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GAYNGS – Relayted Album Review

With GAYNGS’ first composition, “The Gaudy Side Of Town,” record producer Ryan Olson crafted what would later be the album opener for GAYNGS’ first release, entitled Relayted. This early track was so impressive that it reeled in collaborations from members of Megafaun, Bon Iver, The Rosebuds, and Lookbook. Relayted became almost like a songwriting challenge,...Read...
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Venice Is Sinking – Sand & Lines Album Review

Venice Is Sinking’s recent release, Sand & Lines, was recorded on the stage of Georgia Theatre in Athens, GA.* This full-length record was made with two microphones and an analog system and was published with no mixing or post-production of any kind. They don’t even delete the noodling and nonsense between tracks; there’s a great...Read...
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Secret Cities – Pink Graffiti Album Review

Secret Cities are a psych-pop trio from Fargo, North Dakota. And much like the Coen brothers’ film of the same name, Pink Graffiti is a wonderful dreamscape of complicit artistry and deliberate complexity. Though comparable to other pop savants such as Wolf Parade or Chad VanGaalen, Pink Graffiti stands out from the rest because of...Read...
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Lookbok – Wild At Heart Album Review

Pretty much everything about Lookbook’s newest LP, Wild At Heart — including their choice of album name — confirms that they remain deeply enamored with the 1980s. With their synthpop sound under lead vocalist Maggie Morrison’s wail, which is most aptly described as a fresh take on Cyndi Lauper’s signature moan, Wild At Heart is...Read...
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Nails – Unsilent Death Album Review

Boy, was I fooled. Nails album, Unsilent Death, comes with two pieces of name dropping: Kurt Ballou and Todd Jones. Recorded by Ballou at God City Studios, Nails also features Jones (ex-Terror) on guitars and vocals. The ex-Terror tag prepped me for some more tough guy moshcore — the variety that Terror have been popularizing...Read...
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Ja Prawn – Everybody Album Review

Everybody, the debut release from Ja Prawn on vosotros, combines disturbingly authentic renditions of late ’70s and early ’80s movie sci-fi soundtracks, classic synth sounds, and lo-fi bent oddities, in a mischievously playful EP.   Much of this album is sequencer and arpeggio-led, with overlays of pleasing monophonic synth lines held together by occasionally gritty,...Read...
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The Northern Key – Self-Titled Album Review

With his first album under the guise of The Northern Key, San Francisco’s Andrew Galluccio (or at least his label) wants desperately to be taken seriously as the latest voice in modern folk. But there’s more to being a folk musician than putting a compass point in your name and slapping some antlers on your...Read...
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The Bandar-Log – AK-747 Album Review

On The Bandar-Log’s press release, it boldly states: “For fans of The Strokes, Beck, The White Stripes, and Red Hot Chili Peppers.” I’ve stated this before, but I really hate the concept of “RIYL” stickers, only because more times than not, those artists have very little to do will each other. To their benefit, The...Read...
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Amber Rubarth – Good Mystery Album Review

Amber Rubarth’s Good Mystery unfolds steadily and rather predictably — less like a mystery and more like a breezy romantic comedy that you can’t help but enjoy. This is the Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter’s third LP, which sways between a folk and alt-country feel.   Rubarth has a lovely voice (especially in falsetto) and sings with a...Read...
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