Posts Tagged: thrill jockey

Oval ~ Exsploio/Scis

Depending on how one views time, Markus Popp has either been recording for 30 years or has just begun his fourth decade in music.  Both are accurate.  But where most artists are in decline by this point, falling back on the

Oval ~ Exsploio/Scis

Depending on how one views time, Markus Popp has either been recording for 30 years or has just begun his fourth decade in music.  Both are accurate.  But where most artists are in decline by this point, falling back on the

A Closer Listen’s Best Rock, Post-Rock, Folk & Jazz Albums of the Decade

We notice two recurring themes in this end-of-decade list: disaster and hope.  On one angle, we encounter a remembrance of the Great East Japan Earthquake and a symphony about the end of the world.  On the other, we find artists

A Closer Listen’s Best Rock, Post-Rock, Folk & Jazz Albums of the Decade

We notice two recurring themes in this end-of-decade list: disaster and hope.  On one angle, we encounter a remembrance of the Great East Japan Earthquake and a symphony about the end of the world.  On the other, we find artists

A Closer Listen’s Best Experimental Albums of the Decade

“Let’s try an experiment, and see if it works!”  By all indications, the experiments of the ten artists on our decade chart were successful.  They tried new things, and found their efforts rewarded.  While we laud the efforts of all

A Closer Listen’s Best Experimental Albums of the Decade

“Let’s try an experiment, and see if it works!”  By all indications, the experiments of the ten artists on our decade chart were successful.  They tried new things, and found their efforts rewarded.  While we laud the efforts of all

A Closer Listen’s Best Ambient Albums of the Decade

Our Best of the Decade lists begin today!  These lists celebrate the power ~ and the idiosyncrasies ~ of the individual.  Each of our staffers was invited to list their favorite album of the decade in each of seven categories,

A Closer Listen’s Best Ambient Albums of the Decade

Our Best of the Decade lists begin today!  These lists celebrate the power ~ and the idiosyncrasies ~ of the individual.  Each of our staffers was invited to list their favorite album of the decade in each of seven categories,

ACL 2019 ~ The Top 20 Albums of the Year

Our reviewers have an ear for the unique, as evidenced by this list. Every writer voted for a different #1.  But when the votes were counted, one album stood above them all, winning a broad base of support that unified

ACL 2019 ~ The Top 20 Albums of the Year

Our reviewers have an ear for the unique, as evidenced by this list. Every writer voted for a different #1.  But when the votes were counted, one album stood above them all, winning a broad base of support that unified

ACL 2019 ~ Top Ten Experimental

From locked grooves to dueling drummers; from abstract voices to plastic instruments; from stories of slavery to modern African drones, the Experimental category represents creativity at its best.  These artists follow their own paths, abandoning the marked roads, more interested

ACL 2019 ~ Top Ten Experimental

From locked grooves to dueling drummers; from abstract voices to plastic instruments; from stories of slavery to modern African drones, the Experimental category represents creativity at its best.  These artists follow their own paths, abandoning the marked roads, more interested

ACL 2019 ~ Top Ten Drone

Drone music doesn’t need to be scary; there’s nothing inherently frightening about elongated tones.  Yet the drone genre does seem predisposed toward darkness.  Just look at the cover art for Black to Comm; or the compositional corpses found in the BABEL hardback

ACL 2019 ~ Top Ten Drone

Drone music doesn’t need to be scary; there’s nothing inherently frightening about elongated tones.  Yet the drone genre does seem predisposed toward darkness.  Just look at the cover art for Black to Comm; or the compositional corpses found in the BABEL hardback

ACL 2019 ~ The Year’s Best Album Covers

The competition was tough this year, but we’ve been able to whittle our selection down to ten.  These album covers made us want to hear the music, and even if the music wasn’t much good (don’t worry, it was), we

ACL 2019 ~ The Year’s Best Album Covers

The competition was tough this year, but we’ve been able to whittle our selection down to ten.  These album covers made us want to hear the music, and even if the music wasn’t much good (don’t worry, it was), we