pop Archive

Album Mini-review: Japanese Breakfast — Psychopomp

File next to: The Dream Academy, Prefab Sprout, My Bloody Valentine Though the title of this Eugene, Oregon outfit’s full-length might evoke thoughts of the debut album from The Jesus and Mary Chain, 80s UK dream-pop is a more useful reference point. Originally available as a limited-run cassette, *Psychopomp is chock full of infectious melodies,

Margaret Glaspy Moves Up to the Majors

“I think that human experience is pretty universal,” says guitarist Margaret Glaspy. “So whether I’m writing objectively or writing from my own point of view, it applies to pretty much everyone. As humans, I think we just inject our lives into whatever we’re working on. But as a songwriter, I like to write pretty objectively,

Explorers Club Refine Their Strategy for Third Album

This is the second of my two recent features on Explorers Club. Hey kids: collect ’em all! — bk Jason Brewer, leader and songwriter of Explorers Club, explains the challenges of making music by way of a musical reference: “Have you heard that old soul song ‘Love is Like a Baseball Game’ by the Intruders?”

On Third Album, Explorers Club Gets it ‘Together’

Recently I interviewed Explorers Club’s Jason Brewer for a pair of features, one in Atlanta’s Creatve Loafing and the other in Athens GA’s Flagpole. While both interviews focused on the group’s new album Together, I covered it from different angles in each feature. Here’s the first of the two interview features. — bk When Explorers

Album Mini-review: Information Society — Orders of Magnitude

File next to ABC, Human League, Simple Minds Listeners can be forgiven for thinking that Information Society are an early 1980s synth outfit from the UK; there’s an unmistakable air of early MTV-era electronic dance pop to all of their tunes. So it might come as some surprise to learn that the group (essentially a

Ra Ra Riot Move Away from Their Chamber-pop Origins

“What it really comes down to,” says Ra Ra Riot vocalist Wes Miles, “is that, as an artist, you don’t ever want to make the same record twice.” That thinking helps explain the abrupt stylistic change between the group’s second album, 2010’s baroque-flavored The Orchard, and 2013’s Beta Love. For that third album, and on

Single Review: Dirty Sidewalks — “It’s Getting Better” b/w “Hey Girl”

Seattle-based Dirty Sidewalks recently released a 7” single worthy of a listen. The a-side, “It’s Getting Better,” has already gotten some commercial traction in one of the few forms that actually generates income for the artist: TV and/or film placement. Twenty-odd seconds of “Getting Better” played during Episode 11 of Season 6 on Showtime’s Shameless.

Album Review: Bobby Long — Ode

At only 30, Bobby Long has a deep catalog of work. After three self-released albums beginning with 2009’s Dirty Pond Songs, he signed with ATO Records and began a string of releases for that label: two EPs to date, and two full-lengths. The latest of his albums is Ode to Thinking, released in 2015 on

Album Review: The Deadly Ones — It’s Monster Surfing Time

Two of pop culture’s kitschiest phenomenons collide on this new reissue of an ultra-rare LP from 1964. Not counting revivals and renewed interest, surf rock was popular from about 1962 to ’64 (a year that – not at all coincidentally – The Beatles took off in America). Originally centered around southern California, the style quickly

Album Mini-review: Bill Pritchard — Mother Town Hall

File next to: Ray Davies, Lloyd Cole, Martin Newell Despite having released nine albums since 1987, England-based Bill Pritchard isn’t well-known at home , much less here in the USA: he’s developed a sizable following in France, of all places. His music has the wry storytelling vibe of Nick Lowe, and his expressive baritone has