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Click a thumbnail to hear a selected song of the decade and read more about it.        This project is a collection of the very best individual tracks from the decade spanning 2010-2019.  All tracks have been linked to this homepage for ease of navigation.  If you’re less in the mood to read, […]


O’Brother – “Complicated End Times” When I hear this absolute scorcher from O’Brother, a lot of thoughts race through my mind.  I feel the urgency of those opening electric riffs; all gnarly, distorted, and ugly.  I bask in the shadow of mystery cast by the more gently plucked strings, and Merrit’s vocals – wispy yet […]


Here’s a list of major new releases for the week of March 22, 2019.  Please feel free to request reviews for any of the following albums from staff and/or contributors.   – List of Releases: March 22, 2019 – Andrew Bird: My Finest Work Yet Genre: Indie-Folk/Classical Label: Loma Vista American Football: American Football Genre: Emo/Math […]


Frightened Rabbit – “Death Dream” A still life is the last I will see of you A painting of a panic attack Scott Hutchison (Rest in Peace, 5/10/2018), was an inspiration to many as he battled the depression that would eventually take his life.  2008’s The Midnight Organ Fight is still seen as the benchmark […]


The Dear Hunter – “Waves” Can a relatively conventional 4 minute alt-rock track really contend for song of the decade? Considering there is always something out there that’s more innovative, brilliant, and weird, I have to admit it is unusual.  However when you are as talented as The Dear Hunter is, any feat is made to look […]


“Untitled” wouldn’t just have improved Noonday Dream if it had been recorded for the album, it’s downright essential to its entire tapestry. The song ties together an astonishing amount of this dreamy, impressionistic LP – clarifying “Towing the Line”‘s rookery-as-metaphor, contrasting the closing of “Murmurations” with its celebration of sight, unnervingly foreshadowing the ‘something in […]


Swans – “The Seer Returns” The Seer is the stuff nightmares are made of.  From the witch-like incantations of “Lunacy” through the jarring discordance of “The Apostate”, it’s basically all dimensions of hell sprawled across an immersive two hour experience.  The 32 minute title track would have been an easy selection for one of the […]


Here’s a list of major new releases for the week of March 15, 2019.  Please feel free to request reviews for any of the following albums from staff and/or contributors. – List of Releases: March 15, 2019 – Benjamin Francis Leftwich: Gratitude Genre: Folk/Indie-Rock Label: Dirty Hit Blaqk Audio: Only Things We Love Genre: Industrial/Electronic/Pop Label: […]


The National – “Pink Rabbits” Well…duh.  The National.  Has any band had a greater influence on our current decade? We’ve witnessed High Violet (2010), Trouble Will Find Me (2013), Sleep Well Beast (2017), and we’re about to get hit with one more dose of brilliance with 2019’s I Am Easy to Find.  So as obvious […]


In the past month, we’ve welcomed a widely-diverse group of users into the fold, four of which made the grade and got the illustrious Staff tag and all that came with it. To mark this occasion, we took some time to get to know our new Staff members, each getting an interview like no other. […]


Gang of Youths – “Say Yes to Life” Few modern bands are able to express the simplest of ideas with as much sincerity and passion as the Australian quintet Gang of Youths.  When frontman David Le’aupepe sings one of my all-time favorite lyrics, “And it’s strange, all the things that I’ve run from / Are […]


Here’s a list of major new releases for the week of March 8, 2019.  Please feel free to request reviews for any of the following albums from staff and/or contributors.   – List of Releases: March 8, 2019 – Alice Phoebe Lou: Paper Castles Genre: Blues/Pop Label: Alice Phoebe Lou Amanda Palmer: There Will Be No […]


Here’s a list of major new releases for the week of March 1, 2019.  Please feel free to request reviews for any of the following albums from staff and/or contributors.   – Featured Release – Weezer: Black Album Genre: Rock/Pop Label: Crush Music/Atlantic What Weezer will show up is always a fun question to ask […]


Despite the name, noise rock gone post punk group Ed Schrader’s Music Beat is primarily two people, Ed Schrader and Devlin Rice. Both take part in writing and performing brilliantly sharp hooks and idiosyncratic melodies, especially on the superb Riddles, which you can read about here. Alternatively you could listen to the album or see […]


One thing that really frustrates me about visual art is the reactions of general distaste from my peers towards postmodern projects. Empty clichés masked as snide criticisms (“anyone could make that,” “give me ten minutes and I could pour paint on a canvas,” “it’s just a urinal”) fill the air during discourse and it’s admittedly […]


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