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Dead Leaf Echo on Music Videos, Record Labels and Thought and Language

3 Oct

Interview originally published on Pop ‘stache

After ordering the split Slowness “Race to Mars”/Dead Leaf Echo “Act of Truth” 7-inch, the Self-Hating Hipster reached out to Dead Leaf Echo via their website.  A few days later a response came and a lengthy trail of emails between SHH and DLE’s frontman LG Galleon began, starting with Continue reading

Baumgarten – Love Rock Revolution: K Records and the Rise of Independent Music

16 Aug

Love Rock Revolution: K Records and the Rise of Independent Music by Mark Baumgarten (2012)

Some Velvet Sidewalk’s Al Larsen coined the term “love rock” in his music manifesto: “When Sonic Youth do ‘Kool Thing’ they are love rock.  Or when Beat Happening trade roles, singer to guitarist to drummer.  When Nation of Ulysses makes an absolute sincere mess or when the Melvins Continue reading

Indie Canon Inductee: Beat Happening

29 Nov

For anybody that knows me, this should come as no surprise.  I’m wearing a god damn Beat Happening t shirt as I write this.  I stumbled upon Beat Happening in 2005 when I was looking at some rando’s list of the best albums of the 1990’s.  Since then, they have become my most listened to artist.

Beat Happening has been an indie rock staple for the past 25 years and had an enormous impact on their musical peers.  They took a typical rock song and boiled it down to its bare essentials: no bass, no overproduction, no complicated solos (most Beat Happening songs are only three or four chords).  The band, which formed in 1983 Continue reading

Beat Happening – You Turn Me On

28 Aug

You Turn Me On by Beat Happening (1992)

I figured I would start the music reviews with a bang (a bang of an album that is…hopefully the review is passable).

You Turn Me On is one of my favorite albums by Beat Happening, one of my favorite artists.  It is Beat Happening’s fifth and final album.  It is also a sonic departure from Beat Happenings earlier repertoire of two-minute, lo-fi, twee-ful pop diddies.  In fact, there isn’t a song under three minutes on the album. Continue reading