December 1st, 2016
– Pitchfork reviews Via App’s Sixth Stitch, stating “New York’s Dylan Scheer, who DJs and produces as Via App, specializes in channeling noise, chaos, and discomfort into tracks that still work on the dancefloor.” Tiny Mix Tapes also praised the album, saying “Sixth Stitch is possessed by heat. Its tracks are in constant thermal flux, charting paths between the blistering and the freezing, warm envelopment and icy suspension.”
– Rolling Stone rates Mannequin Pussy’s “Romantic” as their #14 Song of the Year, stating it shows “the gloriously snotty Philly punks celebrate modern romance as a hellhole, blasting out their shoegaze guitar fuzz.”
– Pitchfork also calls attention to Rhys Chatham and Oneida’s What’s Your Sign, writing that the new collaborative album “builds on power and cosmic eruptions.”
– Congratulations to Charles Bradley (Changes, #43) and Danny Brown (Atrocity Exhibition, #21) on making Paste’s Best of 2016 list.
– The Felice Brothers also made American Songwriter’s Top 50 Albums of 2016 with Life In The Dark. AS says “The band’s latest album might be their bleakest, but it’s also their most potent.”
– The Washington Post confirms the timeless relevance of Terry Dolan’s new ‘lost’ album on High Moon Records, stating that “this Age of Aquarius artifact sounded old in 1972, when it was recorded, because the vibe is more ‘60s than ‘70s. On the other hand, Terry Dolan serves up a soundtrack for 2016 when he sings “Rainbow, rainbow, God knows we need a rainbow.”
– Pitchfork loves Monster Rally’s new album, asserting “as an exercise in vibe-sustainment, Mystery Cove is a knockout. To that end, it’s probably the most cohesive Monster Rally record to date…”
– Vice recently published a future-focused interview with JG Biberkopf, discussing hyperreality, club music, travel and technology. Ecologies II: Ecosystems of Excess is out now on Knives.
– Impose celebrates the 20th anniversary of Catskills Records, discussing the past, present and future with founders Khalid & Amr Mallassi.
– Pitchfork reviews Gillian Welch’s Boots No. 1: The Official Revival Bootleg, stressing Gillian’s influence by stating she “has become the very aesthetic and artistic paradigm for 21st-century roots singer-songwriters.”