Reading Rainbows ‘Prism Eyes’ Refracts New Light into Music


What’s so alluring about Reading Rainbow‘s Prism Eyes is its intangible familiarity. Duo Robbie Garcia and Sarah Everton deliver a naked, stripped down lo-fi hearkening to 1960s American pop that’s peppered with hints of 90’s era Sleater Kinney. Much like fellow garage-punk genre benders Best Coast and Wavves, Reading Rainbow does a lot with a little. Their permaculturally minded compositions may in part be fueled by their health-food obsession—a clean body equals a clear mind after all, and even in their muddled hazy sounds, clarity is actually ever present.

The chunky guitar work and droning lyrical hooks of their not-quite upbeat tracks, like the album’s tangy opener, “Wasting Time,” the epic “Runaways” and the outstanding “Cut in Two” sinks deep into parts of us accessible only through hollow sounds and reverb.

What’s so lasting about Prism Eyes is its accessibility, its now-and-then-ness that seems somewhat imperative, though it’s not exactly clear why. The echoey “Let’s Dream Tonight” and “To My Gemini” offer a monotonous reprieve from the over-produced and under-titillating Kanye-esque cluttered world refracting into everything. Prism Eyes is kind of like the way a big healthy salad can reverse the damage of too many Big Macs; Reading Rainbow may not be as dramatic as the other options out there, but nonetheless their essence is a necessity. And despite our seemingly endless feedback loop of insanity, everything is all right even when it’s not, or at least, through the haze it appears that way.

Vanity Theft Announce New Album And Tour

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After several months of heavy touring in support of their latest EP, Anatomy, Ohio’s Vanity Theft are pleased to announce a release date for their next LP, Get What You Came For. The LP will be released digitally on February 1, with physical copies available in stores on March 1 via Vigilante Music/Adamant Records.

Get What You Came For finds the group enjoying a new line-up (former Disney Channel star Lalaine joined the group earlier in the year,) and creating what Vanity Theft does best: music that is catchy, edgy, and dancey as hell, in the tradition of The Runaways and Sleater-Kinney.

Vanity Theft is also bracing for a nationwide tour next year, traveling alongside Hunter Valentine. Full tracklist and tour dates below:

Get What You Came For

1. Trainwreck

2. Limb from Limb

3. My Cup Runneth Over

4. Rattle Rattle

5. Bit By Bit

6. Textbook Answer

7. Anatomy

8. End Scene

9. Dead Battery

10. Missing Teeth

2011 Tour (All dates with Hunter Valentine)

February 2 – New York, NY – The Knitting Factory
February 4 – Washington, DC – U Street Music Hall
February 5 – Charlotte, NC – The Milestone
February 7 – Atlanta, GA – Purgatory
February 9 – Webster, TX – Club Eden
February 10 – Austin, TX – Emo’s
February 11 – San Antonio, TX – Korova
February 12 – Dallas, TX – Sue Ellen’s
February 13 – Oklahoma City, OK – The Conservatory
February 17 – Scottsdale, AZ – The Rogue Bar
February 18 – San Diego, CA – Soda Bar
February 20 – San Francisco, CA – Milk Bar
February 24 – Seattle, WA – Studio Seven
February 25 – Boise, ID – Neurolux
February 26 – Salt Lake City, UT – Burts Tiki
March 1 – Kansas City, MO – The Riot Room
Mar 2 – St. Louis, MO – Ciceros

Secondhand Sunday: Stephen Malkmus ‘Discretion Grove’

Today’s Secondhand Sunday comes from a musician who is very near and dear to my heart, Stephen Malkmus. Since the mention of ‘Jicks’ weren’t really used on his first solo album I feel wierd including it in here. The video is for my favorite SM song, Discretion Grove and its also my favorite video by him since he left Pavement. Maybe because he’s in it acting like a fool. I wish he would go back to that. He was such a good music video actor.