A Review of DIIV’s “Is the Is Are”

If I disengage to the extent that Zachary has, this is lovely. DIIV are more or less to dream pop/post-punk what Real Estate are to jangle pop.  Lots of pretty tones and atmosphere masking weak songwriting, a lack of new ideas, and an inability to present old ideas in a way that is interesting or fun. I can appreciate […]

A Review of Spirit Ghost’s s/t EP

Back when I was Coog Radio’s music director, the first band I ever set up a premiere for was a group who went by Sexy Girls from Amherst, Massachusetts.  A year and a half passes, I’m doing this, and Sexy Girls are now Spirit Ghost, a band an awful lot like Sexy Girls, but with […]

A (Brief) Review of DJ Khaled’s “Victory”

If this is Victory, let’s all hope DJ Khaled doesn’t record Defeat and cause the universe to cave in on itself. Guest “artists” run the gamut from T-Pain, Usher, Soulja Boy, Boosie Badazz, and Pitbull, among others.  If I have to explain to you why this isn’t a positive, this probably isn’t where you belong. […]

A (One Sentence) Review of Meghan Trainor’s “Title”

I have this crazy idea that if Meghan Trainor’s music and all it represents were erased from the planet’s collective consciousness, actual feminism and mainstream society’s acceptance of it would leap frog at least 15 years into the future. (Click here to see rating) Are you fucking kidding me?:   FUCKING STOP:  

A Review of clipping.’s “Wriggle”

clipping.’s most recent EP, Wriggle, is a mixed bag.  The title track is far and away the best song here, making excellent use of sampling of Whitehouse’s “Wriggle Like a Fucking Eel” and moving at a blistering pace, like clipping.’s take on Outkast’s “B.O.B.” for power electronics nerds.  Amazing track. “Shooter” has cool production, with […]