Album Review — Sound Kapital, Handsome Furs

Handsome Furs write songs about the Eastern Bloc that swerve aggressively across the violent border between fist-pump rock anthems and minor-key distress signals. The lyrics read almost like propaganda, rooted as they are in the cheerleading of nostalgic, confused teenagers who stumble along a similar fault line—the eerie divide between state communism and modern capitalism. … Continue reading

Show Review — Death Grips at Fishbowl 666 | Davis, CA | 6.11.11

It sounded like Weiss the Curmudgeon didn’t have a lot of fun at the Death Grips show at Low End Theory in LA this week. Was there a sweaty mosh pit? A lot of people were screaming, you say? Well Weiss, maybe if you’d have put the jaded ballerina inside of you on pause for forty minutes and got … Continue reading

EP Review – Dread Head EP, PC Worship

Some of us had been daintily applying ChapStick before Brooklyn’s PC Worship played at the Villanova house in Davis, CA. I didn’t know which factor contributed the enjoyment, but I decided to buy their record anyway. At least it looked cool: the silk screened black reptilian Virgin on nacreous sleeve, seemingly burned into the paper, … Continue reading

Show Review: Rammstein at the Oracle Arena, May 18, 2011

Rammleid | Bückstabü | Waidmanns Heil | Keine Lust | Weißes Fleisch | Feuer Frei! | Wiener Blut| Frühling In Paris | Ich Tu Dir Weh | Du Riechst So Gut | Benzin | Links 2 3 4| Du Hast | Pussy || Encore 1|| Sonne | Haifisch | Ich Will || Encore 2 || … Continue reading

Interview – Future Islands

All My Friends recently caught up with the spectacular Future Islands to discuss their 2010 triumph, In Evening Air, their method, and their madness. If you haven’t heard this album yet, you should be disappointed in yourself and act posthaste to correct this shameful error of your ways. Once you’re caught up and equally enraptured, … Continue reading

Track/Video Review — “An Apology” Future Islands

Late in this live performance of “An Apology,” Future Islands lead singer Sam Herring stares past the camera, his exhausted countenance drifting in-and-out of focus, the warm-hued, spinning disco lights dancing across his face like psychedelic ambulance lights, rushing to save someone already too far gone, someone already so far away. The video puts a … Continue reading

Interview — Carey Mercer of Frog Eyes

AMF had the chance to interview Carey Mercer, the mastermind behind Frog Eyes, Blackout Beach, and, on occasion, Swan Lake.  Below Mercer discusses his influences, amplifiers, literature, and the characters in his lyrics. If you do not yet know of Frog Eyes, their teetering instrumentals and brilliantly composed lyrics will sink their teeth into you. … Continue reading

The Body’s Corpus: Whitehorse Split, Anthology, All the Waters of the Earth Turn to Blood Lyrics

“Just, Wretched,” the song that The Body contributed to The Body / Whitehorse 7”, is much like the title says. The introductory phrase is reminiscent of black metal slowed down, which is unusual for The Body considering slow black metal is scores faster than the usual Body pace. The second phrase of the song brings … Continue reading

EP Review – Almost Xiu Xiu, Almost Deerhoof

As a rabid Xiu Xiu fan (but not quite a shwee) and knowing little about Deerhoof, I was intrigued when I heard Almost Xiu Xiu, Almost Deerhoof. According to the Xiu Xiu site, the concept behind the 7” was that Xiu Xiu would sing a Deerhoof song and Deerhoof would retaliate and do a Xiu Xiu … Continue reading

Mixtape Review – Death Grips, Exmilitary Mixtape

Death Grips’ Exmilitary Mixtape just came out and has more stripped down moments than previous peeks at the Zach Hill-backed, experimental hip hop project. Still, the production is impeccable and the experimental qualities persist. The usage of effects and samples create what many Zach Hill projects tend toward: a spastic, noisy, perpetually changing burst of … Continue reading

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    Started in early 2011, AMF Magazine is a collective of post-college writers living in California. AMF was created to provide a forum for discussion of contemporary music and to give praise where praise is due.