Author: Erik Svensson

Artist: Daniele Luppi & Parquet Courts Album: MILANO Label: Columbia Records Release Date: October 27, 2017 Rating:       On MILANO, Italian composer Daniele Luppi collaborates with Parquet Courts and on a post-punk album featuring Karen O. of The Yeah Yeah Yeahs. MILANO is an impressive follow-up to Rome, Luppi’s 2011 collaboration with Danger […]

By: Erik Svensson Title: Patty Smyth Artist: Patty Smyth Rating: No. Format: Cassette Place of Purchase: Last Exit Books Price: $0.50 Abandon hope, all ye who enter here. It’s another “Cheap Tracks,” wherein BSR web staff writes about music found for a dollar or less. BSR writer Evan Harms once said “ignorance is the basis […]

Photo courtesy of themountaingoats.bandcamp.com The Mountain Goats announced their latest album on February 22, along with the concept which will be its focus. The band is releasing an album about goth – because of course, The Mountain Goats would – and it’s fitting theme for the band. The Mountain Goats have flexed their goth muscles […]

Title: Universal Harvester Author: John Darnielle Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux Publication Date: February 7, 2017 Rating:      “A few rows of corn will muffle the human voice so effectively that, even a few insignificant rows away, all is silence,” writes John Darnielle in his second novel Universal Harvester, a follow up to his debut, […]

By: Erik Svensson photo Courtesy of last.fm There is some irony in 2016 being the ten year anniversary of The Thermals’ opus, The Body, The Blood, The Machine. It’s an album written around the concept of a couple attempting to escape a United States controlled by a fascist government pretending to protect Christianity in order […]

By: Erik Svensson Title: Slugger Artist: Sad13 Label: Carpark Record Release Date: 11/11/2016 Rating:      Photo courtesy of Bandcamp.com Written in a bedroom in Philadelphia, Slugger is literal “bedroom pop” that takes the time to eschew modern pop conventions. Coming only somewhat as a surprise from indie artist Sadie Dupuis, Slugger is a party worthy pop […]

photo courtesy of seattleweekly.com By: Erik Svensson A few dozen chairs, art lining the wall opposite the entrance and a small projection screen set up at the front of the room are what filled Hive Mind on Thursday Night. The Akron venue hosted a screening of “Torrey Pines,” a film by Clyde Petersen of Your […]

Scribed by: Erik Svensson Album: Ruminations Label: Nonesuch Release Date: October 14th Rating: Photo courtesy of NME.com Conor Oberst’s songwriting has never been so personal. He’s always been good at writing songs that feel true to listeners, but on Ruminations he writes about more personal subjects rather than stories of characters. Wildly contrasting his 2014 […]

Photo courtesy of play.wimpmusic.com Fall is a season with many facets to it, and there’s music to match it all. We see the death of nature around us as trees as flowers turn from green to brown and end up bare. Contrasting this is the beauty in the reds and oranges of the season. Just […]


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