Month: December 2019

HOLMES – HAVE I TOLD YOU LATELY THAT I LOATHE YOU (HALERI, 2010)

Coming from the same fertile soil and label that produced Lars Ludvig Löfgren’s excellent 2010 release Heterochromia, Holmes sophomore album Have I Told You Lately That I Loathe You is a tightly-wound package of melancholy Americana transplanted in central Sweden. The bleak existential loneliness of midwestern America/Canada that inspired Neil Young and Alan Sparhawk is infused into every tale of heartbreak …

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SIGHTINGS – CITY OF STRAW (JAGJAGUWAR, 2010)

Give me a second to compose my thoughts while I pick my guts off the floor. City of Straw is a massively disjointed, disemboweling masterpiece of snarling, minimalist electronic beats and precision timed noise terrorism. Distributed through Jagjaguwar after a long stint on Load and Oneida’s Brah records (who own probably the coolest brand image imaginable), it is hard to imagine City of …

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CONSTELLATIONS – LADY COAST EP (SELF-RELEASED, 2010)

In a world where there’s no shortage of bands that make things look easy (and I hate most of them for it), Constellations purposefully make their music sound hard. That’s because music is hard… especially for this gang, the once Denver-based dance-punk-gone-electro-infused outfit that made serious waves on the scene before ever having the chance …

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FRIDAY NOSTALGIA: GASTR DEL SOL – CAMOFLEUR (DRAG CITY, 1998)

One day, I’ll have a book written about Camofleur. This is a record with so much to unpack, it’s daunting… where to start even? The instrumentation? The formless-forms? The dada-patchwork lyrics? The ingenious electronics? The nakedness of it all, the hollow moments? The fact that to this day, over a decade later, nothing sounds remotely close …

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FUTURE ISLANDS – IN EVENING AIR (THRILL JOCKEY, 2010)

…Having a scene-stealing frontman is clearly not a point against the Baltimore based trio. Future Islands recently signed with Thrill Jockey (who already swooped fellow Baltimore band Double Dagger) this year after attracting buzz in the already teeming beehive of artists associated with Dan Deacon’s Wham City art collective. Future Islands have enough backlog musical …

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FINNEYERKES – GATHER AND SING / WITHOUT END (DOTCONTEMPORARY, 2010)

Do you remember the first time you heard “Dead Flag Blues” by Godspeed and you nearly lost control of all bodily functions when a disembodied voice rose from sustained guitar tone saying, “the car’s on fire and there’s no driver at the wheel”?. Or when Jim Caviezel’s narration from Terrance Malick’s “The Thin Red Line” pierces through the epic breakdown on Explosions …

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KYLE BOBBY DUNN – A YOUNG PERSON’S GUIDE TO KBD (LOW POINT, 2010)

Names can be deceiving… The fact that the artist in question was born “Kyle Bobby Dunn,” coupled with this record’s (kind of hilarious) title, A Young Person’s Guide to Kyle Bobby Dunn had me fully expecting this to be either shit-kicker country or hushed, gentle folk tunes from an aging artist perhaps long forgotten and retrospected on …

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