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Archived Since:September 1, 2008

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Record Review: Bon Iver - Bon Iver

This is the most I've had to say about anything music-related in a long while. My crisis of rock critic faith may still be ongoing, but on this topic at least, I certainly know what I think. Many thanks to Stomp and Stammer, as always, for letting me say whatever the hell I want to.(This album is good but absolutely doesn't deserve a 9.5, Pitchfork. Show More Summary

Record Review: Royal Bangs - Flux Outside

For Stomp and Stammer: Royal Bangs Flux Outside [Glassnote]Though perhaps no other moment on the record can equal the frenetic, harried energy of the leadoff track, Flux Outside, the third LP from Knoxville's Royal Bangs, barrels relentlessly straight through to its finish. Show More Summary

Record Review: Eksi Ekso - Brown Shark Red Lion

For Flagpole: Eksi EksoBrown Shark Red Lion The Mylene SheathThe storm is coming. Boston’s Eksi Ekso tells us so. Via backing brass and all manner of accompanying strings, the keys, guitar, bass and drums of this orchestral pop trio turn their individual songs into lush, suspenseful compositions. Show More Summary

Flagpole Feature: Ocha la Rocha

For Flagpole: Ocha la Rocha30-Plus Members and Just as Many TV Spots It’s a far cry from working and playing at Atlanta’s Star Community Bar to having songs appear on Hollywood television shows like ABC’s “Dirty Sexy Money” and MTV’s “The Hills.” Somehow, however, Johnny la Rocha and his band Ocha la Rocha seem to be at home doing both...[Read more]

Record Review: Secret Cities - Strange Hearts

In which I for some reason lead with more talk of chicken fillets. For Creative Loafing Atlanta : Secret Cities - Strange Hearts Sometimes a mallet can do more than beat chicken fillets into submission. Occasionally, it's the essential ingredient in an already-virtuosic experimental psych-pop band's rhythmic impact. Show More Summary

Record Review: Akron/Family - S/T II: The Cosmic Birth and Journey of Shinju TNT

For Flagpole: Akron/Family S/T II: The Cosmic Birth and Journey of Shinju TNT Dead OceansAt what point does lack of identity become an identity in and of itself? Akron/Family, the now-trio sometimes called the only hipster-friendly jam...Show More Summary

Flagpole Feature: Pride Parade

For Flagpole : Pride ParadeGrowing Without Growing Up Even big kids need room to grow. After five years as a band—scrapping predecessor Brown Frown, releasing an EP and two LPs with Kyle Spence of Harvey Milk and playing to Athens audiences...Show More Summary

Record Review: Lia Ices - Grown Unknown

For Stomp and Stammer a couple months back: Lia Ices Grown Unknown JagjaguwarI never thought I'd actively think about Paula Cole again. When she stopped wondering where all the cowboys had gone – when I grew out of my teenage obsession with a certain Mr. Show More Summary

Record Review: Tapes 'n Tapes - Outside

"In which I write a record review while obviously hungry" or "Tapes n tapes n tapes n tapes...." For Tiny Mix Tapes: Tapes 'n Tapes Outside Ibid I like bar food. I like veggie burgers and fries and the occasional (okay, extremely frequent) plate of nachos. Show More Summary

Tiny Mix Tapes' 50 Favorite Albums of 2010

I feel so privileged to have contributed to Tiny Mix Tapes for the duration of 2010, and weighing in on their best albums of the year was just the icing on the cake. Some of the top 25 albums I voted for made their cut, some didn't,Show More Summary

FOAVOD: Sam Prekop - The Silhouettes

Today's FOA Video of the Day comes from Thrill Jockey artist Sam Prekop. This killer video (cute anthropomorphized blobs having adventures to celestial electro music) was directed by Jordan Kim of Yo Gabba Gabba fame. Tearfully adorable and annoyingly uplifting: Sam Prekop - The Silhouettes from Thrill Jockey Records on Vimeo.

Bazookaluca Podcast: Best of 2010

Want to hear two people chatter excitedly (jadedly, ruefully, hopefully, gloriously) about the year in music? FOR AN HOUR?! That's what I thought you said! My dear friend Luca invited me to be his guest for the second installment ofShow More Summary


So my dear boys in Lazer/Wulf asked me to recreate the brief guest spot I did with them on the song "Who Were The Mound Builders?" when they recorded their spectacular The Void That Isn't a couple years back. For their great return-to-playing-live-in-Athens...Show More Summary

Flagpole Calendar Pick: Bridges and Powerlines

This is a little out of date, but here's the mini-feature I wrote on Bridges and Powerlines for Flagpole Magazine: Bridges and Powerlines New York’s Bridges and Powerlines share more aesthetically with composer John Philip Sousa than anyone would have expected—especially them. Show More Summary

Record Review: Wolf People - Steeple

One of the now-rare pieces I've written for TMT of late. Hopefully more will follow. I wrote about Wolf People's singles compilation release Tidings earlier release this year here.) For Tiny Mix Tapes: Wolf People Steeple Jagjaguwar ...Completely...Show More Summary

Record Review: Carnivores - If I'm Ancient

Love me some Carnivores, as we well know! I think this is my fourth time formally writing about them? No matter! They have a new record out, and it's brilliant. Still officially my favorite Atlanta band. ATL represent! For Flagpole: Carnivores If I'm Ancient Double Phantom The name If I’m Ancient deliberately misleads. Show More Summary

Record Review: Women - Public Strain

One of the best of 2010!! Women rules, for sure. Or is it "Women rule"...? For sure. Women Public Strain Jagjaguwar Women’s 2008 self-titled debut is one of my favorite records. As with many loves, however, it's difficult to tell you why, exactly. Show More Summary

Record Review: Bear In Heaven - Beast Rest Forth Mouth: Remixed

Joining the ranks of bands I've written about too many times but can't help myself is Brooklyn's Bear In Heaven. I was able to talk up their re-release of 2009's Beast Rest Forth Mouth (with a remix record) for Tiny Mix Tapes' Delorean...Show More Summary

Flagpole Feature: Frightened Rabbit

In which I get to call Scotland from my cell phone in my car on my first day at a new job! Flagpole feature: Frightened Rabbit's Winter of Mixed Drinks Are They Half Empty or Half Full? Scott Hutchison is probably an optimist. Listening to The Winter of Mixed Drinks, however, his band Frightened Rabbit’s third studio album, sometimes it’s hard to tell...[Read more]

Record Review: Abe Vigoda - Crush

A record review almost entirely inspired by that '90s theme party we threw a while back... For Tiny Mix Tapes: Abe Vigoda Crush PPM As 80s nostalgia has melted into 90s nostalgia with the concluding aughts, some parts of pop music (especially...Show More Summary

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