A New Take on Old Crafts

Owen Other People’s Songs Polyvinyl Records, 2014 Review by Kent Manthie                                                             2014 has been a fruitful year for Mike Kinsella: earlier this year the one and only album he made with American Football, an eponymous CD, originally released in 1999, was re-released as a 15th anniversary commemoration. Another project Mike’s been a part of, Owls, […]

A Colorful World: Technopera

Lee Negin The Cheeze Chronicles, Vol. V Self-Released, 2014 Reviewed by Kent Manthie                                   “Support indie music, or be condemned to ‘style’ without substance!” That is a wonderful motto, a slogan that happened to catch my eye on Lee’s website, the other day. Negin’s latest album is The Cheeze Chronicles, Volume V. It’s described as a […]

Take a Bath, then Roll Over

Rollerball Bathing Music Silber Media, 2014 Review by Kent Manthie              So, I was sitting in my big, Jacuzzi-outfitted bathtub, soaking in hot water and I put on this new album by Rollerball, Bathing Music. It was quite ethereal. It really took me away, the way you hear women plaintively cry “Calgon, Take Me Away”, in […]

ROBOTS! They’re EVERYWHERE!

Projekt Klangform Character-E/Traumwelt RMX Enough Records, 2014 Review by Kent Manthie                                                           Running the gamut from electronica, neo-industrial, techno and IDM, the German collective, Laboratory (aka “Traumwelt”) remixed Character-E, the 2010 release from another German outfit, Projekt Klangform. Character-E/Traumwelt RMX is a 10-cut album that features remixed pieces from Klangform, a minimalistic, cyborg, beat-heavy musical outfit. […]

Come the New Year, Come January

Meesh January Self-Released, 2014 Reviewed by Kent Manthie                                                The last we heard of Meesh, Adam and Mitch had joined up again and released an EP, entitled May, which was the follow-up to their full-length project, Wall-to-Wall, the album that Adam and Mitch started work on before Mitch took off, to do his “thing” – some […]

The Deicide Jersey Devil Shore

Darren Deicide The Jersey Devil is Here Ever Reviled Records, 2014 Review by Kent Manthie Once again, Darren Deicide is out with an album that really kicks ass. The Jersey Devil is Here is the latest. Just as with previous work, Deicide’s new stuff is raw, stripped down; his singing has a plaintive cry; a […]

A Fresh, Beautiful, New Album From 1999

Electric Bird Noise Unleashing the Inner Robot Silber Media Records, 2014 Review by Kent Manthie                                  Available in a new resissued form, is a 1999 album from Electric Bird Noise, Unleashing the Inner Robot, that was just re-released in 2014. Their most recent album, Kind of Black is (which was reviewed here and is available to […]