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 […]

Jumping At Shadows

Mister Heavenly Boxing the Moonlight Polyvinyl Records, 2017 Review by Kent Manthie                                             I’ve got a lot of new albums to review and a lot of them are coming from Polyvinyl Records.  They’ve been cracking […]

ZZ WHO?

Xiu Xiu/(r) “Sharp Dressed Man”/”Gimme All Your Lovin’” Split Single Polyvinyl Records, 2017 Review by Kent Manthie                                                                     Interesting times, complicated, negative, apocalyptic […]

Back With a Vengeance!

Rainer Maria S/T Polyvinyl Records, 2017 Review by Kent Manthie After having taken a ten-year “hiatus”, Rainer Maria is rested, tested & ready for action. As I write this review (which, I know, is a little late, forgive me) I am listening to S/T so am able to easily refer to what it is about […]

Starting the Year in a Groovy Kind of Wow.

of Montreal Rune Husk Polyvinyl Records, 2017 Review by Kent Manthie Kevin Barnes and company, hard at work as per custom, has just put out something new since they’re most recent output, Innocence Reaches last year. The new product’s an EP, entitled Rune Husk, a four-song sampler of what’s happening with of Montreal, pride of […]

Trying to Stay Tethered to Earth

of Montreal Innocence Reaches Polyvinyl Records, 2016 Review by Kent Manthie It’s been about 11 years now, since I reviewed Satanic Panic in the Attic. Since that time, of Montreal have been blossoming and they continue to amaze. Their new album, Innocence Reaches is due to be released August 12th. Luckily I was able to […]

Philosopher-King

Owen King of Whys Polyvinyl Records, 2016 Review by Kent Manthie   In contrast to the music that other Kinsella-based bands (Tim and Mike), like Joan of Arc, Owls, Friend/Enemy,etc, Mike Kinsella, who’s been making solo albums under the name Owen since his eponymously titled debut in 2001, has been using this vehicle to express […]

Don’t Burn Yourself in their City!

Radiation City Synesthetica Polyvinyl Records, 2016 Review by Kent Manthie                                                  On their fourth full-length CD, Synesthetica, Radiation City have shown that they are no fly-by-night, “here today, forgotten tomorrow” band. Originally […]

American Football: Live Performance

For all you Kinsella-fans (Mike, Tim and cousin Nate), here’s Mike’s band, American Football, captured live, in a video from Webster Hall, in NYC of “Never Meant” from American Football’s eponymous 1999 album.  Unfortunately, I don’t know the exact date of this particular performance.  Anyway, I hope you enjoy it.  –KM.