Death Cab For Cutie Drive Down the Middle of the Road with Thank You For Today

In the 20 years since Death Cab for Cutie made their debut with 1998's Something About Airplanes, the band has had their ups and downs: indie cred that built to mainstream success, followed by a couple of lackluster albums with dwindling sales and, most recently, the departure of a core member. With the release of their ninth … Continue reading Death Cab For Cutie Drive Down the Middle of the Road with Thank You For Today

Angry Young Pachyderms (AYP)—Could This Be Any Cheesier? (Demo, 1995)

In the summer of 1995, four young men entered a Santa Ana, California recording studio with the intention of committing to tape five songs that would blow the world (or maybe just the high desert of Southern California) away. Enlisting the help of recording engineer and studio owner Jim Barnes, the quartet commonly known as … Continue reading Angry Young Pachyderms (AYP)—Could This Be Any Cheesier? (Demo, 1995)

Album Review: Birds in Row—We Already Lost the World

We Count So We Don't Have to Listen, the opener to Birds in Row's new album, starts with melodic, jangling guitar. That proves deceptive—a thirty second red herring, to lull you into a false sense of security before assaulting your ears with blasts of noise and rage-filled screams. The abrupt transition from soft, pleasing melodies … Continue reading Album Review: Birds in Row—We Already Lost the World

Album Review: Tanukichan—Sundays

Hannah Van Loon, aka Tanukichan, is not exactly reinventing the wheel on her debut LP Sundays, as much as she's modifying it. She creatively toys with shoegaze and dream pop, with plenty of indicators to give one the inkling that, while this is clearly familiar territory for the Oakland-based musician, it may be only a temporary … Continue reading Album Review: Tanukichan—Sundays

Album Review: Father John Misty—God’s Favorite Customer

Father John Misty, né Joshua Tillman, is a talented guy. Singer, songwriter, guitarist, drummer, producer...the guy can do it all. Unfortunately for him (or, more accurately, for the listener), simply being able to write and perform a song doesn't automatically make it compelling. While there's nothing inherently bad about the songs on God's Favorite Customer, … Continue reading Album Review: Father John Misty—God’s Favorite Customer

Album Review: Let’s Eat Grandma—I’m All Ears

An album created by two 19-year-olds that will keep you guessing. Rosa Walton & Jenny Hollingworth create a twisted mix of bubblegum harmonies and synth-pop one minute that amazes – the battle cry of “Hot Pink”, or the beautiful yet stuttering “Falling Into Me” – but then becomes overwhelmingly stunted by its own aesthetic the next. Think: … Continue reading Album Review: Let’s Eat Grandma—I’m All Ears

Album Review: Snail Mail—Lush

A dreamy, dissociative collection of lamentations written by ingenue (b. 2000) Lindsey Jordan. It shows potential – it’s replete with a distinct guitar effect and an unabashed melancholy – but if lo-fi ballads aren’t your bag, you’re going to find this quite boring. Nonetheless, we look forward to seeing what comes next from Ms. Jordan. 7/11 … Continue reading Album Review: Snail Mail—Lush

Album Review: Nine Inch Nails—Bad Witch

Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross don’t stray too far from their formula here on what some are calling their first proper album in years, although at 6 songs and 31 minutes, it’s hard to see how it could stand next to The Downward Spiral or Year Zero. Either way, we’re calling it an EP that … Continue reading Album Review: Nine Inch Nails—Bad Witch

Album Review: Floating Features by La Luz—Not Your Parents’ Surf Rock

A curious thing happens upon listening to Floating Features, the new album by Washington transplants now living in Los Angeles, La Luz. What seems on the surface to be a bit of a throwback to the surf rock of the 60s—think The Ventures, The Beach Boys, and Dick Dale—turns out to have as much in common … Continue reading Album Review: Floating Features by La Luz—Not Your Parents’ Surf Rock