Articles tagged lo-fi

16 Sep 2015 // 1:15 AM

Air Waves: Parting Glances

Who knew that simple storytelling and subtle tweaks to a proven formula could work so well?

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Best Coast: California Nights

Lo-fi no longer, Best Coast give listeners an avalanche of hooks and waves of power chords with their third LP, California Nights.

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Jeen - “Higher and Higher” (audio) (Premiere)

Prime for clapping and singing along, "Higher and Higher" is one of the catchiest numbers from Toronto musician Jeen's new record, Tourist Deluxe Edition.

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The Mountain Goats: Beat the Champ

The Mountain Goats follow up albums about divorce, heartbreak, and scripture with one about professional wrestling.

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Fact and Fiction: The Mountain Goats’ John Darnielle on Wrestling and the Creative Process

The prolific songwriter and now acclaimed author John Darnielle tells PopMatters how he created his wrestling-themed album Beat the Champ, what he calls the Mountain Goats' "most musically interesting record by a country mile".

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Inspired and the Sleep - “Pool Guard” (audio) (Premiere)

It's never out of season for a quality slice of summery beach pop, as the flute-accented "Pool Guard" attests.

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Mount Eerie: New York - 24 September 2014

Phil Elverum brought minimalist arrangements of songs from upcoming Mount Eerie release Sauna to NYC's Le Poisson Rouge, along with plenty of mystery and endearing stage banter.

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Bass Drum of Death: Bass Drum of Death

The generous reverb endows every riff with a neon glow and the smell of cheeseburgers and fries served on an open car windowsill.

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The Memories: Love Is the Law

A sloppy lo-fi album with half-written melodies and lyrics that aren't as clever as their writers think they are? Sign me up!

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Dump: I Can Hear Music + Superpowerless

Even when the amps buzz, these suit one's own bedroom rather than the family garage.

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Jean-Teddy Filippe’s ‘Forbidden Files’: Found Footage Lost (and Found Again)

Oddly missing in histories of the "found footage" genre, Jean-Teddy Filippe's "Forbidden Files" offers intriguing glimpses at horror and fantasy flickering into an uneasy camcorder reality, ten years before The Blair Witch Project made it fashionable (and lame).

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20 Jul 2011 // 9:00 PM

Woods: Sun and Shade

The Brooklyn-based lo-fi outfit churns out another solid collection of crackly guitar-pop -- with a few more-than-gratuitous psych-jams for questionable measure.

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18 Jul 2011 // 9:00 PM

Hospital Ships: Lonely Twin

Hospital Ships' Jordan Geiger comes into his own on latest LP.

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Sebadoh: Bakesale (Deluxe Edition)

Bakesale is a totemic touchstone of a record, one that is arguably as important to the development of indie rock as a form as Guided by Voices’ Bee Thousand and Pavement’s Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain.

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1 Feb 2011 // 9:00 PM

Sic Alps: Napa Asylum

Lo-fi devotees Sic Alps shred a good deal of the layers of noise that shrouded their past releases in favor of more straight-forward, blues-inspired songwriting -- it's a good experiment, but they haven't quite worked out the kinks yet.

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And Start West, Again and Again and Again…

Can we, finally, begin pondering how cultures outside of the West—outside of London and New York—conceive of terms like indie and punk?

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Brad Laner: Natural Selections

Textured and ambitious, Natural Selections is a fine work of modern psychedelic pop.

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Losing My Religion: Revealing the Hollow Reality of Lo-Fi

This whole lo-fi thing, in its current form, is an affectation—a performance, a pose, the indie community’s response to “Vogue”. And this upcoming Guided By Voices tour will only enhance the performative aspects of the supposedly authentic aesthetic they have been championed for canonizing.

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11 May 2010 // 9:00 PM

Woods: At Echo Lake

Brookyln's Woods have proven themselves to be lightyears ahead of their compatriots on this riveting indie-folk collection.

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8 Apr 2010 // 9:00 PM

Dum Dum Girls: I Will Be

Dum Dum Girls aren't just indie-pop girl-group revivalists. They're also making their own history on I Will Be, their standout debut.

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Because Blood Is Drama: Considering Carnage in Video Games and Other Media

// Moving Pixels

"It's easy to dismiss blood and violence as salacious without considering why it is there, what its context is, and what it might communicate.

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