Darby Cicci

Darby Cicci of School of Night

Nicole: This week I’ve been listening to the freshly released “Fire Escape” by School of Night, the side project of The Antlers’ producer/multi-instrumentalist Darby Cicci. This is second track from the upcoming EP to be released on October 15 via Minus Green — the first track “Lying” was premiered on Stereogum last month. Cicci is responsible for the very stoner-dreamy producing quality of the Antlers; similarly his side project is synth-heavy with trailing vocal loops and an overall tone that is downright sensual.

Jason: One Hundred Percent has a new album set for release November 9 on 20 Sided Records – I’ve heard it, and it’s great, but I can’t share anything from it just yet. Instead, you’ll have to settle (if you could possibly call it that) for “Shake The Trees”, the trio’s track from 20 Sided’s recently released compilation These Strange Days. Listen below, in all its ’90s alternative-influenced, fuzzed out glory.

Ben: I’ll humbly cop to not paying due attention to The Sonics until all of the recent talk about the band coming to town for Halloween. One listen to Here Are the Sonics makes it immediately apparent why the collection of frenzied covers and equally manic originals is so heralded. When you consider the fact that it was released in 1965, though, it’s just remarkable that the band was that far ahead of the curve (or far enough behind it?) to be truly original. Recorded on a two-track tape recorder — “with only one microphone to pick up the entire drum kit,” according to Wikipedia — it’s no surprise that the album sounds raw, but it could also easily pass for one of the best new garage rock albums this year.


Anna: I saw DOE EYE perform Arcade Fire’s Funeral in full last Sunday night, and it was great. Really great, in fact. The band tackled an admittedly difficult album with confidence, and had a lot of fun doing so, making for a really unique evening at Brick & Mortar. The most memorable moment of the evening (for me, at least) was the band’s take on “In the Backseat”, when the vocal prowess of DOE EYE’s frontwoman Maryam Qudus truly shone. “In the Backseat” is a slow burn, relying on strong vocals to pull through, and Maryam was up to the task. Since then, I’ve been remembering why “In the Backseat” is such an amazing closer to a truly landmark album.

Zack: Add some grainy filters to Deafheaven’s sparkling post-black metal and you might end up with something close to Loss of Self‘s brand new debut LP, 12 Minutes. Released by San Francisco’s Flenser Records, Loss of Self are the latest band to take their best shot at making black metal less “blvck” and more listenable. But unlike their peers, the Melbourne duo retain their edge, foregoing hi-fi production and only occasionally flirting with the mainstream. It’s a challenging listen, but perhaps less so than you might expect.