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Video Roundup: Calvin Valentine! AU! Rags and Ribbons! Grapefruit!


It's Tuesday...it's around 4:30 pm...the slow haze of tired is taking over. You know what that means? Time to stare at your computer screen while images bounce all over it and some fine local tunes leak out of your computer speakers. At least that's what time it is around my house. I don't know how you office dwellers do things. Anyway, here's a nice straightforward clip to get us started, br...   More
Tuesday, October 2, 2012 by ROBERT HAM

Cut of the Day: "Fight Right," Rabbits


If you happen to find your way to Slabtown tonight for the record release party for Rabbits, at some point while the band is tearing through its set, I encourage you to close your eyes and envision the trio on a big stage, with the volume of their punk-infused metal raised up to the ...   More
Friday, September 28, 2012 by ROBERT HAM

Cut of the Day: "Helicopter," Wooden Indian Burial Ground


I hope that in listening to this new track from garage-psych quartet Wooden Indian Burial Ground you have the same reaction I did. That around the halfway point, when the band dissolves into a fit of feedback and static, you think, "Well, it can't get any better than that." And that's when WIBG decides to pour it on. Thick ...   More
Wednesday, September 26, 2012 by ROBERT HAM

System Reboot

How legendary U.K. dance duo Orbital got its groove back.

Music Stories
For nearly 25 years, one of the most instantly recognizable sounds and looks in electronic dance music has belonged to Orbital. Which isn’t to imply the U.K.-based duo has been hitting the sam   More
Wednesday, September 26, 2012 ROBERT HAM

A Review in Conversation: Animal Collective at Crystal Ballroom, Sept. 20

"I liked it because I didn't really like it either. "


Anyone who has heard even a lick of Animal Collective's music has to admit  they are one of the strangest bands to have captured the attention of the indie scene lo these past 15 years. And with the release of its most recent album Centipede Hz, the band's popularity continues to grow to the point that their fan base seems to b...   More
Monday, September 24, 2012 by ROBERT HAM

Album Review: Pictorials

Learning EP (Deja View)

Album Reviews
[PACIFIC NORTHWEST BRITPOP] One of the bona fides touted by the trio Pictorials in its bio is how the head of Badman Recording Co., Dylan Magierek, asked the band to record an EP after the group h   More
Wednesday, September 19, 2012 ROBERT HAM

Cut of the Day: "Swim and Sleep (Like a Shark)," Unknown Mortal Orchestra


According to Unknown Mortal Orchestra's Facebook page, its new album for Jagjaguwar is finished and ready to be mastered. So what does that mean? We have to wait until 2013 to get our hands on it!! Not cool, fellas. Well, at the very least, UMO knows...   More
Tuesday, September 18, 2012 by ROBERT HAM

Video Roundup: Pure Bathing Culture! Corin Tucker Band! Sad Little Men!


Pure Bathing Culture, "Ivory Coast"
I don't profess to really understand what's going on in this new Pure Bathing Culture clip -- a video for the song "Ivory Coast," directed by Sean Pecknold -- but that's fine by me. I like mysterious things even when they do invol...   More
Tuesday, September 18, 2012 by ROBERT HAM

TBA Diairies: Voices and Echoes and Laurie Anderson's Dirtday!


As the minutes ticked away past midnight on January 1, 2000, a sense of calm and joy sunk in over the world. The superstructures of the world avoided any Y2K insanity, and the symbolic turning of the page on a new millennium became something to simply celebrate. The world has never been as confident since. Disasters both man-made and natural have befallen the planet with alarming regularity. ...   More
Monday, September 17, 2012 by ROBERT HAM

Cut Of The Day: "The Hippie Girl," Mike Coykendall (with video!)


As I said this week in my review of the new Mike Coykendall record, it is a bit of a shame that the initial focus  people have been directing towards Chasing Away The Dots is the big names associated with it. Take this track, for example, which features backing vocals from t...   More
Wednesday, September 12, 2012 by ROBERT HAM
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