March 31, 2010


Earth Canal (2008)

Crowded Out Memory (2009)

Kind Glaze (2010)

RIYL: Black Dice around 2003, Emeralds, Dolphins Into The Future, Oneohtrix Point Never

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Fourth Realm

Patterns Of Visions

Comes across as kind of like a version of Kites Sail High or RxRy where the beat never drops. Wait a second, is my long-term memory really too far gone to recall the name of any similar ambient artist? What was I talking about?

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Well, okay. I feel weird posting this, because it is a personal project, but I "might as well." This is an album that I recorded. I'm going to quote my myspace blog post about it: "All tracks are improvised clean guitar with delay. No overdubs. Phrases are meant to build upon one another to create self-sustaining organic structures that ascend aurally like glass ladders into swollen cloud eyes."

Someone on said it reminded them of Don Caballero's What Burns Never Returns. I have no choice but to take that as a compliment.

Myspace // <-- preview the album here

March 30, 2010

Good Luck - 2010 Demo

When I saw this video of them playing "Novel Figure" on their myspace a while back I vowed to never listen to it again until I could hear it in produced form. Thankfully, that time has finally come. This is a solid four song demo that includes a pretty sweet cover of Prince's "When You Were Mine", which I had heard them play live previously. This should get you dudes pumped for their next full-length.

March 25, 2010

red sparowes

The Fear is Excruciating, But Therein Lies the Answer

ok so yes, red sparowes can't spell. and yes, their album title does strike me as kindof lame. but don't worry, these guys can create some truly brutal, backbreaking walls of sound. it always weirds me out that the only people i see at their shows are filthy, long-haired, pimply metal-types.

why is this? can anyone explain? they sound nothing like slayer, i swear!

i guess i "understand" why they're not more popular... kids would rather suffer through shitty, my-american-heart-esque singing while waiting for some cliche, 15-second breakdown than listen to the builds and swells of a song that actually requires technical skill.

whew sorry that came out so bitter. might have something to do with being woken up by my friends listening to iwrestledabearonce at 5am. almost took my own life. anyway, at least listen to the last track. it's breathtaking.

Orchard Thief


So I found out one day last week that Vacation Dad is touring the east coast this summer with Farms, Bad Tanya, and Orchard Thief. I think it's clear from what I'm posting right now that I'm really glad I looked up that last one. This album is darker than you'd expect of something that is the perfect thing to listen to on a summer day that's hot enough for your back to get stuck to your t-shirt but breezy enough to toss your hair into knots. Think of a minimal version of Real Estate, but moodier, like Crystal Stilts; and then take out the lo-fi fuzz, leaving just reverb and delay and open space; then strip the drum kit down to a few floor toms, a snare, and the occasional shaker, to keep the beats tribal. Add in a pinch of early Appleseed Cast and Sharks Keep Moving, and you're getting kinda close, but you still haven't listened yet. And you must.

You'd be missing out if you didn't also get the two songs No Conclusion posted a few days ago. They're gonna be on an upcoming split with Pawlic (performing under the name Glass Buds), and they're both really killer.

Myspace //

March 24, 2010


Mixtape Memories

Swell stripped-down solo shoegaze. Reminds me of Atlas Sound, but the more songwriter-y stuff. And not as emotionally draining. Carefree, but still kinda heartbreaking. There's intimate lo-fi noise-pop hooks and a definite Underwater Peoples Records feel. Way better than the generic exclamation of his namesake may imply.

You can download another couple of EPs on his myspace, while you're at it.

Myspace //


Sorry for the lack of posts lately, everyone. Been busy as hell nearing the last quarter of school. I know it isn't much, but here is a killer two song demo. Run is from London. They released this demo earlier in the year and it definitely gets me pumped to hear more from them. The first track opens with a gritty wall of feedback and slow, stomping drums. The rest of the track is solid, including a pretty memorable gallop that finishes it off. The second is a slower piece and is definitely the weaker of the tracks, but that isn't to say it doesn't deliver something to remember. You can download it from their myspace as well, but I have laid it out here for your convenience.

March 23, 2010



Sometimes, an album this good will come outta nowhere, just like that. I can't tell you how surprised I am by the attention to detail and the rhythmic intricacy Tyler Newbold puts into his tunes here. I'm thinking of Atlas Sound, Xiu Xiu, Aphex Twin (or anything on Warp Records, for that matter), and Toro Y Moi rolled into one. It's kinda blowing my mind. Don't take my word for it, though -- you can listen to the whole thing and download it for free at bandcamp if you click the artwork above.

Myspace //

March 22, 2010

Kites Sail High


can't stop listening 2 this
riyl: teebs, rxry, flylo

Myspace //
Buy it!

March 16, 2010


Kicking Foot

[listen now! description later. riyl: panda bear, vacation dad]

Myspace //

March 15, 2010

Internet radio 2nite, y'all

I'll be a guest on my good buddy Hillary Anderson's radio show tonight. I'll be speaking a few words in the English language and playing a few songs that are audible to the human ear. It starts at 8PM and you should CLICK HERE around that time if you want to tune in and hear wonderful things.

UPDATE: Well, that was fun! Download the whole thing here.

It's a little under an hour. The playlist is like this:

WHY? - January Twenty Something
Woods - Down This Road
Pill Wonder - Gone to the Market (guest dj track)
Beach Fossils - Daydream
Arrah and the Ferns - Apple for Evan
Cap'n Jazz - No Use for an Opinion
Anisette - Tuesday Night Turtles (guest dj track)
Fredrik - Alina's Place
Twin Sister - Lady Daydream
Eric Copeland - Fun Dink Death (guest dj track)
M83 - Teen Angst

And there's all kinds of awkward banter in between. Enjoy.

March 14, 2010


No Summr

Dark, glitchy, goOoOOd. Kind of like a grimey M83, sometimes, othertimes like a spookier version of Burial. Often neither. + Gaga "PCKRFCRMX" remix.

I suggest you also listen to the song "Hearts," not on this EP but streaming on myspace.

Myspace // Taken from the site, instructions for purchase:

6 song CD-R released on D I S A R O. Hand made sleeves. 100 Copies. $8 U.S./ $10 Everywhere Else [shipping included]. Send us a message on myspace (or and we'll give u the email address for paypal.

March 09, 2010



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I'm baffled -- a band whose last effort was my favorite album the year I graduated high school releasing an album four years later that still manages to fracture my skull with a jackhammer? Color me brain-damaged. (On second thought, I am still in college...)

If you loved Hell Songs, you'll love this record. Pummels just as hard and convulses just as violently. A few BPM are lost, but what you may miss in speed is definitely made up for in density. I'm bummed that they've broken up just as this is being released, but Daughters has never been a stable band, in personality or in composition -- they were more the talented and proficient do-whatever-the-fuck-we-want type. So maybe it's fitting for them to end before they lose that edge. Pretty sure Daughters will be remembered as one of those bands that was the best contemporary they had in a genre with few decent contemporaries to be had. Cheers, pricks.

March 07, 2010

A Weather

Everyday Balloons

i've been waiting so long for this.
sweet and dreamy. sounds like laying in your bed on a pile of pillows wide awake on a rainy day.

March 06, 2010

Pill Wonder


Myspace //
Buy it!

Perfect tropical lo-fi noise-pop. This 8-song EP is criminally short at only 18 minutes, but accomplishes enough in that time to compel you to listen repeatedly. Reminds me of No Age but more chill, or the Ruby Suns but more playful, or Islands but more noisy and good in general. This is poised to be the soundtrack to anyone's early summer.

Endless Endless Endless

Things I Saw

Website //

Another beautiful limited edition release from this "post-noise" duo. Don't make me try and convince you again, okay? This short mini-album is somewhat more fluid than Black Talisman. Vocal snippets and short squiggles of guitar and synth chords float around like gummy bears inside a jell-o gelatin of thick fuzzy atmosphere.

March 03, 2010

Pink Houses

Pink Houses (2010)

Pink Houses are a punk band from Bloomington, Indiana. This is their debut full length. I first witnessed them in a dank, dark basement one Saturday night in Bloomington, which I can honestly say is the best way to experience what they bring to the table. Ryan Woods (of Defiance, Ohio notoriety) plays a distorted bass that provides the framework for David McGrath's frantic drums and Jared Estridge's dirty guitar work. The whole album flows very well and will have you jumping around and destroying things before you realize what happened. Highlights on the album are definitely the opener, "A Shame", and "Again At The End", which is reminiscent of Black Sabbath and shows that there is more here than some textbook punk rock. If you dig what you hear, buy it! These dudes deserve it.