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Close Lobsters

July 14th, 2020  |  by  |  published in Features | 2 Comments »

Close Lobsters

Though their jangly guitars and penchant for pop melodies bore some of the hallmarks of the so-called C86 sound, more than anything else what united the Close Lobsters with the other acts on the NME’s legendary cassette compilation was an ethos of self-made ingenuity. Born in the Scottish town of Paisley (about 10 miles east of Glasgow) in 1985 out of a surprisingly thriving punk …

Pere Ubu

June 9th, 2020  |  by  |  published in Features | Leave A Comment »

Pere Ubu

David Thomas of Pere Ubu

We’ve interviewed dozens of artists here on The Agit Reader, some more than once, and there’s no one that we have spoken to more frequently than Pere Ubu’s David Thomas. While we no doubt have a soft spot for fellow Ohioans, this fact is more a reflection of Thomas’ unwavering ability to create music that is always challenging and enthralling, not only with Pere Ubu, …

Staff Picks for the Best of 2019

February 6th, 2020  |  by  |  published in Features | Leave A Comment »

Staff Picks for the Best of 2019

Matthew Lovett

1. Oso Oso, Basking in the Glow (Triple Crown Records)
2. Prince Daddy & the Hyena, Cosmic Thrill Seekers (Counter Intuitive Records)
3. Mannequin Pussy, Patience (Epitaph Records)
4. Pup, Morbid Stuff (Rise Records)
5. Big Thief, Two Hands (4AD)
6. Glass Beach, The First Glass Beach Album (Run for Cover Records)
7. (Sandy) Alex G, House of Sugar (Domino Records)
8. Westkust, …

The Agit Reader Top 10 of 2019

February 4th, 2020  |  by  |  published in Features | Leave A Comment »

The Agit Reader Top 10 of 2019

Meitei, Komachi#10
Meitei
Komachi
Métron Records

I find myself spellbound when taking in Komachi, Meitei’s delicately crafted mix of nostalgia and loop-making science. It rewards unbroken attention, wrought as it is with quiet details, gentle moods, and subtle changes. The simple act of listening carefully will reward you, even if, like most of us, you have no reference point for what the artist is trying …

Operators

May 29th, 2019  |  by  |  published in Features | Leave A Comment »

Operators

Operators

Born in 2014 as a continuation of sorts of the ideas singer Dan Boeckner was exploring in the Handsome Furs, Operators has developed its own set of aesthetics and a sound as distinctive as any of Boeckner’s other previous projects (Wolf Parade, Divine Fits). While Operators rely on a largely electronic palette, there is nevertheless no shortage of human emotion in what they create. As …

Staff Picks for the Best Albums of 2018

January 18th, 2019  |  by  |  published in Features | Leave A Comment »

Staff Picks for the Best Albums of 2018

Matthew Lovett

1. Parquet Courts, Wide Awake! (Rough Trade Records)
2. Beach House, 7 (Sub Pop)
3. Snail Mail, Lush (Matador Records)
4. Soccer Mommy, Clean (Fat Possum Records)
5. Joyce Manor, Million Dollars to Kill Me (Epitaph Records)
6. The Armed, Only Love (Throatruiner Records)
7. Infant Island, Infant Island (Middle-Man Records)
8. The Beths, Future Me Hates Me (Carpark Records)
9. Gulfer, Dog

The Agit Reader Top 10 of 2018

January 15th, 2019  |  by  |  published in Features | 1 Comment »

The Agit Reader Top 10 of 2018

#10
Zeal & Ardor
Stranger Fruit
MVKA Music

It started out as a gimmick prompted by a politically incorrect dare. Manuel Gagneux, a musician of mixed race and Swiss-American citizenship, asked the notorious 4chan message board what genres he should mash up. He took the uncouth suggestion of black metal and “n*gger music” as a challenge and under the moniker of Zeal & Ardor became …

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 …