Ducktails – “Hamilton Road”

“Hamilton Road,” off the upcoming Ducktails album (wait for it) Ducktails III, is a hazy, sticky, candy-fueled, sunkissed ramble down tree-covered hills that wouldn’t sound outta place on a Pavement album if they weren’t too smarty-pants for their own good. It’s a countrified tangle of guitars and keyboards where the vocals strike the only mysterious note, [...]

Popnihil 2.27: The James Kochalka Interview

Interview by Matthew Moyer Art by Jason Brown In an age when mainstream superhero comics seem to be sinking back into the late ’80s/early ’90s excess that almost torpedoed the medium the first time around, the work of James Kochalka stands out like a breath of fresh, clear, enthusiastic laughter. Kochalka has been carving his [...]

Crystal Stilts – “Magnetic Moon”

Although I received crushing news this summer that Crystal Stilts were increasingly “phoning it in” during their live shows and, even worse, their itinerant drummer Frankie Rose bolted the band for her own thing, I couldn’t help but be buoyed by the news that the band were releasing a new single for Slumberland this fall. [...]

Encoffination – “Eucharist of Bone and Flame”

  On this track from their new album <i>Ritual Ascension Beyond Flesh</i>, death/doom duo Encoffination (Ghoat on vocals, guitar, and bass and Elektrokutioner on drums ? I already love it.) churn up creeping sheets of metallic sickness. Like foreathers Autopsy, Incantation or even Mortician (if their songs were slowed down from 37 seconds to 6 [...]

Sweet, Sweet Spirit

{Please note how smoothly I slipped Spiritualized in there.) The heavenly harmonies and raw passion of classic gospel artists like Sister Rosetta Tharpe and the Soul Stirrers have inspired musicians as diverse as Elvis, Dylan, Little Richard, and Spacemen 3. Librarians collecting gospel music might be tempted to fall back on old-time favorites—understandable, given the [...]

Gayngs – “Relayted”

(Sweet Jesus, that’s smooth.) But Relayted goes far beyond those art-prank aims, the album sounds fucking gigantic. It’s this incredible mix of Massive Attack, Chris De Burgh/Simple Minds (“Lady in Red”), Bryan Ferry, Sade, ’90s radio R&B, and This Mortal Coil. Olson has drafted in the proverbial cast of thousands to flesh out his orchestra of [...]

Consumerism, Pt. 1

Went record shopping last weekend. And apparently I have poor impulse control…. Royal Trux – “Red Tiger” 7″ Gilberto/Getz – “Getz/Gilberto” Lydia Lunch – “No Excuse” 7″ George Jones and Tammy Wynette – “We Can Build Ourselves A World” Ducktails – “Landscapes” (They dedicated the album to “the screened-in porch” so I couldn’t resist.) Donald [...]

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