Summer (Or What It Sounds Like) Vol. 3

Date May 24, 2012

(photo by gege.gatt) After taking its sweet time last year, summer has struck back with a vengeance. At least here in the midwest, 90+ degree temperatures and clear, sunny skies are quickly becoming the norm. Of course, with summertime not only comes trips to the beach and increased slushie sales but exuberant, feel-good summer jams. As is [...]

MP3: Fanfarlo – Replicate

Date September 17, 2011

I first discovered Fanfarlo almost two years ago and instantly fell in love. I listened to the London-based band’s debut album Resevoir constantly, and still do to this day. “Replicate” is the first track on their upcoming second album and introduces a much darker vibe, departing from the bands freshman peppiness. Despite my adoration for [...]

Album Art Lover: Sepia

Date March 9, 2011

If you haven’t noticed, the modern vintage / antique look is in right now. Whether it’s Polaroids, found/aged photos, or retro commercial style, the vintage look is forever ingrained in modern culture, and it seems to have especially permeated the indie music scene. One of the most popular methods of achieving this look is the [...]

Best Albums of 2009

Date December 28, 2009

In a few days a new decade will begin and we’ll have a whole new debate about what to call the decade, but first we must reflect on the final year of the zeroes/naughties. It seems like I talk every year about how surprised I am by the amount of new artists that show up [...]

50 Songs of 2009 (2 of 2)

Date December 18, 2009

Here is the much-anticipated conclusion to my top 50 songs of 2009 list (if you haven’t already, take a look at the first 25 and read the foreword/ground rules). These are my favorite 25 songs of the year. As before, there’s a link by each song where you can download/hear the song or you can [...]

Will Sturgeon covers Fanfarlo, Grizzly Bear

Date July 27, 2009

The “YouTube cover” is one of the most overcrowded and typically amateurish forms of musical expression out there, and thus it is a rare occasion when someone makes one that is really worth watching. Will Sturgeon, a 19 year old student from Southern California, has done just that with these superb cover videos.  What really [...]