EP2 by The River Fane (July 18, 2011)
The River Fane is another one of those Besnard Lakes type bands. Each song is thoughtful and precise. Each song with a definitive begininning and end, a closed loop that offers much more than the typical 30 seconds of repeated pleasure that modern culture glorifies.
Amo Amas Amat by Post Paint (July 2, 2011)
Post Paint can be the smoothest band at times, and the most jarring at others. Not your typical, loud and obnoxious jarring. More like a dissonant jarring. Sometimes it seems like they have no respect for traditional key signature, but that’s easily what makes some of their most creative moments possible.
‘Last Wish’ by Summer Salts (July 15, 2011)
A wholesome lo-fi rock track from Michigan. Great songwriting paired with a solid recording aesthetic.
Bad Doubts by Russia
Russia’s Bad Doubts is courageous. Pushing rhythm into Four Tet-esque areas is not task for the feeble minded. The first track is among the most intense, and one of my favorite, but the entire album is a trip that does not disappoint.
June Kids by Parsha (July 7, 2011)
Really, one of the best dance albums I’ve ever heard. Brain smashing and harmonious. Where most fail, June Kids uses hip hop influenced melodies to breathe life into the tracks. Big Boss gives two thumbs up.
Allez Tous Vous Faire Encule by Unlogistic (May 5, 2011)
Unlogistic’s ten year collection (which is titled something about fucking ourselves) is 53 tracks of pure, brutal ear bleed; no track over three minutes and thirty seconds. The amazing thing is how different every song really is, and how absolutely perfect it is that each is so short and digestible. It’s punk rock in its most progressive form.
Grand Opening by Coast Jumper (July 17, 2011)
Coast Jumper is bold. They take no reservations in any aspect of their licks. Jumping from moment to moment with undiagnosed ADD. There’s something deeply satisfying about these tracks. To stop anywhere before ‘Lawless’ would be doing yourself a disservice.
‘Jellyfish’ by Honey Dagger (July 1, 2011)
Wonderfully smooth and simple – like a glass of chocolate milk. Patient like a monk. Minimal like the movement.
Nests of Waves and Wire by Tartufi (Jully 15, 2009)
The word ‘soundscape’ gets thrown around when people have trouble describing something as a song. But in this instance, soundscape is a type of song because although Tartufi places layer after layer, each vibration so specific, in the end you have something to dance to (or at least nod your head).
‘Dazed (Demo)’ by Dirty Dreams (June 29, 2011)
‘Dazed (demo)’ by Dirty Dream is a blast to the past, 1960′s style. The beginning starts out soft and melodic with a doo-wop twist. The chorus explodes with loud drums and dirty vocals. ‘Dazed’ reminds me of a vintage 60′s rock band such as The Velvet Underground or Television. Although the music sounds complete in parts of the song, it still needs some serious mixing. I guess that’s why they called it a demo.