Review – The Mirror Explodes by The Warlocks

I remember reading some bad reviews of The Warlocks in the past, but thinking maybe they were too harsh. After listening to their new album, The Mirror Explodes (Tee Pee), I think the criticism is right. Read my take here.

Video – “Prepare Your Coffin” by Tortoise

Tortoise will release their new album, Beacons of Ancestorship (Thrill Jockey), on June 23. Check out their new video for the song “Prepare Your Coffin” right here. It’s very beautifully shot, sort of an avant-garde Chicago spy thriller in black and white. Also, check out the tour dates here.

New Cass McCombs Video Features Karen Black

Cass McCombs’ new video for the song “Dreams Come True Girl,” off of his forthcoming album for Domino, Catacombs (7/7), features the legendary actress Karen Black. Sure she was great in films like Five Easy Pieces, but how about that performance in The House of 1000 Corpses! Her appearance in this video is kind of random, but interesting all the same. Watch the video below:

The Pixies – Minotaur Collector’s Set

The hype machine is in full swing:

Alaskan Summer

I am in Anchorage right now for the World Beard and Mustache Championships, so it’s an appropriate time to be writing about Alaskan Summer. The band recently directed me towards some of their new songs that will appear on an EP available on iTunes by the end of June. They make pleasant (if a bit sleepy) pop music, sometimes lush and sometimes spare, and always buoyed by the female-male vocal interplay of singers Ashton and Douglas. It’s obvious that a lot of care and design went into all of this, so pay a visit to their MySpace page to see what it’s all about for yourself. And they will be performing in Los Angeles at El Cid on June 15th.

Prefuse 73 and Diamond Watch Wrists Review

Guillermo Scott Herren’s two new albums, one as Prefuse 73 and the other as Diamond Watch Wrists (with Zach Hill from Hella), succeed in varying degrees. I definitely prefer the former, but I’m sure there are plenty who will disagree. Read my review of both albums here.

True Blood – The Complete First Season (HBO)

Some love it, some hate it, and no one thinks it’s as good as Six Feet Under. I’m definitely a fan, and I can’t wait for the new season of True Blood coming this June on HBO. Read my review of the first season DVD set for Paste Magazine here.

Spoiler alert for those who haven’t watched yet – this is how season one ended: