Author: Erik Svensson

Album: I Need To Start A Garden Artist: Haley Heynderickx Label: Mama Bird Recording Co. Release Date: March 2, 2018 Rating:        Walking to my car on Wednesday, I put in my headphones and put on an album I had never heard by an artist I didn’t know. By the time I fell […]

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 […]

Justin, Travis and Griffin McElroy are not experts, and their advice should never be followed. That’s the general gist of the opening line of My Brother, My Brother and Me. My Brother, My Brother and Me is a comedy podcast that operates on the premise that its hosts – the three McElroy brothers – take […]

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 […]


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