Doubling Down – DIIV’s ‘Deceiver’ and Danny Brown’s ‘uknowhatimsayin¿’

As musical boundaries continue to dissolve at such an alarming rate, the albatross of being a “buzzed about” artist hangs heavier with each year, even if we’re only going as far back as 2011-12. Looking back from the last quarter of 2019, certain bands and musicians who dominated the cultural conversation seem frivolous now, and others seem retroactively undeserving of the hand-wringing that may have accompanied their ascents. Continue reading Doubling Down – DIIV’s ‘Deceiver’ and Danny Brown’s ‘uknowhatimsayin¿’

Announcement: Ultra Dogme attending Pop-Kultur 2019

Ultra Dogme is proud to announce our third running year covering Berlin’s Pop-Kultur music festival. Last year yielded the discovery of and an interview with the extremely talented Pranke. This year we are most excited for headliners Deerhoof and Repetitor. Pop-Kultur 2019 will take place between August 21st – 23rd. We’ve been graciously re-accepted as visiting members of the press (both editor +MLP+ and contributing … Continue reading Announcement: Ultra Dogme attending Pop-Kultur 2019

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

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)

“I don’t know why.” An Interview with Jeff Rosenstock

Jeff Rosenstock has been making music since 1995. After years spent in a band called The Arrogant Sons of Bitches, 2004 saw the formation of another band, Bomb the Music Industry! In 2006 he founded the first donation-based record label, Quote Unquote Records. A full year before Radiohead’s famous pay-what-you-want release of In Rainbows, Rosenstock was giving away plenty of albums for free while trusting enough … Continue reading “I don’t know why.” An Interview with Jeff Rosenstock

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)