Before Matt Jones takes me on a tour of Castle Face Records HQ, the label he runs with Brian Lee Hughes and Thee Oh Sees frontman John Dwyer, he warns me: "This place is weird." He's right: The building used to be a factory that manufactured baby carriages; there's still a woodshop downstairs and sawdust sprinkled all over the floor. Once Jones unlocks the door — identifiable only by a kaleidoscopic poster bearing the label's… more »
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It's an unusually hot Sunday afternoon in late-April Los Angeles, and I'm huddled at a rickety sidewalk café table with Mish Way, the outspoken frontwoman of the roaring punk outfit White Lung. We're stationed outside El Huarache Azteca, a nondescript Mexican eatery in the rapidly-gentrifying Highland Park neighborhood, and one of Way's favorite local haunts since she moved to the city last December. The bright streets of Southern California are an unlikely place for Way to… more »
The back story is so absurd it almost defies belief: A cassette compilation, assembled by a magazine, comprised of 22 little-known bands and available only via mail order, became so influential that its title became shorthand for an entire genre of music. But that's exactly what happened with C86, a collection released nearly 30 years ago that continues to be rediscovered at an alarmingly regular rate. It's routinely described as "the birth of indie," and… more »
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2014 | Label: Captured Tracks / SC Distribution
Brad Laner started Medicine in 1990 in his mid 20s, while he was still moonlighting with post-punkers Savage Republic. He quickly turned the then-side project into a shoegaze institution (with a twist of noise) before disbanding in 1995. There was a brief reincarnation in 2003, but the 2013 full-length To the Happy Few represented Medicine’s true return to the indie-rock fray.
Happy Few was a comforting comeback for longtime fans, but the trio were so eager to pump out fresh ideas that they often forgot to fold them into… more »
2014 | Label: Seeland / Revolver
On their 1987 album Escape From Noise, Negativland titled one of their songs, simply, “Christianity Is Stupid.” Now, close to 30 years later, the Bay Area-based sound-collage collective has a more thoughtful perspective on the subject of faith and religion.
Built from materials used for the live performances Negativland have put on since 2005, the group uses It’s All In Your Head to reassert their belief that Christianity (and Judaism and Hinduism and Islam) is dumb. But, as the title of the project suggests, there may… more »