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Blueprint

June 4th, 2018  |  by  |  published in Features | Leave A Comment »

Blueprint

Blueprint, a.k.a. Printmatic, a.k.a. Albert Shepard, wears more hats than he has names. He emerged from Columbus, Ohio in the late ‘90s to create some of the most enduring underground hip-hop albums of the first decade of the new millennium as a producer with Greenhouse Effect, as a rapper with Soul Position (a partnership with RJD2), and also as a solo artist with 10 albums …

Staff Picks for the Best Albums of 2017

January 26th, 2018  |  by  |  published in Features | Leave A Comment »

Staff Picks for the Best Albums of 2017

Dorian S. Ham

1. Run the Jewels, Run the Jewels 3 (self-released)
2. Kendrick Lamar, Damn (Interscope Records)
3. Björk, Utopia (One Little Indian Records)
4. LCD Soundsystem, American Dream (DFA Records/Columbia Records)
5. St. Vincent, Masseduction (Loma Vista Recordings)
6. Julianna Hatfield, Pussycat (American Laundromat Records)
7. Sinkane, Life & Livin’ It, (City Slang)
8. Syd, Fin (Columbia Records)
9. Rapsody, Lailia’s Wisdom

Something Wicked Top 10 of 2017

January 22nd, 2018  |  by  |  published in Features | Leave A Comment »

Something Wicked Top 10 of 2017

A quick look at the geopolitical landscape in 2017 shows that things were not exactly tranquil. It was similarly a time of discontent for the dark arts. The very soul of the genre was debated more fiercely than ever before and often parallel to global events. The nebulous Antifa was not just the liberal boogieman for followers of Fox News, but also readers of Metal …

Top 10 Reissues of 2017

January 19th, 2018  |  by  |  published in Features | Leave A Comment »

Top 10 Reissues of 2017

#10
Various Artists
Sharon Signs to Cherry Red: Independent Women 1979–1985
Cherry Red Records

Though officially released in 2016 on RPM, this two-disc set collecting a remarkably broad range of female-driven UK DIY acts saw a vinyl reissue in 2017. While the majority of the bands collected here may not be household names to anyone but ardent collectors of British indie music, the likes of …

The Agit Reader Top 10 of 2017

January 16th, 2018  |  by  |  published in Features | 1 Comment »

The Agit Reader Top 10 of 2017

Last year I began our annual look-back succinctly with “Fuck 2016.” But if only I knew. In many ways, 2017 was worse. For one, it was a full year of President Shit-for-Brains in the White House, during which we had Nazis openly marching in the streets and far too many people voting for a pedophile for senate. (One bright spot was that he didn’t win.) …

Poptone

June 27th, 2017  |  by  |  published in Features | Leave A Comment »

Poptone

Poptone

While Bauhaus has enjoyed the cult following that comes with being seen as goth figureheads and Love and Rockets the spoils that go along with a Top 10 hit (“So Alive”), despite having what has become a fixture of alternative club nights the world over (“Go!”), Tones on Tail has never enjoyed the degree of notoriety as the bands that preceded and followed it. Formed …

Introducing… Rays

May 5th, 2017  |  by  |  published in Features | Leave A Comment »

Introducing… Rays

Rays

Oakland, California’s Rays are a fairly typical indie band. They look the part, play the part, run around with other bands who do the same, and get loads of redundant comparisons to the Flying Nun and C-86 jangle pop that undoubtedly clogs their record collections. But it’s the way the quartet—Eva Hannan on bass, Troy Hewitt on guitar, Stanley Martinez on guitar, and Alexa Pantalone …

Boss Hog

April 4th, 2017  |  by  |  published in Features | Leave A Comment »

Boss Hog

Boss Hog

It’s been 17 years since Boss Hog put out a record, and although a lot has changed during that time, you might not know it by listening to the new album. Named after a strain of cicada that also only reappears every 17 years, Brood X (In the Red Records) doesn’t sound like the work of a band that’s been lying dormant for nearly two …

The Feelies

February 27th, 2017  |  by  |  published in Features | Leave A Comment »

The Feelies

The Feelies

When I last spoke to Feelies guitarist and singer Glenn Mercer and percussionist Dave Weckerman nearly eight years ago, the New Jersey band had just reconvened after a 17-year hiatus. Aside from a gig at the now defunct All Tomorrow’s Parties playing their 1976 debut, Crazy Rhythms, in its entirety, the group had few concrete plans, although they did intend to make a new …

Staff Picks of 2016: Stephen Slaybaugh

January 19th, 2017  |  by  |  published in Features | Leave A Comment »

Staff Picks of 2016: Stephen Slaybaugh

I’ve already mentioned the many things that made 2016 one of the worst years in a long time—and I didn’t even mention the Cleveland Indians losing the World Series. If you’re like me, music has always been a salvation. One can either lose oneself in visceral energy or somehow ease one’s one pain by listening to similar sentiments expressed in song. I certainly did plenty …