Review: Like A Fox – Where’s My Golden Arm?

Apologies for sounding like a broken record or an oversimplified lecture on aesthetics but there seem to be at least two distinct castes within the contemporary world of independent music, two different sides to the multi-faceted underground. There are the bands, outfits and musicians whose work is heralded by smaller labels because their sensibilities or…

Review: The Santiago Steps – Okay Okay Okay

Originally published in Delusions of Adequacy Jan. 30, 2009 Talk about misleading or false impressions. The first song off Okay Okay Okay, the third outing from California’s The Santiago Steps, starts the proceedings just the way you’d hope an album-opener would. The song— titled, simply, “Boardwalk”—begins with an emotive, if understated, progression on acoustic guitar, an…

Review: Skeletons – Money

Rejoice, lovers of broken beauty, rejoice! The Brooklyn quartet Skeletons has released a record so profound in its disjointedness, so dedicated to its skittering grace, you’ll spend the rest of the year trying to foolishly put together the pieces and make sense of it all. It’s called Money but, even if there’s a treatise on…