Review

Amon Tobin – (2011) ISAM [Ninja Tunes]

ISAM is the culmination of a trilogy by Amon Tobin in the past decade and his take on the purest form of electronic: Concrete Music, the fundamental pillar of electronic music. Pierre Schaeffer, French radio engineer of the 1940s, created the first electronic music studio in Paris and began experimenting with what he called “musique [...]

Born Gold: Bodysongs

Born Gold: Bodysongs

NB: Continuing the cavalcade of album reviews today, I post a new piece from a new contributor here at the blog, Steve Crowley. You may know who he is. You might not on the other hand. That being said, I’m sure that he can tell you who he is as soon as he gets blog [...]

Warm Ghost: Narrows

Warm Ghost is a duo hailing from the indie music hotbed that is Brooklyn, NY. Their music connects two very different worlds. The first is that of standard electronic pop like Au Revoir Simone, The Human League and Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark. In the other world are innovative abstract electronic artists like Christian Fennesz, [...]

Little Red: Midnight Remember

Little Red: Midnight Remember

I’ve been trying to cut down on the chattiness in my record reviews, as it doesn’t really take 700 words to describe an album thoroughly. To prove so, I will tell you about Midnight Remember, the first stateside release for Australians Little Red. There is nothing particularly fresh with regards to this record. I mean [...]

Twin Sister: In Heaven

Twin Sister: In Heaven

Twin Sister is a band that hails from Long Island. Much like every other band that comes out in the indie world, they were throw immediately into the hype machine on the strength of their two EPs from 2010 Color Your Life and Dreaming With Vampire Kids. While both of these EPs are quite good, [...]

Show Review: Fruit Bats w/ Vetiver & Breathe Owl Breate // 9/7/2020

To begin with a piece of honesty, this was a show that was not on my radar. While I can listen to it, I, generally, try to steer clear of things that label themselves as “folk-pop” because it’s a sound that I find particularly uninteresting. In reality, the only reason I ended up at this [...]

Show Review: Sleepy Sun @ The Mill / 8.24.11

As you may or may not know, many universities and colleges around the country have already started their fall sessions. The University of Iowa is no exception. I should know through my various frustrations at riding a bike through this town. The first week of the session generally tends to bring a lot of cultural [...]

A Lull: Confetti Reprise

A Lull: Confetti Reprise

Confetti Reprise is an EP of unreleased tracks from the sessions that created Chicago-based A Lull’s 2011 release Confetti. When I got this in my email, I didn’t understand either half of this equation, so I backtracked and started with the Confetti record. I don’t want to spend a lot of time talking about this [...]

Cut Off Your Hands: Hollow

Cut Off Your Hands: Hollow

Hailing from the musical hotbed of New Zealand, Cut Off Your Hands is, very much, cut from the lineage of other Kiwi bands like Look Blue Go Purple, The Chills, The Bats, and The Clean among others as they write memorable, simply complex songs featuring harmonies and emotions. For me, Hollow reminds me of two [...]

Nicolas Jaar: The Space is Only Noise

Nicolas Jaar: The Space is Only Noise

This is a review from new Mission Creek contributor Bernayo. If you are in Iowa city, you may know him better as one of the members of the musical spaceship that is Dream Thieves. Here, he tackles the debut album of Nicolas Jaar, The Space is Only Noise. Nicolas Jaar – (2011) The Space is [...]