A common request we get at the shop is music for a road trip. Similar to requests like “music to work out to,” “music to study to,” or “music for a dinner party,” road trip music serves a purpose beyond satisfying our particular taste. It can heighten our senses and spark attention and observation in […]

Helvetia – Dromomania (Joyful Noise) Jason Albertini of Helvetia was an early installation of the Northwestern sound of the 90s and 2000s, having played with Northern California bands like Duster, recording with Xiu Xiu and Dinosaur Jr.’s Mike Johnson, and more recently playing bass with Built to Spill. I think this is why it’s so […]

STAFF PICKS kimber – la luz lindsay – iris dement, la luz dario – heather woods broderick jeff – mac demarco, mewithoutyou   THIS WEEK’S NEW RELEASES   Deaf Wish – Pain CD/LP+MP3 (Sub Pop) Pain is a miraculously dissonant, wonderfully immediate display of Deaf Wish at their mightiest, alive with the same wild chemistry and […]

STAFF PICKS kimber – jazz reissues lindsay – creepoid dario – thelonious monk jeff – albert hammond jr   THIS WEEK’S NEW RELEASES   Albert Hammond Jr. – Momentary Masters CD/LP (Vagrant) The third solo album from The Strokes’ guitarist. “The 35-year-old’s music, however, has always revealed a more thoughtful, sensitive soul. Hammond’s third solo album takes its […]

Last month, Arizona hosted a slew of great psychedelic rock (a blanket term, I know…) bands on their way to and from Austin Psych Fest. The festival had an impressive lineup this year (including The Flaming Lips, Tame Impala and The Jesus And Mary Chain), but I ended up completely entertained by some of the smaller names on the lineup when they passed through the Valley. The following are the best bands I saw on their way home from Austin Psych Fest:  Continue reading