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Beautiful Noise Reaches its Funding Goal!

With barely a day left to go, the documentary project Beautiful Noise has reached its crowd-funding goal of $75,000. I’ve been excited about this project, but like a lot of music fans, I’ve also been watching it with one eye … Continue reading

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Toys, Hypotheticals, and Crystal Castles

By way of gadget lust and preamble, let me share something with you: These are both KORG goodies. (The image is from a promotional video you can visit here, if you’re curious.)  The one on the left is the Kaossilator Pro, which … Continue reading

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Jessica Pratt’s self-titled debut

Jessica Pratt’s new self-titled debut album achieves that difficult feat of seeming timeless, from the exact vantage point of its release date – Call it forced perspective in the medium of cultural reference, maybe, but the album stands as a … Continue reading

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Yeah, but: in defense of A Place to Bury Strangers’ “Worship”

The August 2012 issue of Uncut ran a brief review by Graeme Thomson of A Place to Bury Strangers’ new full-length album, Worship. Thomson’s knack for essentials and his bullshit detector are both gifts to the music-listening public, but his … Continue reading

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My ‘Best Of’ Round-Up from Sasquatch 2012

I’d been looking forward to this year’s Sasquatch Festival for a long time, and I’m happy to say it was just what I’d been hoping for. I’ll admit I got tired of the ‘festival’ part of the festival—walking through a … Continue reading

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What Awaits Good Criticism—An Object Lesson from SPIN Magazine

Bear with me: SPIN Magazine has a new top-100 list, headed “SPIN’s 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time”.  If you feel like reading it, go ahead. You’re guaranteed to feel a few moments of mild vindication, and a few of … Continue reading

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Sea of Bees’ Orangefarben is an engaging album from an authentic ‘weirdo folkie’

Sacramento-based singer-songwriter Julie Ann Bee, working under the project name Sea of Bees, has just released her second full-length album, following up her 2010 debut. In tone, Orangefarben is largely sentimental, semi-sweet music, of a piece with most of the … Continue reading

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