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Phone Home

Oct 26th, 2010 Indie, Instrumental steve 1 min read

It’s a real shortcoming of Hallmark as a company, that they don’t offer a “Post-Rock brings families together” greeting card. New York’s Phone Home is the second duo of brothers (the awesome Lymbyc Systym is the other) to channel potential angsty rivalry into beautiful musical alchemy

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Spokes

Aug 25th, 2009 Indie, Instrumental, Post-Rock, Shoegazer steve 1 min read

To be truthful, I rely on the RIYL picks to do a lot of the work for me. I could go on and on about a band, but if you know your shit like most of you do — and know the bands I use as similar recommendations — than really there’s no reason to read this. And today’s post is probably the best use…

From Monument to Masses

Mar 22nd, 2009 Instrumental, Rock steve 2 min read

Contemporary Instrumental Rock has always been on the outside looking in, indifferent to trends, deferential to personal connection and probably, by its own admission, a little bit nerdy (in the best possible way.)

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Cornershop

Dec 10th, 2008 Breakbeat, Instrumental steve 1 min read

Totally hot new spot from Nike. As soon as I saw this for the first time — rather, as soon as I heard it (I was away from the TV) — I knew this was a new Nike spot. They consistently utilize top notch music supervision. I’m lucky enough to be one of a select few to have landed a copy of the the Nike/Lebron/RZA…

Red Snapper

Aug 8th, 2008 Acid Jazz, Instrumental steve 2 min read

So imagine my surprise — thinking Red Snapper had gone the way of so many bands before them — when a brand new record shows up in my mailbox from Red Snapper. The original Red Snapper.

Blktop Project

Jun 28th, 2008 Downtempo, Instrumental, Jazz, Soul steve 1 min read

“How did I not know about this group?!” It’s one of the most satisfying questions music fans can ask themselves. You work hard to follow an artist, group, or label, constantly staying on top of releases yet still an entire project can exist under your astute radar. Such is the Blktop Project for SK, a veritable personal supergroup of some of my favorite artists working…

Nomo

Jun 20th, 2008 Afrobeat, Instrumental steve 2 min read

Michigan-based ensemble Nomo are back with their newest, Ghost Rock, just in time for the summer heatwaves that will undoubtedly settle upon us. I know I have today’s post categorized under “afrobeat” but the truth is that Nomo’s sound is much broader, fusing krautrock’s repetition, the deepness of funk, the borderless perspective of world music, the virtuosity of jazz and the sonic palettes of modern…

Human Bell

May 22nd, 2008 Folk/Acoustic, Indie, Instrumental, Post-Rock, Rock steve 1 min read

Introspective track today I guess. Just heard word that our friends Adam and Amy had a baby a few days ago and my old friends Pete and Tracy should be bringing their first into the world any minute now. All this new life, these literal positive changes in the fortunes of parents and their children seems well-suited for Human Bell’s “A Change in Fortunes.” What…

Syme (remixed by Bjorn Torske)

Feb 25th, 2008 Indie, Instrumental, Post-Rock, Shoegazer steve 1 min read

I’m glad that advanced album PR seems to have shifted almost entirely to the digital realm. Sure, I still get the occasional CD or 7″ sent over, but the majority of correspondence has clearly moved toward email. It makes discovery that much easier, when all a prospective writer or blogger need do is follow a link or download a track. Norwegian quart Syme is the…

Keston and Westdal

Feb 14th, 2008 Downtempo, Electronic/Dance, IDM, Instrumental steve 1 min read

Here’s a nerd fantasy for you: Tortoise covering Boards of Canada’s “Roygbiv” with Quincy Jones producing. Yeah, it’s totally unrealistic, perhaps even a slight bit musically incongruous, but I don’t give a fuck. I think that would be sick. It is just a dream after all. Now, I couldn’t in good conscience say that Minneapolis duo Keston and Westdal are in that orbit just yet,…

Eliot Lipp

Jan 31st, 2008 Electro, Electronic/Dance, Glitch, IDM, Instrumental steve 2 min read

Happy to report that longtime SK favorite and fellow Brooklyn resident Eliot Lipp has a new album slated for release on March 4th on Mush records, home of Bibio, Lymbyc Systym, Caural, et al. His last LP, Tacoma Mockingbird was one of last year’s gems, a brilliant collection of melody-drenched, hip-hop- and techno-informed electro-funk that set the bar high for a production career with loads…