Monday, March 16, 2009

My February/March BUST reviews

So I write music journalism for BUST Magazine-- these reviews (of bands Asobi Seksu and These Are Powers) are currently featured in the February/March issue (Amber Tamblyn cover) still on stands if you grab it sharpish, yo. Ignore it being credited to (my other) pseudonym.

And (no pic, not worthy of a scan):

These Are Powers
All Aboard Future
Dead Oceans

Sonically amorphous yet stridently opposed to such catch-all phrases as no-wave and without a clearly discernible political agenda or polarizing allegiance to a particular scene, noise rock outfit These Are Powers, who spilt their time between New York and Chicago, are harder to pin down than most. With the release of their latest inscrutably hip effort “All Aboard Future”, whirling dervish front woman Anna Barie and company will no doubt continue to inspire an excess of superlatives in the underground media. Most of the nine tracks that comprise the album slither, stomp and stutter without a cohesive groove, adding credence to the rumor that much of the record is improvised (or at least strives consciously to sound like it). “Life of Birds” features dive-bombing guitars and wails as strangely avian as the title suggest, while the vocals on “Easy Answers” side-step between a sexy scat and striving-for-street rap, and “Sand Tassels”, comes across as a creepy and discordant urban sea chanty, proving that the territory of modern noise music can, in the hands of capable and enthusiastic artists, be expansively defined, transcending the cultural boundaries of Wicker Park loft parties and Williamsburg keggers without losing its edge.