Author: Erik Svensson

Sufjan Stevens writes that Tonya Harding is a “strange and magnificent America hero” in an essay accompanying his newest released song, pulling emotion from an unexpected subject. Wednesday morning, Stevens released two new songs. Technically, two different versions of the same song, about American figure skater Tonya Harding. The lyrics are the same, but the […]

Thanksgiving is a strange holiday. It has a history many would rather not celebrate, and for some at this point its a holiday mostly dedicated to letting people know you love them and eating an ungodly amount of food – immediately followed by a nap on the shoulder of your nearest relative. It is a […]

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. The album 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 […]

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 […]


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