Pop-Up, Psych-Out

Blonder Crystal Ball EP Cool World Records, 2020 Review by Kent Manthie                                            This new EP, Crystal Ball, by Blonder (Constantine Anastasakis) is the third album by this one-man band. Crystal Ball finds Constantine starting […]

FUN FUN FUN

of Montreal UR FUN Polyvinyl Records, 2020 Review by Kent Manthie                                              So, yeah, I just had to write the review, below, for of Montreal’s 2018 White Relic/Irrealis Mood because it was just so […]

Outer Space Dance-Club Party

of Montreal White Relic/Irrealis Mood Polyvinyl Records, 2018 Review by Kent Manthie                                                There’s something about the 2018 release by of Montreal, White Relic/Irrealis Mood that is just irresistible – somehow, with so […]

Mardi GRAND

Slow Pulp Big Day EP Winspear Records, 2019 Review by Kent Manthie                                            Hailing from Madison, WI, Slow Pulp’s core is three long-time close friends, Alex Leeds, Henry Stoehr and Teddy Matthews. The three go […]

Lush Life

Papertwin Family Portrait Druyan Records, 2019 Review by Kent Manthie                                          Papertwin is made up of three friends from Brooklyn; Max Decker (vocals, guitar, synthesizers), Francis Cardinale (drums, programming) and Nick Shopa (synthesizers, vocals). Their latest […]

End of the World As We Don’t Know It

Thurlowood Discontinue Normal Program Cobra Side Records, 2020 Review By Kent Manthie What an apt record for right now; re the coronavirus known as SARS-CoV-2, though, more commonly referred to as “COVID-19”. Andrew T. Wood, whose musical moniker is Thurlowood, conceived of, wrote and recorded Discontinue Normal Program before this viral pandemic panic sweeping the […]

“Peel Back and See…”

Peel Dream Magazine Agitprop Alterna Slumberland Records, 2020 Review by Kent Manthie Peel Dream Magazine is the brainchild of New Yorker Joe Stevens. Stevens is one of those perfectly suited to be a one-man band. Being a multi-instrumentalist and having his own home studio laid out in his NYC apartment gave him the perfect opportunity […]

Blissful Gloom

Thrill Me Records, 2020 The Gloomies Are We Getting Better​? Review by Kent Manthie                                        Formed by Andy Craig in a Southern California “surf-town”, there’s nothing “gloomy” about The Gloomies. Since their single, “LSD” which catapulted The […]