Review: In Smog and Thunder

I n Smog and Thunder "The Great War of the Californias" (Smart Art Films / Pop Twist Entertainment) Smog Town vs. Fog Town. Sunset Strip vs. The Castro. Los Angeles vs. San Francisco. There can be only one...

Review: The Vandals

The Vandals "The Show Must Go Off!" (Kung Fu Records) While I've enjoyed quite a bit of what the "The Show Must Go Off!" series brings to the table, I usually end up lamenting the poor production quality...

Interview: Deerhoof

by Peter Soyer Sometimes the small fish gets the biggest worm. When everyone in the ocean of music is trying to be the biggest fish with the best producers, the edgiest sound and the coolest looks, the...

Review: Goldfinger

Goldfinger "The Show Must Go Off!" (Kung Fu Records) Now, I'd like to believe that as a species we've moved beyond the whole ska/punk nonsense that Goldfinger is so fond of, but I'd also like to believe...

Interview: Destroyer

interview by Gordon Downs Dan Bejar is the missing New Pornographer. Tons of indie rockers are dying to see him. He also happens to be the man behind Destroyer. A deconstructed solo assemblage of pop...

Review: Transistor Transistor / Wolves

Transistor Transistor / Wolves "Split EP" (Level Plane) Transistor Transistor:  It's jagged and edgy, but not particularly aggressive.  More like, a controlled agitation.  They've got those quick,...

Review: The Von Bondies

The Von Bondies "Raw and Rare" (Dim Mak) The Jack White-approved Detroit garage rockers put out an album, of yes, raw and rare live recordings from 2001 and 2002 for the BBC and a few caught live in...

Review: Vortis

Vortis "God Won't Bless America" (Thick Records) The album opens with, "For some reason the Bush administration has an obsession with Iraq and Saddam Hussein." Then they kick into a war protest song....

Review: Watashi Wa

Watashi Wa "The Love of Life" (Tooth & Nail) This foursome from A-town cut through songs that could easily play on your crappy local radio station, only these songs aren't crappy. Sure, they don't...

Review: With Resistance

With Resistance "Self-Titled" (Immigrant Sun) Rather than go the standard hardcore route with breakdown after predicable breakdown and clichéd rants about "the scene", With Resistance play a faster,...