Backtrack: Various Artists The Golden Apples Of The Sun

Looking back, it's actually difficult to capture just how weird and momentous the freak folk movement of the first half of the 2000s felt. It…
Sam Hockley-Smith | September 25, 2013 - 4:28 pm

Backtrack: Halo Benders God Don’t Make No Junk

Having spare time is important. That goes without saying. But considering none of us have it ever, maybe it's worth saying again. Listening to the…
Sam Hockley-Smith | September 11, 2013 - 12:52 pm

Backtrack: Doug Martsch Now You Know

Built To Spill's Doug Martsch released one solo album, Now You Know, in 2002. It's not that different from a Built To Spill record --…
Sam Hockley-Smith | September 5, 2013 - 2:23 pm

Backtrack: Built To Spill You In Reverse

The strangest musical moment of my adult life came when I discovered that a lot of my friends were jam band people. It's not like…
Sam Hockley-Smith | August 29, 2013 - 1:41 pm

Backtrack: Modest Mouse The Lonesome Crowded West

Modest Mouse grew up in public, but popular opinion is that they really truly figured it out with 2000's The Moon & Antarctica, creating one…
Sam Hockley-Smith | August 21, 2013 - 4:57 pm

Backtrack: Shocking Pinks Shocking Pinks

Three songs into New Zealand-based Shocking Pinks' self-titled 2007 record, frontman and only consistent member Nick Harte sings, "Take some medicine, get a bandage, shoot…
Sam Hockley-Smith | August 15, 2013 - 12:43 pm

Backtrack: Studio West Coast

Studio were the Gothenburg, Sweden-based duo of Dan Lissvik and Rasmus Hägg. Their output, which consists of a series of singles that were later collected,…
Sam Hockley-Smith | August 8, 2013 - 3:32 pm

Backtrack: Love Is All Nine Times That Same Song

We're all victims of our Instagram accounts. There's an impulse to do things constantly so we can capture them to preserve the memory of a…
Sam Hockley-Smith | July 31, 2013 - 12:37 pm

Backtrack: WU LYF Go Tell Fire To The Mountain

Mary Karr's Cherry is a memoir about becoming a teenager. As the book progresses and she gets older, she finds herself in that position that…
Sam Hockley-Smith | July 17, 2013 - 6:04 pm

Backtrack: No Age Weirdo Rippers

When Sonic Youth's Daydream Nation came out, I was four. As I got older and started actually caring about music, the album occupied a weird…
Sam Hockley-Smith | July 10, 2013 - 1:41 pm

Backtrack: Panda Bear Person Pitch

Growing up, I tricked myself into thinking I was an idealist. I don't think this was especially uncommon for people my age. When you're a…
Sam Hockley-Smith | July 3, 2013 - 12:12 pm

Backtrack: Animal Collective Campfire Songs

Aging gracefully -- particularly in the context of music -- usually means that a band manages to inch their sound forward without losing sight of…
Sam Hockley-Smith | June 26, 2013 - 12:22 pm

Backtrack: Gang Gang Dance God’s Money

Gang Gang Dance's 2005 record God's Money used to feel difficult. To put it in context, at the time, seeing Gang Gang Dance live wa…
Sam Hockley-Smith | June 19, 2013 - 3:21 pm

Backtrack: Out Hud S.T.R.E.E.T. D.A.D.

You can always keep going. You can always do more. One more word, one more mile, one more hour. It's as good as it i…
Sam Hockley-Smith | June 12, 2013 - 4:10 pm

Backtrack: Liars Drum’s Not Dead

At various points in musical history, if you were a certain kind of musician with a certain set of obsessions, making an intricately layered, impossibly…
Sam Hockley-Smith | June 5, 2013 - 3:41 pm

Backtrack: TV On The Radio Return To Cookie Mountain

In 2006, I was living in New York, breathlessly anticipating the release of both Justin Timberlake's FutureSex/LoveSounds and TV on the Radio's Return to Cookie
Sam Hockley-Smith | May 29, 2013 - 5:18 pm

Backtrack: Woods At Rear House

Jobs were passed down generationally between strangers. One guy became an editor at a magazine, but used to be a music buyer at Mondo Kim'…
Sam Hockley-Smith | May 22, 2013 - 2:53 pm

Backtrack: Phosphorescent Pride

Recently, Matthew Houck, aka Phosphorescent, played at New York's Bowery Ballroom in celebration of the release of his latest album Muchacho, which is by no…
Sam Hockley-Smith | May 16, 2013 - 1:36 pm

Backtrack: Castanets City Of Refuge

If Nina Nastasia and Jim White made an album that acted as an intimate conversation between their audience and themselves, then Ray Raposa's Castanets project…
Sam Hockley-Smith | May 8, 2013 - 3:53 pm

Backtrack: Jim White & Nina Nastasia You Follow Me

Writing about Jim White's drumming is difficult. Last week, I covered Chan Marshall, aka Cat Power's seminal Moon Pix, an album that benefits as much…
Sam Hockley-Smith | May 1, 2013 - 5:37 pm