The Capsule Garden Vol 1.17: May 6, 2022

There was a lot of new music during this brutal week and in the bleakness, I am ever thankful for these sounds. It’s also Bandcamp day so, like every other day, it’s a good time to support artists. Any of these albums would be lovely additions to your collection. There’s also a new collaborative record between myself and Matt LaJoie (Herbcraft, Flower Room, Cursillistas, ML … Continue reading The Capsule Garden Vol 1.17: May 6, 2022

David Grubbs & Ryley Walker “A Tap On the Shoulder”

Some things simply make sense. A Tap On The Shoulder is the second collaborative effort from David Grubbs and Ryley Walker this year (the first being the excellent Fight or Flight Simulator on Cafe Oto’s Takuroku label) and it ravages the frame, causing this skeletal house of cards we’re juggling to fall to pieces. In the spaces left, Grubbs and Walker lift the emotional wreckage, gluing the scraps back … Continue reading David Grubbs & Ryley Walker “A Tap On the Shoulder”

Luggage “Happiness”

If I didn’t know any better, I’d think this was an unearthed gem from the height of Touch & Go’s classic era. On these six tracks, anxiety reigns supreme. The Chicago trio of Michael Vallera, Michael John Grant, and Luca Cimarusti create a desolate moment on Happiness with stark, tightly-wound songs that grind out the crevices where our deepest fears like to hide. Vallera’s incisive lyrics, half-sung, … Continue reading Luggage “Happiness”