Album Reviews

Megafaun – Heretofore [Album Review]

September 22, 2010

There are a number of things that I love about Megafaun. I love the way they are able to blend simple folk with  ambitious experimental sounds. The way their music comes off as improvised, yet meticulous. The way that they can stretch tunes out over 5 minutes with minimal effort. Their latest mini-album, Heretofore, combines […]

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Roky Erickson with Okkervil River – True Love Cast Out All Evil [Album Review]

September 10, 2010

Like Blitzen Trapper’s Destroyer of the Void, Roky Erickson’s True Love Cast Out All Evil is another album we’ve neglected until now. Reading through Roky Erickson’s bio on Wikipedia is both fascinating and heartbreaking. Here are some excerpts: Erickson co-founded the 13th Floor Elevators in 1965. Janis Joplin considered joining the band at one time […]

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Pearly Gate Music [Album Review]

August 2, 2010

Pearly Gate Music, essentially just Zach Tillman with help from a few others, including his brother Josh (aka J. Tillman), has just put out one of the finer debuts of the year. And while its sound is not easy to label, it is certainly easy to enjoy. On first listen I was immediately reminded of […]

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The Love Language – Libraries [Album Review]

July 13, 2010

It’s finally here. And it’s phenomenal. The Love Language release their second album, Libraries, on Merge Records today. Honestly, you really don’t need to read any further. Just go out and buy it – it’s that good. I haven’t been this excited about something since the 1991 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue came out. Stu McLamb, […]

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Longstay – Homes & Houses [Album Review]

July 8, 2010

I was watching an episode of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia the other night – the one where the gang decides to start a rock band, thinking the key to success is to act like a rock band. So rather than learn how to play instruments, they rent a hotel room and trash it, because […]

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Sleepy Sun – Fever [Album Review]

June 28, 2010

Sleepy Sun doesn’t know the meaning of the word short-cut. Fever is an album brimming with subtle nuances and big risks by a band that decided to shoot for the moon instead of settling for a mediocre record of the same old shit. The album opens with a six and a half minute opus called […]

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The Idaho Falls – The Spark [Album Review]

June 1, 2010

A few years back, my wife and I went to see The Mother Hips at The Double Door. While my obsession for the Hips is well-documented (I had Tim and Greg autograph my man-boobs at our SxSW day party this year), my wife had not never heard of The Hips before. After a few songs, […]

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Hurray for the Riff Raff – Young Blood Blues [Album Review]

May 27, 2010

Hurray for the Riff Raff. You don’t run across band names like that every day. For those of you that have followed our site for some period of time, you’ve probably gathered that I have a real affinity towards any artist that can put pen to paper. Growing up, I purchased tapes/CD’s and, if the […]

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Josh Ritter – So Runs The World Away [Album and Concert Review]

May 19, 2010

I first heard about this guy named Josh Ritter back in 2000 or 2001 on a little-known website called Anyone? Bueller? It was basically a poor man’s Napster, with comments and suggestions from other music downloaders. I spent roughly 5,000 hours on the site, scouring it for music. This was long before music blogs […]

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Stephen Kellogg and The Sixers – The Bear [Album Review]

August 20, 2009

I think we all have bands in our lives that we pull for no matter what – whether it’s because you started liking them at an influential time in your life, their live act won you over, or they just seem like all-around great guys. For Stephen Kellogg and The Sixers, it’s all those things.‚  […]

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