What’s It Take to Be A Decent Lover?

“I just wanna be where the honey is sweetest,” is the mindset of The Decent Lovers’ singer/songwriter Elijah Wyman. A man who, in 2007, became deathly ill and received  a kidney transplant from label-mate/collaborator Jason Rozens. Apart from internal organs, the two also swap beats and song ideas in the band’s overlooked April 2012 release, Quit Trying. Asheville, […]

The Real Fairy Tales of Fanny Roz

Once upon a time there was a musician named Fanny Roz. Her story involved snail races, tree houses, smokey French jazz bars, magical beaches in Chile, and a tale of two cities. It was the best of times…yeah, okay, it all really sounded like it was pretty much the best of times… The whole story of […]

Gerry Loves Records and We Like Gerry A Lot

Last issue we had a guest article from Adam Piggot of Scotland’s web-based music database, Touch Sensitive. In the article, Piggot lists a group of Scottish labels that he recommends. One of the labels is Gerry Loves Records: A fairly new and independent label based in Edinburgh, Scotland. After perusing the GLR website and listening […]

The Brilliant State of Bee Thousand and Guided by Voices

It’s a big year for Guided by Voices. After calling it quits in 2004, some 21 years and 15 albums into one of the more prolific careers alternative music had ever seen, GBV resurrected in 2010 and, among other things, played the greatest rock ‘n’ roll show I have ever seen in my life. This […]

God’s Favorite Beefcake Shall Not Be Moved

This piece is not an obituary or memorial. It is not a news story either. Tragedy affects us all in different ways, and I am writing to try to process what happened in Seattle, Washington on May 30, 2012 and understand how the local music scene was affected by the loss of two of its […]

Re: Emily White, David Lowry, and Everyone Else Who is Interested – Condoning the Disposable Music Culture

Last night I went out in Brooklyn to a see band I’ve been listening to for a few years now. I hadn’t seen the band perform live in a while because I’d been living abroad, so I was looking forward to seeing them play again. I probably saw them over ten times back when I […]

How So Many Dynamos Redefined Musical Productivity

How do you define musical productivity? So Many Dynamos has had a busy three years since The Loud Wars was released, though that might not be obvious to casual observers of the band, people who only pay attention to things like record releases and tours. Since releasing The Loud Wars in June of 2009 and […]

The Strafing Run: A Deep Talk with Talented Local Musician, Deathbeforedigital

Hello, dear readers. I confess, I was worried about this issue. I didn’t think I’d find anything to write about in time. I couldn’t get ahold of any of the musicians I wanted to get in touch with, I’d already done a top 25 of 2012, and there were no huge shows going on that […]

Wanderlust: The Vision Quest:: A Traveling Mix

When traveling alone, all the songs that you can fit in your pocket or in your car can become the best friend you could have. Sometimes the right songs can help block out the world and lull you to sleep on an uncomfortable bench during an airport layover. The right playlist can keep you awake […]