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Mehan Jayasuriya
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A veteran of many a cold winter, Mehan was born in Montreal and reared in Southeastern Wisconsin. After four years spent earning a degree in Japanese literature at the University of Chicago, he spent a year living in Japan before finally landing in Washington D.C. A technology policy activist by day, Mehan spends his nights listening to, watching, photographing and writing about music. You can visit his personal website at http://www.mehanjayasuriya.com.


Features

Monday, August 23 2010

Hard Luck and Hard Work: An Interview with the Eels' Mark Oliver Everett

The Eels' Mark Oliver Everett (aka "E") discusses his latest LP, Tomorrow Morning, reveals what the Eels and Prince have in common, why he hopes his next book is boring, discusses the dangers of being bearded around police officers.


Wednesday, May 12 2010

The Return and Demystification of Jeff Mangum

Indie-rock's most revered recluse makes a rare appearance in New York City and in so doing, manages to overcome his own myth, one song at a time.


Sunday, March 7 2010

It's a Sad and Beautiful World: Remembering Mark Linkous of Sparklehorse

We celebrate the life and work of singer-songwriter and Sparklehorse frontman Mark Linkous, who will be remembered as one of the most earnest, distinctive American songwriters of his generation. Truly, he will be missed.


Sunday, February 21 2010

Return to Piano Island: The Blood Brothers, Revisited

Emerging from the West Coast punk scene in the late '90s, the Blood Brothers helped redefine hardcore before abandoning the genre in favor of a damaged brand of art pop all their own.


Monday, September 14 2009

In Circles: Sunny Day Real Estate Reconsidered

In anticipation of a reunion tour, the two albums produced by the original Sunny Day Real Estate lineup get remastered and repackaged with extra tracks and expanded liner notes. They are ripe for revisiting.


Reviews

Thursday, April 21 2011

Tabi Bonney: Fre$h

D.C. M.C. provides further evidence of the album format's irrelevance for up-and-coming rappers.


Tuesday, March 1 2011

Shugo Tokumaru: Port Entropy

On his fourth LP, Shugo Tokumaru's jubilant bedroom pop proves to be a bit too much of a good thing.


Sunday, February 13 2011

Bright Eyes: The People's Key

On The People's Key, Conor Oberst bids farewell to an adolescence marked by histrionics and artistic restlessness. Even enfants terribles have to grow up sometime.


Wednesday, January 19 2011

Wild Nothing: Golden Haze

Golden Haze is less disposable than it might appear at first glance; taken together, these six songs hint at where Jack Tatum may be headed.


Sunday, July 11 2010

M.I.A.: ///Y/

That /\/\/\Y/\ lacks the focus and confidence of M.I.A.'s previous albums is disappointing; that it finds Maya Arulpragasam content to follow, rather than lead, is indefensible.


Gigi: Maintenant [18.Mar.10]
Atlas Sound: Logos [18.Oct.09]
Dan Deacon: Bromst [26.Mar.09]
Why?: Alopecia [11.Mar.08]

Blogs

Monday, February 14 2011

Baths: 11 February 2011 - Washington D.C.

Will Wiesenfeld takes his glitchy, beat-driven electro-pop on the road with impressive results.


Thursday, November 18 2010

Glasser + Twin Shadow: 15.Nov.2010 - Washington D.C.

Recasting themselves as proper ensembles, both Twin Shadow and Glasser successfully sought out bigger, fuller sounds.


Wednesday, October 20 2010

Belle & Sebastian + Versus: 14 October 2010 - Washington D.C.

Anyone who says that Belle & Sebastian don't know how to have fun clearly hasn't seen the band play live recently.


Tuesday, October 19 2010

Deerhunter + Casino Versus Japan + Ducktails: 12 October 2010 - Washington D.C.

Much like Halcyon Digest, Deerhunter's live show finds the band splitting the difference between ambient noise and delicately constructed pop.


Monday, October 4 2010

Eels: 26 September 2010 - Washington D.C.

What do the Eels and ZZ Top have in common? More than you might expect...


Superchunk: 17 September 2010 - Washington D.C. (Notes from the Road) [22.Sep.10]
Arcade Fire + Spoon: 6 Aug 2010 - Columbia, MD (Notes from the Road) [10.Aug.10]
High Places: 24 May 2010 - Washington D.C. (Notes from the Road) [26.May.10]
Titus Andronicus: 16.April.10 - Washington D.C. (Notes from the Road) [19.Apr.10]
Mi Ami: 15.April.2010 - Washington D.C. (Notes from the Road) [19.Apr.10]
Xiu Xiu + Tune-Yards: 14.April.10 - Washington D.C. (Notes from the Road) [16.Apr.10]
The Wedding Present: 9.April.2010 - Washington D.C. (Notes from the Road) [12.Apr.10]
Joanna Newsom: 23.Mar.10 - Washington D.C. (Notes from the Road) [25.Mar.10]
Raekwon: 15 December 2009 - Washington D.C. (Notes from the Road) [17.Dec.09]
The Pixies: 30.Nov.09 - Washington DC (Notes from the Road) [1.Dec.09]
Eels - "Little Bird" (video / MP3) (Mixed Media) [20.Nov.09]
Baroness: 18.Nov.09 - Washington DC (Notes from the Road) [19.Nov.09]
P.K. 14 + Xiao He: 14.Nov.09 - Washington DC (Notes from the Road) [15.Nov.09]
Cold Cave: 13.Nov.09 - Washington DC (Notes from the Road) [15.Nov.09]
Fuck Buttons + Growing: 4.Nov.09 - Washington DC (Notes from the Road) [6.Nov.09]
Girls + Real Estate: 3.Nov.09 - Washington DC (Notes from the Road) [5.Nov.09]
Cold Cave - "Life Magazine" (Sound Affects) [24.Aug.09]
Radiohead - "Harry Patch (In Memory Of)" (Sound Affects) [5.Aug.09]
M For Montréal: Day 3, Part 2 (Notes from the Road) [7.Dec.08]
M For Montréal: Day 3, Part 1 (Notes from the Road) [4.Dec.08]
M For Montréal: Day 2, Part 2 (Notes from the Road) [2.Dec.08]
M For Montréal: Day 2, Part 1 (Notes from the Road) [30.Nov.08]
PHOTOS: SXSW Day 4: MSTRKRFT (DJ set) @ Vice (Notes from the Road) [16.Mar.08]
PHOTOS: SXSW Day 4: Woods @ Mohawk (Inside) (Notes from the Road) [16.Mar.08]
PHOTOS: SXSW Day 4: Vivian Girls @ Mohawk (Inside) (Notes from the Road) [16.Mar.08]
PHOTOS: SXSW Day 3: Fucked Up @ Lamar Street Bridge (Notes from the Road) [15.Mar.08]
PHOTOS: SXSW Day 3: No Age @ Emo's (Notes from the Road) [15.Mar.08]
PHOTOS: SXSW Day 3: Exit Clov @ Lovejoy's (Notes from the Road) [15.Mar.08]
PHOTOS: SXSW Day 3: Le Loup @ Emo's Annex (Notes from the Road) [15.Mar.08]
PHOTOS: SXSW Day 2: Clipse @ The Mowhawk (Notes from the Road) [14.Mar.08]
PHOTOS: SXSW Day 1: WHY? @ Emo's (Notes from the Road) [13.Mar.08]
PHOTOS: SXSW Day 1: The Mae Shi @ Emo's (Notes from the Road) [13.Mar.08]
PHOTOS: SXSW Day 1: YACHT @ Emo's (Notes from the Road) [13.Mar.08]
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