The recent weakening of the persistent cyclone a.k.a. the “North Polar Vortex” is probably why I am listening to this tape. Fern Records of Northern Illinois put out this compilation tape, with songs that the creator fell in love with while being chilled to the bone well into March 2014. I jived the most with a song called “God Made Television For A Reason” by the band formerly known as “Toast”, a math rock band from Monroe, Louisiana that is now called Yowzah. 

Inside the Wardian Case - A Fern Records Compilation by Toast

If the polar vortex comes back with a vengeance, I’d love to see another compilation, Fern Records! 

In the meantime, stay toasty, friends.
-Ethan

The recent weakening of the persistent cyclone a.k.a. the “North Polar Vortex” is probably why I am listening to this tape. Fern Records of Northern Illinois put out this compilation tape, with songs that the creator fell in love with while being chilled to the bone well into March 2014. I jived the most with a song called “God Made Television For A Reason” by the band formerly known as “Toast”, a math rock band from Monroe, Louisiana that is now called Yowzah.

If the polar vortex comes back with a vengeance, I’d love to see another compilation, Fern Records!

In the meantime, stay toasty, friends.
-Ethan

Silenced No is about as 80’s influenced as one can get without conforming to a trend. Combining sounds we know and love, from programmed, technical drum rhythms to New Order esque basslines - post-punk gets an update. 

Silenced No by Cumbres Carrascosa

Cumbres Carrascosa, otherwise known as Miguel Cámara, allows a certain sadness to resonate within his vocal tone. We as listeners build up the image of an individual longing for something they cannot have – not an uncommon frontman persona, yet still a painfully beautiful vision of desperation. Throughout the albums 7 tracks, Cámara spills lyrical poetry beneath the scenes of juxtaposing upbeat synthesizer, and title track Silenced No brings all to a cinematic close with grave bass lines and the last somber breaths of an otherwise dreamy album. 

Available @ www.racecarproductions.bandcamp.com

- Luke Bartlett
Silenced No is about as 80’s influenced as one can get without conforming to a trend. Combining sounds we know and love, from programmed, technical drum rhythms to New Order esque basslines - post-punk gets an update. 

Silenced No by Cumbres Carrascosa

Cumbres Carrascosa, otherwise known as Miguel Cámara, allows a certain sadness to resonate within his vocal tone. We as listeners build up the image of an individual longing for something they cannot have – not an uncommon frontman persona, yet still a painfully beautiful vision of desperation. Throughout the albums 7 tracks, Cámara spills lyrical poetry beneath the scenes of juxtaposing upbeat synthesizer, and title track Silenced No brings all to a cinematic close with grave bass lines and the last somber breaths of an otherwise dreamy album. 

Available @ www.racecarproductions.bandcamp.com

- Luke Bartlett
Silenced No is about as 80’s influenced as one can get without conforming to a trend. Combining sounds we know and love, from programmed, technical drum rhythms to New Order esque basslines - post-punk gets an update. 

Silenced No by Cumbres Carrascosa

Cumbres Carrascosa, otherwise known as Miguel Cámara, allows a certain sadness to resonate within his vocal tone. We as listeners build up the image of an individual longing for something they cannot have – not an uncommon frontman persona, yet still a painfully beautiful vision of desperation. Throughout the albums 7 tracks, Cámara spills lyrical poetry beneath the scenes of juxtaposing upbeat synthesizer, and title track Silenced No brings all to a cinematic close with grave bass lines and the last somber breaths of an otherwise dreamy album. 

Available @ www.racecarproductions.bandcamp.com

- Luke Bartlett

Silenced No is about as 80’s influenced as one can get without conforming to a trend. Combining sounds we know and love, from programmed, technical drum rhythms to New Order esque basslines - post-punk gets an update.

Cumbres Carrascosa, otherwise known as Miguel Cámara, allows a certain sadness to resonate within his vocal tone. We as listeners build up the image of an individual longing for something they cannot have – not an uncommon frontman persona, yet still a painfully beautiful vision of desperation. Throughout the albums 7 tracks, Cámara spills lyrical poetry beneath the scenes of juxtaposing upbeat synthesizer, and title track Silenced No brings all to a cinematic close with grave bass lines and the last somber breaths of an otherwise dreamy album.

Available @ www.racecarproductions.bandcamp.com

- Luke Bartlett

I am always enlivened by an acoustic performance at any BART station in the Bay Area, because sometimes the BART experience can really suck the living shit out of you. Kevin Sullivan of Field Medic (and also Rin Tin Tiger) busks for some his living at BART stations, singing a sad but pretty tune. His new album P E G A S U S T H O T Z is catchy, folky, and will no doubt get you thinking about lovers past and present.

P E G A S U S T H O T Z by Field Medic

Sullivan speaks of losing sympathy, mulls over impulse and making mistakes, and wonders how it’s just so easy to fuck it all up. On “a pikture of you” I feel like I can even imagine someone laughing with a “stone henge smile” (what a lyric)

P E G A S U S T H O T Z is out on cassette in a limited run of 100 and it sounds like there’s a secret EP on the other side, so run on over to the bandcamp to pick it up! Don’t see any shows for Field Medic at the moment, but I really hope to see him on my commute one of these days. 
-Ethan

I am always enlivened by an acoustic performance at any BART station in the Bay Area, because sometimes the BART experience can really suck the living shit out of you. Kevin Sullivan of Field Medic (and also Rin Tin Tiger) busks for some his living at BART stations, singing a sad but pretty tune. His new album P E G A S U S T H O T Z is catchy, folky, and will no doubt get you thinking about lovers past and present.

Sullivan speaks of losing sympathy, mulls over impulse and making mistakes, and wonders how it’s just so easy to fuck it all up. On “a pikture of you” I feel like I can even imagine someone laughing with a “stone henge smile” (what a lyric)

P E G A S U S T H O T Z is out on cassette in a limited run of 100 and it sounds like there’s a secret EP on the other side, so run on over to the bandcamp to pick it up! Don’t see any shows for Field Medic at the moment, but I really hope to see him on my commute one of these days.
-Ethan

Haunter first caught my attention via Otherworldly Mystics, a Virginia based label clearly devoted to the spreading of great music in neat little packages. Characteristic shoe-gaze kinda vibes from dudes who sounded fresh from the small, dark confines of a basement somewhere had me falling in love. 

Haunter by Haunter

This self-titled EP delivers a little more than your average grunge-laden collection of instrumentals and faded vocals though. They’re self-coined as a ‘dreamy boy band’ and I couldn’t find myself the time to disagree. Totally dreamy  - and given half a chance this 5 track will indeed haunt your dreams. 
There’s a poisonous calm surrounding this record. It keeps you settled, content, and then introduces a  barbiturate quality that sends you crawling back to the beginning for another pop.  

Favourite track is second up - ‘Breather’ - which drifts lazily between moments of serenity and driven anger – the perfect blend. 

Check them out here.


- Luke Bartlett
Haunter first caught my attention via Otherworldly Mystics, a Virginia based label clearly devoted to the spreading of great music in neat little packages. Characteristic shoe-gaze kinda vibes from dudes who sounded fresh from the small, dark confines of a basement somewhere had me falling in love. 

Haunter by Haunter

This self-titled EP delivers a little more than your average grunge-laden collection of instrumentals and faded vocals though. They’re self-coined as a ‘dreamy boy band’ and I couldn’t find myself the time to disagree. Totally dreamy  - and given half a chance this 5 track will indeed haunt your dreams. 
There’s a poisonous calm surrounding this record. It keeps you settled, content, and then introduces a  barbiturate quality that sends you crawling back to the beginning for another pop.  

Favourite track is second up - ‘Breather’ - which drifts lazily between moments of serenity and driven anger – the perfect blend. 

Check them out here.


- Luke Bartlett
Aperture
f/3.5
Shutter Speed
1/20th
ISO
3200
Focal Length
18mm
Camera
Canon EOS 1100D
Haunter first caught my attention via Otherworldly Mystics, a Virginia based label clearly devoted to the spreading of great music in neat little packages. Characteristic shoe-gaze kinda vibes from dudes who sounded fresh from the small, dark confines of a basement somewhere had me falling in love. 

Haunter by Haunter

This self-titled EP delivers a little more than your average grunge-laden collection of instrumentals and faded vocals though. They’re self-coined as a ‘dreamy boy band’ and I couldn’t find myself the time to disagree. Totally dreamy  - and given half a chance this 5 track will indeed haunt your dreams. 
There’s a poisonous calm surrounding this record. It keeps you settled, content, and then introduces a  barbiturate quality that sends you crawling back to the beginning for another pop.  

Favourite track is second up - ‘Breather’ - which drifts lazily between moments of serenity and driven anger – the perfect blend. 

Check them out here.


- Luke Bartlett
Aperture
f/3.5
Shutter Speed
1/13th
ISO
3200
Focal Length
18mm
Camera
Canon EOS 1100D

Haunter first caught my attention via Otherworldly Mystics, a Virginia based label clearly devoted to the spreading of great music in neat little packages. Characteristic shoe-gaze kinda vibes from dudes who sounded fresh from the small, dark confines of a basement somewhere had me falling in love.

This self-titled EP delivers a little more than your average grunge-laden collection of instrumentals and faded vocals though. They’re self-coined as a ‘dreamy boy band’ and I couldn’t find myself the time to disagree. Totally dreamy - and given half a chance this 5 track will indeed haunt your dreams.
There’s a poisonous calm surrounding this record. It keeps you settled, content, and then introduces a barbiturate quality that sends you crawling back to the beginning for another pop.

Favourite track is second up - ‘Breather’ - which drifts lazily between moments of serenity and driven anger – the perfect blend.

Check them out here.


- Luke Bartlett

French Cassettes frontman Lorenzo Scott Huerta has a big, beautiful mouth. Huerta *belts* out some sexy, powerful, and anthemic notes in French Cassettes’ newest album Gold Youth.  

Gold Youth by French Cassettes

I was lucky enough to pick up this tape at one of their shows at the Bottom of the Hill with Black Cobra Vipers. Gold Youth is an album that will remind you to stay young and jazzy. Its feel good nature is the type that’ll pick you straight out of a Saturday daze and out into the warm sunshine.
-Ethan

French Cassettes frontman Lorenzo Scott Huerta has a big, beautiful mouth. Huerta *belts* out some sexy, powerful, and anthemic notes in French Cassettes’ newest album Gold Youth.

I was lucky enough to pick up this tape at one of their shows at the Bottom of the Hill with Black Cobra Vipers. Gold Youth is an album that will remind you to stay young and jazzy. Its feel good nature is the type that’ll pick you straight out of a Saturday daze and out into the warm sunshine.
-Ethan

Opening pastorally with air synths overs machined drums and keys banging Scammers proving that ‘TLC may be all I need.’ A fine album of electro pop rock, this is a cassette that is in constant rotation during cassette jockey sets. Moving from introspective to danciness, Cover You is an entirely organ-ic party album. 30 & Smokin is a favorite of mine, an ode to narcissistic nihilism, coincidentally, I picked up smoking again on my 33rd birthday.Cover You by Scammers
Look forward to stumbling on more Phil Diamond, I seriously love the unabashed punk funk of this tape. Available from Field Hymns.
-Vikram
Opening pastorally with air synths overs machined drums and keys banging Scammers proving that ‘TLC may be all I need.’ A fine album of electro pop rock, this is a cassette that is in constant rotation during cassette jockey sets. Moving from introspective to danciness, Cover You is an entirely organ-ic party album. 30 & Smokin is a favorite of mine, an ode to narcissistic nihilism, coincidentally, I picked up smoking again on my 33rd birthday.

Look forward to stumbling on more Phil Diamond, I seriously love the unabashed punk funk of this tape. Available from Field Hymns.
-Vikram
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