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Dead Sea - 8.50
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Dead Sea - 8.50

Joel Frieders | February 23, 2017
I clicked play on this sumbitch this morning after my kids got on the bus. It's been unseasonably warm, the windows are still all dew-ey, the sun was coming up to my right, and I'm only wearing my trademark hoodie and jeans as I drive myself to work.  Simply put, it's fucking comfortable outside righ meow.  Yet, the sad part, that most conscious humans on earth understand, is that we're experiencing this shift in seasons because we've been steady dicks to the environment. This song, "8.50", from Dead Sea has that sort of shimmering comfortable sweatpants and tube top pleasure laid out as a sort of framework for the track, but then the vocal is that odd sort of hopeless and meek murmur, somehow making the juxtaposition of the two sides the focal point of the track...
Oddisee - Things
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Oddisee - Things

Brandon Backhaus | January 5, 2017
Next sunny day, as the winter blanket of clouds and cold offers a respite, as the bitter and hopeless glances at checking account balances fade to paydays, as the shit show of 2016 gives way to a new year full of stout resolutions and hopeful commitments, hop in whatever vehicle you have acquired in your life as your main form of transportation. Maybe the windows are down and you get your teenage girl on. Maybe headphones are atop your head as you hop on your bike and channel a Goonie or two. Maybe you put on some New Balance, jog out the door and get in touch with your inner Forrest Gump.  Whatever the means, however you listen, when you press play make sure that the track that comes streaming into the holes on the side of your head vibrating tiny bones and causing sound to enter your...
Cars and Trains - Secret Worlds
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Cars and Trains - Secret Worlds

Brandon Backhaus | October 3, 2016
Cars & Trains is fucking with us.  Portland’s electronic-folk toy-instrument live-looping god-piece is straight up fucking with us.  He has released Secret Worlds, a new 1-track album scrapped together from remnants of piano/cello sessions with musician William Ryan Fitch and long repressed memories.  What gaul Cars & Trains must have? Releasing a record with 1 fucking track. Next he’ll tell us that he’s going to start including Planes and Razor Scooters.  “Secret Worlds” is tinkling and childlike a it builds and builds and adds new layers on top of new layers until it hums to a frenetic crescendo like a first kiss.  Cars & Trains, you bastard. Getting me all worked up and panting and then you just leave. No note. No...
Open Mike Eagle and Paul White - I Went Outside Today feat. Aesop Rock
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Open Mike Eagle and Paul White - I Went Outside Today feat. Aesop Rock

Brandon Backhaus | May 9, 2016
What’s up, everybody?  It’s been a while.  How’s life?  I’m good. And for the first time in a minute.  Been pilfering time while listening to the crickets.  I went on a twelve mile solo hike.  It felt like was recovering from a cobra bite.  Life has a funny way of teaching you the important lessons that you need, dude.  Today I came out of my apartment and didn’t even feel like a contortionist. My face flexed into a smile at times and even when I got choked up was genuine. I’ve been meticulously putting all the cards back after I felt erroneously like I could discard that. Even though I blew them down on purpose, all it did was skew things for worthless. After weeks of feeling sickened for her, turns out, I need some brick and mortar. But now I’m back and I’m feeling fine.  Spring seems ...
worlds hurt, chekhov's gun
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Words Hurt - Chekhov's Gun

Joel Frieders | April 1, 2016
This is my best friend Tim. Tim is a rapper. If you don't understand because I didn't give him a rap nomdeplume, dude's rap name is Alaska. He's been one of my favorite rappers since before I met him, and after I met him I didn't even know he was the rapper I was already a huge fan of. It's kismet we're besties, not just because I can brag that he's what this song entails, but because he's SUPES HANDSOME. All cockrubbing aside, peep the new single from power pop duo Words Hurt, featuring rappering by Alaska and production by Lang Vo. Also, the B Side has some guesties in Marilyn Carino (LOVE HER, LOVE HER SHOW!) and Hemlock Ernst aka Sam Herring from Future Islands.  This is the lead...
pos, sleepdrone​/​superposition
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P.O.S. - sleepdrone​/​superposition

Joel Frieders | March 7, 2016
Allow me to fanboy out a second right quick. NEW P.O.S.????? BROLY SHIT BRO, I FUCKING NEEDED SOMETHING TO ESCORT MY FISTS INTO THE FUCKING AIR LIKE I NEEDED THE SNOW TO FUCKING MELT AND A NICE STEADY RAIN RINSE OFF ALL THE BULLSHIT MEMORIES OF A WINTER THAT CAN SUCK MY ASS. A new P.O.S. is exactly what the fuck I wanted without knowing I wanted it damnit. (Is this where the kids say "yaaaas"? JUST WONDERING.) P.O.S.'s "sleepdrone​/​superposition" is an eight minute and forty eight second rage filled celebration of anger. The only thing consistent throughout this entire song is your fingernails buried deep into the skin of your palms. Holy FUCK this dude encites the part of me that wants to break shit, and then calmly and...
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TV Girl - Song About Me feat. Maddie Acid

Brandon Backhaus | March 1, 2016
California sample-pop band TV Girl has a new record out. A record that asks the question that most need asking when the time comes for asking the questions that need asking, Who Really Cares? The new project sounds like TV Girl. There’s nothing remarkably different about it. If you liked TV Girl before you’re still going to like them. If you didn’t, then who really cares? The heaving-hitting “Song About Me!,” featuring Maddie Acid, is a standout banger. It has this recess b-a-n-a-n-a-s break that makes me want to procure a milkshake and bring it promptly to said yard. It’s like Zooey Deschanel eating Hot Cheetos and Takis. Munch! It’s like it’s past 8 and there’s a DJ in the auditorium and I’m high on sour straws...
kauf, through the yard
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Kauf - Through the Yard

Joel Frieders | February 24, 2016
This dude Kauf makes electronic music that makes me want to swim in fucking pudding.  THERE, I SAID IT. Not "fucking pudding" bro, I ain't into other people's fluids and shit, but fucking "pudding". I mean that seductively smooth and thickly viscoused delivery vessel for the delicious bro, THAT pudding. Kauf is the mayor of viscosity city bro.  Every fucking song this dude drops feels like I've heard it a thousand times before, and not only is his shit erotically relaxing, it makes me feel like however fucking fast life is flying by me, I still have my Kauf to swallow with my side face holes to calm me the fuck down. It's almost like Kauf understands that life is extremely and uncontrollably fast for most of us and it...
Damnationland - Ordinary Monsters
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Damnationland - Ordinary Monsters

Brandon Backhaus | January 16, 2016
Brzowski is the homie. He’s a kindred spirit out there on the road. When you realize you’re on the same bill as a rapper from Portland, Maine opening for Grandmaster Bizzy Bee in San Di-fucking-ego, you just know.  Ole Brz has teamed up with fellow Portlander, C Money Burns, and morphed into doomsday rap duo, Vinyl Cape with DJ Mo Niklz. (The lack of vowels in Maine, I find disconcerting.) Vinyl Cape's apocalyptic li’l ditty, “Ordinary Monsters featuring Renee Coolbrith” recorded as theme music for Damnationationland Horror Film Festival, makes me want to open my arms to the end. Makes me want to dance on our graves. Makes me want to bare ass, full moon a mushroom cloud. Makes me drive my...
gutter$nipes$ - DOUBLEBAGGED
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gutter$nipes$ - DOUBLEBAGGED

Brandon Backhaus | September 24, 2015
One of our favorite production duos and fine cheese connoisseurs, Morbidly-O-Beats and Hoot are gutter$nipe$. Their first single is "DOUBLEBAGGED". It's like Peewee Herman jackin it in the back of a XXX short attention span theatre. Give me a moment to get the soles of my shoes unstuck from the floor and my zipper up. With each violent flip of image or ass, of somehow soulful yet sedated sample or precise partition of polyrhythmic poonanny, the track goes all Clockwork Orange on my penis sculpture. Put it over a loop of fuzzed out, scramble-porn and slow motion double dutch and you have yourself a video that I'd watch. Thanks for keeping us up on the new new, fellers.  Their debut LP, Collected Unconsciousness is out via ...

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