I wrote up a guide to essential music apps for you iPhone users who, you know, listen to music & stuff. Perhaps you’ve heard of Spotify and Soundcloud, but may I please introduce you to FlickTunes, 8Tracks, iCrates and Bandcamper?
Listened to a great 2009 live show by Monterey, Mexico’s recently-departed two-piece XYX this morning, full of clattering reverb and ghost-noise spazz attack, all while rooted in the throbbing garage punk idiom.
Haven’t listened to it yet, but NYC’s HOUSEHOLD are thankfully still around after recording last year’s best record, and played a set on Liz Berg’s show last week that I’m about to listen to now. Let’s listen together, shall we?
Been sitting around wondering what the best releases of 1994 were? TEEN LOOCH magazine to the rescue. Editor Brian Turner surveyed a who’s-who of scribes, rocknrollers, label heads, pals and various hangers-on on what the ruling releases were in ‘94, and here were the results, as scanned from Teen Looch #8. You’ll find my personal contribution at the top of Page 3 (click to enlarge any of these).
You know who used to put this excellent early-90s fanzine out? Brian Turner, WFMU honcho and tastemaker extraordinaire, that’s who. Turner was ahead of the game, nailing revealing interviews on his lonesome with Giant Sand, Stereolab, Royal Trux and Mo Tucker (!).
I’m not entirely sure, but I think this was the final issue. I got tired of digging fanzines out of my garage to scan this morning so I just grabbed the first ‘Looch I could find. More such scans to come this week.