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Obscure Sound: Best of September 2011

October 4, 2011
September’s compilation is massive… I don’t know where to start. These twenty tracks from the past month, ranging in every style from soothing folk to Halloween-themed hip-hop, offer greater diversity than usual — and it’s not just due to the sheer number of tracks. New tastes...


September 28, 2011
Sweden’s electronic-pop scene is renowned not only for its number of impressive musicians per capita, but its listeners’ embracing of various temperaments within the style. Many bond over big-time hooks and smooth-as-butter production, with artistic delivery often serving as the divide. Familiarity with ev...

Fleet Foxes – Helplessness Blues (2011)

April 21, 2011
If you asked me about a year ago if I’d want to review the sophomore effort from the Portland-based Fleet Foxes, I’d have told you, “Absolutely not.” Simply put, I was ‘over’ Fleet Foxes. The over-saturation of their self-titled debut was too much for me, and I came to resent the album in a sense. Fleet Fo...

Lost in the Pancakes

April 19, 2011
Like many Elephant 6 acts, the solo project of Olivia Tremor Control keyboardist Peter Erchick has a mysterious enigma that is propelled by not only a nostalgic psych-pop sound, but also by the infrequency of his releases. His output – under the name Pipes You See, Pipes You Don’t – first...

Second Look: Hometowns

March 30, 2011
After the release of their most recent album Departing this year, Ben takes a look back at their memorable debut, Hometowns. After lukewarm acclaim for Departing, he looks at Hometowns for clues about where the Advantage could and should be going. At the very least, it is certainly an album worth revisiting.

Coma Cinema – Blue Suicide (2011)

February 9, 2011
“Is your heart too big for you to know that its broken?” asks Mat Cothran (sole member of Coma Cinema) on the yearning denouement of Blue Suicide. Cothran is ostensibly obsessed with the past, dwelling on failed tryst and subsequent attempts to cope. Perhaps it is presumptuous to assume that all listeners...

Week in Review (1/29)

January 29, 2011
This week's spot features news about Coachella and All Tomorrow's Parties, new tracks by the likes of Memory Tapes, another look at Destroyer's Kaputt, and a nostalgic take on The Strokes. Jay takes the weekly feature again this week, noting his excitement for the wide assortment of tours coming this spring.

The Implosion of The King Khan & BBQ Show

June 24, 2010
The King Khan & BBQ Show's break-up last week in Daegu, South Korea was raucously entertaining, much like the garage-rockers' renowned shows. Jay Mattson provides his first-hand account of the chaotic scene at Bar Guess, where Arish Khan and Mark Sultan have appeared to part ways after over a decade of wor...

Best Albums of 2009: #10 to #01

December 18, 2009
The top ten albums of 2009 are unveiled, capping off the end to a great year in music.

Afternoon Naps – Parade (2009)

November 9, 2009
Afternoon naps are a pretty amiable thing to name your band after, even if it is hardly the most exciting. These few hours are simple but highly productive, at least in the sense that recuperation amidst a weekday’s chaos is rare, and these are the reasons why it can be so enjoyable. Although somewha...