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‘True Love Waits’ Illuminates Radiohead’s Mysterious Creative Process

Tue, 10 May 2016 16:45:02 +0000

The last few weeks have been a bit nuts for surprise album releases from music’s biggest names: Beyonce’s Lemonade, Drakes’ Views, James Blake’s The Colour In Anything. And that’s not even counting sudden releases a few months ago from Rihanna and Kendrick Lamar and Kanye West. So yeah, it’s already been a busy winter and … Continue reading ‘True Love Waits’ Illuminates Radiohead’s Mysterious Creative Process



Pop Culture Happy Hour: On Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Paper Girls And More

Sat, 07 Nov 2015 23:07:02 +0000

I got the chance to crash the Pop Culture Happy Hour party again. This time, we gathered to discuss the fantastic, hilarious show Brooklyn Nine-Nine, which in the absence of Parks And Recreation is now my favorite network comedy. Also on the show, we discuss a topic I originally suggested as a joke, mostly because … Continue reading Pop Culture Happy Hour: On Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Paper Girls And More



First Listen: Bill Ryder-Jones, ‘West Kirby County Primary’

Thu, 29 Oct 2015 16:00:38 +0000

I’m surprised Bill Ryder-Jones has not been on my radar at all until now, but it’s been excellent delving into his old music with the 1990s\2000s U.K. band The Coral, and now his solo work. This new record, West Kirby County Primary, is gorgeous and mellow but is also a colossal bummer, with songs about … Continue reading First Listen: Bill Ryder-Jones, ‘West Kirby County Primary’



First Listen: Beach Slang, ‘The Things We Do To Find People Who Feel Like Us’

Thu, 22 Oct 2015 16:00:06 +0000

Few bands sing with the kind of earnest, live-in-the-moment feels quite like Beach Slang, which has become one of my favorite new bands of the year. These songs crackle with energy, while getting into some pretty heavy topics of depression and escape and heartbreak, while also being anthems for people don’t fit in and find … Continue reading First Listen: Beach Slang, ‘The Things We Do To Find People Who Feel Like Us’



Deerhunter, ‘Fading Frontier’

Sat, 17 Oct 2015 16:00:45 +0000

Here’s a long piece I wrote about Deerhunter’s new album, Fading Frontier, that never saw the light of day — so dropping it here for posterity. Bradford Cox, the enigmatic frontman of Deerhunter, and mastermind behind Atlas Sound, has danced on a thin wire of contradictions and complexity: Cox has gained a reputation as a … Continue reading Deerhunter, ‘Fading Frontier’



Songs We Love: Pity Sex, ‘What Might Soothe You?’

Tue, 29 Sep 2015 16:00:15 +0000

One of my favorite go-to records the last couple years has been Pity Sex’s Feast Of Love, which combines shoegazey noise with sweet pop punk melodies — it’s all very ’90s sounding, but fresh all the same. It’s blistering and emotional at once, and even better live, where those songs can wash over you. So … Continue reading Songs We Love: Pity Sex, ‘What Might Soothe You?’



Songs We Love: Sports, ‘Get Bummed Out’

Thu, 24 Sep 2015 16:00:54 +0000

I first came across Sports back in February on a great bill at Baby’s All Right in Williamsburg and fell in love with these impossibly catchy hooks and lyrics that capture the feeling of being young and in transition — be it the beginning or end of a relationship, or the looming real-life responsibilities after … Continue reading Songs We Love: Sports, ‘Get Bummed Out’



Songs We Love; Air Waves, ‘Thunder’

Thu, 17 Sep 2015 16:00:21 +0000

Here’s a piece I wrote for NPR Music’s Songs We Love series about the very cool New York band Air Waves, and its song “Thunder” which features Lower Dens’ Jana Hunter buried deep in the vocal mix. The whole album, Parting Glances, is really excellent and worth a listen!



First Listen: Telekinesis, ‘Ad Infinitum’

Thu, 10 Sep 2015 16:00:35 +0000

I’ve been a big fan of Michael Benjamin Lerner since his first Telekinesis album, and he’s put on some of my favorite shows when I’ve had a chance to see his band live — including one during CMJ where Superchunk’s Mac McCaughan and Fred Armisen served as his backing band. Wow. So yeah, I was … Continue reading First Listen: Telekinesis, ‘Ad Infinitum’



First Listen: Ben Folds, ‘So There’

Thu, 03 Sep 2015 15:00:22 +0000

I wrote about Ben Folds’ new album, So There, over at NPR Music for its First Listen series. But after mulling over this album and what Ben Folds’ music once meant to me, I also have some other rambling thoughts, too. I’ve been a fan and a lapsed fan of Ben Folds from the beginning; … Continue reading First Listen: Ben Folds, ‘So There’