Half Gifts Zine Vol.1

Here's a sneak preview of the upcoming first issue of the official half-gifts zine! Inspired by the punk zines of yore, half-gifts covers bands that epitomize DIY (Do-It-Yourself) culture. The first issue includes an interview with Florida shoegaze project Carve Color, the top 10 albums of 2012 and some other scintillating  articles. If you would like to receive your free print copy, shoot me an e-mail at jude.noel3@gmail.com with your mailing address. I'll take care of shipping + handling. 


Review: Tyrannosaurus Dead - "Lemonade"

Tyrannosaurus Dead - Lemonade
(2012 Reeks Of Effort)

"A delicious snack for your ears"



Review: Baby Ghosts - 'Let's Always Hang Out Together'

Baby Ghosts - Let's Always Hang Out Together, Okay?
(2012 Self-Released)

 "If you aren't afraid to admit you still play video games and watch cartoons, Let's Always Hang Out Together, Okay? begs to be purchased."


Review: Chris Cohen - "Overgrown Path"

Chris Cohen - Overgrown Path
(2012 Captured Tracks)

"Forget the Beatles. This is a real Magical Mystery Tour."


Review: Various Artists - "Family Portrait"

Gum/Playlounge/Joanna Gruesome/KEEL HER - Family Portrait
(Art Is Hard 2012)

"Two decades of punk rock fit into ten minutes of pure energy"


Indie Rock Art

Vivian Girls 

My artistically gifted little sister drew some neat-o For Better or For Worse-inspired portraits of some of our favorite bands. Read on to see more.


Summer Listening List Part 1

To stave off the endless boredom of a lazy, hazy summer, I'll be bringing you a collection of 5 singles a week that are perfectly in tune with the sunny weather. Good news is that most of these tracks are free. Enjoy!


I'm Back!

After my 2-week sabbatical caused by some computer trouble and other various things, I'm back to posting. In other news, I'm also writing reviews for earbuddy.net, a really great site for finding all sorts of indie bands. I've posted reviews of the new albums by Crocodiles and Grass Widow.

These next few days of Half-Gifts will include a look at some of my favorite albums of all time, so stay tuned for that. Also, why not give this Kiss Felix single a spin while you're here?

With the vocal stylings of an early Prince and catchy new wave not seen since the 80s, Kiss Felix's "When Your Lips Crashed Like Waves into His" is by far one of the best indie-pop singles of the year so far. The melody kind of reminds me of Prince's "I Would Die for You" If you're into The Drums or Wild Nothing, you'll appreciate this reverb washed track.


Interview: 10 Questions with The KVB

  Hey gang! Ever since coming across their latest album, Always Then, I've been absolutely addicted to the droning, synth heavy sound of solo artist The KVB. I decided it was time to get to know him a little better, and chatted with him over e-mail. Listen in on our conversation by reading on...


The Music Hunter: The Saga Begins!

   Hey all! It's Tuesday, and you know what that means. iTunes releases new music for the week! To celebrate, every Tuesday I'll be telling you which artists you'll need to check out and which ones to leave on the shelf. Got it? Well here we go!


Interview: Chatting With Twin Cabins

  Twin Cabins is the solo project of Nacho Cano, who creates infectious indie-pop that's sure to be stuck in your head for days. After finding out about Nacho on his BandCamp page,  I decided to find out more by asking him for an interview. Listen in on our chat as we talk about music, romance, and Wild Nothing.