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by Eric Risch

3 Dec 2014


Having released the road-weary piece of Americana Paint Another Layer of My Heart this year, Caleb Caudle is no stranger to covers. Taking on “Lost in the Supermarket” by the Clash for Couch By Couchwest 2014, the New Orleans singer/songwriter recently recorded a song from fellow This Is American Music labelmates Fire Mountain. Deftly handling standout “Doing Fine” from Fire Mountain’s All Dies Down, the song would not have been out of place on Caudle’s Paint Another Layer on My Heart.

by Brice Ezell

2 Dec 2014


Lanterna is the project led by guitarist Henry Faye, formerly of Ack-Ack, Area, and The Moon Seven Times. The project’s music consists of evocative soundscapes and instrumentals that focus on Frayne’s melodic guitar work awash in effects. The Lanterna project will see its newest release, the full-length LP Backyards, this coming February.

by Maria Schurr

1 Dec 2014


The Chicago-based label Air Balloon Tapes has only two compilations to its name, but proceeds for each go to a venue in need. While Compilation #1 supported a Chicago locale, Young Camelot, Compilation #2 is throwing full support behind NYC’s Nola, Darling, the latest in many DIY ventures from scene creator and curator Winston Scarlett. Scarlett, who learned of Air Balloon through a mutual friend, is using this opportunity to also draw attention to some of Brooklyn’s most promising acts and the resulting scene, known as Slackgaze. Contrary to its name, Slackgaze encompasses some of the hardest working bands in the city, and much of it—like the bare bones anti-capitalist garage of Bodega Bay—isn’t exactly shoe gaze. What it is, however, is a good reminder that New York still has bands deserving of spots to play in, Nola, Darling of course being one of them.

Compilation #2 is released on 1 December 2014. A release show, featuring Chimes, Veda Rays, and other artists on the compilation, will be held 14 December at 3pm, at Nola, Darling.

by Brice Ezell

1 Dec 2014


For those who like their post-punk with a little metallic bite to it, the latest tune by the Austin, Texas outfit Knifight, “Young Lovers”, will do just the trick. As the band’s name indicates, this is some intense, even violent music, with strong vocals bolstered by a pulsating rhythm section.

by Brice Ezell

26 Nov 2014


Comprised of a “ever changing constellation of international vagabonds” and helmed by Zach Van Hoozer, the indie rock project Zulu Pearls are a definite anomaly in their native Berlin. Although indie rock’s span continues to grow across the globe, Berlin—like many major German cities—is most commonly known as a source for some of the best electronic music of the present day. The clean, almost shimmering guitars and and tenor vocals are hardly suited to a grimy club, sure, but they’re perfectly suited for Zulu Pearls’ latest video, the noir-esque “Boss of Your Heart”, directed by James Slater.

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