Charlie Bertsch / 01 Jun 2022

Germany’s Long 1960s

Punkt, by Faust

For the first twenty seconds, the opening track of Faust’s “new” album Punkt conjures a soft, roomy soundscape, like most of the material they have released since their partial reunion in the 1990s.(...)

Charlie Bertsch / 27 Apr 2022

The Dark Side of Alternative

Tucson’s Whole Enchilada Benefit

When it happened, I’d finally decided to move forward through the crowd, loosely grouped in front of the outdoor stage at Tucson’s iconic Hotel Congress. Beloved local band Sidewinders, the penultimate act at this Whole Enchilada benefit show, was already playing their third number. But I still hadn’t committed myself to the experience.(...)

Charlie Bertsch / 09 Mar 2022

Ukraine Crisis Playlist

Mooncup, by wetcatsmell

I was hiking my favourite trail, timing my passage from one boulder to another to the pulsing rhythms of wetcatsmell’s debut album Mooncup, when I suddenly had to stop: the music, my legs, the entire process of trying to go through the motions of everyday life.(...)

Charlie Bertsch / 23 Feb 2022

Echoes of the Past

Water and Tears, by Il Santo Bevitore

For the first thirty seconds, Il Santo Bevitore’s “Fractured Belief” sounds like the sort of music that would be made by the driving force behind a music festival called Dronica, reminiscent of an early Sub Pop song played at 16rpm.(...)

Oliver Sheppard / 02 Feb 2022

Reappraising Steady Diet of Nothing

The 30th Anniversary of Fugazi’s Most Underrated LP

"Though the album is a bit of a 'sleeper’ in many people’s eyes (ears?)," Ian MacKaye recently wrote to me, "the songs on that album were probably played by us live more than the others over the years”.(...)

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