John is a Michigan-based musician and writer. He currently reviews music for PopMatters and Spectrum Culture, while also working his way through his ever-expanding record collection at www.tumblr.com/blog/vinylcompulsion. @john_r_paul
Shark Week: Beach Fuzz | 21 May 2015 // 5:30 AM
With a name befitting their sound, Shark Week heads to the beach with copious amounts of fuzz, reverb and punk posturing in tow.
Colin Stetson and Sarah Neufeld: Never Were the Way She Was | 19 May 2015 // 9:10 PM
The unlikely duo of saxophonist Colin Stetson and violinist Sarah Neufeld creates a series of classically minimalist dronescapes that toe the line between the accessible and the avant garde. It’s a daring collection with often surprising results.
ANAMAI: Sallows | 14 May 2015 // 7:00 AM
Like its inscrutable cover image, ANAMAI’s Sallows requires much of its listeners. Those willing to fully engage will not be disappointed.
The Weather Station: Loyalty | 12 May 2015 // 9:30 PM
Taking up the mantle of great Canadian singer-songwriters, the Weather Station’s Tamara Lindeman delivers her masterpiece.
Dwight Yoakam: Second Hand Heart | 6 May 2015 // 10:00 PM
No one does celebratory heartache by the numbers better than Dwight Yoakam.