Reviews

Natural Child, ‘Dancin’ With Wolves’

March 27, 2014

Natural Child, ‘Dancin’ With Wolves’ Burger Records, 2/25/2014 For too long I had myself convinced that rock and roll might be a stale, dated genre, only appealing to MOR listeners who didn’t really care about what they were listening to as long as it sounded good in the background. I comforted myself by listening to “serious” music... 

Thomas Carnacki/Vulcanus 68 Split LP

March 26, 2014

Thomas Carnacki/Vulcanus 68 Split LP Gigante Sound/Alethiometer Records, 1/31/2014 The Gigante Sound label has become a true Bay Area treasure, featuring the output of musicians, Jared Blum (Blanketship, Beaks Plinth, Jared Blum + Bill Gould, Vulcanus 68) and Dominic Cramp (Borful Tang, Qulfus, Dominic Cramp + Bruce Tovsky, Evangelista).... 

Sunn O))) & Ulver, ‘Terrestrials’

March 19, 2014

Sunn O))) & Ulver, ‘Terrestrials’ Southern Lord, 2/3/2014 These two legendary groups have expanded their sound beyond the limits of genres they once pioneered. It’s only natural that a collaboration between the two would be just as categorically ambiguous as it is ambitious, but that doesn’t mean you’ll be able to anticipate... 

Have A Nice Life, ‘The Unnatural World’

March 14, 2014

Have A Nice Life, ‘The Unnatural World’ Flenser Records/Enemies List Home Recordings, 1/27/2014 Have a Nice Life is a fist to the face of every ’90s revivalist band who are too busy gazing at their shoes to notice they all sound the same. If this trend mysteriously stopped tomorrow, the culprit would almost certainly be this album,... 

Birds of Passage, ‘This Kindly Slumber’

March 10, 2014

Birds of Passage, ‘This Kindly Slumber’ Denovali, 1/24/2014 One of the most deeply immersive records I’ve heard in many years – comparable in my view to Pink Moon or The Boatman’s Call in its expression of a unique inner landscape and world of its own – the new Birds of Passage record finds Alicia Merz pushing her work to... 

Sam Shalabi and Stefan Christoff, ‘родина’

March 4, 2014

Sam Shalabi and Stefan Christoff, ‘родина’ Howl! Arts Collective, 2013 The search for home and belonging in lands that have yet to reconcile with their own inherited past is a deeply personal sentiment, though it simultaneously requires engagement with its environment in order to produce understanding. This is what weighs heavily in the movements...