Reviews
The Walkmen- Heaven

The Walkmen- Heaven

  For the shelf they occupy, few bands have been around as long as The Walkmen. Sprouting up during the hotbed of early 2000s NYC indie music, the band’s website affectionately refers to them as “the great New York band of their generation.” A bold statement sure, it’s certainly difficult to deny both their prolific...
Japandroids- Celebration Rock

Japandroids- Celebration Rock

Both of Japandroids’ records are perfectly named. The Vancouver duo’s 2009 set, Post Nothing, introduced the band, coming off of, well, much of nothing – Brian King and David Prowse technically had broken up before its release and considered initial tours a “victory lap” of sorts- with a sweet, nostalgic, fuzz-filled journey where the only...
White Fence- Family Perfume Vol. 2

White Fence- Family Perfume Vol. 2

I’m not seeing it folks, the current, seemingly godsend deal with White Fence. Sure, that may be a bit of overstatement, but when the bloggers talk, sirens get wailing. I get the prolific part and the fact that the brainchild of Tim Presley splits his time between multiple bands (The Fall, Strange Boys) and has...
Craft Spells- Gallery EP

Craft Spells- Gallery EP

“Would you like to get away? Let’s get away,” sings Justin Vallesteros on “Burst,” the halfway point of his latest EP, Gallery. Perfect in that when I last visited the young, retro-relevant bedroom project, Craft Spells, unpacking his Idle Labor debut, I decided that though, decently appealing, he’d recently moved from Stockton, CA to Seattle,...
White Fence- Family Perfume Vol. 1

White Fence- Family Perfume Vol. 1

White Fence-  “A Hermes Blues” (MP3) From Vol. 1 It’s a darn good time to be a fan of Tim Presley’s brand. Following his recent SXSW stay (9 shows), the Bay Area musician is in the midst of a few-months tour alongside friends/conspirators The Strange Boys and as his solo project, White Fence. There’s also...
TOPS- Tender Opposites

TOPS- Tender Opposites

TOPS – VII Babies The young, seasoned players comprising Montreal-based quintet TOPS play a funk-lite, sprightly vintage pop/rock release that wafts from the slow burn of timeless, lamenting and youthful placement. Ranked alongside Grimes and Blue Hawaii on the Arbutus Records imprint, TOPS is built from members of bands like Pat Jordache, Paula, Sugar Boys and...
Frankie Rose- Intersteller

Frankie Rose- Intersteller

Having sat as drummer in bands Dum Dum Girls, Crystal Stilts and Vivian Girls, Brooklyn’s Frankie Rose took the reigns of the oftentimes-difficult-to-steer solo career in 2010 releasing a self-titled debut with backing band, The Outs playing along. The California-bred Rose played well to her former project’s sounds and was rather curtained within the frame...
The Twilight Sad- No One Can Ever Know

The Twilight Sad- No One Can Ever Know

Returning again for the Fat Cat label, somber Scottish trio The Twilight Sad deliver a pensive 42-minute swath through recoil that will no doubt give longtime fans of the group something to talk about once it snaps back to ears. Bred on what felt like a mixture of their homeland’s noted impact on post punk...
Year in Music 2011: Top 50 Albums

Year in Music 2011: Top 50 Albums

The year in review is always hard and with all the great and original releases that were issued this year, 2011 was by far the hardest of calendars to sort out and rate. Fringe genres explored popular confines (Chillwave, Witch House) punk went pop and weird (Fucked Up, Thee Oh Sees), hip-hop went pop and weird (Shabazz,...
Year in Music 2011: Top EPs

Year in Music 2011: Top EPs

Short list here; for me, 2011 was not the year of the EP. I hung under albums and Bandcamp-ed collections so when it came to look at this list, I felt a little embarrassed for myself that I hadn’t sought out more bite-sized sets of plastic and bits, but hey, these things happen. The Holloweyed’s top 11,...
Little Dragon: Ritual Union

Little Dragon: Ritual Union

Since forming in 1996, Little Dragon has been known for singer Yukimi Nagano’s voice. It’s elegant and lulling, leaving a mark that’s sexy and subtle in the best way possible. So, it came as no surprise when the Swedish quartet’s footprint deepened after she lended her voice out to Swedish peers like Koop, Herd or...
James Blake- Enough Thunder

James Blake- Enough Thunder

In the space since James Blake’s debut hit earlier this year, the hype trains fueled, and the young English musician’s managed to maintain a certain candid nature about himself- odd considering how intimate his weighty creations can sometimes be. His well-publicized recent bashing of imported dub makers and the assertion that the music is made...
Sigur Rós- Inni

Sigur Rós- Inni

It’s hard for a live album to exist on its own plane. Most often, you rush to breadcrumb, to correlate said live performance with how the album that birthed it sounds. Was the document noisier, or faster, or more involved than its predecessor? What impression does the crowd leave on the sound? How do the...
Loutallica- Lulu

Loutallica- Lulu

In 1975, six steps from his years with The Velvets, Lou Reed released Metal Machine Music, a blistering hour-long collection of experimental noise, distortion and sound art totally void of melody and rhythm. Though we now know that the record opened the door to later experiments by Reed and others, at the time of its...
Kurt Vile- So Outta Reach EP

Kurt Vile- So Outta Reach EP

Philadelphia player Kurt Vile has perfected a delicate yet fresh mixture of attractive ambience, freaky folk, vintage FM tone and drifter Americana confession since going at it solo in 2008. Channeling greats like Young, Petty and Springsteen, Vile’s already bang-up year (touring with Foo Fighters and Bright Eyes included) comes to a close with both...