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  • December 5th, 2016
  • Podcast hosted by Russ Bashaw

New Music for Your Holiday Fix

Russ hosts a solo show featuring music from Monster Rally (electronic surf, plunderphonics), Mother Yeti (rock), and Rick Barry (neo-folk). Get your new music here folks!

  • June 28th, 2016
  • Album Review by Bryan Kocurek

Radiohead - A Moon Shaped Pool

The band masterfully mixes the political with the personal.

  • June 7th, 2016
  • Album Review by Bryan Kocurek

Yeasayer - Amen & Goodbye

The band is testing their limits and attempting to push themselves but that effort might not be enough to save the album for many.

  • June 2nd, 2016
  • Album Review by Masen Matthews

Thrice - To Be Everywhere is To Be Nowhere

From the opening bursts of “Hurricane” to the airy end notes of “Salt and Shadow”, it’s clear that the real beauty of the album exists in the fact that this is Thrice being Thrice, and that authenticity is what makes this such a fantastic record.

  • May 24th, 2016
  • Album Review by Masen Matthews

Modern Baseball - Holy Ghost

Holy Ghost is a short, sweet, and honest affair from a band that seems to have an endless bag of tricks that they pull from every time they record.

  • May 23rd, 2016
  • Podcast hosted by Russ Bashaw & Joe Hightwoer

Bands from North Idaho

Russ is joined by El Pelican drummer Joe Hightower to talk about his band and a plethora of other local favorites. Featuring music by Mise, Andru Gomez, Mother Yeti, Karmaeiic, and yes, El Pelican.

  • May 23rd, 2016
  • Album Review by Declan Boyer

Levitation Room - Ethos

The warm and inviting sound of the 60s is perfectly executed by the Los Angeles group, which leads to one of the more impressive and confident debut albums of 2016.

  • May 16th, 2016
  • Album Review by Dan O' Connell

JMSN - It Is

While The Blue Album fit comfortably into the PBR&B landscape, It Is has more in common with early R. Kelly than with the Weeknd.

  • May 13th, 2016
  • Podcast hosted by Russ Bashaw & Bryan Hamaker

A conversastion on Radiohead's new album A Moon Shaped Pool

Audiohammock creator Russ Bashaw sits down with senior staff writer Bryan Hamaker and the two discuss all things Radiohead in this dialogue centered episode.

  • May 10th, 2016
  • Album Review by Dan O' Connell

Guided By Voices - Please Be Honest

Breaking down a Guided by Voices album is an interesting enterprise given the band’s prolific nature.

  • May 4th, 2016
  • Festival Recap, Podcast, and Photo Gallery by AH Staff

Treefort Music Fest 2016 Recap & Podcast

Growing at an exponential rate for all the right reasons, Boise's Treefort Music Fest packs in a multitude of diverse bands and artists into a downtown area bred for good times. Here are a few of our favorite moments from Treefort 2016.

  • May 2nd, 2016
  • Album Review by Caleb Parker

Drake - Views

Does Views live up to the hype? We go track by track in an attempt to find out.

  • April 29th, 2016
  • Album Review by Russ Bashaw

Ray Lamontagne - Ouroboros

((Ray Lamontagne + My Morning Jacket) - The Black Keys) / Pink Floyd = Ouroboros

  • April 27th, 2016
  • Album Review by Declan Boyer

Doug Tuttle - It Calls On Me

It Calls On Me, the second solo album from former MMOSS mastermind Doug Tuttle, is a masterwork in tranquility and relaxation.

  • April 25th, 2016
  • Album Review by Declan Boyer

Running - Wake Up Applauding

Wake Up Applauding is the heaviest, and most gnarly release from Castle Face Records, and potentially also from 2016.

  • April 20th, 2016
  • Album Review by Brett Gallant

Open Mike Eagle & Paul White - Hella Personal Film Festival

If you wanted a perfect representation of your modern day rapper, look no further than Open Mike Eagle. While he has great emcee chops, he isn’t a rapper who is going to overpower the listener with food for thought lyricism or incredible high energy. He’s the type of emcee who wins listeners over with his humor and wittiness while also exploring deeper issues in different ways than his contemporaries.

  • April 19th, 2016
  • Album Review by Ethan Sapir

Guerilla Toss - Eraser Stargazer

What if David Byrne had been obsessively listening to The Contortions while writing Remain in Light? On Eraser Stargazer, Guerilla Toss try to answer that question.

  • April 16th, 2016
  • Album Review by Russ Bashaw

Kevin Morby - Singing Saw

You can literally feel Kevin Morby traveling on Singing Saw and it's hard not to put down what you're doing to try and go out and find him to share the experience.

  • April 15th, 2016
  • Album Review by Adrian Rucker

Deakin - Sleep Cycle

Ever since Josh Dibb, aka Deakin of Animal Collective, announced a kickstarter to raise money for his solo debut six years ago, fans have been pining for any news about the music.

  • April 13th, 2016
  • Album Review by Masen Matthews

Explosions In The Sky - The Wilderness

Explosions In the Sky is often the first point of contact between casual music listeners and the post rock genre.

  • April 9th, 2016
  • Album Review by Anthony Saia

Deftones - Gore

Deftones notches another jewel in their crown, reigning supreme as the kings of alternative metal.

  • April 5th, 2016
  • Album Review by Tim Casagrande

Weezer - White Album

When you look at any band that has been around as long as Weezer you'll see some truly masterful albums and some that everyone is better off forgetting.

  • April 1st, 2016
  • Album Review by Anthony Saia

Charles Bradley - Changes

Charles Bradley has further solidified the return of soul music to the mainstage.

  • March 24th, 2016
  • Album Review by Anthony Saia

Black Moth Super Rainbow - SeeFu Lilac

Billed as "neon flavored outtakes from a 6th album that doesn’t exist yet, Black Moth Super Rainbow unleashes some interesting, yet challenging electronic soundscapes.

  • March 22nd, 2016
  • Album Review by Alec Schwartzman

Flatbush Zombies - 3001: A Laced Odyssey

The Internet era has proved immensely helpful in creating a platform for independent artists to easily share and hype their music. However, this ease of publicity has acted as a double-edged sword. For every Chance the Rapper, there are thousands of Soundcloud struggle rappers whose voices drown in the cluttered sea of modern day hip hop.

  • March 17th, 2016
  • Album Review by Caleb Parker

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis - This Unruly Mess I've Made

When Macklemore and Ryan Lewis dropped The Heist in Fall of 2012, it was apparently polarizing, yet managed to anchor itself in Hip Hop success and lore almost overnight. The production value was huge, the story behind the album verging on legendary, and the general public reacted positively to the Seattle duo’s lovechild. Interestingly enough it seemed that many if not most of the conversations involving The Heist at the time dealt with its impending follow-up.

  • March 15th, 2016
  • Album Review by Adrian Rucker

Animal Collective - Painting With

Many of the songs on Painting With have a certain tangible quality about them, which can be a good and bad thing. Part of the magic of Animal Collective’s earlier work was their ability to transport you into their own worlds that they create in their music.

  • March 13th, 2016
  • Hosted by Anthony Saia & Russ Bashaw

AudioHammock Podcast #53

Russ and Anthony preview the annual Treefort Music Festival down in Boise. Music from Aesop Rock, Quilt, Thundercat, Radiation City, Deep Sea Diver, and more!

  • March 10th, 2016
  • Album Review by Brett Gallant

Kendrick Lamar - untitled unmastered.

Roughly a year removed from the critically acclaimed To Pimp a Butterfly (TPAB), Kendrick Lamar is supplanting himself as hip-hop’s finest with each passing day. Whether being featured on Kanye West’s latest project, delivering an iconic Grammy performance, or winning a Grammy for Hip Hop album of the year; Cornrow Kenny isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. Lord knows he’s not going to let us forget it either. 

  • February 29th, 2016
  • Album Review by Bryan Kocurek

Quilt - Plaza

Throughout Plaza, finding meaningful human contact in literal and figurative meeting places serves as the through line during the band’s ruminations on insomnia and the melancholy of everyday life.

  • February 22nd, 2016
  • Album Review by Caleb Parker

Kanye West - The Life of Pablo

A fitting album that reflects on Kanye’s life through his multiple personas.

  • February 16th, 2016
  • Hosted by Anthony Saia

AudioHammock Podcast #52

Anthony interviews Orlando, Florida rock band A Wolf in The City about how they chose their band name, their EP Heavy, their recording process, and how they afford to keep playing music by holding down interesting day jobs.

  • February 11th, 2016
  • Album Review by Colby Pierson

DIIV - Is The Is Are

Undoubtedly, Is the Is Are is, for better or worse, a more colorful album than its predecessor.

  • February 4th, 2016
  • Hosted by Russ Bashaw, Bryan Kocurek, & Anthony Saia

AudioHammock Podcast #51

Russ, Bryan, and Anthony set up shop and talk about all the vinyl albums they picked up during the holidays before checking out music from Khruangbin.

  • February 2nd, 2016
  • Album Review by Declan Boyer

Ty Segall - Emotional Mugger

Emotional Mugger feels like the start of a new era for Ty Segall. Instead of continuing the Bolan inspired glam-garage of the excellent 2014 album Manipulator, Emotional Mugger uses Devo as its main influence to create a new and exciting sonic pallet for Segall to work with.

  • January 19th, 2016
  • Album Review by Adrian Rucker

David Bowie - Blackstar

As objective as one can attempt to be when examining David Bowie’s 25th album, Blackstar, the context of the release is impossible to ignore.

  • January 13th, 2016
  • Hosted by Russ Bashaw

AudioHammock Podcast #50

Russ chats with John Andrews, the drummer for indie psych quartet Quilt, the piano player for indie rockers Woods, and of course he has his own band, John Andrews and the Yawns.

  • December 8th, 2015
  • List by AudioHammock Staff

AudioHammock's Top Albums of 2015

As 2015 winds down we look back at an incredible year in music. Join us for Courtney Barnett, The Wheelers of Oz., Jamie XX, Sufjan Stevens, Thee Oh Sees, and more!

  • November 30th, 2015
  • Album Review by Declan Boyer

The Wheelers of Oz - Revivalised

The Wheelers of Oz expect to release new music early next year, which combined with the incredible confidence and success of Revivalised, make them an incredibly important band to watch in the rapidly expanding garage-psych scene.

  • November 24th, 2015
  • Album Review by Bryan Kocurek

Joanna Newsom - Divers

The accessibility of Newsom’s sympathy-of her characters and melodies- is her admission that she is just as fragile. This sympathy is perfect, because Newsom songs have always felt more loving, like she is an arm length away from giving a hug but her words keep her at a distance.

  • November 23rd, 2015
  • Album Review by Masen Matthews

Caspian - Dust and Disquiet

Dust and Disquiet fails to do anything truly reinvented, but it also doesn’t need to. Songwriting steals the show here, as this effort stands out as one of the best albums that the genre has spawned in recent years.

  • November 19th, 2015
  • Hosted by Declan Boyer, Dylan Brown, and Russ Bashaw

AudioHammock Podcast #49

Tons of new music on this episode starting with Australian rockers The Wheelers of Oz., downtempo electronic artist Emancipator and his new album, and the up and coming single from Texas folk rockers Cross Record.

  • November 17th, 2015
  • Album Review by Anthony Saia

Natasha Kmeto - Inevitable

Natasha Kmeto shows that she’s not just a flash in the pan. She’s the real deal in upcoming electronic music.

  • November 12th, 2015
  • Album Review by Russ Bashaw

Emancipator - Seven Seas

Starting with "All In Here", Seven Seas establishes a smooth groove that carries on for a solid 60 minutes, no small perpetuation given the nature of the genre.

  • November 10th, 2015
  • Album Review by Adrian Rucker

Menace Beach - Ratworld

Co-ed indie rock duos are nothing new. The White Stripes, Beach House, Purity Ring, Matt and Kim, Best Coast, the list goes on. Maybe it’s a passing fad, like the sibling groups that were so popular in the 60’s and 70’s, or maybe there is something truly special about the dynamics that two people can bring to the table.

  • November 9th, 2015
  • Hosted by Declan Boyer, Dylan Brown, and Russ Bashaw

AudioHammock Podcast #48

Join Declan, Dylan, and Russ as they check out music from singer/songwriter Zachary Cale and experimental electronic collective Den Sorte Skole.

  • November 5th, 2015
  • Album Review by Russ Bashaw

Den Sorte Skole - Indians & Cowboys

While Indians & Cowboyws certainly won't be everyone's cup of "insert culturally relevant drink here", there's no denying that it sounds like nothing else you'll hear this year.