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  • November 21, 2015

    That this record hasn’t been championed — how any of its 14 tracks haven’t been featured on a comp curated by some crate-digger DJ or turntablist — is beyond me. Take a nearly-unlistenable but awesome marching band album, cross it with Asian-inspired instrumentation, add a weird Shriner/Masonic twist. This is the Chicago Oriental Band. It’s borderline unlistenable and it will blow your mind. Shockingly the album is available for sale on […]

  • October 9, 2014

    As it is written, so shall it be. And on this privately-pressed folk LP from Massachusetts (by way of Pasadena’s Custom Fidelity label), Meg Redmond (Max) and Nancy Yerrall (Irving) somehow harness the sound of the modern-ish “freak folk” movement many, many years before the moniker existed. Although the year of the release is currently unknown — there are two copies that have sold […]

  • July 29, 2014

    A record collection is kind of like a restaurant. You gotta curate the shit out of everything. There’s the wine/beer selection, the executive chef, the fucking modern furniture…it’s all methodically and meticulously chosen to send a message to all those who step inside. Similarly, a record collection is the physical embodiment of one’s personal tastes. As such, its owner is responsible for ensuring a […]

  • July 28, 2014

    I think — as record collectors — we can all agree that the toughest part of being a hoarder collector is storage. Every time I run out of room on my multiple shelving units I am overcome with shame. “What am I doing with my life?” I often wonder…stacking records up against the wall until I have time/room/space to file them away. “Should I […]

  • July 25, 2014

    I was looking through the CD section at Princeton Record Exchange once when I saw a used copy of the Pinebender albumThe High Price Of Living Too Long With A Single Dream for $4.99. I grabbed it because the name looked familiar, but I couldn’t place where I’d heard it. Later I would recall reading about the band on the Electrical Audio forum, but […]

  • July 24, 2014

    Alright, I guess I have to give Pitchfork their due. After all these years of laughing at their deplorable music journalism it’s time to man up and admit that way back in 2001 (when I was a wee college freshman) the online ‘zine actually turned me on to some good music. Without ’em, I probably would not have discovered Jim O’Rourke’sInsignificance, or jumped on […]

  • July 23, 2014

    Remember the episode of The Wire from the first season where you see Wallace’s living situation? It’s in that brutal building with all the extended wires coming off the telephone poles, and it looks out over that vacant lot where maybe a dead body shows up one morning? I looked at an apartment today (I won’t say where) that gave off an eerily similar […]

  • July 22, 2014

    I saw another apartment this morning, over in the Franklin Village area. It was a bit on the small side but not terrible. It was the first ray of hope I’ve felt during the process of looking for a new place to live. The only faults were that it was an upper-level unit (and I’m a bit too OCD about being a quiet neighbor […]

  • July 21, 2014

    Hey everybody. I hope your weekends were swell. Mine was…it was okay. I’ve been ramping up the search for my own place recently so I’ve been busy before and after work most days either looking at potential rentals or browsing the Internet for said rentals. Whether apartment or guest house or condo or duplex, as long as it’s affordable and in a decent neighborhood […]

  • July 18, 2014

    I don’t like Belle and Sebastian. There, I’m just going to go ahead and say it. I happen to think it is wussy music for wussy kids, and I say that as someone who has a penchant for listening to some really flowery, wussy music. When even I can’t stand the sound of some sad whispery little dork and his twee-as-fuck arrangements…it has to […]