Omnivore’s “Rounds” Bends Circuits and Fears About Female Agency

It was an honor to write about why Omnivore's Rounds is such a hidden gem. This record has been a favorite for the past decade since it was released, but for some reason it pulled me back in hard this year, and I noticed when I would play songs from it for others that they… Continue reading Omnivore’s “Rounds” Bends Circuits and Fears About Female Agency

The Cup, the Dream, and the Tin Can: Kicking Out Half a Century With David Thomas

Here it finally is! I worked on this for about two months. It's the opening act of the work I am doing on the book the world needs about how Northeast Ohio modernized rock music and played an enormous role in shaping the last half-century of culture in America. Anton Fier's departure from this realm… Continue reading The Cup, the Dream, and the Tin Can: Kicking Out Half a Century With David Thomas

Summer 2022//thief of fire

Lindsey Loberg is one of my best and oldest friends. They did not have a tape player, but I bought them a refurbished Walkman to listen to this tape, which they love. I struggled a lot in the process of creating this tape. There were many different tapes used and discarded in the throes of… Continue reading Summer 2022//thief of fire

Cheri Knight’s American Rituals AOTD

I am so very pleased that I finally got to publish the phrase "Heather Lewis's heartfelt a capella rippers." This is a favorite of the year and a record that is a really interesting document of a lot of different threads in American music converging at the same time--check it out!  © COME AWAY WITH… Continue reading Cheri Knight’s American Rituals AOTD

Lifeguard’s Crowd Can Talk AOTD

I've been following Lifeguard for about a year and a half now and it's so exciting to watch them take off! It's an honor to play a supportive role in their success in any capacity. They're on tour right now, and if it's possible for you to see them live, you absolutely must. Read more… Continue reading Lifeguard’s Crowd Can Talk AOTD

Kyle Kidd’s Soothsayer AOTD

It was my honor to be trusted with writing up this must-listen solo debut from Kyle Kidd on American Dreams Records, and it is my joy that Kyle feels so seen and honored by it. I'm glad all the time I spent dancing with the bubbles in the the bath to it paid off. Check out the album… Continue reading Kyle Kidd’s Soothsayer AOTD

Tape Label Report, July 2022

For July's TLR I wrote about two fascinating tape labels--Orb Tapes out of central Pennsylvania and Tymbal Tapes out of Lincoln, Nebraska--both of which are extremely thoughtful and well-curated labels run by people who are passionate listeners and devoted workers in DIY music culture. Definitely check it out if you are down for some truly… Continue reading Tape Label Report, July 2022

The Sonic Family Tree of Chicago’s je’raf

I think I broke my brain writing about this band, but the good news is that my brain only broke in order to reform as a bigger, better brain and I may even be able to do fractional math now. Please get acquainted with my favorite band in Chicago, je'raf, who are in my opinion… Continue reading The Sonic Family Tree of Chicago’s je’raf

Interdimensional Transmissions Explores Electronic Music’s Outer Limits

It was my honor to finally profile one of the most important labels and event promoters in contemporary music culture: Interdimensional Transmissions. Please check out all of the work they have done to keep proper underground dance music thriving in its home territories and to bring many sides of genre together for immersive events which… Continue reading Interdimensional Transmissions Explores Electronic Music’s Outer Limits

Dog Faced Hermans Mixtape for Modern Soul Records

Following my article on Dog Faced Hermans for Bandcamp, Modern Soul Records asked me to make a playlist for their site. For this mix, I could have just selected tracks from genres and artists I knew were influential to the Hermans, but I remembered guitarist Andy Moor saying that the band was inspired more by… Continue reading Dog Faced Hermans Mixtape for Modern Soul Records