CU Independent: Required Listening: "Knock Knock" by Smog

In Required Listening, music director Sam shares some of his favorite records from his collection. This article originally appeared at the CU Independent. Bill Callahan isn’t the kind of artist who makes it easy for listeners to understand him, but anyone gazing at the absurd artwork on this absurdly titled record should already have some idea of that. And yet all of Callahan’s work under the Smog moniker has ...

13 May 9:32 PM 0 Read More...

Jenny Hval - "Innocence is Kinky"

It’s not difficult to find sexuality in the broad landscape of music today, but Jenny Hval’s new record Innocence is Kinky presents it in a uniquely twisted fashion that’s both inviting and somewhat demented. Exploring a myriad of styles that twist soul, garage rock, experimental noise, and pop into a beast all her own, Hval’s new record is an exciting and abstract listen that never ceases to delight. Ins...

03 May 8:13 PM 0 Read More...

Colin Stetson - "New History Warfare Vol. 3: To See More Light"

Colin Stetson is a multi-reed musician from Ann Arbor, Michigan. Stetson dabbles with clarinet, bass clarinet, French horn, flute, and cornet, but mostly known for his use of the bass saxophone. Stetson is a master of his instrument that works mainly in the genre of avant-garde jazz. With such a small audience for free form and experimental music, Colin has found the support of bigger named rock superstars to put him...

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The Black Angels - "Indigo Meadow"

Break out the mescaline and aviators, the lords of neo-psych rock have come back to Earth. Indigo Meadows is a strong return for The Black Angels, erupting onto the scene like a groovy time-machine to the 60's. First some introduction may be necessary to those unfamiliar to Alex Maas and his crew. Hailing from Austin, TX, The Black Angels were formed in 2004 due to mutual appreciation for the finest music of rock's h...

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Bleached - "Ride Your Heart"

Thoroughly enjoyable if a bit slight, Ride Your Heart is the debut LP from Bleached, new home of Mika Miko veterans Jennifer and Jessica Clavin. Like the Dum Dum and Vivian Girls before them, Bleached's primary sound is a reconfiguration of sixties girl group melodies (particularly those of Queens, New York bad girls The Shangri-Las) with lo-fi punk grit. Lovelorn vocals undercut with a hint of nastiness and sweet me...

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