Album Auto-nalysis: The Ryne Experience’s ‘Hokey’

Album Auto-nalysis: The Ryne Experience’s ‘Hokey’

Album Auto-nalysis is a regular COUNTERZINE feature where we ask some of our favorite artists to breakdown their albums track-by-track and provide further insight into the thoughts, feelings, and artistic processes that went into making them. For this edition, we asked our Ryne Clarke of UTC's own The Ryne Experience to detail their 2018 debut [...]

Album Premiere/Review: Dead Friends’ ‘Shirley’

Album Premiere/Review: Dead Friends’ ‘Shirley’

Dead Friends Shirley (Wallflower Records) Today, we're excited to premiere the new LP from Edmonton rock band Dead Friends, Shirley. The sound of Dead Friends is not one so far removed from the likes of many popular modern garage rock acts such as Ty Segall, Thee Oh Sees, and The Growlers, but it's also not [...]

Ranking Animal Crossing: New Horizons’ Visitors

Ranking Animal Crossing: New Horizons’ Visitors

If you've been absolutely obsessed with Animal Crossing: New Horizons like we have, you know about visitors: animals who don't inhabit your island but come on occasion to provide a service for the day. With the exception of K.K. Slider and Daisy Mae (who arrive each Saturday and Sunday respectively and won't be ranked here), they [...]

EP Premiere: Plum Anderson & The Varunas’ ‘Jetplane 76’

EP Premiere: Plum Anderson & The Varunas’ ‘Jetplane 76’

Today, we're thrilled to premiere an exclusive version of the collaborative split EP between synth jazz act Plum Anderson and psychedelic soul band The Varunas: Jetplane 76.     A loosely conceptual project based around the idea of being on a jet in the '70s, Jetplane 76 is mentioned as being particularly indebted and in homage to '70s [...]

Tape Review: ‘AR001 Compilation Vol​. 1’

Tape Review: ‘AR001 Compilation Vol​. 1’

Various Artists AR001 Compilation Vol​.​ 1 (Autolysis Records) Jacksonville, Florida-based record label, blog, and podcast Autolysis Records put out their first sampler in February of this year, showcasing songs from the label's current roster. It is their first physical release, limited to a run of seven copies. The unique approach of Autolysis is evident upon [...]

Video Premiere: The Lice’s “Blank Tape on the Radio”

Video Premiere: The Lice’s “Blank Tape on the Radio”

Today, we're thrilled to share the music video for "Blank Tape on the Radio", the Banders single from COUNTERZINE favorites The Lice.   Long Beach "shitgazers" The Lice quickly followed up their April 1st album Hoarder House UFO (check our premiere of single "Serial Killer") with another new track in "Blank Tape on the Radio", a feature song on [...]

Album Premiere/Review: Medium Soft’s ‘Paradise Slums’

Album Premiere/Review: Medium Soft’s ‘Paradise Slums’

Medium Soft Paradise Slums (MUZAI Records) Today, we're thrilled to premiere Paradise Slums, the debut album from English yacht pop/soft music singer-songwriter Medium Soft. By nature and by necessity, Paradise Slums is a work of low-budget escapism, a picturesque image of a beautiful beach with warm sands, gentle waves, and a bright sun seen at a distance through [...]

Loving Tom Crook

Loving Tom Crook

I was catching butterflies for Blathers, a loquacious owl who had just moved to my island, when I got a call from my boss. “Hey, so, as you might have heard, the Governor ordered us to close the store. So ah, unfortunately, this does mean that we will have to lay you off at this [...]