"Art will last forever; it doesn't die with us, and music doesn't die with us. It has a magic to it that I love, and creating something that way makes me feel that life doesn't just slip through my fingers...

This mixtape should serve as a great introduction to Skrot Up -- a label that is constantly releasing artful, challenging electronic, experimental, and psychedelic lo-fi music....

Keith Canisius' latest album, This Time It's Our High, starts off as an annoying reminder as to just how much excellent music exists which you will probably never, ever hear about. The burden is almost crippling. At some point, though, you just have to suck...

In 2009, Ben Sollee, with some help from Oxfam America, rode from his hometown of Lexington, Kentucky, to Bonnaroo Festival, playing shows in small towns along the way. Later that year, Sollee embarked on a 500-mile, 16-day tour along the East Coast Greenway during the frigid winter months.

In 2010, as bands are increasingly partnering up with environmental and social justice organizations to bring attention causes they believe in, Sollee and crew have partnered up with Kentucky Coffeetree Cafe on a tour with a much more personal meaning. Their "Ditch The Van Tour" might have a name that implies an environmentally-motivated inspiration, but that is merely a perk. The main message Sollee and crew are hoping to spread is one of community-building and simply taking a slow breath in our hectic lives. Additionally, Sollee and crew are embarking on this journey with the idea that this could, in fact, be a viable touring option for bands. "Ditch The Van" is just as much business-minded as it is substance-minded.

When we caught up with Sollee on the telephone, he was riding an Amtrak train from Santa Barbara to Salinas, California. It was a brief respite for the group, so that they could continue the Northern California leg of their bike tour freshly recouped.


With his sophomore disc, Into The Great Wide Yonder, Danish musician Anders Trentemøller explores a great wide yonder of dark and powerful proportions. The album single, "Sycamore Feeling", is a good indicator of Trentemøller's accomplishments; particularly notable are the smokey vocals of Marie Fisker and...

The film-this-band-in-a-room music video aesthetic has grown tired through the years, and it's rare to find a garage rock video these days that can hold much attention. Leave it to the Scandinavians, who've been blowing up the music scene lately. The unpredictability in this video...

So, despite my whirlwind Americana tour of the Southwest (courtesy of the Cash Only: Diners, Dive Bars, and Yardsales Road Trip), I still managed to enjoy a healthy dose of sonic debauchery in Austin, Texas. Below are my TOP FIVER PICKS from this year's SxSW Festivus Maximus!
 

5. The fold-out couch I drooled and snored on from approximately 5:00am to 10:00am every day.

Just kidding. That's actually number one.  

5. Bear In Heaven

www.bearinheaven.com We annoyed the shit out of these guys by following them around all of Wednesday. Then we kept running into them the next three days, as if we were stalker ex-girlfriends. Then I made the always classy move of calling guitarist Adam Wills by the name Joe, all weekend. In turn, I called drummer Joe Stickney, Adam to keep the playing field even. In any case, Bear In Heaven's music is huge, brilliant, heavy, and fun all in one. The only reason they are number five is because I knew what I was getting into with these guys. I've been listening to them for about four months, and I would love to dance around an apartment during a party, listening to their tunes on fat can headphones, and having people wonder: a) who the shit is that guy?; and b) what's he listening to that makes him dance like that? SEE ALSO: BEAR IN HEAVEN VIDEO INTERVIEWS
 

Directed by Henrik Ruben Genz Terribly Happy opens with an outrageous narrative the film claims is based off of true events. In a small town, farmers discover that their cows are sinking into the grass fields, because the fields are really part bog. One cow gets...

Denmark/USA 2006, 88 minutes, 35mm English, Crole, French (w/ English subtitles) Most of us have heard about the political turmoil in Haiti, but news reports are always very disconnected from reality. They are incapable of ushering forth a realistic view of the people they talk about, for...