Archive for September, 2011

The Best of 2011: Part Four

September 16, 2011

True Panther Sounds

Girls – Father, Son, Holy Ghost

San Francisco indie pop outfit Girls has a gift for balancing old with new, progression with rumination, and order with chaos. Their first release, simply titled Album, proved this to the world and has become one of the most beloved rock releases of the ADD generation; which is odd, considering it’s full of tunes that require at least a little amount of patience. There’s just something about the songwriting talents of Christopher Owens and the production abilities of Chet Jr. White that make for a truly golden partnership, and though each Girls release is different from the next, their path still remains linear. (more…)

The Best of 2011: Part Three

September 7, 2011

Merge Records

East River Pipe – We Live in Rented Rooms

Fred Cornog’s output as East River Pipe has always had a downer vibe to it, but the depress-o nature of his music has never felt gratuitous. For instance, if you were listening to a Nine Inch Nails record, it’s likely that about 1/3 of the way through, you would say “Trent, how can you still be this angry after all this time? What sort of pain have you actually experienced other than your white boy guilt?” Cornog has lived it – he battled depression, alcoholism, drug addiction, and ended up homeless in a Hoboken train station. (more…)


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