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by Jason Mendelsohn and Eric Klinger

6 Nov 2015


Klinger: First of all, yes. We’re back. We decided to take the summer off, then yada yada yada… and now we’re back. Tanned, fit and rested.

When we started this Counterbalance project back in the fall of 1987, we were young and naive, and possibly a bit foolish as we were still learning how to do this whole “writing about music” thing. So much so, in fact, that we managed to write several hundred words about The Velvet Underground and Nico without ever mentioning John Cale by name. It really was an oversight on our part, and one I’ve been kicking myself over for nearly 30 years. But since then, so much has happened. The Berlin Wall has come down, the Internet has presented an avenue for our correspondences, John Cale’s occasional collaborator and foil Lou Reed has passed on—and I have become completely obsessed with Paris 1919.

by Sloane Spencer

27 Oct 2015


Aaron Lee Tasjan writes folk songs for an indie rock crowd, weaving storylines with humor and social commentary. His debut full-length album, In the Blazes, includes friends from his former band, Everest, at the helm, and the vibe of Elliott Smith’s studio, New Monkey. Tasjan is touring heavily in support of the album, opening for Ray Wylie Hubbard, and playing solo and band gigs across the country.

by Evan Sawdey

22 Oct 2015


Photo: Dustin Senovic

Hether Fortune (neé Hether Fedewa) has probably been in your favorite Bay Area rock act at some point or another, whether it be your affinity for Blasted Canyons, Bare Wires, or Hunx & Hix Punx, Fortune has punched her time card with each one of them, to say nothing about her time with Wax Idols. In his 2013 review of Wax Idols’ sophomore set Discipline & Desire, he admired Fortune’s unique attitude and bravery for evolving from snotty garage rock kid to a post-punk craftsman, noting that debut album “No Future was Hether Fortune sounding angry. Discipline & Desire, her follow-up on Slumberland Records, is the sound of Fortune digger deeper into the root causes of this anger. Remarkably, she’s turned a corner on the morbidly engaging Discipline & Desire and exposed that aforementioned trouble that was originally lurking around the corner. Discipline & Desire may be the title of the record, but what’s heard throughout the record is an unabashed sense of desperation.”

by Ian King

20 Oct 2015


Emil Amos is currently a part of no less than four different musical endeavors, but the one he is most recently focused on, and the one he has pursued the longest, is his own: Holy Sons.

The Portland, OR songwriter and multi-instrumentalist sits behind the drum kit for both the instrumental rock band Grails and the experimental trio OM, and produces psychedelic sample-based hip hop with fellow Grails member Alex Hall under the name Lilacs & Champagne, yet has still released a dozen Holy Sons records over roughly 15 years. This past March, Lilacs & Champagne released the excellent Midnight Features Vol. 2: Made Flesh, and now Amos has followed that up with Fall of Man, possibly Holy Sons’ most accessible collection of songs to date.

by Paul Duffus

12 Oct 2015


Photo courtesy of Jim Newberry.

It’s barely conceivable that after just over half an hour we have arrived at the final point on the itinerary set out by Silkworm on their remarkable seventh album Lifestyle. It has been an odyssey that has taken in Gallic ennui, failed marriages, Fritz Lang, down at heel rock stardom, small town scrapes, mad affairs, love, home, nostalgia, braggadocio, darkness, Hank Williams, Jim Morrison, a glorious Faces cover, and every point of connection and disconnection in between.

With its elegance and warmth “The Bones”, Lifestyle‘s 12th and closing track, and the subject of this week’s blog entry, encourages us to pause and take stock. The song may be talking about life itself, but through its thoughtful disposition it also gives the listener cause to look back and consider the parade of human life and the wild journey along which this remarkable collection of exquisitely realised songs has taken her.

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