Stephen Malkmus: Traditional Techniques [Album Review]
Mar06

Stephen Malkmus: Traditional Techniques [Album Review]

Stephen Malkmus Traditional TechniquesMatador Records [2020] Stephen Malkmus has been on a creative tear of late, releasing a band record with The Jicks in 2018 after four years away, Sparkle Hard, and an experimental solo record dabbling in electronica last year, Groove Denied. On his third release in as many years, Malkmus continues to experiment, this time delving into folk music as the title Traditional Techniques suggests, but...

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Disq: Collector [Album Review]
Mar06

Disq: Collector [Album Review]

DisqCollectorSaddle Creek Records [2020] What is not to like about Madison Wisconsin’s Disq? They are a young five piece barley into their twenties that play a combination of power pop, indie rock, post punk and just overall have released a very catchy and carefree debut record.  When the opening line of first track “Daily Routine” gives you sort of a yawn  lyric “This is my daily routine, spend my hours on...

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Sonny Landreth: Blacktop Run [Album Review]
Mar05

Sonny Landreth: Blacktop Run [Album Review]

Sonny Landreth Blacktop RunMascot Label Group [2020] Sonny Landreth is a guitar player’s guitarist, much the way John Hiatt and John Prine are songwriter’s songwriters. Bob Dylan is one of the most beloved and respected songwriters of the modern era, yet back in ’87 he covered John Hiatt’s song, “The Usual.” Bonnie Raitt has written dozens of hits, but one of her best known songs is Prine’s “Angel of Montgomery.” Similarly, Landreth...

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The Proper Ornaments: Mission Bells [Album Review]
Feb28

The Proper Ornaments: Mission Bells [Album Review]

The Proper Ornaments Mission BellsTapete Records [2020] After a few enjoyable listens to this fifth album from London’s The Proper Ornaments, I was surprised to pull up their bio on the label website and read that “this is not a retro band.” Now “retro” wasn’t a word that had come to mind while listening exactly, but the direct, sometimes minimalist approach and the common vocal harmonies of the quartet did have me drawing comparisons...

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Eyelids: The Accidental Falls [Album Review]
Feb27

Eyelids: The Accidental Falls [Album Review]

EyelidsThe Accidental FallsJealous Butcher Records [2020] When you can list Guided By Voices, The Decemberists, Stephen Malkmus and Elliott Smith as artists you have played with it should be an automatic for any indie music fan to be following Portland’s Eyelids. Now, when you find out that R.E.M.’s Peter Buck produced and plays on this record it should be a no brainier that the band’s fourth LP, The Accidental...

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Shell Of A Shell: Away Team [Album Review]
Feb26

Shell Of A Shell: Away Team [Album Review]

Shell Of A Shell Away TeamExploding In Sound Records [2020] Who: Nashville, Tennessee quartet, Shell of a Shell ramp up the tension for their debut LP. Sound: Shell of a Shell continue to impress. Their sound makes me think of a blend of Pile’s or Rodan’s edginess and unconventional arrangements mixed with a contrasting side of lo-fi folk/indie rock with flourishes of psychedelia. TFN Final Take: Chappy Hull (Gnarwhal/Pile) has upped...

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