Audrey Horne – Blackout

“What happened to Audrey Horne?” It was a question that permeated much of last year’s Twin Peaks revival, and one which lingers long after its close. Yet, while the cult TV series’ timely return has brought such bygone contemplation to the forefront of contemporary pop culture, that very same question has been pressing upon my mind with regard to the musical sphere for some time now. Having peaked with their eponymous third album in 2010, this once lively group of Norwegians (who take their name from a prominent character in David Lynch and Mark Frost’s cult television series, in case that introduction made absolutely no sense to you) seemed to degenerate—much like Twin Peaks itself—from underappreciated semi-cult act to middling pastiche with their two subsequent records. However—again, much like the origin of their namesake—Blackout sees this bunch of retro-rock worshiping ragtags return with their strongest offering in years.

Heavy Vanguard Episode 3: Captain Beefheart // Trout Mask Replica

A squid eating dough in a polyethylene bag is fast and bulbous. Got me? Ahem…I mean: welcome back to another (hopefully) enthralling episode of Heavy Vanguard! Apologies for the two-week delay in episodes. For some reason, the WordPress scheduling program doesn’t like this article very much. Today we’ve got what is possibly the…

Dragged Into Sunlight – Widowmaker

Dragged Into Sunlight Widowmaker 01.  Part I 02. Part II 03. Part III [11/06/12] [Prosthetic Records]   Sparse, haunting chords are what greets you during the opening of Widowmaker. It’s a million miles away from the dirty and crusty doom that acted as your entry into Dragged into Sunlight’s debut Hatred For…