record reviews

    Ash - Teenage Wildlife: 25 Years of Ash  [under the radar]

    Nirvana - MTV Unplugged in New York (25th Anniversary Edition)  [under the radar]

    IDLES - A Beautiful Thing: IDLES Live at Le Bataclan  [under the radar]

    Mount Eerie with Julie Doiron - Lost Wisdom Pt. 2  [under the radar]

    Black Marble - Larger Than Life  [the line of best fit]

    Trupa Trupa - Of the Sun  [the line of best fit]

    Tropical F*ck Storm - Braindrops  [the line of best fit]

    The Soft Cavalry - The Soft Cavalry  [the line of best fit]

    Versing - 10000  [the line of best fit]

    American Football - American Football (LP3)  [popmatters]

    Sleeper - The  Modern Age  [the line of best fit]

    Pom Poko - Birthday  [the line of best fit]

    Piroshka - Brickbat  [the line of best fit]

    Swervedriver - Future Ruins  [popmatters]

    Deerhunter - Why Hasn't Everything Already Disappeared?  [popmatters]

    Ian Sweet - Crush Crusher  [the line of best fit]

    Low - Double Negative  [analogue]

    Spiritualized - And Nothing Hurt  [popmatters]

    Mogwai - KIN: OST  [the line of best fit]

    IDLES - Joy as an Act of Resistance  [the line of best fit]

    The Posies - Frosting on the Beater (reissue)  [popmatters]

    Alexander Tucker - Don't Look Away  [the line of best fit]

    Chastity - Death Lust  [popmatters]

    The Love-Birds - In the Lovers' Corner  [popmatters]

    Tangents - New Bodies  [popmatters]

    Johnny Marr - Call the Comet  [the line of best fit]

    The Buttertones - Midnight in a Moonless Dream  [popmatters]

    The Dreebs - Forest of a Crew  [the line of best fit]

    Gruff Rhys - Babelsberg  [the line of best fit]

    Joan of Arc - 1984  [the line of best fit]

    Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks - Sparkle Hard  [popmatters]

    Aidan Moffat & RM Hubbert - Here Lies the Body  [the line of best fit]

    The Sea and Cake - Any Day  [the line of best fit]

    Father Murphy - Rising...  [popmatters]

    FACS - Negative Houses [popmatters]

    MIEN - MIEN  [the line of best fit]

    Dead Meadow - The Nothing They Need  [the line of best fit]

    Caroline Says - No Fool like an Old Fool  [the line of best fit]

    Hot Snakes - Jericho Sirens  [the line of best fit]

    Yo La Tengo - There's a Riot Going On  [popmatters]

    Psychic Markers - Hardly Strangers  [the line of best fit]

    Suuns - Felt  [popmatters]

    The Men - Drift  [popmatters]

    Keiji Heino and SUMAC - American Dollar Bill...  [popmatters]

    The Lovely Eggs - This is Eggland  [the line of best fit]

    S. Carey - Hundred Acres  [the line of best fit]

    Field Music - Open Here  [the line of best fit]

    No Age - Snares Like a Haircut  [the line of best fit]

    Charles Hayward and Thurston Moore - Improvisations  [the line of best fit]

    Quicksand - Interiors  [the line of best fit]

    Trupa Trupa - Jolly New Songs  [the line of best fit]

    Esmerine - Mechanics of Dominion  [the line of best fit]

    Melkbelly - Nothing Valley  [popmatters]

    Raleigh - Powerhouse Bloom  [popmatters]

    Chad VanGaalen - Light Information  [the line of best fit]

    Paul Draper - Spooky Action  [the line of best fit]

    Lo Tom - Lo Tom  [the line of best fit]

    Kacey Johansing - The Hiding  [popmatters]

    Ride - Weather Diaries  [popmatters]

    Evan Dando - Baby I'm Bored (reissue)  [popmatters]

    Man Forever - Play What They Want  [the line of best fit]

    Do Make Say Think - Stubborn Persistent Illusions  [the line of best fit]

    Helium - Ends With And  [popmatters]

    Disco Inferno - In Debt (reissue)  [the line of best fit]

    Moon Duo - Occult Architecture Vol. 2  [the line of best fit]

    Tara Jane O'Neil - Tara Jane O'Neil  [popmatters]

    The Jesus and Mary Chain - Damage and Joy  [popmatters]

    Timber Timbre - Sincerely, Future Pollution  [the line of best fit]

    Wire - Silver / Lead  [the line of best fit]

    Spiral Stairs - Doris and the Daggers  [the line of best fit]

    Gailes - Seventeen Words  [popmatters]

    Dude York - Sincerely  [popmatters]

    Pontiak - Dialectic of Ignorance  [popmatters]

    Idles - Brutalism  [popmatters]

    High Plains - Cinderland  [the line of best fit]

    Dutch Uncles - Big Balloon  [popmatters]

    Grails - Chalice Hymnal  [popmatters]

    Lawrence English - Cruel Optimism  [the line of best fit]

    PVT - New Spirit  [the line of best fit]

    All Them Witches - Sleeping Through the War  [the line of best fit]

    Teen Daze - Theme for Dying Earth  [the line of best fit]

    Joan of Arc - He's Got the Whole This Land is Your Land in His Hands  [popmatters]

    Uniform - Wake in Fright  [the line of best fit]

    Papa M - Highway Songs  [popmatters]

    Muuy Biien - Age of Uncertainty  [popmatters]

    Redspencer - Perks  [popmatters]

    Loscil - Monument Builders  [the line of best fit]

    Bayonne - Primitives  [the line of best fit]

    American Wrestlers - Goodbye Terrible Youth  [the line of best fit]

    Holy Sons - In the Garden  [the line of best fit]

    Weyes Blood - Front Row Seat to Earth  [the line of best fit]

    Benoit Pioulard - The Benoit Pioulard Listening Matter  [popmatters]

    Few Bits - Big Sparks  [popmatters]

    Trails and Ways - Own It  [popmatters]

    Black Marble - It's Immaterial  [popmatters]

    Acrylics - DADA Minor  [popmatters]

    Luke Haines - Smash the System  [the line of best fit]

    Off World - 1  [the line of best fit]

    Oddarrang - Agartha  [popmatters]

    Ultimate Painting - Dusk  [the line of best fit]

    Preoccupations - Preoccupations  [popmatters]

    The Verve - A Storm in Heaven / A Northern Soul (reissues)  [popmatters]

    Blue States - Restless Spheres  [the line of best fit]

    Eluvium - False Readings On  [popmatters]

    The Album Leaf - Between Waves  [the line of best fit]

    Peter Broderick - Partners  [popmatters]

    Tobacco - Sweatbox Dynasty  [the line of best fit]

    Atoms and Void - And Nothing Else  [the line of best fit]

    Jherek Bischoff - Cistern  [the line of best fit]

    Various Artists - C87  [popmatters]

    Rhyton - Redshift  [the line of best fit]

    Hauschka - Room to Expand (Expanded)  [the line of best fit]

    Psychic Ills - Inner Journey Out  [popmatters]

    Colder - The Rain/Goodbye  [the line of best fit]

    Still Parade - Concrete Vision  [popmatters]

    Quasi - R&B Transmogrification, Featuring "Birds", Field Studies  [the line of best fit]

    Minor Victories - Minor Victories  [popmatters]

    Moonface and Siinai - My Best Human Face  [the line of best fit]

    Ilya Beshevli - Wanderer  [the line of best fit]

    Various Artists - Another Splash of Colour: New Psychedelia in Britain 1980 - 1985  [popmatters]

    Doomsquad - Total Time  [the line of best fit]

    Keeps - Brief Spirit  [stereo subversion]

    Suuns - Hold/Still and Bibio - A Mineral Love comparitive review  [redefine]

    Woodpigeon - Trouble  [stereo subversion]

    Jan St. Werner - Felder  [the line of best fit]

    Explosions in the Sky - The Wilderness  [the line of best fit]

    Black Mountain - IV  [the line of best fit]

    Aidan Moffat - Where You're Meant To Be  [the line of best fit]

    Quilt - Plaza  [the line of best fit]

    TEEN - Love Yes  [popmatters]

    Wild Nothing - Life of Pause  [popmatters]

    Pete Astor - Spilt Milk  [popmatters]

    Field Music - Commontime  [popmatters]

    The High Llamas - Here Come the Rattling Trees  [the line of best fit]

    Luke Haines - British Nuclear Bunkers  [popmatters]

    The Bluetones - Return to the Last Chance Saloon (reissue)  [popmatters]

    The Telescopes - Splashdown: The Creation Recordings 1990 - 1992  [popmatters]

    Esmerine - Lost Voices  [popmatters]

    Mark McGuire - Beyond Belief  [the line of best fit]

    Car Seat Headrest - Teens of Style  [popmatters]

    The Twilight Sad - Oran Mor Session  [the line of best fit]

    Dan Friel - Life  [popmatters]

    Born Ruffians - RUFF  [popmatters]

    Blitzen Trapper - All Across This Land  [the line of best fit]

    Girl Band - Holding Hands with Jamie  [popmatters]

    Telekinesis - Ad Infinitum  [popmatters]

    Masayoshi Fujita - Apologues  [the line of best fit]

    The Jam - About the Young Idea: The Very Best of the Jam  [popmatters]

    Talk In Tongues - Alone With A Friend  [stereo subversion]

    CFCF - Radiance and Submission  [the line of best fit]

    Tearjerker - Stay Wild  [popmatters]

    Eleventh Dream Day - Works For Tomorrow  [popmatters]

    Valet - Nature  [popmatters]

    In Camera - Era  [popmatters]

    Moullinex - Elsewhere  [popmatters]

    William Basinski - Cascade  [popmatters]

    Dfalt - s/t  [redefine]

    Shopping - Consumer Complaints  [stereo subversion]

    Uniform - Perfect World  [popmatters]

    Diamond Youth - Nothing Matters  [popmatters]

    Jenny Hval - Apocalypse, girl  [popmatters]

    Jacco Gardner - Hypnophobia  [stereo subversion]

    Kinski - 7 (or 8)  [popmatters]

    Broken Water - Wrought  [stereo subversion]

    Soley - Ask the Deep  [popmatters]

    Blanck Mass - Dumb Flesh  [popmatters]

    Grounders - Grounders  [popmatters]

    Nocturnal Sunshine - Nocturnal Sunshine  [redefine]

    This Will Destroy You - Another Language  [stereo subversion]

    METZ - II  [popmatters]

    Braids - Deep in the Iris  [popmatters]

    Nai Harvest - Hairball  [popmatters]

    Wand - Golem  [stereo subversion]

    Godspeed You! Black Emperor - Asunder, Sweet and Other Distress  [popmatters]

    Indian Wells - Pause  [redefine]

    Inventions - Maze of Woods  [stereo subversion]

    The Monochrome Set - Spaces Everywhere  [popmatters]

    Bedhead - 1992-1998  [stereo subversion]

    Eternal Tapestry - Wild Strawberries  [popmatters]

    Moon Duo - Shadow of the Sun  [popmatters]

    Krill - A Distant Fist Unclenching  [stereo subversion]

    Sam Prekop - The Republic  [popmatters]

    The Pop Group - Citizen Zombie  [popmatters]

    Disappears - Irreal  [redefine]

    Mount Eerie - Sauna  [popmatters]

    Loscil - Sea Island  [popmatters]

    Pour le Plaisir - Tin Machine EP  [redefine] 

    A Winged Victory For The Sullen - Atomos  [popmatters]

    Avi Buffalo - At Best Cuckold  [stereo subversion]

    Film - Eclipse  [redefine]

    Owen - Other People's Songs  [popmatters]

    Two Inch Astronaut - Foulbrood  [popmatters]

    Last Ex - Last Ex  [popmatters]

    Young Widows - Easy Pain  [stereo subversion]

    Institute - Salt EP  [popmatters]

    Native America - Grown Up Wrong  [popmatters]

    Cult of Youth - Final Days  [popmatters]

    The Jazz June - After the Earthquake  [popmatters]

    Ariel Pink - Pom Pom  [stereo subversion]

    The Twilight Sad - Nobody Wants To Be Here and Nobody Wants To Leave  [popmatters]

    The Posies - Failure (reissue)  [popmatters]

    Cave - Release  [popmatters]

    Arp - Pulsars e Quasars EP  [popmatters]

    yMusic - Balance Problems  [popmatters]

    Hers - Youth Revisited  [stereo subversion]

    Equals - Tracts  [stereo subversion]

    Little Racer - Modern Accent EP  [stereo subversion]

    Mimicking Birds - EONS  [stereo subversion]

    The Pains of Being Pure at Heart - Days of Abandon  [stereo subversion]

    Avey Tare's Slasher Flicks - Enter the Slasher House  [stereo subversion]

    BLUFFING - Sugar Coated Pills of Wisdom  [stereo subversion]

    The Coathangers - Suck My Shirt  [stereo subversion]

    Hammock - Oblivion Hymns  [stereo subversion]

    Unwound - Rat Conspiracy  [stereo subversion]

    Owls - Two  [stereo subversion]

    Soft Science - Detour  [stereo subversion]

    Sun Kil Moon - Benji  [stereo subversion]

    Mogwai - Rave Tapes  [stereo subversion]

    Laurel Halo - Chance of Rain  [stereo subversion]

    Into It. Over It. - Intersections  [stereo subversion]

    Minor Alps - Get There  [stereo subversion]

    Body/Head - Coming Apart  [stereo subversion]

    Mark Kozelek & Desertshore - s/t  [stereo subversion]

    Still Life Still - Mourning Trance  [stereo subversion]

    Obits - Beds & Bugs  [stereo subversion]

    Heirlooms of August - Down at the 5-star  [stereo subversion]

    CFCF - Music for Objects  [stereo subversion]

    Bestial Mouths - s/t  [stereo subversion]

    Hausu - Total  [stereo subversion]

    Tearjerker - Hiding  [line]

    Odonis Odonis - Better  [line]

    Ellen Allien - Sool  [, 2008]

    Low vs. Diamond - s/t  [, 2008]