Settle for a draw

It’s raining outside, I’m on the subway. The year is 2016, it doesn’t look like it. But then again, what does a year look like? Doesn’t matter, I’m listless to time. Drowsy and toneless. Frustrated, I guess, but it’s probably because of the time. It’s about 7:43 p.m. and the twilight lasts to end. I’m […]

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Burn your fire for no witness

Those who have followed the blog since its start know I’m a sucker for lo-fi, minimalist, voice-driven stuff. Angel Olsen’s Burn Your Fire for No Witness is an impressive sophomore album by the St. Louis, Missouri songstress, after the less flashy and definitely less cohesive Half Way Home. It just has something else this time […]

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Jazz Impressions from Japan

Picture yourself drinking coffee at a small café right in front of Tokyo’s bay. Not only are you in Japan, but you also have some unusual company. Well, not any random, tedious company, in fact, why don’t we dream big? Imagine the Dave Brubeck Quartet playing right next to you, in all their glory and genius. That’s […]

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When psychedelia takes hold

There’s been a recent interest and resurgence in blues and psychedelic rock since the turn of the century through several revivalist acts that’re bringing that aspect back into modern rock music. Some of them come from unlikely places: Sonic Flower is a spin-off group of Church of Misery, a well-known Japanese doom metal band, where […]

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The mythologically-inclined post-hardcore… blues?

Holy Vacants is the 4th album by the New Jersey band Trophy Scars. It’s one of the most conceptual notable pieces of music out last year to the general public, and it will send the mythology, religion and conspiracy-interested crowd into fits of reference-induced joy. The album was originally envisioned as a 35-page screenplay – […]

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INTERVIEW: Michalis Kontaxakis

Hello dear Zavodovskians! The Monks have been sailing the musical seas for quite a while now. Album reviews have been our main focus, but to reach those who really live music is something we ought to achieve. Hence, Monk Berkemeier went out the Island to meet, even if virtually, Michalis Kontaxakis, one of the best […]

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Let’s get lost…

Chano, Chatham’s own, Chancelor Bennett, Chance The Rapper are all the names of the Chicago-originated independent rapper, who was propelled to notoriety following the release of his second mixtape, Acid Rap. But what’s so cool about this mixtape? It’s filled with mentions to Chance’s affinity to acid and weed, for starters. But what jumps out […]

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