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Disappears – Irreal Album Review (kranky)

In a universe consisting of four percent matter and ninety-six percent negative space, absence is the dominant substance. With the right frame of mind, a void can be an endless possibility. Disappears’ fifth album pounds that clay into a sonic metaphor. Gloom is one thing, but seeing darkness — an actual lack of light —...Read...
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Blues Music: Marketing Nostalgia Using “Race Records” in the 1920s & 1930s

Folklorists like to romanticize blues music as being a pure expression of culture, but recorded blues music was carefully marketed to its intended audience from its very beginning. As early as the 1920s, music aimed at African-Americans was labeled as "race music", and the best way to advertise it was in the pages of African-American...
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Califone – Stitches Album Review (Dead Oceans)

Califone's honey-baritoned lead singer Tim Ruttili went looking for himself in the endless sands of the American Southwest, and with their latest, Stitches, returns with the band’s most vital and compelling record since 2003's Quicksands/Cradlesnakes. Stitches was recorded at various locations across Arizona, Texas and Southern California, where Rutilli's been living for the past few...
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Gunnelpumpers – Montana Fix Album Review

The incantatory nature of improvised music will not appeal to everybody. It's for a specialized sect, those that like to be surprised. It's the spirit of adventure that sends you off on random and unknown holidays, waiting to see what lies beyond the next corner. Like any other unplanned holiday, Gunnelpumpers' Montana Fix has its...
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Spectral Hypnosis: Mind Over Mirrors – Check Your Swing Album Review (w/ Full Album Stream)

SPECTRAL HYPNOSIS is a recurring series, featuring mesmerizing songs for one to lose sense of time and space, mind and body. This post highlights only one musician and one release, with Mind Over Mirrors‘ Check Your Swing. SEE ALSO: ALL SPECTRAL HYPNOSIS POSTS + ALL COLUMNS   The moniker of Chicago musician Jaime Fennelly’s Mind...Read...
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Drapes Like Wallpaper: Experimental Photography by Patty Carroll and Matthew Stone

Obscured male and female forms face off in these alternating works from Patty Carroll, obscuring the female form draped with patterns, and Matthew Stone, abstracting the male form with contortion. Regardless of its content, a sense of royalty and fluttering grace is pervasive in Stone’s Optimism As Cultural Rebellion, which flows like angel robes in...Read...
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Top Pops! Drug Cabin, Bogan Via, YAWN MP3 Downloads & Streams

“Pop music shouldn’t always get a bad rap,” says Top Pops!, a recurring selection of pop music highlights across a selection of styles. Hella indie pop today. YAWN YAWN’s singles are usually joyful celebrations bearing resemblance to a more stripped down and straight-forward Animal Collective (to name bands that people in such genres hate/love being...Read...
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