Videos

Videos

Warhaus - The Good Lie (Official Video)

Warhaus

The Good Lie

Joel Frieders | June 28, 2016
Funeral Suits - The Way Back

Funeral Suits

The Way Back

Joel Frieders | June 27, 2016
Sigur Rós: Óveður [Official Video]

Sigur Ros

Óveður

Joel Frieders | June 23, 2016
Ballerina Black - Gravity (Official Music Video)

Ballerina Black

Gravity

Joel Frieders | June 22, 2016

Album Reviews

Cesl - Strange Hop

Cesl

Strange Hop
8 out of 10
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Whitney, Light Upon The Lake, album review

Whitney

Light Upon The Lake
9 out of 10
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gregory alan isakov, colorado symphony orchestra, album review, review

Gregory Alan Isakov

Gregory Alan Isakov With The Colorado Symphony Orchestra
10 out of 10
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Articles

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One Song: Falside - Snacks

Joel Frieders | June 28, 2016
It's no secret I adore this man. Falside's beats are the gin to my yang, the vodka to my gimlet, the high sparrow to my Cersei. Yes, I'm into sodomy. The latest drop from wee Falside is "Snacks" and it takes the listener on a progressive thump thump, from playground to underground sex club. While at one point I felt like I was on the set for the music video IESHA from ANOTHER BAD CREATION, it soon morphed into me getting sweaty in between two androgynous shirtless and glittered people wearing masks and furry boots.  I want to both hoop with the bros and get stripped and whipped. IT'S THE AMERICAN CREAM DREAM ON TWO LEGS! I fucking love how I never know what this dude is up to. Alls I knows is I'm ups. I'M UPS BRUH!
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SYFFALIST - June 2016

Tom Dozois | June 27, 2016
David Godowsky - Making It Up As I Go: Even writing this trash for SYFFAL, I sometimes get writing block. (not writer's block, because I aint no fucking writer because I over-use words like 'aint' and 'fucking' and because I use the word 'because' 4 times in one sentence). Anyhoo, to combat this block I just start typing and something comes out....eventually. This song sounds like the music version of that process; David Godowsky just starts singing. The only difference is his outcome is wayyyyy better.  BADBADNOTGOOD - Time Moves Slow (Ft. Sam Herring): Sam Herring's voice is so damn versatile. He's the Deon fucking Sanders of Music. AND holy balls marinating on a skewer does that voice sound amazing with this groove.  The Strokes - OBLIVIOUS: I will always listen to new Strokes in the...
Gregory Alan Isakov, The Ghost Orchestra, Andrea Gibson, Thalia Hall
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Gregory Alan Isakov w/ The Ghost Orchestra and Andrea Gibson - Thalia Hall - Chicago - 6.13.16

Tom Dozois | June 23, 2016
So I know this concert was last week, but I think I needed a week to process. That, and because I'm a procrastinator.  This last month I've been all over Gregory Alan Isakov's balls. He recently put out an album with a collection of his songs that were re-recorded with The Colorado Symphony Orchestra. And these re-re's are out-fucking-standing. This album is probably my favorite album released this year and I've listened to it so much already that the songs have become the soundtracks to my dreams. I've been waking up in cold sweats yelling "CHURCHES AND TRAINS...THEY ALL LOOK THE SAME TO ME NOOOOOWWWWWW". As soon as I found out GAI was going to be coming to Thalia Hall (pronounced with a lisp) in Chicago I pinched my nipples, squealed, jumped into the russian spliz and blocked out my...
Tame Impala, UIC Pavilion, Chicago, 6.9.16
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Tame Impala - UIC Pavilion - Chicago - 6.9.16

Tif Impson | June 20, 2016
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One Song: Dosh & Ghostband - Kool Aid

Joel Frieders | June 9, 2016
Dosh is one of my favorite rhythm jizzers. Dude can play two pencils on a half empty tepid teapot and I'd be all "WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! BRO, DO THAT ONE THING AGAIN THAT MADE ME DO WHAT I'M DOING NOW WITH MY ARMS! WOOOOOOOO!". Of course, in my world, that teapot is half full bro. But Dosh & Ghostband juuuuuuuust dropped "Kool Aid", the first single (aka just the tip) off their new album, Def Kith II: The Price is Ill, which comes out July 8th, 2016. (( YOU SHOULD PRE-ORDER IT HERE. )) Not only does this shit feel like 3am in a dank unnamed loft space in the middle of some misty metropolis, it feels like I have 6 lighters in my pockets and I'm completely out of cigarettes. I'm hungry for a breakfast I can't afford, but I'm with people who have made tonight the best night I'll ever...
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One Song: Hospital - Louder

Joel Frieders | June 9, 2016
Sounding like a spritely Jullian Lennon, wearing man leggings and a loose fitting puffy shirt, Hospital take jazz hands into the 23rd century. Now, I'm not one to show off my interpretive dance prowess, OH WHO AM I KIDDING OF COURSE I AM, CHECK THIS PLIE INTO A DOUBLE HALF CARTWHEEL ROUND OFF BITCHES! Ok, fine, I'm one to show off my limberness and shit. But Hospital's new bag "Louder" is one of those tracks where you start calmly nodding your head like in A Night at the Roxbury, but then about 56 seconds in you've found yourself with your leg wrapped around a banister and a pair of leg warmers yanked all the way up to your fucking grundle. You're fabulous bro. Just look at you. If I was a betting man, and I'm fucking NOT, I'd wager this Hospital outfit is set to be THRUST onto the world...
zavala, turns off
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One Song: Zavala - Turns Off

Joel Frieders | June 6, 2016
My favorite thing about Zavala, besides the pretty twinkle shimmers the dude bathes me in, is his ability to make me smile while confused. I never know where dude is going, and I always assume he's lost, but then I open my eyes and "holy fuck, we're hear!". See that? That was a play on words bro. We're "HEAR"? CMON. CLAP. JUST CLAP AT THE WORDS ON THE PAGE BRO. GO.  Zavala's production has always been borderline cinematic chase scene, but as the dude ages it seems more like he's branching out into the apocalyptic ceremonial bonfire soundtrack like we all had hoped. "Turns Off" is completely unexpected, and as you wait for the beat to drop in some form or another, you notice all the swirling pretty birds and shit, but when it DOES drop, it drops in a way you never expected. But more...
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