Stuff by: StepheSykes

Hot Producer Alert: Jonti – Sine & Moon – Album Review

Sydney-resident/Johannesburg-born/Stone’s Throw family member, Jonti (Jonti Danimals) — quietly released Sine & Moon — a very interesting kind of release with a cool story and we’re just catching up with it (released in May). Sine & Moon was never actually intended to be a full-length record, but a little mix he made for the label’s podcast series, recorded on […]

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Hot New Music: Ty Segall and White Fence “Hair”– Album Review

 If you have ever wondered what it would sound like to cut and paste every major development and style of garage rock into one record, Ty Segall and White Fence’s Hair might be your answer. There are elements of the Standells, the Sonics, 80s retro (and slightly country) Paisley Undergrounders Green on Red—and even recent […]

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Emily Wells – Mama – Album Review

Emily Wells: She can play, she’s borderline super talented, she plays multiple instruments, writes her own songs, complete mastery over a very powerful yet very subtle voice—However, I think whether or not you like Wells’ music will definitely depend on your expectations. Emily Wells has been a Suzuki-method taught violinist. She has grown up as the most […]

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Lee Fields – Faithful Man – Album Review

It’s inevitable that music genres evolve and change. Jazz started as dance music and by the late 60s, most hip jazzbos were listening to something more akin to Morton Feldman than Louie Armstrong. Hey, that’s the way the cookie crumbles. But one of the great things about this evolution is that those who develop affection […]

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The Doozer – Keep It Together – Album Review

Sooooooo …… I’ve written and re-written this review about four times now. “Why,” might you ask? Because every time I think I have a bead on The Doozer, I find out something new about him that makes me re-think my earlier position. Below is a quick break-down of Doozer’s pros and cons: Pros The Doozer does a […]

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Hot New Music: Matthew Dear – Headcage EP – Review

  If 2011 was the year that dubstep went mainstream, then 2012 just might be the year that old school DJs/dance music moguls begin grabbing the brass ring—or in many cases a mic—and just going for it! This may be the year that DJs start singing and becoming superstars. Matthew Dear (DJ, producer and co-label head of dance music […]

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The Muddy Reds “Justle Hustle” – EP Review

  L.A.’s Muddy Reds are hard at work getting their name out there and making sure their fans know what they are up to. These guys camp their band, book their face, joined the reverb nation — frankly I wouldn’t be surprised if the dudes had a Friendster page. I applaud their efforts to communicate with all […]

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Apparat – The Devil’s Walk – Album Review

“Ka Blam!!!” “Oh My God, the roof is on fire. Look out!” “Fuck you, you motherfucker!” If this kind of melodrama is your normal speed, then I think you’re going to find Apparat’s new release, The Devil’s Walk pretty boring. This is a subtle record. So subtle in fact, last night a music-loving friend and I […]

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Swahili Blonde – Psycho Tropical Ballet Pink – Album Review

  Swahili Blonde at the Echoplex – Photo: Matt Fisher OK. There is a LOT going on here. I mean there is a hell of a lot going on here. Swahili Blonde’s newest release Psycho Tropical Ballet Pink mixes elements of krautrock, Afro-beat, psyche, dub, skronk, no wave and I don’t think I’ve even covered […]

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The Black Ryder, Lower Heaven, Swamplands at the Satellite – Photos & Show Review (Oct. 27, 2011)

Grimy Goods presents The Black Ryder at the Satellite Shoegaze and goth go together like “Whapbobaloobop” and a “whapbamboom,” so a Grimy Goods-presented show of  the Black Ryder, Lower Heaven and Swamplands could only mean one thing—the Satellite’s crowd last Thursday was as leather-bound and eye-linered as I’ve ever seen on a weekday night in […]

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