Admittedly, I have an uneasy relationship with shoegaze. Meaning: pop that is droning, spacey, shimmering and psychedelic, loud and/or noisy but never truly raucous, and often signified by guitars that hum, buzz, and crinkle with static and reverb, vocals that whisper more than shout, and percussion that does its damnedest to be anything but bombastic. Which is not to say that shoegaze bores me, l ... Continue Reading
I am a firm believer that the best way to get to know other people is to live with them. Sure, there’s direct cohabitation, like the sort with family and housemates and live-in significant others, but I’m thinking more along the lines of strong friendships and recreational inclusiveness. Really, by “live with” I mean “experience life with”— proximity is key, but it’s less about occupying the same ... Continue Reading
Nuclear Power Pants are in a difficult position. In recent years, the band has become known for putting on an over-the-top Maximalist show of shows both locally and nationally. The time has come to translate that show to an album that will be widely available for consideration and discussion. In this set of circumstances, it is often difficult to create an aural document that stands up to the test ... Continue Reading
As many of you have probably noticed (especially those of you in your mid-to-late twenties), summer is a big time for weddings. While you can easily blame it on the heady cocktail of warm weather and post-collegiate twitterpation, plus or minus that age-old urge to nest, there’s still no denying the fact that a lot of people get hitched between May and August, with June and July seeing the bulk of ... Continue Reading
This sorta sounds like some high school aged kids (though apparently they're a bit older) who really like Against Me! and Rancid (and other "punk" with a capital mohawk bands), but have just been introduced to Braid and had their minds blown, so they decided to form a band and have a go at combining those indie pop guitar lines with some uber-defiant lyrics about drama, problems, cool kids, boring ... Continue Reading
Gainesville is no longer just a college town in Florida. It is also an apt descriptor for a style of punk music popularized by bands like Hot Water Music and Gunmoll, both originally from Gainesville, with releases out on No Idea Records, based in the town of distinction. North Lincoln, who hail from Grand Rapids, Michigan, fit between those brackets perfectly. In fact, the riff and guitar tone on ... Continue Reading
This is an album I've been anticipating since I first heard their split with Chinese Telephones (It's Alive Records) two years ago, and it certainly does not disappoint. In the time since that debut release they've also put out a split 7" with Off With Their Heads (with whom they share a guitar player) on No Idea Records, a track on last year's The Fest compilation, as well as some new songs on th ... Continue Reading
The last time PJ Harvey and John Parish co-starred on an album was 1996's Dance Hall at Louse Point. Now, 13 years and a combined 7 albums later, the duo has taken the stage again with A Woman a Man Walked By.
Despite the decade between them, the two albums aren't without similarities. Once again, John Parish has composed the music while PJ Harvey has written the lyrics. And just as the singles ... Continue Reading
By far, the broadest modern definition of music I have yet encountered states that it is, simply enough, “sound arranged in time”. Slightly wordier (though no less liberal) is the official Merriam-Webster definition of music as “the science or art of ordering tones or sounds in succession, in combination, and in temporal relationships to produce a composition having unity and continuity”.
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Though I am but a few months past twenty-five, there have already been days when I have felt downright old, albeit not in the hung-over, soul-wearied, mentally rheumatic sense of typical late-twenty-something ennui. True, there is the slow death of a daily commute, eight-plus billable hours spent staring at a computer terminal, and week after predictable week worn-out by rolling a digital boulder ... Continue Reading