Review: Disappears Combine Deep Krautrock Groove with Fugazi’s Sinister Snarl

Love these guys. Chi post-punks with a serious pedigree. Read via the A.V. Club.

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INCHES revs Sunn O))), Flying Lotus + House Shoes, Russian Circles, Langley Sisters [MP3s]

A brand new installment of L.A.’s taste-making vinyl column, INCHES, has officially dropped. New and recent, some deluxe, wax releases from doom kings Sunn O))), Low End Theory figurehead Flying Lotus, Detroit producer House Shoes, Chicago post-metalleers Russian Circles, and Britain’s old fashioned Langley Sisters. MP3s, photography, reviews.

Behold, the first release to earn a space-swallowing vertical shot:

Sunn O))), "Monoliths & Dimensions"

New Magazine! Plus, Words on Cool Kids, U-N-I, Themselves, and Anti-pop Consortium

Print ain’t dead, it just shrunk. To wit, Blink Media has just started up a brand new, free L.A.-circulated magazine dubbed Poptimist. It just so happens that said mag could fit into one’s back pocket, and without the classic rolling method that’s loosened so many perfect bindings. I haven’t held a copy in my hand yet, but I do have experience with these things, and I’d guess Poptimist‘s specs to be roughly 10 inches high by 6 wide. Though, if you click here, it can be however big you’d like it to. Once you’re firmly ensconced in those digital pages, you may want to turn to:

Page 24, for an update from Chicago hipster hoppers The Cool Kids.
Page 26, to explore the fabric of Compton’s fashion-forward U-N-I.
Page 45, for a critical take on Anti-Pop Consortium’s Flourescent Black.
Page 47, to read an overdue lauding of Themselves’ latest, CrownsDown.

Q&A: Tortoise talks aging, crit backlash, Dilla

Chicago post-rock juggernaut Tortoise has been with us for nearly 20 years, turning genre, and the band’s own history, on its head with each new album. Beacons Of Ancestry might be the first to display an overt hip-hop influence — and to feature thrash metal. I recently spoke to multi-instrumentalist Dan Bitney, who waxed profuse on J Dilla, the last album’s critical backlash, and growing older with Tortoise.

Below, the band’s latest video.