WE’RE ONLY IN IT FOR THE ANXIETY

  Jacob Levesque - Panic (The Dark Thursday) Jacob Levesque’s new album, Panic - released on his own The Dark Thursday label - was made with “absurdity, anxiety, and passion” in mind, and it recreates the titular feeling with ease. While Jacob is the main artist, a long list of contributors are present throughout the 10 tracks, u…

TOTAL TRASH – GARBAGE MAN ON WAX

Garbage Man - Tobacco Bong Rips 7” EP (Forbidden Place/Personal Militia) Tobacco Bong Rips is the first proper release by Sheboygan, Wisconsin’s noise rock revivalists, Garbage Man. I first heard the group a few years back (2015?) at an art show I was working - skateboard decks were the featured medium and loud and heavy bands jammed the ope…

THE HERO’S JOURNEY

GOSH! - Odyssey (Nicey Music) “‘Life is good/love is good/everything cannot be understood/oh yeah” - “Whipping Winds” The new GOSH! album, Odyssey, starts with the simple repeated phrase “I can feel it coming/I can feel it coming soon” resolving into “so do you want to come with me.” This cycles around a second time befo…

CASTLES, MASKS, AND THINGS YOU CANNOT SEE

building castles out of matchsticks – Your Skin, My Mask (Histamine Tapes) The work of Anne Sulikowski (the artist behind building castles out of matchsticks) is a world of synth and guitar loops, often times utilizing only a handful of effects pedals. She has a youtube channel showcasing her talent of building up drones or soundscapes and ove…

THE CENTRAL – GRINDCORE AND MORE

The Central – “Sick and Dying” (Sassbologna) The Central is a duo from Madison, Wisconsin that describes their sound as “Midwestern schizophrenic grind.”  Certainly this description is partially comprehensive to describe their new album, Sick and Dying, released back in February.  However, with the release of this album it seems that…

BLACK STEEL IN FLYOVER COUNTRY

“Armageddon, Been in Effect. Go get a late pass. Step.” My local newspaper once highlighted a local hair band, quoting the lead singer snottily saying, “Rap has never been popular in Dubuque.” While The Summer of 1988 was a seminal point in the history of Hip Hop, a time when old school rap stars—at that point, the rap artists of only …

NO LIMITS FOR ADDERALL CANYONLY

Adderall Canyonly - Limits of All Known Ice (Lighten Up Sounds) I don’t know Adderall Canyonly personally but I’m well aware of his work via past tapes, and his excellent curation of the mind bending Field Hymns label.  Yet, I’m trying to come in on this one as free of bias as possible (difficult these days)!  Alas, music reviews is a …

LEAAVES TURN INSIDE YOU

Leaaves - Panacea For Lightweights (Katuktu Collective, 2018) Within the sparse liner notes for Leaaves’ latest release, a line reads simply ‘[i]ntended for long-form active listening’. This ultimately proves a challenging request to honour, but not because its contents are of poor quality, ineffective, or otherwise deficient. Rather,…

KAREN MEAT GETS UGLY

As Karen Meat, Arin Eaton has performed with various permutations of backing bands - usually as Karen Meat & the ___ - each possessing their own unique sonic qualities. While most recently and often releasing recordings as Karen Meat & the Computer, You're An Ugly Person is credited solely to Karen Meat, and is ostensibly a duo project…

CLAIRE SAYS

(Photograph by Dasha Denger) Here's an interview with Claire Lambach (bass, vocals) of Chicago minimalist psych-pop duo GOSH! I first heard GOSH! in 2015 when Ruix booked them at our old space, and was lucky enough to have done some tour dates with them last fall. It's been rad to see them change and grow over those few years. The group has …