Posts tagged with "Moniker Records"

Stream: Jealousy – ‘Paid For It’

March 3, 2016

Stream: Jealousy – ‘Paid For It’ Speaking from one interpretation viles, the first album from Jealousy, was a type of minimalist sketch that painted hard-driven bass-psych while leaving open the potential for much noisier, denser live passageways. I mention this because upon returning to Moniker Records for the 2016 follow-up, Mark... 

Joy, Conflict, and Consumption: Nicholas’ 2015

January 13, 2016

Joy, Conflict, and Consumption: Nicholas’ 2015 Consuming records is a source of both joy and conflict: joy, where my undying love and obsession with music can be reified for physical engagement; conflict, where my uneasiness with consumption, desire for justice, and the crutches of hanging onto physical objects meet. Obviously, the former wins out... 

Video Premiere: Gel Set – “Ether Or”

June 16, 2015

Video Premiere: Gel Set – “Ether Or” On Human Salad, Gel Set’s debut LP, nothing is quite as it seems. From the shapeshifting sonics to the vacillating emotional thread, Laura Callier’s narrative is a skewed and affected arc that charms as much as it does unsettles, making for one of the more addicting and disarming listens... 

Gel Set – “Ether Or”

May 4, 2015

Gel Set – “Ether Or” For years, Laura Callier has delivered creepy, on-point double entendres. On her Moniker Records debut, Human Salad, Gel Set jumps from “that one there / he’s a hotty / I just want to dump his body” to a slew of tunes about basements, extrasensory perception, forests, and the abyss... 

Jimmy Whispers – “Summer In Pain”

March 12, 2015

Jimmy Whispers – “Summer In Pain” Summer in pain is real. Throughout his Moniker Records debut album, Jimmy Whispers howls real pain without missing the tune. Whispers works his honest voice as far as it will take him, adding in narratives about dying and defining the shapes of his pain between his songs. It is too easy to categorize... 

Best of 2014: Defending Generational Music with Nicholas

January 14, 2015

Best of 2014: Defending Generational Music with Nicholas Music Ain’t A Crime On one hand, my musical year could have started and ended in mid-January when dispatches from New Orleans emphatically announced that a noise ordinance was killed by the city council. Opposition to that ordinance promptly staged a Jazz Funeral for the doomed measure, raising... 

Kraus – Interior Castle

October 15, 2014

Kraus – Interior Castle Moniker Records is on an experimental electronic bender in the second half of 2014, and New Zealand’s grand manipulator Kraus showed up to join the fray. On Interior Castle, Kraus brings the logic of dancefloor krautrock and highly structured layers to a surprisingly medieval conclusion by mixing... 

Video Premiere: The Pen Test – “Biology”

August 11, 2014

Video Premiere: The Pen Test – “Biology” There’s an excellent interview with Roger McGuinn and David Crosby, from one of the classic “deluxe” Byrds CD reissues, that finds our rock stars describing the progression of technology and music. In their era, McGuinn firmly believed that The Byrds were making “jet plane”... 

On Tour: ONO

June 6, 2014

On Tour: ONO If you’re from Chicago and anywhere near outsider or experimental circles, chances are you’ve encountered ONO during their recent resurgence. The ensemble quickly re-emerged as one of the best-kept/open secrets of the city’s storied punk history with their diverse and intense shows.... 

ONO, ‘Diegesis’

April 18, 2014

ONO, ‘Diegesis’ Moniker Records, 3/11/2014 If God is going to set this world on fire, that fire breeds mystical divinity and material scourge. Following The Word, standing against the forces of nature, society, and divinity, a lone person is inclined to feel this fire as judgement. Yet, there is a power of love that... 

Rollin Hunt, ‘The Phoney’

May 29, 2013

Rollin Hunt, ‘The Phoney’ Moniker Records, 4/30/2013 Previously known for combining his love of R&B with a distinctly lo-fi recording technique and no small amount of experimentation, Chicago-based Rollin Hunt picked up a cult following in the UK and even became the subject of the a Canadian tribute LP back in 2008. Still...