A Music List for 2018

After the success of last year’s ‘5 Noteworthy Rock Albums of 2017,’ I’ve decided to stay the course by altering the format with a surprise ‘best of’ list which does not arrive until the beginning of January of the following year. It’s only fair. As an added bonus, that means I don’t have all the other stupid ‘best of’-‘year end’-’roundups’ to compete with. Reflection is … Continue reading A Music List for 2018

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Pop Kultur 2018: An Interview with Daníel Böðvarsson (of Pranke)

Like last year, I visited the 2018 edition of Berlin’s Pop-Kultur festival. My personal favorite discovery was far and away the Berlin-based prog-math-indie band Pranke (the German word for ‘paw’). Pranke bring repetitions in the style of Conveyor or Preoccupations together with the spastic rhythms of Hella, smooth grooves of White Denim, and explosive sax a la Tera Melos. The two-piece band crammed more sound … Continue reading Pop Kultur 2018: An Interview with Daníel Böðvarsson (of Pranke)

An Interview with Felix Rodriguez (of Open/Honest)

Under the moniker Open/Honest, Felix Rodriguez makes music which soothes the soul while unafraid to look at troublesome emotions, albeit wordlessly. The first EP to blossom out of the project dropped last month, and it’s the perfect soundtrack for your morning coffee or nightly existential quandaries. An astoundingly quick turnaround saw Rodriguez get right back to recording, and just over a month later, he’s released Overhang. … Continue reading An Interview with Felix Rodriguez (of Open/Honest)

“The conversation goes where it goes”: An Interview with Yoni Wolf (of WHY?)

The first time I saw WHY? was on their tour supporting Mumps, etc. in 2012. It was the night before I left for Germany to do a year of study abroad. I only knew a handful of songs and as such had failed to purchase a ticket in advance. A friend of ours who’d been listening to WHY? for a while did not make the same … Continue reading “The conversation goes where it goes”: An Interview with Yoni Wolf (of WHY?)