vinyl review

VINYL REVIEW: Dikembe – ‘Mediumship’

Artist: Dikembe Album: Mediumship Label: Tiny Engines I admittedly slept on Dikembe for some time, completely missing their Chicago Bowls EP and debut LP, Broad Shoulders. After hearing “Hood Rat Messiah” back in May, though, I became hooked and did some backtracking through their earlier works to prepare for Mediumship. While many of the elements […]

VINYL REVIEW: The Story So Far – ‘Songs Of’

Artist: The Story So Far Album: Songs Of Release Date: June 17, 2014 Label: Pure Noise Records After much delay, the 10-inch vinyl release of The Story So Far’s five-track acoustic EP, Songs Of, has finally arrived. Following the success of the band’s lovely “Clairvoyant,” an acoustic cut that was released on an excellent 7″ […]

VINYL REVIEW: Marc Maron – ‘Thinky Pain’

Artist: Marc Maron Album: Thinky Pain Genre: Comedy Label: Comedy Central Roughly a year after partnering with Netflix for his latest special’s video debut, Marc Maron and Comedy Central have collaborated to bring the critically-acclaimed Thinky Pain to vinyl with a limited edition 2-disc, 180gram release that is guaranteed to wow. Beginning with the recording […]

VINYL REVIEW: Lyla Foy – ‘Mirrors The Sky’ (Loser Edition)

Artist: Lyla Foy Album: Mirrors The Sky Genre: Indie Pop, Dream Pop Release Date: March 18, 2014 I discovered Lyla Foy around the turn of this year after she had abandoned the WALL moniker and unveiled “Feather Tongue,” an excellent single that would promote her forthcoming release, Mirrors The Sky. The album didn’t even have […]

VINYL REVIEW: Nothing – ‘Guilty of Everything’ (Deluxe Edition)

Artist: Nothing Album: Guilty of Everything Label: Relapse Records Release date: March 4, 2014 Last week I had the pleasure of reviewing Nothing’s stellar debut LP, Guilty of Everything. With the record earning a 9.5, I was more than excited to get my hands on the deluxe vinyl. Truly the only way the album should […]

VINYL REVIEW: North By North – ‘Something Wicked’

Artist: North By North Album: Something Wicked Original Release Date: 11/16/13 I stumbled across Chicago’s North By North on Bandcamp back in November as I was initially drawn in by their newest album’s excellent artwork, and luckily, their music was just as unique and enjoyable. Something Wicked boasts a whopping 18 raw garage jams with […]

VINYL REVIEW: The Appreciation Post – ‘Slip Away’ 10″

Artist: The Appreciation Post Album: Slip Away Genre: Pop Punk Original Release Date: January 21, 2014 Even as I was only recently introduced to this Boston quintet, I already can’t say enough good things about The Appreciation Post. They bring a very fresh, almost “rebooted” sound to pop-punk and I simply cannot stop listening to […]


Artist: Postmadonna Album: POSTMADONNA Original Release Date: April 1, 2013 I stumbled upon Seattle’s Postmadonna on Bandcamp in the latter half of 2013, greeted with vivid colors, intriguing song titles, and a unique, yet somewhat brief self-titled effort boasting nine accessible experimental, math-rock tracks that had thoughts of Tera Melos, Cursive, and Fang Island rattling […]

VINYL REVIEW: Run The Jewels – ‘Run The Jewels’ (Deluxe European Edition)

Artist: Run The Jewels Album: Run The Jewels Label: Fool’s Gold, Big Dada Original Release Date: June 26, 2013 My introduction to Killer Mike was originally in the video for Outkast’s “The Whole World” sometime back around 2001 but I unfortunately slept on El-P for some time until I saw him featured in Mr. Muthafuckin […]

VINYL REVIEW: Their / They’re / There – ‘Analog Weekend’ EP

Artist: Their / They’re / There Album: Analog Weekend EP Label: Topshelf Records, Polyvinyl Records Original Release Date: Dec. 10, 2013 The three members of Chicago’s grammatically adept post-indie math-pop outfit Their / They’re / There are certainly no strangers to the emo and indie rock scenes. Evan Weiss has been gracing endless headlines over […]

VINYL REVIEW: FEMME – “Fever Boy” / “Heartbeat” AA-Side

Artist: FEMME Album: “Fever Boy” / “Heartbeat” AA-Side Original Release Date: November 25, 2013 London native, FEMME, has been both on our radar and heavily in rotation here at UTG for the past few months. Unfortunately, we had slept on her earlier singles but took notice with the release of “Fever Boy” and “Heartbeat,” only […]

VINYL REVIEW: Circa Survive – ‘Juturna’

Artist: Circa Survive Album: Juturna Label: Equal Vision Records Original release date: June 20, 2005 After Anthony Green’s upsetting departure from Saosin, I immediately began to follow his every move, and because of that, in 2005, Juturna became the first CD I ever pre-ordered. I had listened to The Inuit Sessions a thousand times since […]