Reviews
Nurses- Dracula

Nurses- Dracula

Nurses spent the years on their Apples Acre debut tinkering inside experimental, coarse spells; the music wasn’t sturdy nor did it posses that certain litheness to make it pleasingly fluid. It was quirky and thrifty and like that of a carnival where a song’s acoustic strum felt just as much at home under runtime as...
Wild Flag- S/T

Wild Flag- S/T

I’m sure there are some people that had no idea Carrie Brownstein, who plays opposite Fred Armisen on Portlandia, played in a band. Largely that was, for almost five years, true. Active since the early 90s, the Pacific Northwest born and bred Brownstein cut her teeth playing guitar in the shaping, all-female group Sleater-Kinney, who...
Gazelle Twin- The Entire City

Gazelle Twin- The Entire City

Visually, Brighton’s Elizabeth Walling and her aesthetic are stunning. Known for her elaborate masks and costumes, the mixed media artist dominates space and psyche on this 12-song release, the debut for her Gazelle Twin project. While the flashy intersection between contemporary (forgive me, I’m going to get very base-level here) art and music has been...
Ganglians- "Still Living"

Ganglians- “Still Living”

Unlike some of their brethren, Ganglians chose not to hit “reply all” when it came time to send their next message. Two long years have passed since the group’s simultaneous full-length release pairing of the delightfully lo-fi lethargic Ganglians and Monster Head Room dropped and it’s this, their double-LP release for Lefse, that proves the...
Craft Spells- Idle Labor

Craft Spells- Idle Labor

In the age of the Internet’s ever-loaded blog bacchanal, it’s clear that one of the smartest ways into the vivacious party is by way of one’s looks. Justin Vallesteros, the sole creator of bedroom-bred Craft Spells chose to spend his dreampop project’s formative years revealing little information for all the inquisitive clicks he gathered after...
Bass Drum of Death- GB City

Bass Drum of Death- GB City

Oxford, Mississippi duo Bass Drum of Death sound like they want nothing but fun. Green lights for miles and a case of cheap beer beside them, they shatter the speakers with debut GB City, a palatable no-holds barred sort of record. Released in conjunction with Inflated Records and singer John Barrett’s former (and current then I...
Cat's Eyes- S/T

Cat’s Eyes- S/T

The project of The Horrors’ dressed-in-black frontman Faris Badwan and his girlfriend, the Italian-Canadian composer Rachel Zeffira, Cat’s Eyes seeks to dispel any “gothic” association you may have with the UK musician on this debut, self-titled release. Borrowing most of its backbone from vintage pop and classic soundtracks more than the gazing post punk or...
EAR PWR- S/T

EAR PWR- S/T

“Crazy dance jams,” that’s what Sarah Reynolds dubs what her band Ear Pwr do. Alongside Devin Booze, the duo made a name for themselves in 2009 with their bouncy, neon-caffeinated synth pop debut, Super Animal Brothers III. Having uprooted themselves to Baltimore and Dan Deacon’s party-hearty scene for a brief stint, the pair have since...
Dream Affair- Endless Days

Dream Affair- Endless Days

Back in 2009, from the “industrial outskirts” of Brooklyn, came Dream Affair with All I Want, a debut EP worth of material that, for those swimming around to the burgeoning ‘Grave Wave’ spread, marked a strident yet confident step toward a promising document of romantic isolation in an age where 24/7 connectivity has left many of...
Ty Segall- Goodbye Bread

Ty Segall- Goodbye Bread

The slow burning Goodbye Bread marks yet another step in the young and extremely prolific career of Ty Segall. The whopping sixth solo LP since 2008, the Bay Area musician’s new batch is some of his most meditative and complex material to date. His first for Drag City, it took the 23-year-old six months to...