Artist: EZTV Title: Calling Out Rating: 8.0 Label: Captured Tracks On July 10th, Brooklyn’s EZTV are set to release their debut LP on indie mainstay Captured Tracks. The trio consists of lead singer and songwriter Ezra Tenenbaum, and is rounded out by former Widowspeak drummer Michael Stasiak and bassist Shane O’Connell. Calling Out was recorded […]
Album reviews and new music previews from the latest releases by upcoming bands and indie record labels.
Artist: Wavves x Cloud Nothings Title: No Life for Me Label: Ghost Ramp Rating: 7.0 To date, Wavves and Cloud Nothings have had nearly identical career trajectories. Despite their plural monikers, both are essentially one-man projects — Wavves is Nathan Williams, Cloud Nothings is Dylan Baldi — that emerged from the lo-fi blogosphere craze of […]
Artist: Heather Woods Broderick Title: Glider Label: Western Vinyl Rating: 6.8 Over the years, Heather Woods Broderick has amassed a fairly stacked resume as a backing musician, having played with acts like Sharon Van Etten, Efterklang, Laura Gibson and more. Her catalogue as a solo artist, on the other hand, is comparatively sparse: Glider is […]
Artist: White Poppy Album: Natural Phenomena Rating: 7 Label: Not Not Fun Records White Poppy is the creation of Crystal Dorval, a Canadian experimental musician and songwriter hailing from Vancouver Island, BC, but now settled in Vancouver. Her new album, Natural Phenomena, has just been released, and within the listening pleasure is perhaps a longing […]
Artist: Walter TV Album: Blessed Label: Sinderlyn Rating: 7.5/10 It is the inevitable fate of some bands to be described only in terms of its associated acts—like Billy Bob Thornton’s celebrity overshadowing his band, the Boxmasters, on Q, infamously—and in that sense Walter TV will always be introduced by mentioning their connections to famed Canadian […]
Artist: Steve Kilbey & Martin Kennedy Title: Inside We Are The Same Label: MGM Distribution Rating: 8/10 Consummate and captivating songcrafters Steve Kilbey (of The Church) and Martin Kennedy (of All India Radio) have joined creative forces once again to form their 4th collaborative studio album, Inside We Are The Same, to be released on […]
Artist: Fist City Title: Everything Is a Mess Label: Transgressive Records Rating: 6.8 Just as you’d expect from a band called Fist City, the debut album from this Lethbridge four-piece shows about as much delicacy as a punch to the face. Nearly all of Everything Is a Mess is thickly blanketed in fuzz and murky […]
Northern Transmissions reviews music from the world of independent music. Its focus is on independent music, especially indie rock. However, the range of musical genres covered extends to pop, hip hop, folk, jazz, heavy metal, experimental, and various forms of electronic dance music. The site, not only concentrates on new music. Journalists for Northern Transmissions also review reissued albums and box sets. In 2010 Charles Brownstein, left his day job selling shoes and created Northern Transmissions. Influenced by Indie rock, Record stores, and Sirius XMU Bloggers. Brownstein had no previous writing or blogging. He wanted to create a more independent website where he could pick bands and artists that he liked.
In 2010 Charles Brownstein, left his day job selling shoes and created Northern Transmissions. Influenced by Indie rock, Record stores, and Sirius XMU Bloggers. Brownstein had no previous writing or blogging. He wanted to create a more independent website where he could pick bands and artists that he liked.
Northern Transmissions covers new music on a daily basis. It has a staff of roughly eight writers who all have a passion for various types of independent music. The site prides itself on being fiercely independent and honest in its coverage of albums. Northern Transmissions has never deleted any reviews, even recently rating one of indie rocks biggest act Arctic Monkeys with a score of four out of ten, for the bands latest release AM.
Labels that Northern Transmissions frequently covers releases from include Captured Tracks, Sub Pop, Matador, 4AD, XX Recordings, Slumberland records, Mom + Pop Records, Fat Possum, Hardly Art, Bella Union Records, Burger Records, DFA, Drag City, Domino Recordings, Downtown Records, Fat Cat, Flying Nun, Fools Gold,Frenchkiss, Iamsound, Jajaguwar, Secretly Canadian, Polyvinyl, Kanine, K, Kill, Rock Stars, Mexican Summer, Merge, Memphis Industries, Modular People, Mute, Ninja Tune, OWSLA, Sacred Bones, Saddle Creek, Stones Throw, Suicide Squeeze, Vagrant, Verve, Vice, Western Vinyl, Wichita Recordings, Woodsist and many more.
Northern Transmissions main goal is to forever provide its readers with reviews of records that we our selves would listen to. If myself or writers from Northern Transmissions wouldnt take the time to listen to an artist or band, we would never want to write about it.