• Best of 2016 (a month into 2017)

    The three best records of 2016 all rose from the ashes of melodic punk, each perfecting a wholly different strain. Joyce Manor were responsible for my favorite record and live set of 2016 (on a bill also including The Hotelier). I always imagined I’d fully outgrow pop-punk at some point, or, be embarrassed at the […]

  • Review — Dalot

    Dalot Mutogibito There was always crossover between post-rock and IDM’s own early heydays of the late 90s and early aughts. The linear song structures, built from loops of slowly-evolving, accessible-but-subtle melodies. The result was, at it’s best catchy but emotional, with repetition that’s directional and not an easy, self-indulgent crutch. All are hallmarks of both […]

  • All Seven Inches – August

    Embarking on a new two-song single, Restorations have (by 2016 standards at least), struck out on their own. After two well-received LPs on SideOneDummy, this apparently marks the beginning of their label-less future. A Bandcamp-only single was recorded earlier this summer. Eliminating the usual publicity and manufacturing quagmire minimizes the lag between recording and release, […]

  • Bandcamp Nostalgia: The Archivist Label

    Every year, the music industry looks more like a complex nostalgic souvenir racket. Pressing plant turnaround times and festival lineups sag under the weight of the bands you loved most (back whenever it was you last paid attention). For me, one of those eras is the early aughts, during a heyday of Northeast post-hardcore; partially […]

  • Book Review — NOFX: The Hepatitis Bathtub

    NOFX: The Hepatitis Bathtub and Other Stories with Jeff Alulis It’s hard to imagine seeking out, let alone completing a remarkably long book about NOFX. But here we are. My feelings toward their music mostly begin and end between White Trash, Two Heebs and a Bean and Punk in Drublic (which I think is fairly […]