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 […]

Daft Punk – Random Access Memories in Contrast to Boards of Canada – Tomorrow’s Harvest

Apt Advertising? Daft Punk in Japan

Listening to Daft Punk’s recent release of the much heralded Random Access Memories—actually letting the hype around its release fade to white—took the whole summer. Parsing the album’s terabytes of information could take much longer. Much like modern life with its 24-hour non-stop barrage of post-post-modernist pastiche of sound and vision bites, there is simply […]

Fujirock 2013 – Rebel Without A Raincoat

Live at the Green Stage at Fujirock 2013

I prepped for FujiRock 2013 as I do any journey lasting a few days: I woke up early and hustled. My preparations involved organizing for inclement weather, as the weekend forecast for Naeba and its environs was rain, soft rain, hard rain, thunder-and-lightning rain, and finally, some more rain. I would have to get used […]

Tips For the Polite Punk to Party Down at Summer Festivals Using Fujirock as Example et al

The Audience Is (Wet &) Listening

If you are reading this you are too late. You should already be gone. You should have said to yourself — Screw it! Go up Thursday night. Forget about being older and wiser and more cautious and tired and objecting to all these kids rainy day fashions and the polite way they smoke their tobaccos […]

Katz & Peeps from Rob & The Hoods

Katz & Peeps Live in Kyoto by Rob & the Hoods ©Uchujin-AdrianStorey

Rob & The Hoods played an impromptu live show in Kyoto recently, closing their energetic set with the infamous track “Katz & Peeps”. HESO Magazine has the exclusive debut of the “Katz & Peeps” music video. Lead singer, and visual artist, Rob Judges is “primarily inspired by the look of fading urban signage and typography, […]