The strange thing about nostalgia is the surprise factor involved. For example, you can account for a certain song you listened to when you were dating a certain person to dredge up certain memories, but sometimes revisiting albums from the past barely stirs a passing thought. And then there's the stuff for which you can't even account - for...  Read more

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Golden Triangle - Double Jointer
I think it’s fair to say that the music world is sorta over scuzzy, tapedeck garage rock. After all, even the aesthetics's prominent members Deerhunter and No Age have sorta moved on with their respective 2010 releases – featuring previously unheard of discernible lyrics and an absence of pedal-effects. Against that backdrop a band like Golden...  Read more
Prince Rama - Shadow Temple
Prince Rama aren’t messing around when they claim to be a psychedelic band. This ain’t just another reverb-soaked collective of summer-day stoners - these guys are serious and dedicated to the mysticism, euphoria, texture qualities, and overall all-encompassing weirdness that the elemental definition of psychedelia requires. And it all adds up to...  Read more
Superchunk - Majesty Shredding
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The Sword - Warp Riders
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I haven’t heard any of Shonen Knife’s albums since 1998’s sublimely silly Happy Hour. Honestly, I wasn’t even aware that they were still a going concern. So when I picked up their latest, I was excited, but a little nervous as well. They’ve replaced their founding bassist, they’re a decade past their heydey — lollipops and fish eyes forbid, but...  Read more
Open Mike Eagle - Unapologetic Art Rap
Give Open Mike Eagle credit for truth in advertising: his Unapologetic Art Rap delivers exactly what it promises. That wouldn’t necessarily be a good thing – lord knows there are more than enough smug, pretentious artistic experiments littering the hip-hop landscape already. Thankfully, this particular brand of art rap has little, if anything, to...  Read more
Playboy Tre still doesn’t have an actual album to his name. The Atlanta-based, conscious-heavy rapper has put out an impressive number of mixtapes over the last five years - most of the time teaming up with current chart-monster B.o.B. - but in terms of actual, purchasable LPs or EPs, he’s got nothing. Which is odd, considering his mixtape work...  Read more
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