REVIEWS

DC ANDREA DICÒ / FRANCESCO CARBONE – “DC”

The duo of Andrea Dicò and Francesco Carbone spans the miles from Cape Town, South Africa to Milan, Italy and spans the chasm between several modes of musical expression – from studied approaches to guitar and percussion to exploratory discovery in chance contact with “non-musical” items. Between the two guitars, drums, walkie-talkies, toys and various …

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LONG SHADOW DUO – LIFELONG (LILLERNE TAPES, 2019)

The Long Shadow Duo is comprised of Neil Lord (Future Museums, Single Lash) and Marcus Maurice (More Eaze). The two fellow Republic of Texas denizens have created a wide-open, put-your-finger-anywhere-on-the-map tape that find the two exploring shared sonic space that, while varied in its approach, never strays too far away from a warm, droney center. …

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A PLACE TO BURY STRANGERS – “EXPLODING HEAD” (MUTE, 2009)

As I walked outside the Urban Lounge on 10.21.09 following the Place To Bury Strangers/All The Saints show, I was hit square in the face by something huge and oppressive. Silence. It was louder than any of APTBS guitar freak outs or minimal three chord ear lobe destryoers. APTBS played so loud that silence hurt my ears. …

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DO MAKE SAY THINK – “THE OTHER TRUTHS” (CONSTELLATION, 2009)

Approaching Post-Rock with a strictly critical eye is tricky for me. As a whole, I have felt the six full-length albums of Do Make Say Think more than I have actively listened to them. The band has a way of crafting slow-building songs centered around several separate instrumental movements that coalesce in a crescendo that …

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ARMS AND SLEEPERS – “MATADOR” (FAKE CHAPTER, 2009)

In 1978 Brian Eno set out to create an entirely new genre of electronic music centered around discreet minimalism and ubiquitous sounds that were to be played strictly as background music in airports and other places of mass transit in order to subconsciously calm people as they rushed from one location to another. In many ways his …

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COTTON JONES – “RIO RANGER” (QUITE SCIENTIFIC, 2009)

For the longest time I thought Cotton Jones was an ironically named Swedish singer-songwriter who left his post-rock band to cash in on burgeoning bearded folk-pop scene here in the States. I have no idea how I formulated this biography, but I was pretty much convinced. Then someone told me that Cotton Jones (formerly The Cotton …

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