Month: December 2019

AMBASSADOR ENGINE – LIVE DISMALLY EP (ACT SO BIG FOREST, 2010)

It has occurred to me, in writing these funny little posts about the weird and wonderful world of musical meanderings, that you, the readers, may be interested to know more details about the histories behind some of the artists that we cover here at the TOME. Come to think of it, I myself would like to know more …

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MI AMI – STEAL YOUR FACE (THRILL JOCKEY, 2010)

…Fully engaging Steal Your Face is a tricky thing to do. In just over a year Mi Ami have managed to gut their dub-heavy, post-punk African polyrhythm and emerge with something that shoves the abrasiveness, no-wave guitar squalor, and percussion-as-weapon drumming to the front of the mix. The unrestrained viciousness that rode shotgun to Mi …

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BRAID – VINYL REISSUES

In commemoration of the Polyvinyl reissue of Braid’s earliest albums and singles/b-sides/rarities collections, as well as my subsequent interview with Braid frontman Bob Nanna for SLUG on tuesday, I am dedicating this round of FRIDAY NOSTALGIA!! (remember all caps, two exclamation marks) to my favorite high school band of all time. Picking up Braid’s Movie Music Vol. One at Angelo’s Records in Littleton …

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BOY FRUIT – FROOT DA LOOP (NEVER COME DOWN, 2010)

Welcome to the second installment of the Tome’s coverage of the interstellar weirdness that is Boy Fruit. Boy Fruit’s last release, or should I say last month’s release (this dude is the Fassbinder of bedroom drone-pop), was rightfully praised up and down by Crawf (read here). It seemed Crawf couldn’t get enough of Fruit’s oozing, …

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THE TALLEST MAN ON EARTH – THE WILD HUNT (DEAD OCEANS, 2010)

This is why it seems kind of pointless to compare someone to Bob Dylan in this day and age. Just about every country and generation has had their uber-talented, incredibly prolific phenom that gets the “next Dylan” tag slapped on them. Not that this would be the worst thing in the world. Dylan is easily the most beloved …

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R.I.P GURU

Welcome once again to this week’s edition of ‘FRIDAY NOSTALGIA!!’ I’m not exactly sure why that has to appear in all caps and with two exclamation points, but that’s how Ryan started these things, and what with my obsessive-compulsive attitude towards blog-roll consistency, that’s how she stays. So be it. You may have heard the …

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THE CONSULATE GENERAL – PERSON NUMBER (CIRCLE INTO SQUARE, 2010)

It’s not likely you’ve heard the name “Consulate General” in your weekly indie-nerd sewing-circles. Yet. You may, however, recognize the name Alexander Chen, who is this relatively new project’s mastermind, also of a certain TOME fav known as Boy in Static previously gushed upon (and rightfully so) by our wonderful command-itor-in-chief Ryan Hall sometime last year. This …

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