Thursday, February 08, 2018

The One Hundred :: RickWhiteAlbum - Memoreaper

Just as there are certain records that continually sell year after year, there are some titles that are continually either just under the radar of popularity, or maybe just need a bit of a highlight to remind you they are still out there waiting for new ears. As an experiment we are going to build a list of one hundred titles, all currently in stock, that we think you should lend an ear to.

 RickWhiteAlbum - Memoreaper (Blue Fog, 2007) // New CD

After the dissolution of Eric's Trip, Rick White formed Elevator aka Elevator to Hell aka Elevator Through for a string of releases that combined DIY indie rock with a leaning towards psychedelic and new wave. Eventually recording under this own name (kinda) White put out two solo albums, the second (and last output for over 10 years now) is Memoreaper. A fourteen song cycle that feels a bit like a summation of his many moods and means over the years. Currently out of print, as is most Eric's Trip / Elevator / etc. stuff, we have a sealed CD copy still lingering on the shelf for some reason. Come take it away.

Saturday, February 03, 2018

New Album Watch :: Palm - Rock Island

On Rock Island, their second LP, Palm produces evidence of a distinct musical language, developed over time, in isolation, and out of necessity. On the island, melodies are struck on what might be shells or spines. Rhythms are scratched out, swept over, scratched again. Individual instruments, and sometimes entire sections, skip and stutter. There is the sense of a music box with wonky tension or a warped transmission in which all the noise is taken for signal.

Out February 9 on Carpark // Recommended if you need an Animal Collective fix.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

New Album Watch :: Jeff Rosenstock - POST-

Like his breakthrough 2015 solo album We Cool? and its 2016 follow-up, WORRY., POST- is packed with hooky pop-punk jams that beg for singalongs and fray at the edges. According to Rosenstock, it was recorded with friends in secret, and finished just before it was released. You can hear all of that in these songs, which crackle with urgency and fun. POST- feels less like an album and more like a document of tightly knit people working hard to make something that feels cathartic and good. —Ben Salmon // PASTE


Out as Vinyl/CD on Polyvinyl Late March 2018