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The Tripwire: On Big Deal, Covering Sacred Ground and Harmonizing the Hard Parts

There is not a wealth of information on the Internet about UK duo Big Deal. That’s cause for some degree of fascination—usually, by the time a band has a couple demo tracks and a planned … read more »

POSTED July 19, 2011 5:59PM IN THE TRIPWIRE TAGS: , ,
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The Tripwire: The Tallest Man on Earth Hides the Storm Below the Calm

The thing that sticks with you about Kristian Matsson—who’s recorded as The Tallest Man On Earth since releasing an EP of same name in 2006—has always been this: his complex and often melancholy lyrics provide … read more »

POSTED July 11, 2011 6:15PM IN THE TRIPWIRE TAGS: , ,
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The Tripwire: On Independence and Getting Lost In Bill Callahan’s “America!”

On July 4th morning, I woke up to a cup of coffee and a conversation with an old friend now living in a proud Midwestern city not far from where I grew up. She was … read more »

POSTED July 6, 2011 2:30PM IN THE TRIPWIRE Comments (1) TAGS: , , ,
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The Tripwire: Ty Segall’s Gliding Through All Things Rock

For a California dude, Ty Segall does not seem very concerned about making you feel comfortable or at ease. At least not on his latest effort Goodbye Bread (which is steaming in full here). Last … read more »

POSTED June 20, 2011 4:15PM IN THE TRIPWIRE TAGS: , ,
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The Tripwire: On Shark?, Black Lips and Good Music Hidden Behind Novelty

The new Mark Ronson-produced Black Lips album, Arabia Mountain, came out last week. I’m comfortable saying it’s quite good. It’s less conflicted and contradictory than usual, or at least conflicted in a different sense than … read more »

POSTED June 15, 2011 6:30PM IN THE TRIPWIRE Comments (1) TAGS: , , , ,
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The Tripwire: On Destroyer, Transformations and When Less is More

Destroyer’s Kaputt will almost surely be on my personal top 10 year-end list. Structurally and musically, the recent reissue of Destroyer’s Ideas For Songs feels like a near-polar opposite to the grandiose and intricate arrangements … read more »

POSTED June 6, 2011 5:30PM IN THE TRIPWIRE TAGS: , ,
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The Tripwire Podcast 067

Stream: The Tripwire Podcast 067 Download an enhanced version with album art, links, and chapters here (ctrl + click). 00:00:02 SIDE A: The Very End Of Time 00:01:19 The The “The Violence Of Truth” (Sony … read more »

POSTED May 31, 2011 12:15PM IN THE TRIPWIRE
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The Tripwire: The Antlers Reach Their Tipping Point, Follow-Up An Emotional Trainwreck

The Antlers’ “I Don’t Want Love” begins with the line You want to climb up the stairs/ I want to push you back down. This should be a pretty jarring introduction. To a certain extent, … read more »

POSTED May 10, 2011 2:20PM IN THE TRIPWIRE TAGS: ,
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The Tripwire: B-Sides, Covers and Cohen Edition

This column has served as myriad things on different weeks, but basically always come down to what one or two things were happening within rock’s domain that got me the most excited (because why else … read more »

POSTED May 2, 2011 5:34PM IN THE TRIPWIRE TAGS: , , , , , ,
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The Tripwire Podcast 066

Stream: The Tripwire Podcast 066 Download an enhanced version with album art, links, and chapters here. 00:00:02 SIDE A: We Need To Thicken Our Revenue Stream 00:01:28 Beastie Boys “Make Some Noise (edit)” (Capitol) 00:04:46 … read more »

POSTED April 25, 2011 4:00PM IN THE TRIPWIRE