Guitarpersons Mary Halvorson and John Dieterich (Deerhoof) make a guitar album with guitars, share a new guitar song

Guitarpersons Mary Halvorson and John Dieterich (Deerhoof) make a guitar album with guitars, share a new guitar song
No strings here, just stares (Photo: Satoru Eguchi)

Let’s face it, there are about 3 kinds of people who will openly admit to liking “guitar music.” One is dads who wear ill-fitting t-shirts and miss the good ol’ days (‘66–’79); another is college radio punks who wear ill-fitting t-shirts and miss the good ol’ days (‘88–’01); and the third is the type of people who are freaking out right now because Mary Halvorson (Code Girl) and John Dieterich (Deerhoo

Siavash Amini Serus

[Room40; 2019]

Rating: 3/5

Styles: somnabulism, rapid eye movement
Others: The Haxan Cloak, Dylan Thomas, Maurice Blanchot

Sleep is both the most refreshing and distressing of pastimes. There are few better feelings than sliding into air-conditioned sheets after a long day, yet transitioning into unconsciousness can feel impossible when anxiety is present. Why is it so difficult to avoid the pantry when you’re slightly hungry, but so easy to lay awake and exhausted in a cloud of self-reflection?

JPEGMAFIA hikes five hours to film video for “Jesus Forgive Me, I Am A Thot,” shares tour dates

JPEGMAFIA hikes five hours to film video for "Jesus Forgive Me, I Am A Thot," shares tour dates
JPEG: Alec Marchant

DAMN, Peggy. Frankly, we could just end the post there with a video embed for posterity, because JPEGMAFIA’s output speaks for itself ‘round these parts as of late. Veteran landed on our list of 50 Favorite Releases last year, with “Baby I’m Bleeding” finding a home on our 50 Favorite Songs mixes.

Big Thief take over the rest of 2019 with another new album, Two Hands, lead single “Not”

Big Thief take over the rest of 2019 with another new album, Two Hands, lead single "Not"
Two Hands cover art

I’ve always said, “Why limit yourself to a single selection of five fingers and a palm when you could simply double-fist the year of 2019?” I say this because I assume this is the question Big Thief asked themselves when they decided one year-defining album wasn’t enough for them in 2019 — like an unquenchable college student unaware of their tolerance limit, they wanted more. Hence Two Hands, the record to complete the set, out October 11 on 4AD.

♫♪  Sun Araw & Mitchell Brown - Fluid Array

Hesitation is the trick to clowning around. It’s the confidence in taking the next step in twisting exactly the unexpected into genuine. Find symbols that aren’t in any way symbolic. Looking over your shoulder into the darkness around the corner. A shadow, hazy approaches and it’s a fucking roach in the candle-light your wife lit a minute ago, or so. And the roach is looking at you. Or it’s a waterbug. Suddenly it’s in your mustache. Across your fingernails. Backflips mid-air onto the table, gives you an opposable two-thumbs up. So you thinking, “Yo, roach!” *point to roach w/ gun-fingers*

Pacific Yew (​(​(​( Maidenhair )​)​)​)

[Hot Record Societe; 2019]

Styles: waiting for the bus, smoking a Newport on the stoop
Others: Gil Scott-Heron, Ariel Pink, Standing on the Corner

The sun is filtering lightly through the curtain, but you don’t want to wake up. The sheets have long been flung off the side of the bed. You’re groggy. What time is it? Hell, what day is it? There’s something playing on the radio. Can’t really make out what it is. Ah, well. Time to eat. There’s a really nice smell of waffles coming from the neighbors. Damn, forgot to buy groceries. Better go out. Shower, shower. The flow of water cascades off your skin, begging reinvigoration. It wants you to be well. We all do.

In Memoriam: David Berman We pay tribute to the Silver Jews and Purple Mountains artist

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“People ask people to watch their scotch
People send people up to the moon
When they come back, well there isn’t much
People be careful not to crest too soon”

– Silver Jews, “People”

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Finnish multidisciplinary artist Jenna Sutela announces Martian-inspired debut LP on PAN

Finnish multidisciplinary artist Jenna Sutela announces Martian-inspired debut LP on PAN

FYI: the storming of Area 51 next month is absolutely expected lift the veil on aliens and alien technology, so there’s certainly a limited amount of time before the allure of the Universe is ruined and people remember Carl Sagan as a well-intentioned, but ultimately know-nothing dude who did much to popularize the turtleneck.

♫♪  DJ Escrow - “PATTERN VIP” [ft. Dean Blunt]

Félicia Atkinson The Flower and the Vessel

[Shelter Press; 2019]

Rating: 3.5/5

Styles: shh
Others: ahh

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