Get the Word Out

Sleeping States/Holopaw Split EP Old vs. New (SS.) & Through ‘Til the Morning (HP) Misra Records, 2013 Review by Kent Manthie This is a great EP on its own merits. It is a split EP, by two bands from completely different parts of the world – Sleeping States are from Bristol, England and Holopaw come […]


GRMLNS Empire Carpark Records, 2013 Review by Kent Manthie   Something new has oozed out of the woodwork: GRMLNS. Basically, a vehicle for Japanese-born, So-Cal resident, Yoodoo Park, he recorded Empire with his brother Tae San Park, who plays bass on Empire and good pal Kei th Frerichs on drums. There is something that makes […]

Joan of Arc IS BACK!!

Joan of Arc Testimonium Songs Polyvinyl Records, 2013 Review by Kent Manthie It’s been a little over two years now since Joan of Arc’s last release, Life Like, a real masterpiece, which was one of the best, most cohesive and intense musical efforts to come out since, probably, Boo! Human. Now it’s June of 2013 […]

Shh! Don’t Tell Anyone!

Dennis Callaci & Simon Joyner New Secrets Shrimper, 2013 Review by Kent Manthie   These two cats are, individually, both veterans of indie, low-fi, bedroom recordings. Each one has a history of at least 13 past recordings. Callaci has worked on thirteen past albums with his band, Refrigerator and also runs Shrimper Recordings, his own […]

BEYOND “1984”

Once again, an invaluable source who had lots of documents, detailing the depth of the sinister things that the US government is doing to its own citizens and the ironic thing is that all these uber-secret programs exist to “fight terrorism” and to “stop terrorist plots” and other similar excuses. Well, I, myself, think that […]

Curiouser & Curiouser

These Curious Thoughts Building Mountains From the Ground   Viaduct Records Review by Kent Manthie                                                                                                        The new, fifth album from These Curious Thoughts, Building Mountains from the Ground is a good effort from musical collaborators who work together via the internet and live in two separate continents, separated by the Atlantic Ocean.    […]

Lost in the Atmoshere

Trails and Ways Trilingual EP Review by Kent Manthie Self-Released, 2013 Oakland-based indie delights Trails and Ways have just released Trilingual, an EP that this Bay Area quartet recorded on their own, with no label support, in a collective “house”-cum-studio in Oak-town, called T. Rex Manor. The four of them, two guys and two gals, Keith […]

Very Big Indeed

Lemuria The Distance is So Big Bridge Nine Records, 2013 Review by Kent Manthie Lemuria, the oh-so-cool indie-pop trio from Buffalo, NY, have come out of hiding (finally!) and just recorded their third full-length CD, The Distance is So Big, for Bridge Nine Records. This is their second LP for Bridge Nine. Their full-length debut, […]

“5, 4, 3, 2, 1 – blastoff!!”

Man or Astroman? Defcon 5 Communicating Vessels Recordings Review by Kent Manthie After TWELVE long years of absence, the space-surf-punk trio, Man or Astroman? Have finally reunited – at first it was to play a few reunion gigs and soon turned into a full-fledged comeback. The new album, with the original three members, Birdstuff, Coco […]