REVIEWS

ANIMAL HOSPITAL – “GOOD OR PLENTY, STREETS + AVENUES”

Besides being a frequent cause for derision from my fiance, music that falls into the “ambient-drone” category is a staple for me. It lends itself to heavy headphone affairs in which I can be completely lost in washes of synths and looped guitar distortion to a diligent companion to late night War and Peace read-a-thons …

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MONO – HYMN TO THE IMMORTAL WIND (TEMPORARY RESIDENCE LTD., 2009)

Hymn to the Immortal Wind is a milestone achievement for post-rock. MONO puts to rest the somewhat justifiable lament that all post-rock are prisoners to their art form. How many times can ascending chords and towering crescendos be relevant or memorable when you have heard them a million times from a million like-minded bands? Don’t get me wrong …

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LAURA GIBSON – “BEASTS OF SEASONS” (HUSH, 2009)

Beasts of Seasons is a beautifully subtle, or a subtlety beautiful, record from Portland’s most precious singer/songwriter. Back from a whirlwind tour supporting Decemberists and Portland’s native George Byron, Colin Meloy, Laura Gibson seems to have taken a few cues from her much fawned over tour mate. But where Colin Meloy gets his kicks from overly verbose, thesaurus nerd browbeating, Laura’s …

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Lymbyc Systym / This Will Destroy You – Field Studies (Magic Bullet, 2009)

While relatively short offerings the re-release of Carved by Glaciers and the recently released European tour split EP with Austin’s This Will Destroy You chronicle a band in it’s gradual evolution to one of the most creative groups putting out music today. I was completely floored by the Lymbyc Systym’s 2007 albums Love your Abuser and its subsequent remix …

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PAST LIVES – “STRANGE SYMMETRY” (SUICIDE SQUEEZE, 2009)

The Blood Brothers, love them or hate them, were undeniably talented. When these unlikely torchbearers broke up the reverberation around the music community was felt deeply. Although 10 years deep, The Blood Brothers still felt like a band in their prime, Young Machetes was an exciting step with more focus on percussion with their trademark math time …

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