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Daily Discovery: Too True

Douglas Markowitz
February 4, 2014
Filed under Features, Radio, Reviews

Dum Dum Girls’ excellent 2012 EP End of Daze hit all the right notes thanks to its atmospheric blend of indie-pop and garage-rock.  Their newest album, Too True, delves heavily into goth-rock. This territory is familiar to the band, yet never exploited by them this much. Every song on Too True evokes t...

Daily Discovery: Mogwai

Daily Discovery: Mogwai

Douglas Markowitz
January 22, 2014
Filed under Features, Radio, Reviews

The late 90s second wave of post-rock is a genre known for lengthy, purely instrumental songs that make extensive use of distorted guitar. The typical post rock piece is a 10 to 20 minute squall of wailing guitars that evoke the sensation of being trapped in a burning house in the middle of a to...

Daily Discovery: Flying Lotus and Four Tet release collections

Daily Discovery: Flying Lotus and Four Tet release collections

Douglas Markowitz
January 15, 2014
Filed under Features, Radio

Fans of Flying Lotus, Los Angeles’ most celebrated electronic producer, had a very good day Dec. 10th. That afternoon, the man behind Cosmogramma and Until the Quiet Comes reached 300,000 followers on Twitter, and celebrated the milestone by releasing a compilation of unreleased songs entitled Ideas+draf...

Daily Discovery: Danny Brown – Old

Daily Discovery: Danny Brown – Old

Spinnaker
December 3, 2013
Filed under Features, Radio

by Douglas Markowitz In today’s ultra-diverse hip-hop climate, Danny Brown deserves the distinction of “most instantly divisive rapper”. With such a uniquely high-pitched voice, the Detroit MC tends to be a quick turnoff to certain listeners. However those who can get past and/or enjoy his...

Daily Discovery: Jacuzzi Boys – Jacuzzi Boys

Daily Discovery: Jacuzzi Boys – Jacuzzi Boys

Lindsay Montgomery
September 18, 2013
Filed under Features, Reviews

By Logan Buzzell, Spinnaker Radio Station Manager At the turn of the millennium, American musicians revived the classic, yet underappreciated era of 60’s garage rock. Artists such as the White Stripes, the Strokes, and Yeah Yeah Yeahs drew upon musicians such as the Stooges and the Sonics. These groups bot...

Daily Discovery: Okkervil River – The Silver Gymnasium

Daily Discovery: Okkervil River – The Silver Gymnasium

Marina Ubert
September 17, 2013
Filed under Features, Reviews

For Okkervil River, the past is a living force. It's a cruel reminder of lost opportunities, bad decisions and misplaced faith. It's also an opportunity to learn, a growing guidebook to inform future decisions and a counterexample of just how right things can go. It's also something Okkervil River ha...

Daily Discovery: AlunaGeorge – Body Music

Daily Discovery: AlunaGeorge – Body Music

Zach Sweat
September 3, 2013
Filed under Features, Reviews

Pop has a totally different face in the UK. In the United States, the rules for a big hit are unspoken, yet omnipotent: a song cannot exceed the four-minute mark, it cannot deviate from the verse-chorus-verse structure for too long, and it cannot challenge your perception of what sounds are appropr...

Daily Discovery: Julianna Barwick – Nepenthe

Daily Discovery: Julianna Barwick – Nepenthe

Andrea Aribe
August 30, 2013
Filed under Features, Reviews

"The side of the soul trapped in modern life's imprisoning strictures meets the side of the soul liberated by nature's boundless plenitude [sic]." - RainyDayMerman [YouTube user] While Nepenthe isn't necessarily about a supposed dichotomy between "modern life" and "nature," it feels like the perfect...

Daily Discovery: Moonstone Continuum – Salon Edition

Daily Discovery: Moonstone Continuum – Salon Edition

Mason McGough
August 29, 2013
Filed under Features, Reviews

The first thing that should come to mind when listening to Salon Edition should be something like "What in the hell am I listening to?" Their sound is a guiltless reinterpretation of the kitsch you hear in lounge music and smooth jazz, the kind of cliche that practically screams Miami yachts and "fut...

Daily Discovery: Volcano Choir – Repave

Daily Discovery: Volcano Choir – Repave

Mason McGough
August 28, 2013
Filed under Features, Reviews

It's clear that Justin Vernon is done with making anything but the grandest of gestures. In 2013, when musical bombast is the key to success, Volcano Choir show how a little restraint can make their explosive choruses seem even bigger than what most of the mainstream's stadium rockers have to offe...

Daily Discovery: Dent May – Warm Blanket

Daily Discovery: Dent May – Warm Blanket

Mason McGough
August 27, 2013
Filed under Features, Reviews, Sports

Summer is just about to wrap up, which is why it's unfortunate Warm Blanket didn't arrive in our laps about two months ago. The Paw Tracks artist (a record label run by members of Animal Collective and Carpark Records) has been releasing vibrant pop tracks since about 2009. His material lies withi...

Daily Discovery: Julia Holter – Loud City Song

Daily Discovery: Julia Holter – Loud City Song

Mason McGough
August 26, 2013
Filed under Features, Reviews

One mark of a truly unforgettable artist, whether you like them or not, is the ability to craft an entire environment around a meager supply of instruments and lyrics. Loud City Song accomplishes this with aplomb of course— but your enjoyment of this record will ultimately stem from your willingness t...

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