The Boat is in Port About to Take Off

Cloud Boat Book of Hours Apollo Records 2013 This brand new, debut CD, Book of Hours by Cloud Boat, a London-based duo made up of Sam Ricketts and Tom Clarke is another on the list of greats of 2013. This fantasy musical voyage takes one on a surreal journey to the outer limits of the […]

Looks Pretty Damn Good

Saturday Looks Good To Me One Kiss Ends It All Polyvinyl Records, 2013 Review by Kent Manthie Oh what dreamy visions. An echo chamber of ecstasy divided into 12 parts. That is the newest album by the Ann Arbor-based band, Saturday Looks Good To Me, One Kiss Ends It All. It can best be described […]

Walking in Memphis, in Alex Chilton’s shoes…

Alex Bleeker and The Freaks How Far Away Woodsist Records Review by Kent Manthie Alex Bleeker, bass player for the Ridgewood, New Jersey-based band, Real Estate, has just finished his sophomore effort with his side band, Alex Bleeker and The Freaks, an indie “supergroup” of sorts, which also includes Mountain Man’s Amelia Meath, Woods’ Jarvis […]

The Continuing adventures of Alf the Sacred Burro

Lance Carbuncle Sloughing Off the Rot Vicious Galoot Books, Florida, 2012 Review by Kent Manthie Lance Carbuncle is back. His third novel is probably one of his most poignant stories yet. Sloughing Off the Rot is a wild ride from page one until the very end, punctuated by a few R. Crumb-meets-Maurice Sendak illustrations by […]

A Cup of “T”

Their/They’re/There Their/They’re/There Polyvinyl Records, 2013 Review by Kent Manthie Just as Owen (Mike Kinsella’s solo work) has put out a new album, L’Ami du Peuple, he also has a new CD out with a new side project: Their/They’re/There is a new project that includes Evan Weiss (Into It. Over It.) on bass and vocals, Mike […]

A Good Friend to Have

Owen L’Ami du Peuple Polyvinyl Records, 2013 Review by Kent Manthie   Since 2001, Mike Kinsella’s been making brilliant, haunting tunes with wry, witty lyrics under the moniker, Owen. On May 14th he’ll be releasing his eight full-length CD, L’Ami du Peuple. It’s sounds like a recharged Mike, after two good but slightly overly melancholy […]

Sleep…Perchance to Dream

Pacific UV After the Dream You Are Awake Mazarine Records Review by Kent Manthie   Hailing from Athens, GA, Pacific UV is a quartet of space-rock, shoegazing, bliss-pop, ready, on May 14 to release their fourth album, After the Dream You Are Awake. The nine song CD is an atmospheric ride around white fluffy clouds. […]

“Driven” to be Great

The Lost Patrol Driven Self-Released, 2013 Review by Kent Manthie   On their fourth and latest CD, The Lost Patrol continue in their oblique, atmospheric pop candy (but NOT bubblegum!) and it just keeps getting better and better. It’s full of breathy, catchy, indie pop tunes. But one that really sticks out is track 10, […]