Water Borders – Harbored Mantras Album Review

I’ve always been fascinated with music that feels removed, purposefully or not, form the time period in which it is being created. Some records feel dated in a disparaging sense, but the new album from Water Borders sounds like a beautifully scripted scene from a medieval play performed in the modern era. Listen to “What Wiwant” – DOWNLOAD MP3 Listen to “What Wiwant (Ital Remix)” – DOWNLOAD MP3 On the San Francisco band’s new album, Harbored Mantras, Water Borders reveal the ability to blends various genres while remaining engrained in a specific sound, which is ultimately the downfall of the record too. From the outset of “Tread on Them,” the wind chimes and twisted vocals combine for a surreal but

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Twin Sister – In Heaven Album Review

Long Island-based quintet Twin Sister put out two wonderfully dreamy indie pop EPs between 2008 and 2010, and then quietly retreated to the studio, leaving us hanging until this September. Their debut full-length, In Heaven, expands upon their atmospheric sound, giving them room to explore and waver between slower songs that display the beautiful voice of lead singer Andrea Estella, and upbeat pop tunes that breeze airily by. They’re all over the map, in the best possible way, with songs like “Gene Ciampi” sounding like ’50s Serge Gainsbourg (or even the more modern Francophiles, Les Sans Culottes) and the electropop song “Bad Street,” my personal favorite track, cheekily accented by ’80s synthy keyboard notes. Ultimately, there is just something unexplainably

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La Dispute Live Show Review

This probably won’t be the most “professional” review ever — but in my shaky defense, I dare say that previous revisions were even more visceral and less sophisticated than this one… so there’s that. Now onto the concert-going frustrations of a La Dispute fan over the age of 21… I first heard La Dispute over three years ago, and it was instant love. Somewhere at the Bottom of the River Between Vega and Altair became a favorite of that year and has remained on regular rotation ever since. Even then, at 24, I was a loner in my fandom; few of my peers could appreciate why I adored La Dispute, and I learned not to care. I made peace with

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Gardens & Villa Band Interview: Naturally Mystical (w/ Lyrical Analysis)

“A lot of my songwriting comes from a desire to open myself up to nature and the universe, experiences with love, my subconscious, childhood memories, imagination and various cocktails of each.” – Christopher Lynch

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Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs – “Trouble” Music Video (w/ Q&A Interview)

This video for Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaur’s “Trouble” resides mostly in a David Lynchian universe, with heroined-out slow-motion vibes. Interspliced, however, are quick flickering shots of TEED (Orlando Higginbottom) being adorned with mysterious headdresses — an art form that has become a staple in TEED’s videos. The pieces featured in this video include a geometric wire-framed headpiece, crafted by UK wearable art designers Yunus And Eliza, and a feathery piece reminiscent of a Native American headdress. Each of TEED’s videos are amalgams of a number of wordly influences, and TEED himself has a hard time explaining where they come from. When asked if there are any cultures which he finds particularly inspirational, he responds, “Eastern, western, northern, southern..? I don’t

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Shonen Knife, Shannon And The Clams, Jungle Fever Live Show Review

November 2nd, 2011 – The Casbah – San Diego, CA The crowd at The Casbah seemed to lovingly embrace fem-fueled rock and three-pieces at the tour stop for Shonen Knife and Oakland’s Shannon And The Clams. Between all three acts, all with strong female leads, and the customary guitar, bass, and drums set ups, the night wasn’t without fast three-chord ditties all nicely honed to a woman’s touch. Jungle Fever SD locals Jungle Fever were up first, a trio with all the pop-power of a band like Shonen Knife, but with enough bad girl edge to set them apart from being a cross-cultural equivalent. Songs like “I Won’t Tell Your Wife” and “Cryin Blood” are every bit street-tough as they

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