March 25, 2017

Nadia Reid, "Preservation"



I'm really loving the new record by this New Zealand songwriter. Raw and personal songs, all delivered with a flawless touch and a shimmering polish. Can't wait until she tours the states.

March 12, 2017

Mistki, "Once More to See You"



My own little jury is still out on the studio stuff from Mitski, but this live session dishes up equal helpings of raw and special.

December 31, 2016

Best of 2016

The albums I enjoyed listening to the most the past 12 months. This was tough to edit down to ten selections, so I'll say that honorable mentions go to Heron Oblivion, Andy Stott, D'Angelo, Dino Jr, and the Floyd "Early Years" reissue.

Ceu, "Tropix"
Cass McCombs, "Mangy Love"
Hope Sandoval & The Warm Inventions "Until the Hunter"
Natural Child, "Okey Dokey"
GØGGS, "GØGGS"
Jeff Parker, "The New Breed"
Dungen, "Haxan"
Leonard Cohen, "You Want It Darker"
Tim Hecker, "Love Streams"
Quantic Presenta Flowering Inferno, "1,000 Watts"

October 18, 2016

Nissenenmondai, "B2"



The Japanese can do Krautrock better than Brooklyn kids any day.

September 21, 2016

Warp Records, "Motion"



An hour-long rip of the 1994 VHS compilation, "Motion," which features all the best artists from Warp's mid-'90s roster. This is one of those tapes I watched over and over again before lending it out to the wrong person and then never getting it back.

August 30, 2016

Nirvana, Live in 1991



Kottke posted this earlier today, and I got so worked up watching it that I had to share it myself. This band brought the heat like nobody else—you can feel it even in this crusty old 25-years-ago video.

August 24, 2016

Dinosaur Jr, "Tiny"



There aren't too many bands I can think of that can put out record after record and barely budge from their chosen sound. These guys are just unstoppable in that regard. I'd nitpick with other bands, but here, every release is high quality fuzz-drenched mopey gold. The guitar tone kicks in and suddenly all is right in the world again.

Orb, "First and Last Men"



Not the techno band (though they're great!) but a heavy psych outfit from down under. Nice proto-metal stuff that isn't afraid to just kick back and groove. Inventive video, too.

June 26, 2016

Aphex Twin, "CIRKLON3"



The official video for the new Aphex single is directed by 12-year-old Ryan Wyer. (Yes, really.) The results are, expectedly, quite bizarre.

June 17, 2016

Boogarins Live on KEXP



The full live set from the best Brazilian psych-pop band working touring today. Also, today I learned that it's pronounced Boo-gah-REENs.