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Alex Gortman

Two-Woman Vigilante Squad Beat Up Cheerleaders, Take Their Beats

Unkind listeners may take the final cheers of Super Wild Horses‘ “Carolina” (“I’ve got nothing but bad advice”) and ask: was that bad advice to record your subterranean punk on garageband with drum loops? But … read more »

POSTED August 19, 2010 3:12PM IN THE TRIPWIRE

The Curious Tale of Esben and the Witch and Their Manson Mug Shots

Before Esben and the Witch was Matador-labeled and scaring the shit out of us, it was a Danish fairy tale that, we have no doubt, has likely scarred (and scared) generations of Danish children. “Something … read more »

POSTED August 19, 2010 2:17PM IN THE TRIPWIRE TAGS:

We Support You, Fergus & Geronimo

Ok, so all the bands in the blogosphere won’t soon be beach-blown doo-wop revivalists–is that what you’re telling us? Is that what this morning is going to be about? Don’t tell us that Fergus & … read more »

POSTED August 19, 2010 1:55PM IN THE TRIPWIRE TAGS:

Nite Jewel De-Verbed: "Am I Real?"

When a genuine musical shift happens, for even a season or a year, any artist associated with that phenomenon can be easily pinned and hung up on a line, never to be revisited by those … read more »

POSTED August 3, 2010 4:01PM IN THE TRIPWIRE TAGS:

The Return of Herr Jazz!

Dear Herr Jazz, We were scared there for a minute. Your noise had only just reached us when—cruelly, yes, and even a tad dishonorably—we found that certificate of death on your MySpace. It was a … read more »

POSTED July 28, 2010 10:35AM IN THE TRIPWIRE TAGS:

Holy Shit! She's Still Swimming! A Defense of Liz Phair

“Holy shit! Liz Phair’s gone off the deep end!” Since July 5, LAST WEEK, that’s been the basic critical reception to her self-released, ambush new record Funstyle. Reinvesting in some of her oft-nutty Girlysound roots … read more »

POSTED July 13, 2010 3:16PM IN THE TRIPWIRE TAGS:

Video: Cults, "Oh My God"

“Oh My God,” for one reason or another, evokes the strangely potent vision of a vaudevillian chick—in an old film, of course—walking towards, then away from us on railroad tracks. Maybe whilst laughing. Do we … read more »

POSTED July 7, 2010 10:01AM IN THE TRIPWIRE TAGS:

Listen: Cloud Nothings, "Didn't You"

One of the joys of jamming to a new Cloud Nothings tune–like, say, the breezy, haphazard “Didn’t You,” presented below for your cochlear pleasure–is the feeling that even though their lo-fi ethos is somewhat toned … read more »

POSTED June 24, 2010 4:55PM IN THE TRIPWIRE TAGS:

Craig Ferguson Saddles Up: Band of Horses, "Compliments"

Last night, Band of Horses roamed into Craig Ferguson land, neighing all over the place with their live performance of “Compliments,” fresh off their new album, Infinite Arms. Frontman Ben Bridwell’s voice carried a decidedly … read more »

POSTED May 28, 2010 3:45PM IN THE TRIPWIRE TAGS:

Watch: ceo of Crazytown Demands, "Come With Me"

The Swedes have a long tradition of visual eeriness, whether displayed through Ingmar Bergman’s films or, more recently, their musicians’ videos. Enter ceo, better known as Eric Berglund of Tough Alliance, whose video shares more … read more »

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