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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: White Orange

Onawa (Made In China)


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[ACID RAWK] The members of White Orange reference the use of psychedelics frequently when discussing their music, and to listen to the band’s latest EP, Onawa, it becomes apparent these heavy    More
 
Wednesday, July 31, 2013 ROBERT HAM

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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