School of Seven Bells-Alpinisms

School of Seven Bells-Alpinisms (2008, Ghostly International) School Of Seven Bells was a band that I first listened to because I liked their name. The moniker, drawn from a mythical Colombian pickpocket school, sounded intriguingly dreamy and magical, and I hoped that the music would follow suit. My parents got the band's 2008 debut Alpinisms … Continue reading School of Seven Bells-Alpinisms

Winter Moon-Make Real, Make Believe

Winter Moon-Make Real, Make Believe (2019, Kozmik Artifactz) The return of Swamptina, for those who missed her the first time around A few weeks back, Bored In Pittsburgh featured the sonic sledgehammer “Who Are You” by Melbourne, Australia’s Winter Moon, and the character of Swamptina Aguilera was born. Swamptina is the pseudonym that I bestowed … Continue reading Winter Moon-Make Real, Make Believe

Kanye West-My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

Kanye West-My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy (2010, Def Jam/Roc-A-Fella) Before I even get into the music talk, I just want to say, for the record, that I was as disappointed as anyone when Kanye hitched his wagon to the deluded, wheezing horse that is Donald Trump. That being said, it is worth noting that Kanye … Continue reading Kanye West-My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

Midori Takada-Through The Looking Glass

Midori Takada-Through The Looking Glass (1983, RCA//2017 reissue, WRWTFWW and Palto Flats) I first found Through The Looking Glass, a cult favorite release by criminally underrated Japanese experimental composer Midori Takada, while (surprise, surprise) looking at a Pitchfork list. I feel like a consistent, slightly embarrassing theme has arisen when talking about how I find … Continue reading Midori Takada-Through The Looking Glass

Bon Iver-22, A Million

Bon Iver-22, A Million (2016, Jagjaguwar) I first listened to the music of Bon Iver (the project fronted by Justin Vernon) when “Woods”(off 2009’s Blood Bank EP) was recommended to me on an “iTunes Essentials” playlist (do those even exist anymore?) that featured songs with vocoder and autotune. I was attracted to the song’s densely … Continue reading Bon Iver-22, A Million

The White Stripes-White Blood Cells

The White Stripes-White Blood Cells (2001, Sympathy for the Record Industry) I first heard of the White Stripes when Weird Al Yankovic included sections from “Fell In Love With a Girl” in his “Angry White Boy Polka” medley on 2003’s Poodle Hat, which I owned before I owned White Blood Cells. I don’t quite remember … Continue reading The White Stripes-White Blood Cells