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  • Ormonde: Machine [Album Review] MP3

    Anna-Lynne Williams and Robert Gomez, the illustrious duo that is Ormonde, have been invading my private spectrum for quite a while now.  Several years ago, and old high school chum (more of a friend of a friend type) took up drumming duties for a little band I had sort of heard of before known as Trespassers William.  He was essentially dropped from the group before I even knew it.  Shortly after, or maybe...

    31.07.2012

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  • Lightning Love: I Know MP3 MP3

    My latest obsession is a little band from Ypsilanti, Michigan called Lightning Love. After releasing a debut LP called November Birthday in 2008 and following it with their Girls Who Look Like Me EP from earlier this year, the band is set to give us their official sophomore full-length, Blonde Album. “I Know” is the first track to be singled out, and it features playful yet often thought-provoking indi...

    30.07.2012

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    30.07.2012

  • Fense’s Radio Show: July 20, 2012 MP3

    Last weekend Andi and I visited Anacortes and walked around the dock, discussing our future as polo-shirt-wearing yacht owners and shopping for the ideal water home. Sure, this fantasy may never come to pass, and while I may find myself in a polo shirt now and again, that doesn’t mean the boat life is for me. Still, seeing middle-aged to retirees playing cards on the stern and barbecuing sure made the life ...

    27.07.2012

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    27.07.2012

  • Carrousel: Feature MP3

    Carrousel is not a band you’d expect to hail from Tallahassee. That’s ludicrous. They sound like they should hail from Paris, Glasgow, or somewhere exotic. Why, you might ask?Carrousel’s music can be described as the thoughtful romantic marriage of dream-pop and orchestral folk. This is not music to be taken lightly, no matter how light and playful it may sound. It has an astonishing depth,...

    24.07.2012

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    24.07.2012

  • Heartless Bastards [Show Preview] MP3

    The Mountain by Heartless Bastards hasn’t been out all too long and it’s already gearing up to be one of the top releases of the year. The title track, especially, is one about which to get excited. It’s got that laid-back rock drawl you’d generally associate with the South, not Dayton, from whence the band originates. As stellar a release as The Mountain is, I did do a double take on...

    24.07.2012

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    24.07.2012

  • Donny Hue And The Colors [Feature] MP3

    Clouded in mystery is Donny Hue’s new track “Steps” off Free Sides. It is filled with pop sensibilities yet is shrouded in psychedelic production, giving the song and the band those added… err, colors. “Steps”, while pop-centric, is not necessarily a super upbeat song. It has echoing guitars masked with a lightly distorted reverb, and the percussion is consistent but downplaye...

    24.07.2012

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    24.07.2012

  • Grand Hallway: Promenade [Album Review] MP3

    Grand Hallway has created quite a unique place in pop music. Their songs are an interesting medium between baroque orchestral pop and traditional Japanese music. Given their prior releases, hearing the sounds on Promenade is no surprise. Led by master songwriter Tomo Nakayama, Promenade finds Grand Hallway expanding on their musical abilities. Promenade is much more dramatic than Yes Is The Answer, their debut L...

    24.07.2012

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    24.07.2012

  • Lace Curtains: Feature MP3

    Harlem’s Hippies from 2010 was ultimately one of my favorite albums of the year. It’s garage rock/pop was all you want from the genre: gritty, grungy, crude, and entirely raw. Almost too a fault. It’s what made it so good. Well Lace Curtains is the new band of Michael Coomer, vocalist of Harlem. “Bedroom Honesty” isn’t as raw and lo-fi of garage rock as you’ll find ...

    19.07.2012

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    19.07.2012

  • Unnatural Helpers: Hate Your Teachers MP3 MP3

    There’s fuel here, power and angst. Unnatural Helpers is back with a new track called “Hate Your Teachers” and they have given high schoolers the perfect summer anthem. School’s out, no worries, f*** the world. Seriously. “Hate Your Teachers” is among Unnatural Helpers louder tunes, and that’s a feat given the inherent nature of the band; they come to us with a history ...

    09.07.2012

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    09.07.2012

  • Fense’s Radio Show: June 29, 2012 MP3

    And like that, half the year is gone. For the doomsdayists, that means less than half a year until it all comes crashing to an end. In light of being prepared, I picked up a new little toy this last week: a beastly, black on black 1979 El Camino. The thing has a 350 V8, gets terrible gas milage but is in great condition. It growls and twists its body when you hit the accelerator. It makes you tingle. One of these...

    03.07.2012

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    03.07.2012

  • Adios Amigo: Dos (Album Review) MP3

    Dos is a luscious pop-rock album with highly infectious hooks and a surprising volume given the often laid-back style of vocals and guitar riffs. In five songs, Adios Amigo keeps things diversified, with the subtle “Chicken” and the monumental “Pretty Pretty Princess”, yet it’s all very cohesive with the band’s signature vocal style. Given their psychedelic pop sensibilities, i...

    02.07.2012

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    02.07.2012

  • Easter Island: Hash MP3

    I quite enjoyed Easter Island‘s previous release, Better Things, but it didn’t stun me. What I mean by that is that while it was by all means very good, it wasn’t as gripping as one would hope. Well the band is back with Frightened, a new LP, and it doesn’t suffer the same fate. Both are solid works, but Frightened has staying power. And it’s tracks like “Hash” that gi...

    01.07.2012

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    01.07.2012

  • The Boombox Hearts: 100 (The Latest Flame) MP3

    Baby you’re the sweetest waste of time. That’s a recurring line from a brand new track called “100 (The Latest Flame)” off the forthcoming debut LP from The Boombox Hearts. Influenced by 60s pop, the band flirts with the genre a little while adding in noisy guitars. “100 (The Latest Flame)”, notes vocalist/guitarist Ivan Petersen, is a reference to Elvis. Presley, of course, ...

    27.06.2012

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    27.06.2012

  • Fense’s Radio Show: June 22, 2012 MP3

    I’m in a reflective mood. Thinking back on my youth, there’s so much that, at the time, I wished I could do. Looking at my life now, I think I’m right where I want to be in terms of who I am and what I am doing with my life. It’s funny. You think about all the restrictions there are in life; I’m finding that I have more freedom as an adult to do what I want when I want to do it...

    26.06.2012

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    26.06.2012

  • Way Yes: Important MP3 MP3

    Way Yes is one of those bands that creates bizarre, quirky songs. Or, at least that’s the impression I got from prior EP, Herringbone. “Important” is the first tune I’ve heard off their new album Walkability and it’s changing my mind a little bit. Yeah, they still have a bit of quirkiness, but they’ve refined it in a way that makes the oddities a little more subtle. The mu...

    23.06.2012

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    23.06.2012

  • Port St. Willow: Holiday (Album Review) MP3

    If there was anything off Port St. Willow‘s EP from 2010 that could have been emphasized more, in my opinion, it would have been more percussion. As it stood, Even // Wasteland was a viable effort that launched Nick Principe into the indie music limelight. Principe is back with a full length LP called Holiday and on it, my dreams have come true. “Two Five Five Two” is the introduction, opening th...

    22.06.2012

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    22.06.2012

  • Acid House Kings Returns with Reissues MP3

    OK, this is exciting news. After the reissue of another favorite artist a few years back (Carissa’s Wierd), whose catalog was long out of print, another favorite gets reissue treatment: Acid House Kings. The press release states that both “Mondays are Like Tuesdays and Tuesdays are Like Wednesdays and Advantage Acid House Kings haven’t been available on any physical format in almost 7 years tim...

    20.06.2012

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    20.06.2012

  • Fense’s Radio Show: June 15, 2012 MP3

    The Bimmer has been giving me a few issues of late but they’re slowly getting fixed, along with a few odds and ends that have been on the car’s To Do List since I got it. I parked at KSVR on Friday and after cutting the ignition, pulling the key and stepping out of the car, it chugged on for a nearly ten additional seconds. I see a spendy carburetor rebuild in my near future. The good news is that o...

    19.06.2012

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    19.06.2012

  • Br’er: Sea of Doubt (Video) MP3

    Edible Onion always has the most unique, crafty cover art. And while I always look forward to receiving little packages by them, I thought I’d take a different approach this time with their long-time artist Br’er. Mind you, this is a band i relate to Jamie Stewart’s Xiu Xiu or Ryland Bouchard’s The Robot Ate Me when it comes to producing a little shock value. So I was thrilled to see t...

    18.06.2012

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    18.06.2012

  • Lawrence Arabia: Traveling Shoes MP3 MP3

    “Traveling Shoes” by Lawrence Arabia has an undeniable cool to it, an untouchable hipness. Blending classic baroque pop sensibilities with modern, catchy lyrical rhythms, “Traveling Shoes” is harmonic orchestral pop at its true finest. True to the artist’s library of work under this moniker, including previous LP Chant Darling, “Traveling Shoes” is packed with witty lyri...

    14.06.2012

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    14.06.2012

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