Exploring the Electronic Arts with Daedelus

Daedelus

I’ve always found Daedelus to be one of the most interesting artists in the laptop/boom bip movement. Maybe it just speaks to my electronic sensibilities, because I prefer something that pairs well with smoking a bowl than spazzing out on the dance floor. I’ve never found Daedelus to be anywhere near as jarring as contemporaries […]

How the Dead Live

Lost In The Trees new album "A Church That Fits Our Needs"

Lost in the Trees’ Ari Picker turns tragedy into triumph on second LP.  The year before releasing the band’s debut on Anti- Records, Lost in the Trees‘ frontman, Ari Picker, experienced a severe loss when his mother took her own life. Though not always advisable, there are occasions when considering the inspiration for a record […]

Walking Under Picore’s Balls

Art by Munster Estudio.

Picore says they work hard to make their music “suggestive and danceable” and there are always people moving around at the band’s shows. However, there’s still something about the group’s style that seems like every once in a while it would have to be met with slack-jawed staring and drooling while melting off into space. […]

Germany via South Africa with Dear Reader

Photo by Marcus Maschwitz

Dear Reader is a musical act led by the beautiful and gracious Cherilyn Macneil. Macneil’s story is unique; the South African songstress ended up in Berlin after Myspace messaging Menomena’s Brent Knopf with her music, after which he then produced her record and shared it with City Slang Records’ Christof Ellinghaus, and then Ellinghaus signed […]

The Magnetic Fields Go Heavy on the Sugar

The Magnetic Fields

For longtime Magnetic Fields fans, the best part of listening to Love at the Bottom of the Sea is getting to hear continued production from The Magnetic Fields. The songs are simple and catchy, evoking nostalgia for something that may or may not have ever existed; Stephin Merritt’s memories transcend the music and melt into the […]

Sharing a Beer Bong with The Men

the men open your heart

The following is a review of The Men‘s latest album, Open Your Heart. It imagines the album is a party to which anyone who is listening is invited. We heard music as we walked from our car that we parked on the side of the road. A ton of people were already at the party, so […]

Russian Circles and Hot Sauce

Photo by Chris Strong

This afternoon I was aimlessly walking around downtown Chicago. The well-to-do and bejeweled middle-aged women were in abundance, walking their dogs. The new-moneyed 20-somethings were running around in their business suits looking for something important to do. The obvious tourists with their street maps were standing puzzled at the street corners. Suddenly from out of […]

The Solo project of Sonic Youth’s Lee Ranaldo

Lee Ranaldo's Debut

Sonic Youth is no more, and it’s a hard reality to face. Like Death, Taxes and Allergies, Sonic Youth just seemed like one of those things that would always be there. Innovators, musical pioneers, creators of their own beautifully distorted sound. The band that did it on its own terms, and turned the world into […]

The Strafing Run: Three Local Bands To Fill Your Ears With

COLUMN: The Strafing Run

Well hi there, dear readers. Didn’t notice you there. I was just sitting here at my computer in Happy Valley, PA, USA, getting ready to turn some people on to three music projects from State College worth checking out. Sure, you can stay. Sit down, let me grab you some coffee. Now where was I? […]

The Berlin Club Scene with Veteran Act Terranova

Terranova

It’s common knowledge today that Berlin’s dance clubs dominate the electronic subculture on a global level. The subculture began in the late ’80s after the fall of the Berlin Wall with dance venues like Ufo and Turbine Rosenheim. Today, clubs like Tresor, Berghain, and Watergate reign among Berlin’s finest. With the growth of the scene […]