Broken Arm – Life is Short

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BROKEN ARM’s latest on Gringo Records reveals a band with some potential, but also some maddening tendencies that need to be left behind in their record collection for them to progress. Continue reading

Ultimate Painting – s/t LP

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Jack Cooper and James Hoare quickly became friends after Jack’s band (Mazes) was on tour supporting James’ band (Veronica Falls). After sending demos back and forth, ULTIMATE PAINTING was formed under their partnership.
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Hot Off the Press: Castle Face’s Freshest Freaks

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Hot Off the Press this week: San Francisco-based Castle Face Records just dropped a menacing new long-player from USELESS EATERS, followed up by the fourth LP from KING GIZZARD AND THE LIZARD WIZARD.

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Circles – Shadowgraph

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Based out of Chicago and Milwaukee, CIRCLES consists of five core members that have been or are currently a part of a number of bands including Radar Eyes, France Has the Bomb, the Ponys, the Guilty Pleasures, Cococomas, Space Raft, the Holy Ghosts and Football. Continue reading

The Paperhead – Africa Avenue

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THE PAPERHEAD’s latest album, Africa Avenue, is definitely one that makes no bones about what is spinning in these guys’ collective wheelhouses. I’m picturing worn out copies of Kinks, early Pink Floyd and Love albums by the score. Continue reading

Steve Gunn – Way Out Weather

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The ghosts of an Old Weird America hover in the atmosphere above STEVE GUNN’s achingly beautiful album, Way Out Weather. From the sustained spectral guitar slides and the groping in the dark piano figures that start the opening track, it’s clear this is a record that’s all about the search.
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GOAT – Commune

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In a time of strife and uncertainty in the world, GOAT has arrived with a fresh batch of masterful songs on their latest from Sub Pop Records. All in all, Commune seeks to celebrate Mother Earth once again. Continue reading