Monthly Archives: June 2009

FULL RELEASE 6/30: WILCO (THE ALBUM)

by kevin diamond Here’s the short version: Wilco (the album) is better than Sky Blue Sky, but not as good as Yankee Hotel Foxtrot. The end. It’s easy to imagine that the proceeding sentence will be true for the remainder of Wilco’s career. Unless you’re one of those eternal-Wilco-haters (and there are plenty of them), [...]

INDIE-PENDENCE @ THE BOAT (TORONTO)

by cheryl santa maria Due to the garbage collection strike that’s taking place in Toronto (now in its eighth day) the extremely stinky city has decided to cancel this Wednesday’s Canada Day festivities. Hooray for patriotism. Artist: Animal Collective & Dam Funk Song: Summertime Clothes Remix … I could go off on a rant about [...]

WANDERLUST FESTIVAL

by katharine moore People have always seemed unable to resist the temptation of gathering in large groups.  As far back as 4500 B.C. in ancient Egypt there were religious rites and political fests that featured music and dance.  Fast-forward to the 21st century and festivals have taken over summer social scenes around the globe, and [...]

HALEY JANE SAMUELSON: ANOTHER ROOM

by marissa bea The history of photography is not a long one, but for the short time that it has been with us, photos have changed the face of humans forever. From 19th century explorers, to early portraiture, to modern high fashion, photographs have become a part of our lives, and have created some of [...]

PHOENIX WILL CXL @ SPECTRUM – STILL UNANNOUNCED

by lora kolodny US fans of Phoenix will be let down, severely, tonight (June 27, 2009) when Spectrum Music Festival finally announces the band’s cancellation as headliner at San Francisco’s Regency Center. Artist: Phoenix Song: 1901 (Tremulance Remix) … While rumors were circulating about the cancellation as early in the day (Pacific Time) as 10:00 [...]

WEEKEND WRAP UP

by charles poladian Will this be a good weekend of sun and fun for the Reel? I hope so. The weather may not hold up, which is disappointing, but next week should satiate all your BBQ needs with patriotism to boot. It’s been an emotional week. Deaths have rocked the landscape and it is hard [...]

NO BRAND LIKE “WTF SHOULD I DO TONIGHT?”

by james eskeldson I think I’m having a “brand identity crisis.” I can’t decide what to do tonight. There are way too many options, too many directions in which I can take my night, take my life. What type of person / brand do I want to be? I think the choices we make on [...]

DEAD BANDS: THE PROMISE RING

by chuck bell There is a great dilemma that nearly every band must face when their youth begins to fade. They can adjust the sound and subject matter of their music, at the risk of alienating their fans, or they can simply give up. Sometimes, they do both at once, as in the case of [...]

INDIE NEWS REEL: 6/24

by charles poladian (pixies pic by renaud monfourny) The Reel goes on even though summer seems to have retreated. The rain can put me in a mood, but there is so much new music it is hard to feel blue for too long. Looking on the bright side of things, some of our favorite bands [...]

RIFLE RECOIL’S GEAR STOLEN IN BED-STUY

by kevin diamond A night of revelry turned to a night of sadness this past saturday, as Jeff Kessel (AKA Rifle Recoil) awoke the morning after playing a show with hip-hop originator DJ Kool Herc to find his car broken into and his gear stolen, much of which had been customized to his specifications, and [...]