Screaming has become so passe. Emotive hardcore, screamo, emo-violence or whatever have fallen on deaf ears(and somewhat deservedly so) in the past few years. This branch on the punk/hardcore tree withered away in the late 1990s only to be resurrected and botanically bastardized by nu-screamo also-rans.
Cynicism. A key element of this genre. Some did it well/tongue-in-cheek while others bordere ... Continue Reading
All those little girls have Richard D. James faces and then that scary scrawny thing in latex steps out of the TV and the children are fighting and the latex coated thing screams and oh my God, is this a mix of Children of the Corn, Schindler's List, and Fire in the Sky?
For those who've seen the video for "Come to Daddy," Richard James is one scary (or funny...in a slasher flick kind of way) ... Continue Reading
Rob Wilson's songs hang somewhere between myth, history, folklore, folkmusic and rock. The common place where these areas converge makes Twilight a startling premiere for Television Hill. Recorded in 2003 in Baltimore at Mount Royal Studios, Twilight is now distributed through Morphius records. But Rob, Dave Huemann and Dave Bergander (of Arbouretum), and Walker have been strong voices in Balt ... Continue Reading
Anyone who listens to DJ Shadow most likely knows of his Psyence Fiction project with James Lavelle (1998 Mo Wax Records/A&M Records). UNKLE reunited five years later, but this time sans DJ Shadow, and instead with programmer Richard File. Despite File’s echo “you don’t want to see…inside of me” at the end of the album, we still want a glimpse of the inner discord that lies within the duo, and per ... Continue Reading
Sam Beam is one of few contemporary songwriters who has managed to capture the virtuous character of a tender soul in all six tracks of this humble EP, Woman King. The songs are simply composed; yet, you are somehow entranced by acoustic guitars, the tapping of piano keys, an organ of some kind, not to mention exquisite harmonies.
Like an obedient worker bee, Beam serves to offer praises to h ... Continue Reading
Since Rodan emerged in 1994, Jeff Mueller & Co. have been involved in some of the most interesting and textured rock music to come from the post-Slint explosion and subsequent dissipation. Rodan begat June of 44 who begat Rachel's who begat Sonora Pine who begat Directions in Music and Him and well I could go on. The latest surviving incarnation of these gentlemen is Shipping News, who have prod ... Continue Reading
Clouds Forming Crowns could be the Elephant 6 band that embraced Tom Petty instead of Brian Wilson at the altar of late era Beatlemania. Consisting of two brothers, Todd and Tim Tobias, Clouds Forming Crowns is a lot like their friends and colleagues Guided By Voices in that their rock is both steady and sturdy.
The 16 tracks on Clouds Forming Crowns are pop inflected rock filled with the ... Continue Reading
A good pop song should be clever, uncomplicated and brief, revealing in a short time an array of experience or emotion through simple gesture. In fact, veiled simplicity is at the heart of pop, and "Winter Vacation" (aka David Yourdon of Pathways) embraces this from the outset, mixing themes of travel, love loss and joy into two-minute song forms. "Sightseeing", "On a Ski Slope", "Denver Diner", ... Continue Reading
Superwolf is a collection of songs that echo daily & spiritual truths through sincere language and simple guitar melodies. Will Oldham and Matt Sweeney have delicately crafted 11 beautiful songs that reverberate commonality in Love. Superwolf sounds more confident vocally than Oldham has shown on previous albums under aliases Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy, Palace, and Palace Brothers. Perhaps it comes fr ... Continue Reading
A Name Writ In Water, the 2004 release by Hrishikesh Hirway, written and produced under the moniker The One AM Radio, is breathtaking. Hirway’s reposeful prose poetry drifts softly over acoustic guitar and ambient electronics. Violin, singing-saw (both provided by Jane Yakowitz), upright-bass (Paul Findlen), trumpet (Joseph Grimm) and light percussion mingle, dance and swirl in the ethereal arch ... Continue Reading