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Album Review: Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile – Lotta Sea Lice

Sorry, it’s not a Nirvana thing. Kurt Vile and Courtney Barnett had long held a mutual appreciation for each other’s work, but after Vile presented Barnett with an unfinished song back in 2015 the pair decided to write an album together. Vile and Barnett don’t necessarily travel in all of the same circles, so the […]

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1/15/2016 New Releases at Mills Record Company

All Them Witches — Lightning at The Door (limited edition, includes bonus 7″) Anthrax — Playing Cards (with download card) Baby Metal — BABYMETAL Beastmaker — You Must Sin 7″ Blue Man Group — Giacometti Cibo Matto — Viva! La Woman Cold Fronts – Forever Whateverw Daughter — Not To Disappear (180g Virgin Vinyl) Devo — […]

‘Wild Onion’- Twin Peaks

  Monday on my blog while discussing “Big Dusty,” the noirish new single from Pro Era leader Joey Bada$$, I used the phrase “old soul” to describe how the 19-year-old sounds on wax. His rasp, combined with an affinity for sunny mid-90s boom bap, puts him out of sync with the current hip hop world. […]

‘They Want My Soul’- Spoon

  I’ve listened through Spoon’s They Want My Soul at least 12 times since the Austin quintet’s eighth studio LP was made available for streaming last Monday. Part of that is a requirement for writing a review. I have to know what I’m talking about and the easiest way to gain that knowledge is to […]

“Wide Awake” ft. Cat Power- J Mascis

  On “Every Morning,” the first single from J Mascis’ new solo album Tied to a Star, the Dinosaur Jr. singer/guitarist was struggling to get through the day; “Every morning makes it hard on me,” he depressingly whined. To summon the strength to head out into world he had to softly beg “Oh baby won’t […]

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“Life Is Peachy”- Shy Boys

Kansas City surf rockers/psych poppers Shy Boys ostensibly love two things over everything else: a blissful jangle and burying emotions. Their stellar self-titled debut from January of this year frequently blended the two into a melancholic, but masterful swirl. You could hear that lead singer Collin Rausch was aching in a track like “And I […]

“Just One of the Guys”- Jenny Lewis (Prod. Beck)

  There are several ways to parse an echoed Jenny Lewis admitting “there’s only one difference between you and me, when I look at myself all I can see, I’m just another lady without a baby,” in her blithe new single “Just One of the Guys”. One dovetails with her reference to a perpetually ticking […]

Music Video- “Crime” (Real Estate)

  I am an unabashed fan of TV’s Andy Daly. From his constant guest-work on show’s ranging like The Office, Modern Family, and Eastbound & Down to his generally manic output on the stellar Comedy Bang Bang podcast, there are few (if any) comedic efforts Daly has done that I haven’t sought out. He blends […]

‘Atlas’- Real Estate

I have a liner notes theory about albums I’ve carried with me for some time now. In my mind the “lyrical quality” of an album can be predicted by whether or not song lyrics are printed in the liners. While it doesn’t help guide your decision to purchase an album, it lets you know how […]

Angel Olsen’s Latest

  There’s a piece of conventional folk wisdom which posits “smaller scorpions are more dangerous than the large one,” and while the legend has no logical grounding, it’s continued to linger around in our collective conscious. So much so that Indiana Jones doled out the advice. In zoology, it’s akin to colossal elephants cowering in […]

“I’m Not Part of Me”- Cloud Nothings

  In their round-up of the “Top 50 Albums of 2012″, Pitchfork referred to the Dylan Baldi fronted Cloud Nothings as torchbearers of Nevermind, arriving as a “cacophony cavalry” to put some of the bite back into indie rock. They were no doubt correct that 2012 was a banner year for no-frills “RAWK”, but Nirvana […]