Jumping At Shadows

Mister Heavenly Boxing the Moonlight Polyvinyl Records, 2017 Review by Kent Manthie                                             This is the sophomore effort by Los Angeles-based Mister Heavenly, Boxing the Moonlight. It’s also an album that’s been a long time […]

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 […]