Decoder Ring

Jan 7th, 2010 Shoegazer steve 1 min read

I’ve been a procrastinator most of my life. My mom knows it. I know it. You know it. But I truly have been working on the Best of 2009 podcast, hopefully recording it tonight or definitely over the weekend. In the meantime, check out my SK Best of records over to the right in the sidebar, and enjoy this post, that has been sitting in…

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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…

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…

Mice Parade

May 10th, 2007 Rock, Shoegazer steve 1 min read

I used to loathe hippies. Not really for any particular reason; it was just part of the code lived by the young indie/punk rocker. No hippies. Sure, the reverence to shitty bands like Phish and the exaggerated use of patchouli always irked me, but god damn if those hippies weren’t always smoking the best wacky tabacky. Now older, none the wiser, I realize that to…

Yppah

Dec 18th, 2006 Electronic/Dance, Shoegazer steve 2 min read

Today’s post starts a busy week for scissorkick before a short holiday break. Wednesday will mark the introduction of our very first ScissorCast which is basically a pre-recorded hour-long radio show that can be downloaded to the portable media player of your choice. We don’t play favorites here. Then Friday, we will list our Top 25 Records of the Year, which we always look forward…

Christopher Willits

Oct 6th, 2006 Downtempo, Electronic/Dance, Shoegazer steve 1 min read

October 17th marks the release date of new Ghostly artist Christopher Willets’ Surf Boundaries. A beautiful piece of post-shoegazer guitar and electronics, it represents a narcotic blend of melodic, ambient drone and pastoral, at times, uplifting playing and programming. Glitchy yet highly listenable, Willits mixes his/her vocals into an ambiguous, heavenly concoction and literally surfs the boundary between experimental and accessible. There are moments of…

Relay

Aug 30th, 2006 Rock, Shoegazer steve 1 min read

I’m not sure what prompted me to pick up Swervedriver’s classic Raise back in high school, but ever since then I’ve had a real soft spot for swirling, shoegazing guitar rock. Add some solid melodic direction underneath the wall of sound and you end up with some of the all time classics — Daydream Nation, Loveless and Souvlaki for starters. While Philadephia’s Relay are not…