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Album Reviews

epic Ten

Sharon Van Etten
epic Ten

Apr 19, 2021 Web Exclusive

Before she starred in the Netflix show The OA and became known as a jill of all trades, balancing a successful music career with acting, going to school for psychology, and starting a family, Sharon Van Etten was a Brooklyn-based singer/songwriter on the cusp of becoming an indie star but still years away from wider recognition.

The Battle at Garden’s Gate

Greta Van Fleet
The Battle at Garden’s Gate

Apr 16, 2021 Web Exclusive

The press materials for Greta Van Fleet’s second album refer to the group using “rock ’n’ roll’s foundational elements to build an entirely new sonic blueprint.” Admittedly, these aren’t the band’s own words, but suffice it to say there is entirely nothing new about the proceedings on The Battle at Garden’s Gate.

Sixty Summers

Julia Stone
Sixty Summers

Apr 16, 2021 Web Exclusive

Sydney’s Julia Stone, who is perhaps best known for her lovely collaborations with her brother, Angus, has one of indie’s most delicate voices, a trait she’s used to help craft relaxed, congenial indie folk since the pair’s debut in 2007.

Classic Interviews

Moses Sumney

Moses Sumney
Embracing Aloneness

Dec 07, 2017 Issue #62 - Julien Baker

“I’m so over opening for other people,” Moses Sumney tells me over tea, eggs, and waffles in a cafe in London’s Chalk Farm. With his knife he’s poking his poached eggs, so wrinkly “they look like old people,” he says.

Comic Book Reviews

The Complete Hate
Fantagraphics

Dec 22, 2020 Web Exclusive

Fantagraphics has released a gorgeous boxed set of the entirety of Peter Bagge’s Hate—three volumes and 30 years of comics to enjoy. For those perhaps unfamiliar with what many regard as an essential alternative comic from the ’90s, Hate follows the escapades of Buddy Bradley, whose slacker tendencies are only overshadowed by his odd fits of rage, horniness, helplessness, and, occasionally, ambition.

Interviews

Comedian Erica Rhodes on Acting Normal, Her New Special, and Car Audiences

Comedian Erica Rhodes on Acting Normal, Her New Special, and Car Audiences

Apr 15, 2021 Web Exclusive

Comedian, Erica Rhodes, cares about the things she says. Growing up, her mother cared obsessively about grammar. Her father was witty, sharp, and made people laugh. Early on, Rhodes realized the power communication can have between people—whether that meant bursts of laughter or depth of a conversation.

Rhiannon Giddens on “They’re Calling Me Home,” Traditional Music, and the Divine Creative Spirit

Rhiannon Giddens on “They’re Calling Me Home,” Traditional Music, and the Divine Creative Spirit

Apr 09, 2021

American roots singer/songwriter, Rhiannon Giddens, has, together with the help of her musical and romantic partner, Francesco Turrisi, written and recorded a new album during the COVID-19 pandemic that she and Turrisi have released today. The album, They’re Calling Me Home, features haunting vocals that harken to centuries past. It features banjo, guitar, flute, fiddle, and other instruments.

Pleased to meet you

Sun June’s Laura Colwell on “Somewhere”

Apr 07, 2021 Web Exclusive

There are a million and one band formation stories, but it’s safe to say that none started quite like that of Austin’s self-labeled “regret pop” band Sun June.

Lists

Ranked: Oasis’ Discography Inclusive of Studio, Live and Compilation Albums

Apr 06, 2021

For years I have stood firm that Noel Gallagher didn’t have more than two substantial Oasis albums in him: Definitely Maybe and (What’s the Story) Morning Glory?. The Masterplan, a collection of B-sides and non-album singles would be the third, but Noel believed he had so many great songs, these could be relegated to the B-list.

It’s a painful stretch to cobble together a fourth album from the odd song buried here and there in the remaining five studio albums and later B-sides the iconic group released before imploding in spectacular fashion. The visceral and unifying impact of the debut album and its quick and even more impactful follow-up made the predictability and uninspired subsequent albums all that much more disappointing.

This is coming from someone who is a firm “stan.” Between Definitely Maybe and (What’s the Story) Morning Glory? I lost my sister. The Oasis songs on those albums, and their B-sides made me feel supercharged. Noel’s and Liam’s mouthy confidence and swagger-filled presence made them seem immortal—something that was very attractive to me at a time when mortality was all too real. While their presence grew larger than life, the music didn’t follow suit. Still, I clung to the one or two songs per album that didn’t suck and counted on the brothers for that immortality factor, knowing it would persist, even if the music did not.

Here are the Oasis albums—studio, compilation and live—ranked in order of personal preference. Not included is the infamous interview “album,” which arguably could be considered an exceptional product from the two central figures of the band. —Lily Moayeri

Blog

10 of the Best Songs from The Jesus and Mary Chain

10 of the Best Songs from The Jesus and Mary Chain

Apr 08, 2021 By Andy Von Pip

Asking a Jesus and Mary Chain fan to pick their favourite 10 songs is akin to asking Imelda Marcos to select her favourite pair of shoes, however here are 10 reasons (in no particular order) why the JAMC remain one of the most influential bands to emerge from the UK in living memory.




DVD Reviews

Stiletto
Studio: Kino Lorber Studio Classics

Apr 19, 2021 Web Exclusive

Stiletto — a 1969 potboiler based on a Harold Robbins novel and released here in a shiny new 4K restoration — offers most of the pleasures one expects of a decent late-1960s action thriller.