Review: Milk Music — Cruise Your Illusion

In short order Milk Music, now a quartet, have caught a train of hype and praise that has taken the Olympia band to festivals in Europe and North America. With just one EP and a live cassette to its name, expectations are high for its debut full length – although early hype surrounding the album…

Review: Arrington de Dionyso’s Malaikat dan Singa — Open the Crown

Open the Crown Arrington de Dionyso’s Malaikat dan Singa K Records Open the Crown is the latest album by Arrinton de Dionyso’s post Old Time Relijun band, Arrington de Dionyso’s Malaikat dan Singa. The album, like the artist, is a polarizing vehicle that stirs immediate debate. Founded in the mid 90s, Old Time Relijun pushed…

Review: Gun Outfit – Hard Coming Down

Hard Coming Down Gun Outfit PPM Gun Outfit quietly existed in Olympia, Wash. as a band less flashy in riffs and energy than its contemporaries that have reached a similar level in their lives as bands. Where Broken Water broke into a larger conscious with its intricate swells of noise popularized by groups like Sonic…

Review: Unwound — Kid is Gone

Kid is Gone Unwound Numero Group Reissues can be tricky beasts to tackle. There is wide range of reissue treatments, from the minimal rerelease, to a repackage, to a remaster, remix, and a deluxe reissue that tries to cast further light on the original document. Into the fray steps Kid is Gone the first part…

Review: Chung Antique – Sweater Weather

Sweater Weather Chung Antique 20 Sided records Chung Antique is a band somewhat out of place in 2014. This isn’t meant to be a reductive statement; some of the best bands don’t fit easily within their given cultural landscape. On their latest offering, Sweater Weather, the band weaves complex instrumental landscapes that feel more at…

Review: Criminal Code – No Device

No Device Criminal Code Deranged Records Tacoma, Washington’s Criminal Code play a guitar heavy, tense, and frenetic style of post-punk, washed out in a sea of dark ambience. The band picks up quick and easy comparisons with bands like Husker Du and the Wipers in no large part due to both the driving nature of…

Sherwood At The Controls, Vol. 1: 1979-1984

Adrian Sherwood On-U Sound As a producer Adrian Sherwood deserves to be a household name. After all his template of heavy bass – dub inspired – pop music inspired a generation of musicians making their voices heard throughout the last decade and a half. For every !!!, LCD Soundsystem and Yeah Yeah Yeahs, there was…