STRFKR – Future Past Life
Apr11

STRFKR – Future Past Life

It’s been four years since their last record, Being No One, Going Nowhere. Seven years since Miracle Mile. This release does not mark a turning point, a creative shift or even a sixth attempt to stun the critics. In a way, this is great news. As a line on the seventh track “Palm Reader” goes, “Why should I try?” Joshua Hodges and the band have an intentionally zen approach. It’s organic pop that...

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The Fall’s Mark E Smith
Jan24

The Fall’s Mark E Smith

In 1988, as a kid with a fresh CD of “I Am Kurious Oranj,” I was not the toast of the party. I remember playing it for friends. No one was into it.* Christgau loved it, not that that helped. My favorite records have always been alienating. When I was 10, I played this LP for my horrified grandparents. A few years later, I bought Fact. 40 in a sealed purple box at a Listening Booth record store (without knowing what was...

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Vagabon – Infinite Worlds
Mar07

Vagabon – Infinite Worlds

We first heard the song “Sharks” courtesy of Brooklyn Magazine in 2016. Watch the video. I think you’ll understand why we loved it. Her eight song album is out now (iTunes) and “Sharks” has become “The Embers.” It’s also louder, with a great stutter of bass and drums. It’s just as captivating. Laetitia Tamko’s aesthetic harkens back to so many artists that it’s hard to...

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