deniz tek Archive

Quick Takes, Part One

As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, these days I spend the majority of my time writing for print publications. Altweeklies across the USA, music and entertainment magazines in the U.S. And abroad, and so on. But I continue to receive CDs for potential review, and while I’ve had to make the “gatekeeping” more stringent, I

Album Review: Deniz Tek – Detroit

The American city of Detroit, Michigan has been in the news quite a bit these last few years. The urban decay and financial woes have often overshadowed the city’s proud history as both a center of American industrial progress and a ground-zero for some fine rock’n’roll. As I write this review, the city is embroiled

Album Review: Donovan’s Brain – Turned Up Later

There’s a kind of powerpop that steers well clear of the candy-ass end of the spectrum, yet manages to avoid macho, posturing cockrock-iness. That sweet spot is where Donovan’s Brain lives. Just when you think every good riff has been used, here they come with a menacing bass line figure around which they build the