Archive | March, 2009

REVIEW: Strange Boys – And Girls Club (In the Red)

Donít mess with Texasís Strange Boys: some Austinite Nietzsche reading lo-fi punk-rockers, who just released their first major record, The Strange Boys and Girls Club. The Sambol brothers (Ryan, guitar/lead vocals, writes all the songs and his elder, Phillip, bass) started the band, are now accompanied by another guitartist (thatís right), Greg Enlow, a guy […]

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REVIEW: Vampire Hands – Me & You Cherry Red/Cuz It’s a Beach Funeral (Modern Radio)

Vampire Handsí ‘Me & You Cherry Red / Cuz Itís a Beach Funeral’ combine numerous recent trends: the ever popular noise of Wavves, the psychedelia of White Magic and Sun Araw, and the garage rock of Black Lips and the Crystal Stilts. Vocals range from high-pitched wailing to low, monotonous drone, all coupled with dominating […]

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REVIEW: Julie Doiron – I Can Wonder What You Did With Your Day (Jagjaguwar)

Julie Doiron has made an excellent career for herself playing folky, distorted, almost-expansive dreampunk. She started her career as the bassist/vocalist of Eric’s Trip, one of the first Canadian lo-fi bands to make it big stateside; she’s collaborated with Phil Elverum and Okkervil River; and she’s just made one of the best albums of early […]

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REVIEW: Tarentel – Live Edits: Italy & Switzerland

Tarentel, a San Francisco electro-percussive threesome, is out with Live Edits from a 2005 tour of Italy and Switzerland. The belated compilation of sensate drone sounds vibrates, gyrates, and oh my-rates as one my favorite psychedelelectric albums this year. The startlingly original electro-primitive percussion is powerful but does not domineer- rather it cools into a […]

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REVIEW: Elvis Perkins – In Dearland (XL)

It took me two listens to shimmy my way into Dearland- a rich, heartbreaking New Orleanian funeral procession-inspired record- the 2nd ďsecond-lineĒ album of Elvis Perkins. He plays seamlessly and tautly with his three versatile band-mates who pick up instruments ranging from horns and marching band percussion to the harmonium. Songs like ďIíll Be Arriving,Ē […]

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