The Real Return of The Rentals

The-Rentals by Brantley Gutierrez

In Jean-Luc Godard’s 1965 dystopian sci-fi riddle of a film, Alphaville, Lemmy Caution is a detective set out to stop a mad scientist. Machines, or rather A Machine–Alpha 60–has collectivized all individuality and trampled out emotion, romance, dreams and love. The poetry of the world is gone. The commodotization of the soul is eminent. Will […]

Alvvays Ride The Perfect Summer Pop Song Wave

Alvvays Band Shot

“You should be an American!” is never a good way to start off a conversation. But that’s how the imaginary interview goes in my head. Me, perusing the map of Nova Scotia, wondering why my American history course was so inadequate, thinking, Why isn’t that a part of Maine? and People actually live there who […]

CÄTCÄT – KISSES – FEATURING MARY H.

CÄTCÄT - KISSES - FEATURING MARY H.

Meow, Meow! CätCät, the young Parisian producer and DJ is pulling out his claws with his first EP, which is sure to kick off a very hot summer. Infatuated with electronic sound and inspired by the Californian rock of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, CätCät creates a unique fusion: nasty Deep House combined with big […]

American Football Deluxe Edition

American Football circa 1997

American Football American Football Deluxe Edition Polyvinyl Records Release: 20 May 2014 In the 15 years since its release, American Football’s self-titled debut full-length has quietly become one of the most fiercely beloved titles in the Polyvinyl catalog. Though the trio — Mike Kinsella (Cap’n Jazz, Owen, Owls), Steve Lamos, and Steve Holmes — only […]

The Evolution of DEVO

Dan Deacon

I saw DEVO play in Brooklyn’s McCarren Park Pool in the Summer of 2008. Opening for the resurgent quintet on the humid day was Dan Deacon & the Tom Tom Club. DEVO, after several years of playing summer festivals and shows, had recently started touring non-stop. It showed. The band, a mathematical equation exploring the […]

Ten Cities – Where the Literary Meets the Beat – Goethe Institut

TC - Johannesburg - Concert - Dokta Spizee - ╕ Masimba Sasa

TEN CITIES, brought to you by the Goethe-Institut, is a journey of musicians and writers. It is musical research project that brings together 50 DJs, producers and musicians from the ten cities (BERLIN BRISTOL CAIRO JOHANNESBURG KYIV LAGOS LISBON LUANDA NAIROBI NAPLES…& EVENTUALLY WORLDWIDE), enabling them to cooperate and produce music together. Guided by ten […]

The Resurrection of the Unoriginal Spawns A Revival of Mogwai

Dybbuk, the dislocated soul of the dead, Illustration by Ephraim Moshe Lilien.

Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice, (29) And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation.                   […]

Farewell Uncle Lou

Lou Reed Signed "Loaded" Album

When I woke up to the news that Lou Reed died yesterday, it hit me hard, like losing a favorite Uncle, the one who skipped town for the big city and never came home again. This is not such a stretch actually– we love our favorite artists so much that they can be like family– […]

A Most Un-Personal Album by Eleanor Friedberger

Eleanor Friedberger Personal Album Review HESO Magazine

Eleanor Friedberger must have a great sense of humor. Like a dry martini, just a touch of vermouth. Watch her music videos, listen to her lyrics, look at how she dances. She has secretly always wanted to be a Second City or a Groucho Marx impersonator. A runaway Vaudeville / carnival sideshow perhaps? Regardless of […]