Autolux is back after their typical 6 year hiatus with their third album, Pussy’s Dead.

I like the way it kicks off with ‘Selectallcopy’ which starts off mellow with Greg Edwards and his Lennon-esque voice before some distorted guitar rakes in half way through it.

The likely lead single, the second track Soft Scene, is probably one of the least accessible tracks on the album and is more electronic/experimental. The last minute of it sounds like an extended remix.

Hamster Suite and Junk for Code continue the Radiohead Kid-A sounding vibe which frankly kinda bores me here. Maybe with repeated listens I’ll grow to appreciate them but after a few tries I don’t see me coming back to them much. They both feel like they definitely have something there as Junk for Code has a great chorus with a lot of hope but feels too hushed, and the rest of the song and its verses just seem rambling and unfinished.

Anonymous brings back the Lennon-as-Radiohead sound with Greg slowly singing over a piano with some electronica beats over top.

If I was new to Autolux and this was my first taste, I probably wouldn’t venture far after the first few tracks and it’s the second half of the album that I like most.

After Anonymous it gets kicking with Brainwasher, Reappearing, and Change My Head. They are more my speed and those are the ones with one foot in the Future Perfect world. They show their Beatles and psychedelic rock influences versus the earlier electronica influenced tracks.

Pussy’s Dead is good but this listener has yet to fall in love with this much electronica/experimentalism. I also don’t get the overall album arrangement though maybe that’ll become more obvious, and some songs just don’t feel finished which is an odd thought to have seeing how it’s been 6 years since the previous album, Transit Transit.

In the end I don’t think any of the songs are as strong as the best tracks on Future Perfect. Future Perfect was a favorite from 2004 and easily one of my top 20 from the 2000s.


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Skaters release new track Head On To Nowhere

by chris on January 29, 2016

Skaters release new track Head On To Nowhere. Read the interview at Consequence of Sound.

Listen via either Soundcloud or Spotify below.


Diiv’s new album, ‘Is The Is Are’ is streaming now

January 29, 2016

“Is The Is Are” is DIIV’s new double album. The official release date is Feb. 5th, 2016.

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Favorite Albums of 2015

December 29, 2015

These were my most listened to albums that were released in 2015. Listed in alphabetical order: Autobahn – Dissemble (post-punk) Beach House – Thank Your Lucky Stars (dream pop) Beach Slang – The Things We Do To Find People Who Feel Like Us (indie rock) Crocodiles – Boys (shoegaze) Deerhunter – Fading Frontier (indie rock, […]

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San Francisco Bay Area live music venues – seating capacity

November 19, 2015

This was originally posted here about a decade ago and is due for an update as there have been many changes. Venue Capacity   The Hemlock San Francisco 55 [info] Hotel Utah San Francisco 88 [info] Thee Parkside San Francisco 100 Red Devil Lounge San Francisco 200 [info] Brick and Mortar San Francisco 250 [info] […]

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Spotify – Discover Weekly playlist and music discovery

October 8, 2015

There is a recent article written by Ben Popper on The Verge about Spotify’s new Discover Weekly feature. These are my thoughts. I realize my listening tastes and habits are not only unique to me but fall into a very small percentage of listeners who almost obsessively seeks out up-and-coming artists and dives into the […]

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The Chameleons embark on US tour (Interpol, Editors, post-punk)

August 27, 2015

The Chameleons UK, an 80s alternative/post-punk band, who influenced modern bands like Interpol, The Editors, Oasis, and The Verve, are playing at San Francisco’s Elbo Room​ on Sept. 21. (Mark Burgess, the original singer, with a backing band.) event info: The ChameleonsVox w/ Soft Kill & All Your Sisters​ (similar to The Psychedelic Furs, Echo […]

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Apple Music, this is the savior?

June 30, 2015

Today Apple released their new Apple Music application and streaming music service, which includes a redesigned Music app for iOS and iTunes for desktops. It also includes a new live radio called Beats 1. Apple is supposed to be the epitome of design. Simultaneously making something simple and intuitive yet engaging at the same time. […]

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Jack Ladder and the Dreamlanders

May 7, 2015

A new 2015 release from Australia’s Jack Ladder and the Dreamlanders.  Recommended if you like Nick Cave or perhaps the baritone voice of The National’s Matt Berninger if he sang for a more 80s new wave band.  

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