Jon Brion : Meaningless

Jon Brion has made a name for himself as a go-to producer and film score composer for over 20 years now. Producing albums for artists as diverse as Aimee Mann, Fiona Apple, Kanye West, and Spoon. And his film score credits include directors like Paul Thomas Anderson, David O. Russell, Michel Gondry, and Charlie Kaufman. […]

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Fir Cone Children Return With ‘Today There’s No Tomorrow’, out 9/30; Listen To “Pull It Out”

Alexander Donat is a man on a mission. The mission? To fill the world with great music, that’s the mission. Whether it’s in his post-punk/darkwave project Vlimmer or in his dream pop project Fir Cone Children; even releasing music from other like-minded artists via his record label Blackjack Illuminist Records, Donat is a true renaissance […]

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Teenage Fanclub : Endless Arcade

Teenage Fanclub are an alternative rock institution. If you didn’t have at least two songs off Bandwagonesque on that mixtape you made to impress that brunette in Geometry class back in the early 90s your tastemaker creds were shot(plus, they’d a ditched you for the kid in the My Bloody Valentine t-shirt.) The Scottish power […]

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Shy Boys : Bell House

There’s an overwhelming exuberance that comes from The Shy Boys’ newest long player called Bell House. Rough-around-the-edges four-part harmonies intermingle with sparse garage rock compositions, bringing to mind The Feelies and the dB’s with a touch of K Records illumination. Their music has a timeless feel that gives it the feeling of finding some lost […]

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King Tuff : The Other

So I may have been wrong about Kyle Thomas, aka King Tuff. I know he’s been around for a few years now and that he’s got connections to Ty Segall and that whole crew of prolific garage/punk/pop artists that seem to be readying new albums every couple months. Around 2012 Thomas seemed to¬† be all […]

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Andy’s Party

I came across Andy Shauf’s excellent The Party on one of those layabout Friday evenings where a couple stouts were enjoyed and a homemade pizza pie was built to perfection. It’s kind of a regular Friday evening thing around here. Anyways, I’d posted a review of the great new Beach Fossils record Somersault and my […]

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Mikal Cronin : MKIII

I’m not sure it’s possible to not like Mikal Cronin. It’s like saying you don’t like love, reminiscing, and looking longingly back at your youth. If you can say you don’t like any of those things then I suppose it’s possible to dismiss Mr. Cronin’s music as fluff and too syrupy sweet. If you feel […]

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