Umin – Clast Album Review (Abandon Building Records)

It’s all too easy to fall back on the, “We’ve seen it all/done it all,” perspective of modern ennui. While on one hand, we are seeing more and more subdivisions and chimerical stitching together of genres, the bedroom breakbeat garage popedelica of the world, we are starting to see new forms and structures emerge, thanks to the savvy application of technology. On Clast, Cincinnati producer Kevin Poole, aka Umin, chops and sculpts a variety of stringed instruments into 4-dimensional polychromatic sculptures that unfold over time, in an explosion of color, tonality, and creativity.Clast is constructed from the unlikely source material of a baritone ukulele and guitar. Usually these two instruments conjure images of twee folk music — something with a

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Dream Boat – The Rose Explodes Album Review (Cloud Recordings / ARROWHAWK)

By experimenting with distances, alternating which vocal or instrumental tracks feel close and which seem far, Dan Donahue and Page Campbell, aka Dream Boat, create a musical space that has depth rather than the mere appearance of depth on their sophomore release, The Rose Explodes.

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Grouper – Ruins Album Review (kranky)

Ruins, as a word, can mean two things: as a noun, it is a decrepit run-down structure, no longer inhabited. Ruins, as a verb, is to degrade something, to bring about its demise, to fall into ruin. This ambiguity of meaning reveals a hidden face in Grouper’s new album, which is much concerned with uncertainty, in marginal spaces that don’t necessarily add up or make sense. The word “maybe” occurs multiple times, alongside dream language and landscapes, of cycles and mountainous bodyscapes.

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Dustin Wong & Takako Minekawa – She He See Feel Music Video (w/ Interview)

“By creating a world intuitively together, by combining our imagination without compromise, we made a strange place. The mind is a strange place, sometimes beautiful, volatile and whimsical you know?” – Dustin Wong

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O’Death – ROAM Music Video Premiere (w/ Q&A Interview)

“You’re just a tourist in this fleshy-hell-party.” – Gabe Darling, O’Death Member & “ROAM” Director

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CMJ Music Marathon 2014 Festival Preview Guide

As music fans and college radio DJs descend upon NYC this week, those of us who are already here are taking stock on the music scene as it stands. Last year, the CMJ Music Marathon saw a heavy representation from indie bands that were making their festival debut, such as Speedy Ortiz and Hunters, who then took off in the media instantly after. This year shows great promise, with buzz bands like Twin Peaks, PAWS, Gem Club, Blue Hawaii, and Adult Jazz playing, as well as stalwarts like Obits, A Place to Bury Strangers, and Cold War Kids returning the to fray — along with the anticipated reunion of shoegaze legends Slowdive (and Low opening!). And, of course, it wouldn’t be CMJ without a slew of brand new band hoping to get their big break.

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