Tilly and the Wall: Alligator Skin

“That’s how it’s got to be.”

Tilly and the Wall get a little weird here at the end of Alligator Skin. Upon first listen of the O album, this is about where my interest piqued. Read more


Tilly and the Wall: Cacophany

“How long will it be?”

Cacophany first appeared on Tilly and the Wall’s Beat Control EP, and make its encore on O. I think it has a bit of a Latin feel to it, owing to the horns. Judging from the video above, it apparently had something to do with the late 90210 Television series of the 2008-2013 era. I’ve never seen it. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Cathode Ray


“Doesn’t know what time it is, or the mood that he’s in.”

Disc No. 4 in the #LastDayAtAKA series is this apparently self-titled 1993 EP from a local band named Cathode Ray. They don’t seem to have an internet presence that I can find, so you’ll have to use your imagination on the music: a sort of lumbering, chime- and organ-laden, slow and psychedelic hard rock. Read more

Kristian, Shalabi, St-Onge: Building a Rope

Disc No. 3 in the series, #LastDayAtAKA series is the eponymously titled Kristian, Shalabi, St-Onge album, which features the work experimental musicians David Kristian, Sam Shalabi, and Alexandre St-Onge. I must have bought it because the album art suggested a dark, experimental affair, and the instrumentation list looked interesting. Read more

Boredoms: Super Roots


Just after I bought these 24 or some odd CDs from a.k.a music at their store closing sale in the summer of 2015, I ripped exactly five of them to my computer before putting that project on hold. You see, if I were to have ripped all 24 or some odd new-to-me CDs to my computer in one shot, several surely would have gone unappreciated in the inundation. I decided then, instead, that I should listen to these CDs in extended marathon form, writing about my experiences as I go. The first of the first five CDs I ripped was Boredoms’ Super Roots, from 1993. It’s a short one. As an EP it clocks in at various times under 20 minutes, depending on which release you grab. Read more

Tame Impala: Cause I’m a Man

“Don’t always think before I do.”

I’m wrapping up Currents today with the second single from the album, after Let it Happen, which was Cause I’m a Man. I would call this the highlight of the album, musically, even thought he lyrics are a bit annoying. It’s a sort of long, blithering apology for some unnamed transgression toward a woman. The excuse he gives for his behavior is that, “He’s a man.” Read more

Tame Impala: Gossip

Gossip is another “intermission” song that’s just as good as the full length ones. In this case, Mr. Parker and the band seem to have drawn heavily from Philip Glass. I can’t help but hear a little of Glass’s Are Years What? (for Marianne Moore) every time Gossip comes on. Read more