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Tuesday, March 31st, 2020  

Album Reviews

Mixing Colours

Roger and Brian Eno
Mixing Colours

Mar 31, 2020 Web Exclusive

By now you know that Brian Eno is an icon, some even going so far as to call him the godfather of ambient music. But you may not know that younger brother, pianist Roger Eno, is also a composer of tranquil sonic soundscapes. 

Stray

Bambara
Stray

Mar 30, 2020 Web Exclusive

It’s all sex, death, and sordid decadence on Bambara’s fourth full-length. Stray smartly builds on the style and intensity of 2018’s underrated Shadow on Everything by adding nuance and new ideas. 

Snapshot of a Beginner

Nap Eyes
Snapshot of a Beginner

Mar 27, 2020 Web Exclusive

Evolution and epiphany are at the front of Nigel Chapman’s mind on Snapshot of a Beginner. The growth is indeterminate and the visions are fleeting. “I’m so tired, of trying to recreate...Though I feel inspired, then a moment later find I’ve been too late,” he confesses on the opening wind-up “So Tired.” The album, though, is an unequivocal step forward for Nap Eyes.

Classic Interviews

Django Django

Django Django
Good Hype and Bad Hype

Dec 21, 2012 Web Exclusive

Arguably the breakthrough indie band of 2012, Scottish art rock four-piece Django Django consists of David Maclean (drummer, producer), Vincent Neff (guitar, vocals), Jimmy Dixon (bass), and Tommy Grace (synths). They were recently nominated for and subsequently only narrowly missed out on the prestigious Mercury Music Prize back home in the U.K.

Comic Book Reviews

Bad Gateway
Fantagraphics

Jan 17, 2020 Web Exclusive

The latest in the rather depressing misadventures of Megg and Mogg, who at least outwardly present as a witch and cat, respectively, sees the protagonists' lives continue to flush down the toilet. 

Book Reviews

Russ Giguere and Ashley Wren Collins
Along Comes The Association: Beyond Folk Rock and Three-Piece Suits

Mar 27, 2020

Founding member of The Association Russ Giguere documents his band's history, from its early-'60s formation through the band's dissolution, reformation, and on tour into the '80s, '90s, and beyond.

Interviews

Ben Gibbard and Other Pacific Northwest Artists on Weathering the COVID-19 Quarantine

Ben Gibbard and Other Pacific Northwest Artists on Weathering the COVID-19 Quarantine

Mar 27, 2020 Web Exclusive

The city of Seattle is many things. It’s a hub for tech companies, food and drink establishments, and, perhaps most importantly, music. The lineage of Emerald City greats pushes well into the past and continues with standout after standout today from Pearl Jam to Death Cab For Cutie to Thunderpussy, The Decemberists, Car Seat Headrest, and The Black Tones. 

Waxahatchee on “Saint Cloud” and Being Quarantined During COVID-19

Waxahatchee on “Saint Cloud” and Being Quarantined During COVID-19

Mar 26, 2020 Web Exclusive

Waxahatchee’s Katie Crutchfield began her musical recording career in high school with twin sister, Allison. Earlier band P.S. Eliot gave way to Crutchfield’s primary vehicle, Waxahatchee, which she records under today.

Pleased to meet you

Low Hummer on Their New Single “The Real Thing”

Mar 30, 2020 Web Exclusive

Low Hummer are celebrating signing to iconic Leeds, England-based label Dance to the Radio by dropping a brand-new video to their attitude laden synth-pop single “The Real Thing.”

Lists

Twelve Alternative Netflix Double Features to Stream in Quarantine

Mar 25, 2020

There are few things worse than being quarantined for a global pandemic, but Netflix’s recommendation algorithms have to be up there. The endless deluge of bland original films and original series make it easy to forget that the service has some quality films if you’re willing to dig. Not only have we done the digging for you, we’ve paired some of the best selections into double features; everyone’s got the time and nothing makes a good movie better than another one to complement it. Here’s two dozen great flicks you may not have heard of or didn’t know were on Netflix.

Words and Double Features by Stephen Danay

Blog

Election 2020: Joe Biden Needs a Cool VP

Election 2020: Joe Biden Needs a Cool VP

Mar 18, 2020 By Steve King

So, here we are, in the spring of an election year, with a collapsing stock market, imminent recession, and a pandemic superflu threatening to bring down all of civil society. The primaries aren’t over, but Democrats have their likely nominee. 




Cinema Reviews

Resistance

Mar 25, 2020 Web Exclusive

The true story of a would-be world famous mime joining the French Resistance.

Television Reviews

The Plot Against America
HBO, Mondays at 9 p.m.

Mar 16, 2020 Web Exclusive

Before Russian bots compelled us to trash talk politicians on Facebook, wed gather on our neighbors’ back porches and armchair-commentate over beers. Before turning to Fox News or Rachel Maddow, we dialed in to snippy talking head radio broadcasts.