[Hype Hype Hooray] When I Passed Out at an Of Montreal Show

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 just spent the last six weeks […]

[MP3] The Sinclair Sinclair: “Feel”

The Sinclair Sinclair have reclaimed a small piece of the early ’90s 4AD sound for themselves. While not as sugary sweet as Cocteau Twins, they’re mining the same ethereal landscape much of the 4AD roster owned at that time. “Feel” is a nice sample of what The Sinclair Sinclair do. This […]

San Cisco

San Cisco has a pep to its step. The band’s music is bouncy and jubilant, with the free-spirited ramshackle instrumentation of Delta Spirit and Cold War Kids. The band is giving away its track “Awkward,” a simple, cute back-and-forth between its easily likable male and female vocalists.

San Cisco – “Awkward” [MP3]


[MP3] Cold Bear: “Peloponnese”

There are few things nicer than stumbling on really fantastic new music on Bandcamp. A few weeks ago I ran across Brooklyn’s Cold Bear and I’ve been hooked on their amazing 8+ minute song “Peloponnese.” This track begins almost as a pulse that slowly comes to life, breathing on its own and literally […]

[Abby’s Road] And on the seventh day…

So, I might be a day late in blowing the trumpet (I have a Friday column, damnit) but this is it. According to My Bloody Valentine, the long-awaited reissues of Isn’t Anything and Loveless will be released this May. To paraphrase something a friend of mine said earlier today, I guess pigs do fly. While […]

White Hills’ Frying on this Rock is space-rock at its finest

The heavy freight train that is White Hills seems to stop for no man. It’s not even been a full year since the release of the classic H-p1 and we now have a new epic space-rock document in the form of Frying on this Rock. This record is much more raw and blunt […]

Desert Stars

Brooklyn five-piece Desert Stars start 2012 off right with the release of their first single. “Boys I Like” and “Farewell Decade” are glossy pop songs that shimmer and shine from start to finish. These tracks are very well polished and seem a bit too slick to carry the shoegaze tag, but there are […]

[Hype Hype Hooray] How 9/11 Changed Rock ‘n’ Roll, Part 3

Jamie normally snarks on the music industry and the indie blog scene, but for the next three installments he will explore how the attacks on September 11 changed the course of rock music (note: he’s not talking about pop music, just rock). I know it’s about 9/11, but don’t get all weird about […]

[soundscape] a season of loss

photo: ‘something single and solitary and perfect’

song: ben howard – “promise” [stream only] (buy)
[Audio clip: view full post to listen]

‘somewhere, something amazing is waiting to be known.’ – carl sagan

my very first memory is from when i was three or four. i was with my family, we were outside and it must have been fourth of july because we had a big carton of sparklers. i remember watching mine burn and flash and bite in the summer air, the shrieks and laughs of my sisters echoing, and i remember being very, very still. i watched mine burn and die and i remember looking up at the moon. at that age, like most children, i pictured the moon as a slice of something that changed shapes. i didn’t understand that the moon stayed the same but our perception and view of it changed. and for some reason, as i stood there with my stump of sparkler, barefoot, i realized for the first time that the whole moon was there, i just couldn’t see all of it. i could see the crescent, and the very trace end of the sphere, but the majority of the moon was dark because i wasn’t in the right position to see the whole thing yet.

and that’s life. we see part of it, we’ve experienced part of it. part of it is tangible. many of us can see a trace outline of the end — we see goals and careers and maybe, eventually, getting married and having kids. but the middle part is so murky. a year from now, we could be somewhere completely different and we have no way of knowing. and it’s a little scary, a little unknown, a little adventurous. but it’s also sad, because in order to keep advancing the light across the surface of our lives, some things have to change.

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Elise Vatsvaag

It’s been a while since I’ve posted some straight up female singer/songwriter stuff, so I’m excited to have stumbled upon a goodie last weekend in Elise Vatsvaag. Vatsvaag, out of Norway,  is releasing a new (free) song on the 10th of every month for her album, This Is Not My Music. I took a […]