The Music Tapes’ Imaginary Voices and Circuses

The last time I saw Julian Koster, the main man behind The Music Tapes, we were sitting in a field in Cambridge, MA near Harvard with a circle of other people. He told us about how the animated feature film he planned to make with DreamWorks about a story he wrote called “Second Imaginary Symphony […]

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, […]

Lotus Plaza and the Liberation of Yellow Balloons

You stand out in the open of a plaza that’s shaped like a lotus, looking at your shoes as you let go of a handfull of yellow balloons. It’s a gray day. So much of a gray day that the sky actually seems to be green. As the bunch of rubber, helium and ribbon transcends […]

How the Dead Live

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 […]

An Evening with Mr. M and The Great Lambchop

The following is a review of Lambchop’s latest album, Mr. M. This article treats the album as if it were a person. The narrative draws inspiration from the experience the writer had while listening to the album. The strings swelled as he sat at the piano with his back to an audience that was chatting […]

Emperor X: Musical Scientist and Multidimensional Explorer

Some records have lyrics so ambiguously specific that one can’t help but notice hints of a storyline or something that ties all the mysterious pieces together. Such albums inspire listeners to spin the record endlessly, trying to decode the messages into some kind of concrete interpretation or narrative. Emperor X‘s latest album Western Teleport (Bar/None) […]