Typhoon: White Lighter

• 2013/08/20 • Roll Call • Alternative Indie/Rock, Chamber Pop • Artificial Light | Dreams of Cannibalism | Post Script “Unhand me I am not a criminal, though I have played a guilty part.” — “” Typhoon plays music with the vibrato of an fifteen (+/-) headed monster. You can hear it in their power, destruction, but even in their genuineness. Typhoon Advertisements

The Garifuna Collective: Ayó

• 2013/07/02 • Cumbancha • International (World), Afro-Cuban, Latin • Ayó (Goodbye)| Ubóu (The World) | Gudemei (Poverty) This is my first encounter with The Garifuna Collective. According to AllMusic.com, The Garifuna Collective with Andy Palacio released one of the greatest international albums of all-time in Wátina. Unfortunately, Andy Palacio has since passed, leaving the Garifuna Collective to venture further out on their…

Sigur Rós: Kveikur

• 2013/06/18 • XL Recordings • Alternative Indie/Rock, Experimental Rock • Brennisteinn | Ísjaki | Rafstraumur “þú þegir þunnu hljóði og felur þig bakvid” — “Ísjaka” Lets face it, Sigur Rós is probably incapable of having a poor release. Which could be why they are loved the world over. Still, their latest album brings back what (to me) was missing from their previous album —…

Jim O’Rourke: Steamroom releases 1-8

• 2013/08/31 • Jim O’Rourke • Alternative Indie/Rock, Experimental Rock • Jim O’Rourke is experimenting again.  A couple weeks have passed now since he released through the website, Bandcamp a collection of rare some what odd material he is titling, “Steamroom 1-8”. For the most part they are very experimental and not as straight forward as his last release, “The Visitor” (2009), which…

Phantogram: Black Out Days

• 2013 • Barsuk • Alternative Indie/Electronic • Black Out Days “A thousand voices howling in my head.” While this digital age certainly has its drawbacks, one of the benefits is that bands can throw out morsels of their work at random for their fans to enjoy.  That’s the case here with “Black Out Days” from synth-wizards Phantogram.  It’s…

On An On: Give In

• 2013/01/29 • Roll Call • Alternative Indie/Rock • Ghosts | Every Song | All the Horses “I don’t want to be your stupid fling or your magazine that you look and turn the pages of someone else that you’ll never love.” — “Ghosts” On An On’s first record has a personal quality that is both haunting and cherished. On And On…

Dinosaur Bones: Shaky Dream

• 2013/08/13 • Dine Alone Music • Alternative Indie/Rock • Dreamer’s Song | Sleepsick | Nothing Left Between the Lines “There were pennies on our eyes as we walked down the hall.” — “Nothing Left Between the Lines” Nothing about Dinosaur Bones’ music is urgent. The music on each song has a beat pushing forward while the overall feeling has a restrictive mood. This…