What We’re Hearing: Ungdomskulen’s “Secrecy”

What We’re Hearing: Ungdomskulen’s “Secrecy” Music Reviews / Stuff We Love

“Modern Drummer”, off 2007’s Cry Baby, was Norway’s Ungdomskulen to a T: Hard hitting weirdo rock, delivered without a lick of self-seriousness, and with musical chops to take to to the bank.  On their fourth (if you count 2011’s 10-songs-in-10-minutes micro-LP Gimme Ten) long-player, Secrecy, the edges are smoother, but the songwriting is more lean. Mostly absent […]

What We’re Hearing: Deerhoof’s “Breakup Song”

What We’re Hearing: Deerhoof’s “Breakup Song” Music / Music Reviews / Stuff We Love

The first time I saw Deerhoof was at Nashville’s infamous stink-hole dive bar, the Springwater Supper Club and Lounge in 2000.  They tore through seven songs in under twenty minutes, putting then-new guitarist John Dieterich through his paces.  Drummer Greg Saunier’s lurching, powerhouse fills and bassist Satomi Matsuzaki’s child-like, sing-song lyrics were balanced perfectly by […]

Why Mike hates Shark Week.

Why Mike hates Shark Week. As seen on TV / Community / Fun / In The News / Special Events / Stuff We Love

What follows is an editorial, and does not reflect the opinions of Griffin Technology.  We think Shark Week is awesome. – Ed. Every year, social networks are choked  with otherwise-intelligent people talking about how excited they are about Shark Week.  But, seriously, who actually likes sharks?  Sharks are hideously ugly prehistoric killing machines with cold, dead […]

What We’re Hearing: Nude Beach II

What We’re Hearing: Nude Beach II Fun / Music / Music Reviews / Stuff We Love

I’ve never been one for Spring Fever.  I’ve always been more of a Fall Fever guy.  I look forward with relish to fiery red leaves and sweater weather, bonfires and heavy beers.  I missed Nude Beach‘s second album, II, when the band self-released it this Spring, only to see it quickly sell out while on […]

What We’re Hearing: Fang Island’s “Major”

What We’re Hearing: Fang Island’s “Major” Music / Music Reviews / Stuff We Love

You won’t find a review of Providence, RI’s Fang Island that does not quote the band themselves saying that their music is the sound of “everyone high-fiving everyone”, but don’t blame the critics. While this feels like the ultimate in Wikipedia-cribbing Criticism Lite, the fact remains that there’s simply no better way to describe the music that […]