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Album Review: Plankton Wat

Drifter’s Temple (Thrill Jockey)


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Guitarist Dewey Mahood’s departure from Eternal Tapestry, the free-range psych band of which he was a member for a decade, happened quietly. There were no big blowups, no residual ill will. Un   More
 
Wednesday, September 11, 2013 ROBERT HAM

Album Review: Kenny Feinstein

Loveless: Hurts To Love (Fluff & Gravy)


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[COWBOY BOOTGAZE] A great cover album not only pays homage to a beloved musician but reimagines the music itself. And while there’s little new about covering My Bloody Valentine, Portland’s Ke   More
 
Wednesday, September 11, 2013 MARK STOCK

Album Review: Street Nights

You Have My Word (Friendship)


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[RETRO ROCK] Everything you need to know about Street Nights’ style is thrust in your ears within the first five seconds of “Hong Kong,” the opener of the vinyl-only You Have My Word. Guit   More
 
Wednesday, August 21, 2013 MITCH LILLIE

Album Review: Drumgasm

Drumgasm (Jackpot)


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[THREE DRUMMERS DRUMMING] The press release for Drumgasm, the one-off improvisational collaboration between Zach Hill (Death Grips, Hella), Janet Weiss (Wild Flag, Quasi) and Matt Cameron (Sound   More
 
Wednesday, August 21, 2013 ROBERT HAM

Album Review: Typhoon

White Lighter (Roll Call)


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[ORCHESTRAL POP] Well, Portland, hopefully you didn’t expect Typhoon to stay yours forever. A band built like a junior orchestra clearly has ambitions no basement could contain for long. With    More
 
Wednesday, August 14, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER

Album Review: Laura Veirs

Warp & Weft (Raven Marching Band)


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[REFINED COUNTRY] A thread of kinship runs through Laura Veirs’ ninth studio album. Produced by husband Tucker Martine, Warp & Weft explores the joy and stress of being a parent, to the tune o   More
 
Wednesday, August 14, 2013 MARK STOCK

Album Review: Pure Bathing Culture

Moon Tides (Partisan)


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[LUCID DREAM-POP] All there is to know about Pure Bathing Culture is contained in “Pendulum,” the track that opens the duo’s debut full-length. A heartthrob drum-machine pattern introduces D   More
 
Wednesday, August 14, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER

Album Review: Mother Bunch

Dirty Theory (Self-Released)


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[WHITE NOISE] Mother Bunch superior Daniel Menasche has a decent set of pipes and a smooth enough flow for those occasional dalliances into hip-hop, so one imagines the short-fiction writer gives    More
 
Wednesday, August 7, 2013 JAY HORTON

Album Review: Wishyunu

Futuray (Self-Released)


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[SYNTHSCAPES] Husband-and-wife duo Bei and Tony Yan have been cranking tunes out of their windowless basement recording studio since 2008, and it’s starting to show: This latest four-track EP, t   More
 
Wednesday, August 7, 2013 GRACE STAINBACK

Album Review: Summer Cannibals

No Makeup (New Moss)


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[GARAGE ROCK] Someone done pissed off Summer Cannibals’ Jessica Boudreaux real good. “I’m dreaming of this city on mute,” she snarls on “Sounds,” the fuzz-bomb that opens the group’s   More
 
Wednesday, July 31, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER
 

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