2 8 1 4 – 新しい日の誕生

I can’t pretend to understand vaporwave. I was but a wee highschooler (I think?) when anti-consumerist cyberpunk suddenly became a musical genre. My ears were tuned to guitars and southern drawls, not the ironic samplings and conceptual snippets of glitched-out chillwave. As of 2015, I only somewhat understand the forced Japanese by decidedly not-Japanese artists, or the Windows 98 worship pinned to the corner of a sky blue backdrop. I’m also apparently late to the party – its own champions have been dropping the scene and declaring it dead for years now. But that “vaporwave” subtitle was distant to me when … Read More

Muse – Drones

Muse inhabits its own world, where high-art is a bloody pulp and subtlety is a 2x4 across the head. They churn out monster guitar riffs and sweeping hooks like an apocalypse-minded, nu-metal U2 (we shall call them Nu2), channel technophobic dystopias like a comic book Radiohead, and pen musical novels running an intellectual spectrum of The Wall to Kilroy Was Here. And Drones might be the Musiest album Muse has thrown together in a while, complete with hooks like “I’m a fucking psycho!” and “Dead inside!,” all while Matt Bellamy throws everything from Van Halen to U2 into a melting ... Read More

Algiers – Algiers

Algiers is a serious band. With nary a wink or scoff in sight, they charge right into the meat of their message: things haven’t changed, and they might never change. And against a collage of anti-gospels and neocolonialism, they’ve put this manifesto to acetate. Algiers is an 11-track songbook of protest song counterparts, an anarchist songbook for those still fighting a centuries’ old revolution. The self-titled debut for the neo-gospel trio, Algiers is more of a Goth guitar prayer for those jaded by the promises of “We Shall Overcome.” With a haunting chant and an industrial crack, Algiers recalls history … Read More

Mumford & Sons – Wilder Mind

The year is 2012. Mumford & Sons released Babel, an award-sweeping album of catchy folk songs and banjos and not much else. They were a band who worshipped Americana roots, suspenders and all. There wasn’t much depth to their rustic pop, but there didn’t really need to be; Mumford & Sons knew how to throw together a few chords and a hook. Throw in a banjo line and you have an earworm of a pop stomper, like the radio-crashing “I Will Wait.” Now we’re in 2015, where whatever folk revival Mumford & Sons rolled in on is now set in stone. … Read More

Listen Along: Boredoms – Super Ae

1) Super You : WELCOME TO THE MACHINE : OH GOD IS THIS MUSIC? : What is happening? What is going on? : LOUD NOISES : And so it was that the universe was created. : Did someone leave the fax machine on overnight? : The Earth’s crust cooled. : GUYS THAT WASTES INK : SO THIS IS WHAT COMPUTERS HEAR 24/7 : I think it’s jammed… : AOL had some problems connecting to the internet. Oh hey! Guitars. : Just gonna hold this old 98 Mac up to an amplifier for a bit. Don’t mind me. : DON’T WORRY … Read More