Tycho – Epoch

Epoch Tycho Ghostly International, 2016 I wish I could just leave this at “Tycho released a new album; go buy and listen to it,” so everyone’s lives can be a little bit easier and nicer. Tycho, initially the musical moniker of San Francisco-based Scott Hansen, deals with electronic music, combining Boards of Canada‘s foggy atmospheres […]

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“Thirteen” – Big Star

(Note: After reviewing, I felt the first post you saw was an incoherent and muddled piece of crap that didn’t really convey what I wanted to say about this lovely song. Here’s hoping this one does a better job!) “Thirteen” (Chris Bell / Alex Chilton) Big Star #1 Record (Ardent Records, 1972) I’ve never really […]

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Anxiety Anthems

A couple weeks ago on Sound Opinions episode 551, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot discussed their personal “anxiety anthems.” The songs they’ve chosen, ranging from Pixies’ “Where Is My Mind” to Toots and the Maytall’s “Pressure Drop,” convey the feelings and experiences of nervousness and mental unease in different ways. One way can be through […]

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Hiperasia – El Guincho

Hiperasia – El Guincho Nacional Records Released: February 19, 2016 Formats: Digital, LP, CD Pablo Diaz-Reixa jettisons technicolor tropicalia for a more abrasive electronic sound, making Hiperasia his purest musical vision yet. There’s a line from “Momma,” on Kendrick Lamar’s 2015 masterpiece To Pimp a Butterfly, that goes, “I know what I know and I know it well not to ever […]

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Labor Day

Back in May 1 this year, I heard Jason Bentley put together a pretty fitting mix for May Day (a.k.a. International Workers’ Day) on Morning Becomes Eclectic, which featured The Clash, Manu Chao, Jimmy Cliff, and The Wailers singing songs of freedom and protest. With Labor Day today, here’s a list of songs in (dubious) celebration of the […]

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