Reviews

Rivulets, ‘I Remember Everything’

September 29, 2014

Rivulets, ‘I Remember Everything’ Jellyfant Records, 9/26/2014 Borne out of Duluth, Minnesota, Nathan Amundson – or Rivulets – also sounds like Duluth. His music is often bleak, occasionally harsh, sometimes melancholic, usually slow, and always reflective. It should be no surprise that his first release came to us via the... 

Joey Molinaro, ‘Say At Last – Who Art Thou?’

September 24, 2014

Joey Molinaro, ‘Say At Last – Who Art Thou?’ Inverted Music Company, 5/26/2014 In April, Joey Molinaro stormed into a Chicago room and pounced on his audience. The punk violinist unfurled an attack of acoustic, stomp-driven violin storms for a time, beside telling stories, screaming, and processing his violin with synth pedals and an amplifier.... 

Sex Hands, ‘Pleh’

September 18, 2014

Sex Hands, ‘Pleh’ Faux Discx / Negative Space, 7/28/2014 Manchester, UK’s Sex Hands announced themselves in 2012 with a couple of split singles and the self-released CD album Season 1. Scruffy, lo-fi and deeply in thrall to Pavement, Weezer and The Clean (whose “Sad Eyed Lady” the four-piece covered midway through... 

Eleven Twenty-Nine, ‘A Tithe To Hell’

September 16, 2014

Eleven Twenty-Nine, ‘A Tithe To Hell’ Drawing Room Records, 7/30/2014 Right off the bat, you know Eleven Twenty-Nine is confidently embracing their uncertainty. That is, they know exactly what they’re up to, but are more than happy to leave the end result up to chance. Tom Carter has developed a widely beloved guitar tone drenched with... 

Grand Mal X, ‘Stealth Minds’

September 12, 2014

Grand Mal X, ‘Stealth Minds’ Black Horizons, 12/12/2013 Stealth Minds arrived in my mailbox with some amazing packaging and some more amazing artwork, along with a polite decline to offer the digital downloads, preferring the listener engage in the ritual of cassette listening. I’ve been forced to put it off for a while now,... 

Blood Wedding / Timothy Morton / Marlo Pascual, ‘A Survey of Locked Modes’

September 9, 2014

Blood Wedding / Timothy Morton / Marlo Pascual, ‘A Survey of Locked Modes’ Future Audio Graphics, 3/14/2014 A Survey of Locked Modes is the second release from Future Audio Graphics, a new imprint based in Queens, New York. The label’s mission is unusual and very specific: each limited edition, full color gatefold LP is a three-way collaboration between a visual artist,...