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In the midst of a stand-up performance way back in February of naught-five, comedian Lewis Black began to wax poetic on music and memory. I remember the bit distinctly, as it was an oddly somber moment in an otherwise uproarious set. His voice lowered from its typically fevered pitch, beaded sweat clinging to his reddened forehead, Black quietly reminisced on how certain songs could transcend time ... Continue Reading

Posted: September 6th, 2008

Ever get that feeling? The one where you hear something—whether it’s a person talking, a musician playing, or whatever—and something about what was said, sung, picked, or strummed clues into some latent cortical context. Snap-crackle-pop go the neurons, and off you are, singing along to some old pop tune that was inadvertently dredged up from the depths of your memory. Spoken words bleed into sung ... Continue Reading

Posted: August 3rd, 2008

You may or may not be familiar with this (former?) Carbonas' member's solo project. If you missed out on Gentleman Jesse's debut single then you seriously effed up. No shit. Seriously. Easily the best powerpop single of 2007 (technically 2006 since it came out in December of that year, but screw it, it doesn't matter, best powerpop single of the last ten years). Seriously. Douchemaster Records. Ch ... Continue Reading

Posted: July 15th, 2008

If you are unfamiliar with Illinois' best power-pop-punkers (and probably the world's second best, behind the Ergs, of course) then you've missed out on three fantastic full-lengths and a couple great EPs. The prolific Copyrights bring us their fourth album less than a year since they dropped their previous one, Make Sound, also on Red Scare Records (and they also recently self-released a split CD ... Continue Reading

Posted: July 15th, 2008

Burbis is one of the few bands i have managed to keep in semi-steady rotation over the last five years or so. Explosions in the Sky flitted through and Neutral Milk Hotel stopped in for an extended stay, but neither had the humor to combine with the passions at play. For a long time, though, I only had a couple of songs to enjoy - "I left my heart in Sri Lanka" and "Let Our Powers Combine." This a ... Continue Reading

Posted: July 14th, 2008

At the risk of sounding controversial, I’d like the record to note that I am not a huge fan of organized religion. Theology is all well and good, but, in my opinion, contemplation of the Divine is best left un-encumbered by rigid dogma based on interpretations of centuries-old transcriptions of even older oral traditions. I do not begrudge the devoutly faithful, nor do I deny the existence of a hi ... Continue Reading

Posted: June 2nd, 2008

From the ashes of Pennsylvania's mid-90s indie/emo darlings, Mid-Carson July, comes New Bruises. The brothers have since moved to Gainesville and turned up their amps and the tempo just a bit. The Gainesville punk sound is there with mid-paced to faster melodic punk and a bit of grit to the vocals. The closest comparison made would be to Long Island's Latterman, who often sounded like they should ... Continue Reading

Posted: May 29th, 2008

It's hard to fairly judge a new band when you loved the members' old bands so much. It's really easy to constantly make the comparisons to those past bands no matter how unfair it is. It took me quite a few spins before I could shake the attempts to compare Polar Bear Club to Marathon, the Disaster, or Spark Lights the Friction, which these guys spent time in before forming PBC a couple years ago. ... Continue Reading

Posted: May 29th, 2008

Seeing one of my favorite bands collapse due to the sputtering-out of its creative engine has been a joyless affair. When that creative engine’s fuel was rampant drug abuse, choosing drugs over God, and guilt over said drug abuse, the biggest creativity killer would be some combination of cleaning up and getting religion. That’s just what Jason Pierce did before Spiritualized’s album Amazing Gra ... Continue Reading

Posted: May 22nd, 2008

Anton Newcombe is nothing if not a controversial figure. Chock it up to bad publicity if you will—Ondi Timoner’s award-winning documentary, DiG!, certainly focused on Newcombe’s artistic eccentricities and interpersonal foibles—but there is no denying that the man behind the Brian Jonestown Massacre is, shall we say, incendiary. From a creative standpoint, Newcombe’s earnestness is a Promethean ... Continue Reading

Posted: May 11th, 2008

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