Poolside – “Slow Down”

By: Jack Stein

http://soundcloud.com/poolside_music/poolside-slow-down

While swaths of cloud cover are probably still blanketing my beloved Pacific Northwest, summer has arrived emphatically here in the midwest. Continue reading

From the Archives: My Bloody Valentine – Loveless

By: Jack Stein

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Imagine, if you will, a naive 16-year old listening to Loveless for the first time. As “Only Shallow” erupts with seismic fury through my shitty earbuds, the tectonic plates beneath my understanding of pop music shift haphazardly, beautifully, vexingly. Continue reading

Chromatics – “Kill for Love”

By: Jack Stein

Chromatics show a great deal of audacity on their newest LP, the ethereal yet sublimely immediate Kill for Love. Continue reading

CFCF – Exercises EP

By: Jack Stein

Anachronistic high school science instructional videos on VHS. Donkey Kong Country. The ominously piano-laden movements on the Donnie Darko soundtrack. Staring up at a night sky from one’s backyard, wondering if anything at all is alive out there. If Montreal producer CFCF’s latest artistic metamorphosis on his recently dropped Exercises EP is redolent of any or all of those things, then you’re definitely in his wheelhouse. Continue reading

Coachella 2012: We’re Off!

“We can be a whole group of friends, a whole group of frogs, jumping into the street, jumping into the planet, climbing up the buildings, swimming in the lakes and the bathtubs. We would be hundreds, thousands, millions, the biggest group of friends the world has ever seen. Jumping and laughing forever.

It would be great, right?” -M83: “Raconte-Moi Une Histoire”

See you on the other side!

-JJMT

Beach House – “Lazuli”

By: Jack Stein

The Beach House onslaught continues. As the countdown to their Bloom LP crawls onward, the duo is dropping tracks at a quickening rate. “Lazuli” is the latest, and it is a beaut. Continue reading

This Isn’t Happening: A Prescriptive Guide for Ignoring Coachella Weekend 1

By: Jack Stein

The stuff of dreams.

Today is Friday the 13th (not that yours truly is superstitious in the least.)

It also happens to be, so I’m told, the opening of Coachella Weekend #1 in beautiful Indio, CA. As a Weekend #2 wristband holder, I await my turn in line with great anxiety, envy, and just a dash of contempt. Continue reading