Ready to make some noise? Swans has enough to go around. The veteran Noise Rock band that reformed after its 13-year slumber is back to mesmerizing audiences with their garbled, often fearsome tones. This week, we tackle Swans’ most recent experiment, a two-disc set called To Be Kind. We review it all here, so strap in for today’s special extended podcast. And, as many of these tracks breech well into the double digits, we finally take some time to discuss that very thing: time (in music). Just what does “track length” mean for us? Is a generous run-time the mark of ambition, genius, or a lack of self-awareness? From past trends to future predicitons, we field our thoughts; now let’s hear yours!
Strap yourselves in for this week’s big review. It’s time for St. Vincent by St. Vincent! But don’t be fooled… it’s musical sainthood we’re speaking of. Armed with a pop-fusion edge and a chamber composer’s sensibilities, St. Vincent is actually the stage name of composer/singer-songwriter Annie Erin Clark. She’s certainly a saint to all her fans, as they might testify in reaction to her latest “miracle”, the release of her self-titled album. In response, we take some time after to field our own impressions on the otherwise prevailing boundaries between formal composition and pop songwriting—if any at all.
Hope you have a chill pill on hand, because this week we’re diving deep into the droning depths of Ambient music (with a Techno twist) in our review of Tomorrow’s Harvest by the veteran Electronica duo, Boards of Canada. Then stick around for a quick listing of each of our best and worst concert experiences, as a brief precursor to an upcoming discussion on live music.
This week we dive into last year’s LP, Swing Lo Magellan, by Dirty Projectors. Then we preface the topic of “interpretation” by hashing out the distinctions between artists’ music and their visual affectations.
This week we are without Jon, but we do have our featured guest: Nelson Lugo, of Epic Win Burlesque, The Sharkbite Sideshow, and The Epic Piecast. We also review Until the Quiet Comes, the latest from Flying Lotus, as well as talk with Nelson about all things Nelson.
This week we talk about what we’ve been listening to, we review Menomena’s latest album, Moms, and get into an introductory conversation about the art of music.