Circles – Shadowgraph

circles shadowgraph lp diminished arc records 2014

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 “Circles – Shadowgraph”

Advertisements

Kevin Morby – Still Life

kevin morby still life lp woodsist 2014

Former Woods bassist and Babies’ frontman KEVIN MORBY’s second solo album, Still Life, is a rugged collection of searching, heartbroken, NYC-inspired tunes that from first listen sound instantly familiar. Continue reading “Kevin Morby – Still Life”

BRONCHO – Just Enough Hip To Be Woman

broncho just enough hip to be woman lp dine alone records 2014

Broncho’s latest on Dine Alone Records, Just Enough Hip To Be Woman, pulls a lot of tired formulas and techniques from the 80’s new wave playbook for an effort that makes you glad that period of music is just a speck in the rear view mirror. Continue reading “BRONCHO – Just Enough Hip To Be Woman”

Big Star – Live in Memphis

big star live in memphis lp omnivore recordings 2014

The story of Memphis’ BIG STAR is a tragic and ultimately triumphant one – a group that managed to conjure transcendent rock music in the face of bad distribution deals and commercial indifference. The story of Big Star’s rise from obscurity to posthumous cult fame is a tale that’s now oft been told. For the uninitiated, 2012’s documentary Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me is an excellent place to start (add it to your Netflix queue, if you haven’t already). Continue reading “Big Star – Live in Memphis”

Wand – Ganglion Reef

wand ganglion reef lp god records 2014

WAND are yet another group in the latest of bumper crop neo-psychedelic wunderkinds. Their debut album Ganglion Reef is like some kind of genetically engineered and overgrown mutant pumpkin. From just the right sprinkling of Barrett-era Floyd to the chugging Blue Cheer-isms, it’s an album that sticks the landing on more occasions than not. Released on Ty Segall’s now established GOD? imprint (which is available via Drag City), it’s a driving and at the same time cosmically-inclined set of songs. Continue reading “Wand – Ganglion Reef”