Sunday Video: Allison Crutchfield

The Swearin’ singer plays a new song.

Troubled Medium
  • Troubled Medium
  • P.S. Eliot
  • Introverted Romance In Our Troubled Minds

hollowed out between the places to go there might be something there but you know i don’t know and i think we both find comfort in the reckless exterior because its 3 a.m. again and we’re both still awake our senses shut off for simplicity’s sake we both have a way with words but the silence sounds much better for tonight i’m sorry for the mess, you see my mind is somewhere else we revel in obscurity, surmount when we dwell now you’re making coffee in an unfamiliar house indulge in frailty, looking for a way out and temperance engulfs your mind every time our aversion intertwines it’s early morning and we’re both wide awake kind of nostalgic but clearly a mistake we connect through detachment we prosper in a troubled medium

Sorry, Dudes. The Ladies Won Punk This Year. 

Every year around this time, music writers like to participate in the numerical masturbation ritual known as year-end lists. (Stay tuned for ours!) This is always followed by the even lamer ritual of endless bickering over said year-end lists. Then someone will inevitably stir up the pot by pointing out that not enough female musicians were included. And while I have about as much interest in getting involved in a heated argument about gender equality in music as I do in watching a single episode of either Entourage or Sex and the City, I do want to take a minute to point out that the ladies of rock totally crushed it this year. Just absolutely slaughtered the dudes, musically.


  • Farm
  • All Dogs
  • Split Tape w/ Slouch

We’ve been blessed with a pretty fantastic Autumn by way of August day here in Philadelphia today. It feels, and even SMELLS(!), a bit like Fall outside and I really couldn’t imagine a more perfect day for Columbus, Ohio’s All Dogs to have entered my life! An ongoing Columbus mystery for a little while now, they’ve finally released a stunning, exuberant half a tape with fellow Ohioans Slouch taking on the other half.

Mentioning the house of Crutchfield feels a little too easy here, but it’s also a pretty accurate touchpoint (along with a bit of That Dog, Team Dresch, and Superchunk)—and certainly not a bad one, indeed. The wide-eyed punk-pop energy of lead-off track “Farm” serves as a near-perfect intro to an EP’s worth of songs that never let up even an ounce of that drive. And as if I wasn’t already in love with them enough from the start, the six-song run closes with a Muffs cover. A Muffs cover! Well shit.

Listen to (and buy!) the rest of the split on bandcamp!


Swearin’- “Dust in the Gold Sack”

I feel like I just want to listen to this over and over again. 

“Oblivion” by Katie and Allison Crutchfield // Originally by Grimes

I’ve spent many hours of this year listening to the works of Katie Crutchfield (Waxahatchee) and as luck would have it, there seems to be no shortage of her brand of excellence. Here, collaborating with her sister, Allison Crutchfield, she takes “Oblivion” by Grimes and shifts it from an ethereal electro pop number into a jangly, garage rock jam with killer harmonies and a driving beat. The whole spectacular thing is part of Rookie Magazine’s May “Theme Song”, so be sure to check them out for future theme song goodness. 

When is a better time to be listening to emo than on Valentine’s Day? Made this playlist at work out of boredom (and made the art when I got home) and thought I’d share since a few of you said you’d be interested. Feel free to reblog and share with whoever! The link (it’s on my Skydrive) should work for anyone :)


Look, I made a mix yesterday. in love with love & lousy poetry.

  1. The Mountain Goats - Distant Stations
  2. Waxahatchee - You’re Damaged
  3. The Weakerthans - Aside
  4. RVIVR - 20 Below
  5. Gateway District - When I Fall
  6. Pinhead Gunpowder - Achin’ to Be (Replacements cover)
  7. Dillinger Four - Noble Stabbings!!
  8. Lifter Puller - Back in Blackbeard
  9. Sleater-Kinney - No Cities To Love
  10. Divers - Tracks
  11. Swearin’ - Just
  12. Hop Along - Laments
  13. Franz Nicolay - Marfa Lights
  14. Neutral Milk Hotel - Where You’ll Find Me Now
  15. Magnolia Electric Co - Leave the City
  16. Nob Dylan and His Nobsoletes - Subterranean Homesick Blues (Bob Dylan cover)
  17. World/Inferno Friendship Society - Dr. Dracula Who Makes You Get High!
  18. Dag Nasty - Values Here
  19. Meat Wave - The Truth
  20. The Promise Ring - Is This Thing On?
  21. Rites of Spring - For Want Of
  22. Jawbreaker - Want

I also earned a badge on 8tracks:

Hell yeah.