Reviews

The Body, ‘No One Deserves Happiness’

March 31, 2016

The Body, ‘No One Deserves Happiness’ Thrill Jockey Records, 3.18.2016 Some five or six years ago, I walked into a DIY spot full of unfamiliar crusties in a still unfamiliar midwestern town, expecting to see a punk show with all of the discomfort that comes with it; scenesters, dudes smashing into each other, drinking cold beer in even... 

Blind Alfred Reed, ‘Blind Alfred Reed: Appalachian Visionary’

March 25, 2016

Blind Alfred Reed, ‘Blind Alfred Reed: Appalachian Visionary’ Dust-to-Digital, 2.19.2016 Dust-to-Digital’s expansive new compilation of Virginia-born and West Virginia raised Blind Alfred Reed (1880-1956) is subtitled Appalachian Visionary, an appropriate sobriquet whatever his ocular condition. As a West Virginian, I’m particularly fond of our... 

Suspect, ‘Faux Empath’

March 17, 2016

Suspect, ‘Faux Empath’ Night-People Records, 1.24.2016 With its grisly imagery and blood spattered cover, it would be easy for one to assume that Faux Empath, the first tape from Chicago artist Suspect, is an enjoyably “experimental” release that follows in the rich history of “experimental”  artists... 

Sapropelic Pycnic, ‘A Love Supreme’

March 14, 2016

Sapropelic Pycnic, ‘A Love Supreme’ No Index, 1.5.2016 The first irony of covering John Coltrane’s A Love Supreme is that, for me at least, that work hardly served as an introduction to Coltrane. During my first explorations of jazz music, it was Ascension and Meditations that acquainted my ears with his uncanny vision. From this... 

Shapes / Melfi, ‘Split’

March 4, 2016

Shapes / Melfi, ‘Split’ Umor Rex Records, 1.8.2016 The day I am writing this review is also the six-month anniversary of my cubicle job. I stepped out of the classroom after nine years last May and, after a final summer vacation scouring Indeed and Glassdoor, landed a gig as a technical writer for a mortgage company. I offer...