Reviews

Poppets, ‘Steal it Like a Thief’

November 22, 2013

Poppets, ‘Steal it Like a Thief’ FDH Records, 5/9/2013 For the past five years, Poppets have been cranking out a seemingly endless stream of catchy, lo-fi garage punk tunes, mostly in the form of singles and EPs. Steal it Like a Thief is the duo’s second 12” record and their first long-player since their self-titled effort came... 

Guerilla Toss / The Sediment Club, ‘Kicked Back Into the Crypt’

November 19, 2013

Guerilla Toss / The Sediment Club, ‘Kicked Back Into the Crypt’ Sophomore Lounge/Feeding Tube Records, 6/27/2013 Who doesn’t love a split release? Split tapes, split 7″s, split LPs… it’s always something I’ve dug as a listener. As such, it appears I was in the right place, right time, etc., when word came out of Decoder HQ that this... 

The Body, ‘Christs, Redeemers’

November 14, 2013

The Body, ‘Christs, Redeemers’ Thrill Jockey, 10/15/2013 Winter comes to us in the midwest with little warning and a host of attendant adjustments to make. From worrying about how to get groceries to realizing you have to find a mall because the salvation army was already pillaged, to thinking your job might be too far away from... 

William Winant, ‘Five American Percussion Pieces’

November 8, 2013

William Winant, ‘Five American Percussion Pieces’ Poon Village, 10/1/2013 In the American avant-garde, stature is extremely important. The more infamous a musician’s reputation for being a top-notch performer, the more the gigs roll in. Years of toiling in obscurity pay off when the deluge of disparate solicitations arrives, and soon composers... 

Laughing Eye Weeping Eye, ‘Beway’

November 6, 2013

Laughing Eye Weeping Eye, ‘Beway’ Hairy Spider Legs, 6/11/2013 Chicago duo Laughing Eye Weeping Eye play with repetition and hymn, as antidotes to authority and institutions in their strange medieval, transcendental journey. Patrick Holbrook and Rebecca Schoenecker released their LP, Beway, on their own imprint, Hairy Spider Legs, and... 

John Davis, ‘Ask the Dust’

November 5, 2013

John Davis, ‘Ask the Dust’ Students of Decay, 10/15/2013 There are moments on John Davis’ new LP where so many sonic elements contest with one another that a listener, overwhelmed, could be dissuaded from venturing any further into the record. But just as enough sound piles on top of itself, Davis pulls the rug out, sometimes... 

Gushing Cloud, ‘Beat Wings in Vain’

November 4, 2013

Gushing Cloud, ‘Beat Wings in Vain’ Intangible Cat, 5/31/13 In the post-DJ Shadow garden of music that we live in, bedroom samplo-philes and audio-snipping perfectionists have bloomed. Chicago collage project Gushing Cloud culls from a trove of different sources for Beat Wings in Vain, integrating noise, jazz, ambient, funk and trip-hop.... 

Moonface, ‘Julia with Blue Jeans On’

November 1, 2013

Moonface, ‘Julia with Blue Jeans On’ Jagjaguwar, 10/28/2013 In one sense, the release of Julia with Blue Jeans On might be the most predictable move Spencer Krug has made in his entire career. After recording several albums under the Moonface moniker that have focused primarily on one sonic element – particularly, marimba on 2010’s...