Monday is Memorial Day mix (Part 3)

This is the third installment of my Memorial Day mix. Take a look at the previous two years’ mixes here and here (sorry, the mp3s no longer work). We Knox Roadians hope you’re all having fantastic Memorial Day weekends. I myself went to a nice BBQ party at the queen of i […]

[MP3] Letting Up Despite Great Faults: “Teenage Tide”

Having become a staple on Knox Road and one of our good friends from our few years of blogging, electronic pop masterminds Letting Up Despite Great Faults will continue to get play here as long they keep making music we love.

They recently released a new track off their forthcoming EP, Paper Crush, […]

[Hype Hype Hooray] How The Ridiculous Wrath of Technology Made My Nightmares a Reality

Every [two weeks?] Jamie Hale takes a long, hard look at the music industry and the blog scene that feeds it. Here, he releases those findings and makes snarky, sarcastic remarks. Admittedly, both Jamie and Knox Road are a part of this scene. So sue us.

I would sometimes have waking nightmares about […]

[MP3] Jump Into The Gospel: “Photovoltaic”

Jump into my arms. Dance into my heart. If you take the plunge, we won’t ever be the same. And that’s okay. It’s all okay.

How can I not go with more upbeat music today?

Jump Into The Gospel – “Photovoltaic” [MP3]

If you’re in NYC for the Summer, Jump Into The Gospel […]

[MP3] Point Juncture, WA: “Violin Case”

Feels like I haven’t included sugary pop here in a while; it’s been a lot of experimental and folk lately. Luckily, “Violin Case,” from Point Juncture, WA (who are actually based in Portland, Oregon), is the solution to allll my problems. Fun female vocals and blazing guitars! Have at it, people!

Point Juncture, […]

[The Past Presents] Post-Rock Revisited, Part 1: Rodan – “Rusty”

The Past Presents revisits revered albums from the past 20-25 years to ask the question, “Is this album still a classic, or has it lost its edge over the years?”. Was it a great record for that particular time and place, or is it something we’ll be passing on to our kids? It also looks at the “lost classics” – countless albums that should have earned more attention but for one reason or another fell through the cracks.

The first half of the 1990s was undeniably a high point in the history of indie rock. While grunge exploded into the mainstream, the indie world played host to a myriad of sounds, some new, some modern adaptations of previously mined genres. Punk experienced a renaissance with a new generation taking the reigns and breathing new life into hardcore and even pop-punk. Indie-pop saw a host of bands offer new takes on the college rock sound pioneered in the late 70’s and most of the 80’s. Perhaps most interesting and, in my opinion, most significant development of the early 90’s was the maturation of the post-rock sound.

While in many ways genre labels are kind of difficult to deal with due to their inherent ambiguity, looking at the definition of post-rock gives a starting point. The term was defined by English music critic Simon Reynolds in 1994 as, “using rock instrumentation for non-rock purposes, using guitars as facilitators of timbre and textures rather than riffs and power chords”. The guitar, the centerpiece of rock music for decades, escaped its conventional roles and found new life as a rhythm instrument, sometimes percussion instrument, and at times taking over the role played by vocals in the traditional rock blueprint. Post-rock did similar things for indie-rock as free jazz did for the jazz genre twenty years earlier.

There’s no shortage of classic post-rock albums. With many of the traditional rock barriers removed bands were more inclined to explore less traditional expressions of their music. There was a broader acceptance of instrumental bands, jazz-rock albums, and experimental electronic-rock hybrid albums. Through all the experimentation there were still bands that stuck with a guitar-heavy rock sound, but had a penchant for more complex rhythms and timing changes, often referred to as math-rock, a kind of sub-genre of post rock. In this category one of the all-time greats was Rodan. Part of a robust Louisville, KY scene, Rodan, fronted by Jeff Mueller, later of June of 44 and Shipping News, and Jason Noble, also of Shipping News and Rachel’s was a rather short lived four-piece whose lone album, Rusty, remains a classic record. Rusty is a powder keg of an album, filled with overblown guitars and jagged rhythms that leave the listener exhausted but ultimately satisfied.

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[MP3] Kodacrome: “Modern Man”

One of the newest indie electronic duos to hit the scene, Kodacrome, has released their single “Modern Man” for free download. The two collaborators, Elissa Pociask and Ryan Casey, have teamed up from opposite coasts of the continent, but will soon be working together in person for a slate of upcoming Kodacrome material.


[Abby’s Road] You Eat Cadillacs, Lincolns too.

Have you everything in order? Preparing for post-rapture looting? I have been quite busy passing German language proficiency examinations and job searching to really let the event sink in. For those in DC who’d like to score some sweet stereo equipment after midnight, a friend of mine who’s unsure about the whole shebang […]


If you’d have told me a year ago, a month ago, or even last week that I’d be writing about a band with an album called “Syzygy,” I’d have laughed in your face. Many bands like to thrive off either the most obscure, cryptic names or those that are incredibly simple, and I […]

[MP3] Beat Radio: “Beautiful One”

Brian and co. seem to do no wrong, especially with their newest song, “Beautiful One,” which is an actually an old song with a new arrangement. Ya dig?

“Beautiful One” is super lo-fi catchy all the way around; Sendrowitz is able to make his songs wonderfully poppy, yet, with their scratchy qualities, appealing […]