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Staff Picks: Dorian S. Ham

January 9th, 2014  |  by  |  published in Features | Leave A Comment »

Staff Picks: Dorian S. Ham

If the music industry was like the movie industry—and it is but that’s a think piece for another time—the executives would be freaking out over scheduling. So many long-awaited returns and superstar records came out this year that, if this was the movie business, someone would have moved some of them to a less busy year. This year has simply been an embarrassment of riches. …

Staff Picks: Michael P. O’Shaughnessy

January 8th, 2014  |  by  |  published in Features | Leave A Comment »

Staff Picks: Michael P. O’Shaughnessy

Top 10 Albums

1. The Lloyd Pack, At Home with The Lloyd Pack (L’esprit De L’escalier)

2. Connections, Body Language (Anyway)

3. Anna Ranger, Swimming and Crawling (Stochastic)

4. Ducktails, The Flower Lane (Domino)

5. Charles Bradley, Victim of Love (Daptone/Dunham)

6. Tropical Popsicle, Dawn of Delight (Volar)

7. My Bloody Valentine, MBV (self-released)

8. Jake Bugg, Shangri La (Island)

9. The Men, New Moon

Staff Picks: Nate Knaebel

January 7th, 2014  |  by  |  published in Features | Leave A Comment »

Staff Picks: Nate Knaebel

Top 10 Albums

1. Oblivians, Desperation (In the Red)

2. Ex-Cult, Ex-Cult (Goner)

3. True Sons of Thunder, Stop and Smell Your Face (Little Big Chief)

4. Liquor Store, In the Garden (Almost Ready)

5. No Bunny, Secret Songs (Goner)

6. Mordecai, College Rock (Richie)

7. King Khan and the Shrines, Idle No More (Merge)

8. Endless Boogie, Long Island (No Quarter)

9. Charles Bradley,

Staff Picks: Kevin J. Elliott

January 7th, 2014  |  by  |  published in Features | Leave A Comment »

Staff Picks: Kevin J. Elliott

Top 10 Albums

1. Foxygen, We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace and Magic (Jagjaguwar)
Ambitious pop songs full of both joy and cynicism.

2. Bill Callahan, Dream River (Drag City)
The work of Bill Callahan gets better with age, but this one seemed to be his most immediate album when age has left his songwriting subdued and hushed. It’s his Aja.…

Staff Picks: Stephen Slaybaugh

January 6th, 2014  |  by  |  published in Features | Leave A Comment »

Staff Picks: Stephen Slaybaugh

Favorite Albums

1. Ghost Wave, Ages (Flying Nun)
With Ages, Aukland five-piece Ghost Wave proved themselves the heir apparent to the Flying Nun legacy. Like The Clean, Verlaines, Tall Dwarfs, et al. before them, the band combines jangly guitars with pop smarts and VU overdrive. It all amounts to a debut that show the New Zealand label’s best days aren’t behind it.

2. Toy, Join

Staff Picks: Josie Rubio

January 6th, 2014  |  by  |  published in Features | Leave A Comment »

Staff Picks: Josie Rubio

As 2013 wound to a close, I was left wondering: Have I seen everything there is to see? Most pop-culture events left me feeling blasé—even Miley Cyrus’ VMA performance. I may have been several Moonman-tinis into the evening, but I didn’t see what the big deal was. A shocking VMA performance? Try Madonna’s “Like a Virgin” in 1984. Former Disney starlets asserting sexier images? There’s …

The Agit Reader Top 20 of 2013

December 30th, 2013  |  by  |  published in Features | 1 Comment »

The Agit Reader Top 20 of 2013

Wooden Shjips, Back to Land#20
Wooden Shjips
Back to Land
Thrill Jockey

The title track, which leads off the Wooden Shjips fourth album, sets the stage for the rest of the record: groove, repeat. The keyboard and rhythm section lay down the mesmerizing foundation for such a groove, with Ripley Johnson’s vocals barely registering above the music before his guitar makes an appearance for an intricate interlude. As repetitive …

Cheap Time

December 19th, 2013  |  by  |  published in Features | Leave A Comment »

Cheap Time

Cheap Time

Of all the dark, disturbing characters that dwelled in Lou Reed’s sleazy downtown tales, none seemed more innocent then Jenny, the cool New York chick whose “life was saved by rock & roll” on the 1970 Velvet Underground classic “Rock & Roll.” Grime and grit aside, Jeffrey Novak, singer and guitarist for Cheap Time (as well as solo artist), could easily be Jenny’s wide-eyed clone, …

Circuit des Yeux

November 25th, 2013  |  by  |  published in Features | Leave A Comment »

Circuit des Yeux

Circuit des Yeux

Should the title of Circuit des Yeux’s latest album, Overdue, be taken literally, Haley Fohr has had this record burrowed deep inside her psyche for quite some time. Throughout Fohr’s discography, there have been a number of breathtaking moments of both the awe-inspiring and clutch at your throat variety, but never did it seem there was a time to exhale. Reflect on 2009’s Sirenum

Mike Donovan

November 11th, 2013  |  by  |  published in Features | Leave A Comment »

Mike Donovan

Mike Donovan

Over the course of their nearly 10-year run, San Francisco’s Sic Alps built a reputation as one of the foremost purveyors of psychedelic garage rock. After the release of the She’s On Top EP earlier this year, the band decided to call it quits, leaving behind a strong (and lengthy) discography. Never one to rest for too long, former Alp Mike Donovan immediately set to …