Ruben’s Prime Slices of the Week (2/11-2/17)

OughtRoom Inside The World (post punk, art rock)

Ought’s latest album manages to be thrilling and repetitious at the same time. Room Inside The World incorporates more synths than Ought’s previous work without taking focus away from the unique guitar lines and idiosyncratic vocals.

Favorite Tracks: Disgraced In America, Take Everything, These 3 Things

Chemtrails – Calf of The Sacred Cow (Garage Rock, Pop)

If trash pop was an official genre, Chemtrails could be the textbook example. Calf of The Sacred Cow brings to mind the late great Jay Reatard but with a 21st century chip tune spin. As the band name might suggest, there’s a certain playfulness to the whines and snarls found in Chemtrails music. It is a thoroughly fun album without being annoyingly so.

Favorite Tracks: Killer or a Punchline, Watch Evil Grow, Milked

Ruben’s Prime Slices of the Week

PalmRock Island (Math Rock, Indie Rock)

Math rock for people who hate math rock. Palm uses repetition and a cutting pop melodic sense to paint emotional pictures within the tropes of a genre that is too often devoid of feeling. Rock Island is one of the freshest sounding rock records of the past few years.

Favorite Tracks: Composite, (Didn’t What You Want) Happen, Dog Milk, Pearly

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Interview: Erin Birgy of Mega Bog

Erin playing with Mega Bog at The Sinclair (Jan 24 2018)

I got a chance to sit down with Erin Birgy, the mastermind behind avant-garde pop band Mega Bog, before their show at the Sinclair with Destroyer. Here are some of her thoughts on music, Star Trek and pierogies:

Ruben: Is there a motif or concept that tends to drive your music?

Erin: Suffering (laughs). I think there’s a lot to be said. Actually one of my favorite writers passed away yesterday, Ursula Le Guin. In one of her books she talks about how the whole purpose of human, or what it is to be human, is to share and absorb other people’s suffering and make it less of a burden on one person. To like actually take that pain into yourself so you will feel bad but you will be helping somebody else feel less bad. I think that’s a lot of what it’s about and lot of where writing and songs come from. Continue reading “Interview: Erin Birgy of Mega Bog”