REVIEW: Loscil – “Sea Island”

I’m starting to become convinced that you haven’t heard a pulse dissolve or a measure replicate off-time quite right until you’ve heard Loscil, which, appropriately, if true, took its name from the “looping oscillator” function in the program Csound. Scott Morgan, the man at the helm of this fine Kranky act from Vancouver, weaves atmospheric,…

REVIEW: Wet Lungs – “Vile Hobbies” EP

God bless Gabe Serbian. While some members of San Diego grind-core legends The Locust are taking an indefinite break while the populace waits for Plague Soundscapes 2, Serbian moved to Austin and formed a trio with members of The Roller that rocks almost as hard as his resume suggests it would. What can be said…

REVIEW: Bedhead – “Bedhead: 1992-1998” Boxed Set

The single guitar note, all fragile and frosted glass, falls on the foot of the kick drum. And then, as the notes continue to unfurl and the metronomic drum spurs a succession, we first hear that voice, sleepy but somehow still resolved and engaged, lingering above a whisper and below a murmur. “More than ever…

REVIEW: Bonnie “Prince” Billy – Singer’s Grave A Sea of Tongues

Singer-songwriter Will Oldham, that old Palace ring-leader turned “Prince,” just has released a new collection of emotive acoustics titled Singer’s Grave A Sea of Tongues – and, hands down, it is easily the best record he’s done since Lie Down In The Light. The backbone of the record is reminiscent of 2001’s Ease Down The…

BOOK REVIEW: Jesse Frohman – “Kurt Cobain: The Last Session”

Twenty years after Kurt Cobain’s tragic suicide, he’s still, it seems, as popular as ever. Sure, Cobain and company have sold some 25 million records in the U.S. since 1991 alone, if Bloomberg Businessweek is to be believed. But, since Cobain’s death, Nirvana has released two LPs that rocketed right to the top of the…

REVIEW: Hepa-Titus – “Gettin’ It On”

Originally published in Popdose on Nov. 5, 2014 Ipecac Records devotees might be led, for good reason, to believe that the Kevin Rutmanis narrative had come to a close. Just don’t tell that to Rutmanis. Let’s catch up for the newbies. Rutmanis, a founding member of The Cows, was enlisted by King Buzzo and Dale…

REVIEW: Thom Yorke – Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes

Originally published in Popdose on Oct. 31, 2014 Thom Yorke is talkin’ ‘bout a revolution again. Only this time, his soundtrack to it is so slight, it’s almost ethereal. Yorke and producer-extraordinaire Nigel Godrich recently truth-bombed social media and the Internet-at-large with the unplanned release of Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes, the Radiohead frontman’s first solo outing…

REVIEW: Jolie Holland – “Wine Dark Sea”

Originally published in Popdose on Oct. 30, 2014 Second take? Such a treasure! On Wine Dark Sea, Jolie Holland’s sixth LP, the eclectic singer-songwriter doesn’t just sit at the intersection of blues, soul and folk – she proves she can own it. After the joys of records like Escondida, a true studio-debut gem, or her…

REVIEW: A Winged Victory For The Sullen – “Atomos”

Originally published in Popdose on Oct. 23, 2014 When you listen to A Winged Victory For The Sullen’s new record, titled Atomos, it’s difficult not to think about the musicality and inherent narratives of human breathing. True, there is something airy and organic, intensely human even, to the ambient textures and swelling tides on the…

REVIEW: The Melvins – “Hold It In”

The latest Ipecac Records serving by proto-punk/metal-heads/Gods of Thunder The Melvins — this one titled, counter-intuitively, Hold It In — sounds like another experiment from the California-by-way-of-Washington grunge founders, and supplies even more ammunition to the argument that the group is becoming, at least in how structure influences sound, less of a garage-rock outfit and…