Wolf Parade Blurb

Wolf Parade has an album coming out tomorrow and Mike is ecstatic — here is a slightly personal blurb about how ecstatic he is: Continue reading

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Review: Howard Ivans’ “Beautiful Tired Bodies”

SB011Out on Friday is Howard Ivans’ debut record, Beautiful Tired Bodies, on Spacebomb Records. We highly recommend buying yourself a copy, especially the vinyl cause this album is groovin’ for its grooves to spin on your turntable, and therefore the word and the feel for this review is undoubtedly groove. Continue reading

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Review: Marty Cain’s “Kids Of The Black Hole”

Cain-CoverTrembling Pillow Press published Marty Cain’s debut book, Kids of The Black Holein June of 2017. A digital supplement is available here and you can also purchase it from Small Press Distribution here. Below is our review by Nathan Livingston. Continue reading

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Interview: Matthew Gibbs & Evolving Evolfo



A discussion with Matthew Gibbs — cereal, redwoods, and The Last Of The Acid Cowboys.

Matthew Gibbs lives in Brooklyn where he is a member of Evolfo, a band he started as Evolfo Doofeht in Northern California back in 2009, with the current iteration of Evolfo taking form in 2011. Last month, Evolfo released their debut LP Last Of The Acid Cowboys on Royal Potato Family. Matt is, or has been been, a member of Benjamin and the Dreamdancers, Holiday Mountain, Cherry Coals, and Kids Having Kids. We spoke to Matt in his living room on April 6th on the eve of the records’ release.

Mike with Take The L: All right, a normal day for you, Matt, what’s a day in the life of your life like when a record release is not imminent? Continue reading

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Review: Evolfo’s “The Last Of The Acid Cowboys”


Royal Potato Family released Evolfo’s debut LP The Last of the Acid Cowboys on April 7th, 2017. Today we’re posting a review by our very own Nathan Livingston. Tonight Alphaville (Brooklyn) is hosting Evolfo’s The Last of the Acid Cowboys release party. We highly recommend grabbing a ticket and/or buying the album.

The Last of the Acid Cowboys is the sound of a Saturday night that refuses to end.

Check to make sure you have everything: jacket, keys, flask, a destination, and good shoes. Tonight you go dancing. The subway is loud. The Brooklyn streets are inviting. The stages are lit all night. Just pick a door and walk in. Chances are that somewhere on this Saturday night there is a band a lot like Evolfo playing through the night. Continue reading

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Interview: Jordan Reynolds is Rose Hotel


A discussion with Jordan Reynolds — veggies, Patti Smith, new music, and Kings of Leon.

Jordan Reynolds is Rose Hotel. She was previously a member of Buffalo Rodeo and lives in Bowling Green, Kentucky — for now. She has an EP slated for a summer release and is often found playing shows in the Midwest. We spoke to her using the internet on 2016’s Winter Solstice.

Mike with Take The L: I know you traveled today so it was not exactly a normal day, but walk me through a day in the life of Jordan Reynolds.

Jordan: Well every day is a little bit different, I don’t have any specific routine. I don’t have a job with a set schedule so literally every single day is a bit different as far as what I’m doing. Continue reading

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Interview: Brett Mattox is The Northwest Man


A discussion with Brett Mattox — Granny Smith, dreams, voice memos, and NASCAR.

W Brett Mattox is The Northwest Man. He was previously a member of The Whiskers and resides in Talladega, Alabama. This is where he makes music. You may not hear it in his singing voice, but he speaks with a southern accent. He most recently released The Past Is The Present on Rochester, New York’s Awkwardcore Records. We spoke to Brett using the internet on December 16th.

Mike with Take The L: Woke up, fell out of bed. What’s next for you, in a normal day?

Brett: I guess the first thing I do is get out of bed, get some water, browse the internet, and then get dressed and go to work. I live where I work, so the commute is not very far. Then I’m just at work all day. I don’t necessarily like my job, but it’s convenient.

M: What is it?

B: I work at a Christian Baptist conference center and it’s the only job I’ve ever had. I got hired when I was 17 and I’m now 29. I was on summer staff for three years and then dropped out of college and just kind of fell into a full time job here and haven’t left. I live here, which means I have extra money. Continue reading

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