Lost Desert – Heterogen Infiltration

“The universe is not only stranger than we imagine, it’s stranger than we can imagine.” –Arthur C. Clarke   This shit is fucking weird. HETEROGEN INFILTRATION (which I will abbreviate as HI for the sake of my own sanity from fucking writing it out every god damned time) is the latest album from French Coldwave band LOST DESERT (which I will also abbreviate as LD for the reason above). LD starts this album with this weird Twin Peaks-esque waiting room Cold War vamp-ish song titled “Ouveture,” which our resident somewhat-French speaker Michael Frett would translate as “a hefty movement,” though it … Read More

Father John Misty – I Love You, Honeybear

“Music in the soul can be heard by the universe.” –Lao Tzu  I Love You, Honeybear is the latest album out by indie rock outfit Father John Misty, also known by his full name, Josh Tillman. Tillman was also a member of bands Fleet Foxes and Saxon Shore, bands known for their ability to bend and distort the very fabric of music to their liking. Tillman’s arguably greatest achievement was creating Helplessness Blues with Fleet Foxes. Greatest achievement… until now. I Love You, Honeybear just connects with you instantly. Enter the album’s debut and titular track, “I Love You, Honeybear.” The old … Read More

Matt’s Favorite Albums of 2014

11) Scott Walker + Sunn O))) – Soused     10) Tom Davis – Home     9) Murmur – Murmur     8) Caribou – Our Love  7)  Thee Silver Mt. Zion Orchestra – Fuck Off Get Free We Pour Light On Everything  6) FKA twigs – LP1 5) Run the Jewels – Run the Jewels 2  4) BadBadNotGood – III 3) Sun Kil Moon – Benji Benji is a heart-wrenching album, through and through. Sun Kil Moon’s Benji shows that an album can be soft and emotional but can still kick a lot of ass. “Dogs,” my favorite track off the album, tells the story of Mark Kozelek’s … Read More

Listen-Along: Miles Davis – Kind of Blue

1) So What Michael Frett: Pianos. Tucker Phillips: I’m glad we’re listening to this at night. This’d be an odd 1PM LA. MF: Hi there bass. What are you doing back there? Matt Bertram: It’s brooding, Michael. But now, it’s cool as fuck. TP: Don’t stare at it. This album is raining. MB: God, that’s an awesome job by Jimmy Cobb on the drums. Creates the perfect ambiance. OH GOD THIS SOLO. TP: MATT, I’M GONNA TRY TO KEEP UP. BUT DON’T LET ME BOG YOU DOWN. MB: OKAY. That crash, that hit was actually a mistake by Jimmy Cobb. … Read More

Caribou – Our Love

Dan Snaith is one of my musical heroes. The man has followed his muse all across the musical landscape, and that journey has resulted in a series of albums that are as impressively varied as they are distinctly his own. His albums have grown progressively more assured over time, from the dense suburban phantasmagoria of sophomore triumph Up in Flames to the more focused, blown-out psychedelic pop of 2007’s Andorra (my personal fave). The only album of his that has yet to strike a chord with me is Swim, his 2010 attempt at reconfiguring his psychedelic tendencies around dance music’s ... Read More

Aphex Twin – SYRO

Explaining why Aphex Twin is such a monumental figure in electronic music is like trying to define a word that can only be defined using the word itself in the definition. He simply is electronic music. His music can feel like the primary colors from which all other hues derive. Or, it can feel like an insular cache of inspiration, hidden behind layers and layers of obfuscation and misdirection. He didn’t invent electronic music, or even popularize it, but his albums form some of the essential foundations of its modern form. His early ambient work felt handcrafted and ancient, full ... Read More