Category: Columns

SideTracked: Rating Pitchfork’s ratings

We’re closing in on the end of the year, and the end of the decade. It’s the time of year when every entertainment publication is devoting all of their resources to tell their readers the best X things in the last Y years. I intend to do the same, but I’m holding out for a… Read more »

Snap Reactions: Kadaver, Municipal Waste, Lynyrd Skynyrd

by Chance Chamberlain Snap Reactions is a column where two new albums and one classic album will be reviewed briefly after just one listen through. This provides instant thoughts and feelings that are often lost with multiple listens of an album. This week’s releases are Kadavar’s “For the Dead Travel Fast” and Municipal Waste’s “The… Read more »

Snap Reactions: Danny Brown, Gatecreeper, Grateful Dead

by Chance Chamberlain Snap Reactions is a column where two new albums and one classic album are reviewed briefly after just one listen, providing instant thoughts and feelings often lost with multiple listens of an album. This week’s releases are Danny Brown’s “uknowhatimsayin¿” and *Gatecreeper’s “Deserted.” The classic album of the week is Grateful Dead’s… Read more »

Snap Reactions: Creeping Death, Sturgill Simpson, Black Sabbath

by Chance Chamberlain Snap Reactions is a column where two new albums and one classic album are reviewed briefly after just one listen, providing instant thoughts and feelings often lost with multiple listens of an album. This week’s releases are strong with Creeping Death’s “Wretched Illusions” and Sturgill Simpson’s “Sound & Fury.” The classic album… Read more »

SideTracked: Elevating elevator music

The kitchen where I work is guilty of something I’ve seen many businesses do. The building features a sleek, modern minimalist design with a ‘20s Italian retro tinge. It’s very “trendy-six-years-ago,” but by Midwest standards it feels forward thinking. When you walk through the doors, though, they’re playing “The Joker” by Steve Miller Band. Regardless… Read more »

SideTracked: A nasty temperament – A guide to Swans

Swans have one of the most harrowing and imposing discographies in rock music. With 15 studio albums and over 20 live albums and compilations, it can feel almost impossible to decide where to dive in.  In addition to the sheer quantity of music Swans has put out, they’ve experimented with many different sounds and styles…. Read more »

SideTracked: New voices, Same Problems – BROCKHAMPTON bouncing back

GINGER – BROCKHAMPTON Released 8/23/2019 / Question Everything/RCA Records Genres: Pop Hip-Hop/Alternative R&B After exploding onto the scene in 2017 with three amazing albums back-to-back-to-back, BROCKHAMPTON were poised to be one of the most important musical acts of the ‘20s. From the “SATURATION” releases, to being featured in a Viceland documentary, to getting signed to… Read more »