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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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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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On Science, Language, and Great Divides

Reading Daniel Levitin’s This is Your Brain on Music, among other influences, has me thinking about the relationship between music and language, lately, so I thought I’d write out a few thoughts. This is Your Brain on Music is a … Continue reading

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Terry Malts’ Killing Time Serves Up a Welcome Flashback

There’s a scene in an old episode of The Simpsons, where Principal Skinner is judging a diorama contest at the elementary school. The episode revolves around Lisa’s diorama, but it’s Ralph Wiggum’s entry, an unadorned cardboard box full of Star … Continue reading

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Re-Issues Bring Feedtime out of the Post-Punk Time Capsule

With the weighty new anthology The Aberrant Years, Sub Pop is shining a spotlight on the four albums Feedtime published through Aberrant Records in the 1980s. The timing is dead-on; After 20 years on the shelf, these songs can still … Continue reading

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The Golden Age You Could be Missing

Music geeks of my generation have lived through some interesting times. We’ve heard exciting things in music itself, to be sure. But we’ve also watched the world-changing potential of the internet rise up and clash against the intransigence and greed … Continue reading

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Why Call it Anything? Blurring Musical Boundaries in the Generation After Shoegaze

Standing at the foot of the stage at the Crocodile, a few years back, watching Seattle’s own C’est La Mort, Romance and Black Nite Crash open for a performance of the current touring incarnation of the Chameleons, I was reminded … Continue reading

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