The Trypes :: Music For Neighbors

Emerging from the fertile Haledon, NJ scene of the early 1980s, The Trypes only released one EP—1984’s Explorers Hold—before morphing into Speed The Plough (a band that is still going strong today). The Trypes counted various Feelies in their ranks, and while there’s plenty of common ground between the two…

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Balkans :: Balkans (2011)

I’ve always thought Kings of Leon earning the title of “the Southern Strokes” was a crock. Sure, the Followgill siblings share a few musical traits with the deadpan NYC quintet, but as The Guardian’s Niall Doherty put it recently “a more accurate description might be the Cattle-ranch Coldplay.”  If any…

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Wet Tuna :: Warping All by Yourself

Deep fried in vibe and spiked with a little bit of the good stuff, Warping All by Yourself is a fresh helping of glorious rural delirium served up from the wooly woodland world of Wet Tuna. Here we find the untethered aural id of Matt “MV” Valentine roaming wild and…

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Tinariwen :: Radio Tisdas/Amassakoul Influences (Mixtape)

It’s been 20 years since the world was introduced to Tinariwen, but their roots stretch back much farther. In the late 1970s, nomadic founder Ibrahim Ag Alhabib began travelling through towns and refugee camps in the Saharan desert, picking up fellow musicians along the way. The group’s first commercially released…

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Cherokee Rose :: I’m Not Ready

High five to Don Giovanni Records (on a winning streak this year with new releases from the likes of Swamp Dogg and Lavender Country) for digging up the mid-’90s cosmic country records of Cherokee Rose. Growing up in Minneapolis, the now Santa Fe-residing Rose Moore had occasion to bring her…

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Beauty Pill :: Transmissions

Our guests this week are Chad Clark and Erin Nelson of DC post-punk band Beauty Pill. Clark emerged from the DC/Dischord punk scene with his band Smart Went Crazy, and he worked on records by Fugazi, Dismemberment Plan, Lungfish, Q & Not U, and many more. He formed Beauty Pill…

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FRÄLST!: A Selection Of Swedish Christian Grooves (1969-1979)

With a framework now shaped around the loosely defined Jesus People Music (and adjacent sounds), it’s fascinating to dig into similar relics from around the globe such as the remarkable new compilation, FRÄLST! – A Selection of Swedish Christian Grooves 1969-1979. A deep, heady dive into the sounds produced from Swedish…

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Colpitts :: Music From The Accident

A little over four years ago, the underground drumming titan John Colpitts was in a cab heading to the Los Angeles airport, when a drunk driver behind him smashed into the car and sent a carefully arranged, overscheduled life into chaos. As Kid Millions, Colpitts had been drumming for Oneida…

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