 · experimental · indie rock · jagjaguwar · p · quick take

quick take : Tim Hecker : Ravedeath, 1972

21 Mar 2011 · No Comments

Much of the foundation material for this experimental instrumental recording was a real pipe organ in a real church. Since I’ve been been listening a lot lately to Julianna Barwick’s almost-a-cappella recording The Magic Place and the new Mogwai album, there’s a temptation for me to think of this as a third point defining a [...]

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Tags: 2011 · electro-acoustic · experimental · h · kranky · quick take

quick take : Mogwai : Hardcore Will Never Die But You Will

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; [...]

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Tags: 2011 · Sub-pop · experimental · indie rock · m · post-punk · quick take

quick take : The Luyas : Too Beautiful to Work

11 Mar 2011 · No Comments

Spacious indie chamber pop with genuinely odd arrangements (i.e., French horn is featured, but not the most unusual element), anchored by Jessie Stein’s winningly fragile, slightly unsteady vocals. Reminds me, perhaps obliquely, of Colleen (Cécile Schott), if Colleen’s music were recast (just barely) as rock; Stein’s vocals make me think of Life Without Building’s [...]

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Tags: 2011 · dead oceans · experimental · indie pop · l · quick take

quick take : Koji Asano : Galaxies

04 Feb 2011 · No Comments

Very broadly, one of things that interests me most in art are the fuzzy edges of classifications: when things stop being something and become something else. Galaxies is far out on the fuzzy edge: if I heard it without knowing it was music, it would never occur to me that “music” was an appropriate description [...]

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Tags: 2010 · a · experimental · quick take · solstice