Belle and Sebastian – What to Look for in Summer

Glasgow, Scotland’s indie/chamber pop stalwarts Belle and Sebastian did something that not many indie bands could ever pull off without looking tremendously goofy. They recorded portions of their new live record, What to Look For in Summer, in front of a throng of their super-fans while on a cruise ship. While not a greatest hits… Continue reading Belle and Sebastian – What to Look for in Summer

Teenage Fanclub Invite Us to Their Endless Arcade

Teenage Fanclub return with their latest album, Endless Arcade, which Merge Records will release in the U.S. on April 30. The longstanding Scottish pop-rockers have gifted fans an advance taste of Endless Arcade with a video of the single version of sublime opening song, “Home.” The album version extends to seven minutes. Endless Arcade is… Continue reading Teenage Fanclub Invite Us to Their Endless Arcade

The Bats

Heading for the Foothills: The Bats are Finished Logging Tour Miles, but Aren’t Done Making Music We’ve all heard our fill of tales about how Zoom has overwhelmed our lives in recent months. I was recently reminded of its benefits, however, when I connected with frontman Robert Scott and bassist Paul Kean of New Zealand… Continue reading The Bats

Belle and Sebastian Know What They Did Last Summer

Photo by @WillByington

Assembled from an assortment of stops on their 2019 tour, Belle and Sebastian’s double live album What to Look for in Summer, comes out Dec. 11 on Matador Records. Five tracks on the album were taken from their “Boaty Weekender” cruise that took place in August 2019. The other 18 recordings are culled from shows… Continue reading Belle and Sebastian Know What They Did Last Summer

Various Artists – C90

The 1990s was the rare decade that actually started on time – specifically, on April 8, 1990. That was the Sunday when everyone could go to the multiplex to see the latest John Waters comedy and get home in time to watch Matt Groening’s hit sitcom before turning the channel to ABC for a TV-movie… Continue reading Various Artists – C90

In Matters of Love, The Corsican is a Believer

Deerhunter bassist Josh McKay’s alter-ego The Corsican sent everyone a Valentine (like it’s third grade or something) via a holiday 7-inch issued by Chunklet Industries. A-Side “Fever Believer” is anxious, unpredictable bedroom pop made with a clear appreciation for ’60s and ’70s outsiders as well as the no and new wave. Love is way less… Continue reading In Matters of Love, The Corsican is a Believer

Isobel Campbell

Count the Flowers: There Is No Other Isobel Campbell Singer/cellist/composer Isobel Campbell first found fame when she was 19 years old, as a member of the beloved Scottish indie group Belle and Sebastian, but it’s the work she’s done since leaving that band in 2002 – four solo albums (sometimes under the name Gentle Waves),… Continue reading Isobel Campbell

Tennis Poised to Make a Splash

Our modern-day Captain & Tennille, indie pop duo Tennis will release their fifth studio album Swimmer on February 14, an appropriate date for the husband-and-wife couple of Patrick Riley and Alaina Moore, who finish the video for the advance single “Runner” by making out center-screen. Their headlining slot at last month’s inaugural Over/Under Music Fest… Continue reading Tennis Poised to Make a Splash

Comet Gain – Fireraisers Forever!

When we last heard from Comet Gain, the long-running London collective was in an introspective and sedate mood – relatively speaking. While 2015’s Paperback Ghosts had its fair share of raucous moments, ringleader David Christian foregrounded the gentler, somber tunes that previously lurked on the periphery. The new Fireraisers Forever! flips the balance. The notion… Continue reading Comet Gain – Fireraisers Forever!

Old Gerbils Back Up in Your Butt

Athens’ Elephant 6 Recording Company opens the vaults on Aug. 9 to share a vinyl reissue of The Gerbils’ 1998 debut Are You Sleepy? Beyond being a fun, psychedelic pop album that’s bathed in 4-track tape warble, this one should interest collectors because Neutral Milk Hotel’s Scott Spillane (a.k.a. the guy with magnificent beards) and… Continue reading Old Gerbils Back Up in Your Butt

Mattiel Signs to ATO; New LP Coming June 14th

Mattiel has graduated from Burger Records to Dave Matthews’ ATO Records (home to Alabama Shakes, King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, Old 97’s and many other acclaimed acts), which will oversee the North American release of her new 12-song LP Satis Factory on June 14th. Heavenly Records will do the honors in Europe. In a… Continue reading Mattiel Signs to ATO; New LP Coming June 14th

Fred Thomas – Aftering

Fred Thomas has a hard time staying in one place. The Michigan native’s last album, 2017’s Changer, careened between caffeinated, cunning troubadour fare and abstract electronic excursions harboring themes of feeling unmoored – which happened to coincide with the period he had decamped for Montreal with his new wife. Thomas is back in the States… Continue reading Fred Thomas – Aftering

Wolfhounds – Hands in the Till: The Complete John Peel Sessions

London’s Wolfhounds are among the most inexplicably overlooked bands of the late 1980s. When they are remembered, it’s often for a fairly uncharacteristic single included on the legendary C86 compilation, a free cassette distributed along with England’s New Musical Express. But rather than the shambling jangle pop permeating the British scene at the time, Wolfhounds… Continue reading Wolfhounds – Hands in the Till: The Complete John Peel Sessions

Belle and Sebastian – How to Solve Our Human Problems, Part 3

Part 3 is probably the most polished of B&S’s How To Solve Our Human Problems EP trilogy, but it’s the worst of them all, because it’s so hodgepodge and all over the place. It jumps around way too much, lurching from this annoying old-white-people dance music to what sounds like regular Belle and Sebastian, back… Continue reading Belle and Sebastian – How to Solve Our Human Problems, Part 3

Belle and Sebastian – How to Solve Our Human Problems, Part 2

Nostalgia sells better than sex in 2018 and Belle and Sebastian/their team have tapped into that 1997 South Park-esque Memberberries feeling and sure are cashing in like gangbusters with this How To Solve Our Human Problems EP trilogy. The first EP installment was an unorganized mess, but it was tasty enough to skate by without… Continue reading Belle and Sebastian – How to Solve Our Human Problems, Part 2

The Atlanta Jewish Music Festival is Upon Us

The Atlanta Jewish Music Festival returns for its 9th year this week, kicking off with a pair of concerts Thursday night, March 8th, and continuing with multiple events Thursday-Sunday through Sunday, March 25th. Taking place at assorted concert venues, temples and coffeeshops, not to mention breweries, bakeries and yoga centers throughout metro Atlanta, the annual… Continue reading The Atlanta Jewish Music Festival is Upon Us

The Go! Team – Semicircle

The Go! Team’s career arc should be required reading for any classroom study of the 21st century music business. The story begins with Ian Parton’s Brighton, England science project, one that yielded 2004’s landmark Thunder, Lightning, Strike, which remains the gold standard for melding cut-and-paste culture with high energy indie rock (M83 fans, you know… Continue reading The Go! Team – Semicircle

Tennis

Everyone’s for Tennis Wife-and-husband team Alaina Moore and Patrick Riley are Tennis, a sort of 21st century answer to Captain & Tennille. Across four albums and two EPs, Tennis has carved out a place on the pop landscape, combining a retro aesthetic with modern (sometimes characterized as lo-fi) production values. The duo’s latest collection, an… Continue reading Tennis

Belle and Sebastian – How to Solve Our Human Problems, Part 1

How to Solve Our Human Problems, Part 1 (a really dumb album title) is the first in a three-part EP series to be released over a three-month timespan by Glasgow, Scotland’s sometimes-boring-as-hell indie darlings, Belle and Sebastian, in what looks to be a bold marketing gimmick to return them to their mid-to-late-1990s popularity. Following their… Continue reading Belle and Sebastian – How to Solve Our Human Problems, Part 1

Feist to Fans: Eat It!

Calgary’s Feist, whose album Pleasure has made it onto many critics’ “best of 2017” lists, now has a very unnecessary cookbook companion to go along with her record. No, this is not a joke. Written jointly by Leslie Feist and Adrienne Amato, the chef on duty during the Pleasure recording sessions, Pleasures: The Meals of… Continue reading Feist to Fans: Eat It!

Trio of EPs Due from Belle and Sebastian

Longtime Belle and Sebastian fans will tell you (whether you ask or not) that the three EPs the Glasgow crew released following 1996’s If You’re Feeling Sinister represent the chamber pop band’s high water mark. Twenty years on, Stuart Murdoch and friends return to that album interruptus format with How To Solve Our Human Problems,… Continue reading Trio of EPs Due from Belle and Sebastian

The Courtneys

Great Sounds Great: The Courtneys Keep the Kiwi Poppin’ It’s no overstatement to say that Canadian indie rock trio The Courtneys have lived the dream since their second album, II, was released in February by New Zealand’s legendary Flying Nun Records. To put this band and label partnership in perspective, it’d be like a contemporary… Continue reading The Courtneys

Ayo River Flows Through a Failed State

Ayo River takes its name from an inside Portlandia joke – a seriously misleading reference point, since the Atlanta act shares none of that TV series’ arch sensibility, and bears no resemblance to Sleater-Kinney either. Ayo River’s debut album Failed State is wholeheartedly earnest, and quite appealing. Similarities to early Death Cab for Cutie are… Continue reading Ayo River Flows Through a Failed State

Stars to Give Off Fluorescent Light

One of the most consistently gifted bands of the past 20 years, Stars have continuously evolved while never losing our interest. The pop-smart Montreal bunch has brought a glimmer of a smile to our faces with their news of an October release for their latest album, There is No Love in Fluorescent Light. “Does no… Continue reading Stars to Give Off Fluorescent Light

Alvvays Return with Antisocialites

Toronto combo Alvvays won us over back in 2014 with their winsome and witty eponymous debut album. Now word has emerged that they’ve completed their follow-up, which Polyvinyl will issue in the US on September 8th. The awkward title, Antisocialites, certainly describes a condition with which we can identify, and vocalist/guitarist Molly Rankin elaborates by explaining,… Continue reading Alvvays Return with Antisocialites