Master Muscles

Master Muscles is a confusing and unsettling thing that has stuck with me longer than was probably welcome…definitely one of the best short films I’ve seen this year.

Coil/Time Machines

I forgot both members of Coil have passed away. It makes me sad to remember such deep influences are gone…John Balance ten years ago, Sleazy just four.

Their catalog is vast, andI learned a lot about experimental music from digging through their many albums, EPs and side projects as a teenager. While I don’t love everything they produced, it was all visceral and deeply earnest.

Mount Eerie – Dragon (Live – Pinball Sessions)

I think Phil Elverum’s voice is one of my favorite things.

Stream all three new songs from Mount Eerie’s forthcoming double album Sauna over on the Pinball Sessions site.

    Julianna Barwick – One Half

    Julianna Barwick has returned with the single ‘One Half’. Off the forthcoming Icelandic influenced Nepenthe, the lead video offers a shift in style and an interesting interpretation of personal duality. The two halves of Julianna’s self occupy vastly different places; one in a halogen lit empty car park and the other in a lush, surreal forest populated by a psychedelic cake. The song, while utilizing the same looping ambiance, uses discernible vocals as elements in the layers. They’re structural, less as lyrics to tell a story but an functional part of the tonal whole. It’s charming, etherial as always, but somewhat grounded by the tangible english.


    The whole album isn’t as different as ‘One Half’, with much the rest of the album remaining true to what you’d expect from Barwick’s shimmering vocals. A few tracks feel heavily influenced by the Icelandic recording location, the hand of producer Alex Somers and cameos by members of local heavyweights Mum & Amiina. ‘Pyrrhic’ feels the most imbued by the land, built out of sighing strings, high choral vocals and an enveloping ascending melody akin to Sigur Ros’s finer moments. The album on the whole works, both newly arrived elements and familiar ones.

    You can stream Nepenthe over at NPR Music. You can also pre-order the album via SC Distribution. First run of the vinyl comes in a limited edition gold and includes a poster worthy of the Icelandic tourism board.

    Katie and Allison Crutchfield cover Grimes


    Longtime friends and twin sisters Katie and Allison Crutchfield, (Waxahatchee and Swear, respectively) were commissioned by the music blog Rookie to record a cover for their site’s monthly theme. Their choice of ‘Oblivion’ was an odd one on paper, but the simple synth bounce translates well when fed through the jangle and reverb. I’m always happy to be wrong.

    You can read Rookie’s interview with the Crutchfield twins here.

    Adult Swim’s Garage Swim


    Continuing the precedent of Adult Swim’s dedication to bring you amazingly good compilations for free, 2013 has brought us the filthy stomp of Garage Swim. Who can say no to such a fine bunch of musicians, as per this track listing below:

    1. Bass Drum of Death – “Dregs”
    2. Apache Dropout – “Constant Plaything”
    3. Thee Oh Sees – “Devil Again”
    4. King Tuff – “She’s on Fire”
    5. JEFF the Brotherhood – “Melting Place”
    6. Black Lips – “Cruising”
    7. King Khan and the Gris Gris – “Discreate Disguise”
    8. Mikal Cronin – “Better Man”
    9. Mind Spiders – “They Lie”
    10. Cheap Time – “Kill the Light”
    11. King Louie’s Missing Monuments – “Covered in Ice”
    12. OBN IIIs – “A Good Lover”
    13. The Gories – “On the Run”
    14. King Khan – “Strange Ways”
    15. Weekend – “Teal Kia”

    Download the compilation over at As well, check out 2 video features on Mikal Cronin and King Tuff by Yours Truly while you’re there.

    Currently, they’re in the midst of the Adult Swim 2013 Singles Program.


    This year’s collection has tracks from Run The Jewels (Killer Mike & EL-P), Metz, Autre Ne Veut, MadLib, Mac DeMarco, Lightning Bolt, Lil B, Captain Murphy, Pig Destroyer. Free downloads will be doled out weekly over the course of the summer.

    Previous Williams St. Records complinations include:

    Metal Swim
    African Swim
    Ghostly Swim
    The 2012 Singles Program
    The 2011 Singles Program
    The 2010 Singles Program