Top Ten of 2k16, #5: Radiohead, A Moon Shaped Pool

Released on May 8th, 2016 just two days after my 36th birthday, A Moon Shaped Pool is Radiohead’s 9th proper studio release.  The fanfare started a couple weeks earlier as opening single “Burn the Witch” saw widespread release via the internet.  While “Witch” was an ominous harbinger of the set of songs to come, it … Continue reading Top Ten of 2k16, #5: Radiohead, A Moon Shaped Pool

Can’t Stop Listening To: The Jesus and Mary Chain, Damage and Joy

There are many genres that comprise modern ‘indie’ rock, and The Jesus and Mary Chain were at the forefront of several movements when they began making music in the early 1980’s in Scotland. Post-glam rock but pre-grunge/alt, they occupied a niche for out-of-the-mainstream music fans during a time when music became commercialized through new media, … Continue reading Can’t Stop Listening To: The Jesus and Mary Chain, Damage and Joy

Top Ten of 2k16, #6: Parquet Courts, Human Performance

I’ve been a big fan of Parquet Courts since they released their major-label debut, Light Up Gold, in 2012.  They consistently channel the raw energy of a punk band like The Stooges, while layering in clever wordplay and historical allegories in a more sophisticated manner.  On their 5th album in as many years, Human Performance, … Continue reading Top Ten of 2k16, #6: Parquet Courts, Human Performance

Top Ten of 2k16, #7: Bon Iver – 22, A Million

The long-awaited 3rd album from Justin Vernon’s most prominent project/pseudonym, Bon Iver, is another stylistic departure and progression into digital experimentation.  The pained and breathy falsetto remains, but throughout 22, A Million, Vernon modulates his vocals through a software program called “Messina” (named for his engineer Chris Messina) that creates glossy, choral effects.  The program … Continue reading Top Ten of 2k16, #7: Bon Iver – 22, A Million