Category Archives: Reviews

TV On The Radio – Seeds (Harvest)

I still haven’t recovered from 2011. One of my favorite bands had released their fourth album, Nine Types Of Light, which should have launched a triumphant victory lap around the globe after releasing two essentially perfect albums with Return To … Continue reading

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Doom Clap: Apostle of Solitude & The Skull

No, this isn’t a about a new strain of venereal disease, nor a showdown of doom covers of “Boom Clap” (Charlie XCX would do well to cover a classic doom song though). It is, however, at least the fifth time … Continue reading

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Spiders – Shake Electric (Spinefarm)

There’s been yet another wave of high-profile quotes from celebrity musicians about how rock ‘n’ roll is dead and nothing rocks with passion anymore, blah blah, whine whine. All the while there’s amazing bands like Gothenburg’s Spiders rocking the fuck … Continue reading

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Doom Colossi – Electric Wizard & Witch Mountain

It’s often assumed that doom metal is merely a retro genre that refers exclusively back to the 70s and 80s. But there’s another possible story. Doom didn’t even really exist in the 70s. Sure, Black Sabbath has a handful of … Continue reading

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Goat – Commune (Rocket Recordings/Sub Pop)

Goat – Commune (Rocket Recordings/Sub Pop) When Goat’s debut World Music came out in 2012 and immediately earned a pile of praise and attention, I had mixed feelings. On one hand I welcome a new Swedish psych band with interesting … Continue reading

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The Well – Samsara (RidingEasy)

The Well – Samsara (RidingEasy, 2014) Small Stone isn’t the only indie heavy rock label that’s ablaze with a string of great releases. RidingEasy Records (they had to change their name from Easy Rider for legal reasons) looks at first … Continue reading

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Shellac – Dude Incredible (Touch and Go)

Shellac – Dude Incredible (Touch and Go) Despite Shellac’s infrequent shows and albums (Dude Incredible is only their fifth album in 20 years), I was lulled into taking them for granted for a while. Since first seeing them live in … Continue reading

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Post-Punk Rundown

It’s been such a great year for stoner/psych/doom that I’ve just been soaking in it like a hot spring, and neglecting other genres. I’ll always have room for post-punk, and have been following the releases pretty closely. It just hasn’t … Continue reading

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Doom Tectonics: Earth & YOB

Earth – Primitive And Deadly (Southern Lord) Earth and YOB are two bands that I’ve admired for years. Earth’s flawed but groundbreaking Extra-Capsular Extraction (Sub Pop, 1991) influenced drone-doom just as much as Slint and My Bloody Valentine influenced other … Continue reading

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New Albums of the Week

The dog days of summer are not usually the time of year I see a lot of high profile releases, which is why I was so surprised that over ten good to great albums came out around August 5th. The … Continue reading

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