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The Big Takeover Issue #86

Ryan Gabos

Ryan Gabos first cut his teeth as a music critic in 2011 with 402 Productions, for which he soon rose to the position of Editor through 2013. Since then, he has written for Good, Bad, Ugly Music Reviews, Next2Shine, and GrooveVolt. He also stays musically active, fronting the band Sotto Voce and representing one half of the punk group Hot to Trot.

cindygod - EP2

cindygod - EP2 (Fire Talk Records)

14 August 2020

EP2, further realizes cindygod’s potential for icky goth pop, confidently delighting in the dark hallways they began exploring with last year’s demos.

Sam Prekop - Comma

Sam Prekop - Comma (Thrill Jockey)

10 July 2020

Sam Prekop the jazz rock frontman and Sam Prekop the modular synth artist are two very different people and Comma is the freshest, most spirited work either has shared in years.

Nana Grizol - South Somewhere Else

Nana Grizol - South Somewhere Else (Arrowhawk/Don Giovanni Records)

26 June 2020

While Nana Grizol’s latest is rife with sociopolitical columnist wit, Theo Hilton still weaves in plenty of the personal beauty he’s spent a few albums proving matters so much.

Owen - The Avalanche

Owen - The Avalanche (Polyvinyl Records)

19 June 2020

The Avalanche explores the doubt one can harbor as a father and husband set to a pure and endlessly beauteous void.

The World Palestine - Birds of the Deep

The World Palestine - Birds of the Deep (Self-Released)

5 May 2020

Les Easterby’s latest writings from a once-shut-out heart are perfect sympathies for the physically shut-in masses.

OOIOO - nijimusi

OOIOO - nijimusi (Thrill Jockey)

20 January 2020

The group’s first collection of new material after a six-year hiatus is a feeling or wavelength pronounceable and describable on the user’s own elated terms, much like OOIOO’s namesake.

Charles Rumback & Ryley Walker - Little Common Twist

Charles Rumback & Ryley Walker - Little Common Twist (Thrill Jockey)

12 November 2019

Whereas most collaborative efforts result in uninhibited vibe sessions, Little Common Twist offers informal exploration with intent.

Lightning Bolt - Sonic Citadel

Lightning Bolt - Sonic Citadel (Thrill Jockey)

11 October 2019

Lightning Bolt’s seventh full-length is a mammoth epic that leaves in its wake the pulsating of ear drums and tremoring of pupils.

Versus - Ex Voto

Versus - Ex Voto (Ernest Jenning Record Co.)

19 August 2019

After nine years of radio silence, Versus have proven still very much electrified and full of life.

American Football - LP3

American Football - LP3 (Polyvinyl Records)

29 March 2019

LP3 excitedly shatters the notion of expectation in American Football, blurring their legacy into a foreign concept.

Warm Drag

Paul Quattrone (Warm Drag, Oh Sees, !!!)

25 March 2019

Paul Quattrone discusses his love for The Bomb Squad, how it feels to step out