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

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

Track Review — EMA “The Grey Ship”

Erika Anderson, whose vocal cords and tremulous guitar feedback stirred something fierce in me during her work with the now defunct greatest-band-of-all-time candidate Gowns, has a new project: EMA. The first public release, “The Grey Ship” is a curious specimen. At the onset is icy 4-track tape static upon which the funeral vessel floats as the shoreline … Continue reading

Track Review — Wallpaper “#STUPiDFACEDD”

“#STUPidFACEDD,” Wallpaper Funny story: So I have these friends from college. End of story. Just kidding. But seriously, my last name is Frederick. And there was this girl they knew named Lauren Frederic (I know, her family misspelled it) who also went to UC Davis. And yet, despite a large group of mutual friends, I … Continue reading

Track Review — Wavves “King of the Beach”

“King of the Beach,” Wavves. On January 13, 2010 Jay Reatard was found dead in his Memphis home from a cocaine and alcohol overdose. By August, lead singer Nathan Williams and his backing band — which includes both the drummer and bassist from Reatard’s former band — released Wavves’ second album King of the Beach. … Continue reading

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