Mike Katzif

Digital Producer, Soundcheck

Mike Katzif appears in the following:

First Listen: The Amazing, 'Ambulance'

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Playing with an unhurried improvisational spirit, the Swedish band unspools melodies that don't grab you so much as slowly burrow under your skin.


First Listen: Deerhoof, 'The Magic'

Thursday, June 16, 2016

The band's tense, visceral, unpredictable sound doesn't let listeners get comfortable for very long. These 15 songs were inspired by the music each Deerhoof member grew up loving.


First Listen: Diarrhea Planet, 'Turn To Gold'

Thursday, June 02, 2016

With its four guitarists, the band crafts a potent and sometimes ridiculous mix of garage rock, pop punk, metal and even Southern rock.


First Listen: Andy Shauf, 'The Party'

Thursday, May 12, 2016

On his new album, the Canadian singer-songwriter crafts a batch of connected vignettes, offering up tiny observations from a single night.


First Listen: Nothing, 'Tired Of Tomorrow'

Thursday, May 05, 2016

Nothing's new album follows a tumultuous period in the band members' lives. Its 10 songs delve into anxiety and addiction, mental illness and mortality, while channeling anguish into catharsis.


First Listen: Julianna Barwick, 'Will'

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Barwick's songs are musical inkblot tests: The voices trickle in and out, but never quite materialize into lyrical coherency. So it's up to the listener to interpret them and ascribe personal meaning.


First Listen: King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, 'Nonagon Infinity'

Thursday, April 21, 2016

The Melbourne psych-rock septet unleashes a thoroughly realized journey, embedded in a frenzied barrage of riff-heavy head-bangers.


Songs We Love: Leapling, 'Hey Sister'

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

While the title of the Brooklyn trio's album Suspended Animation implies emotional stasis, it's actually the result of transition and change.


First Listen: Brass Bed, 'In The Yellow Leaf'

Thursday, March 31, 2016

On the Louisiana band's fourth album, its catchy and dynamic songs sound invigorated, immediate and more forceful than ever.


First Listen: Lucius, 'Good Grief'

Wednesday, March 02, 2016

"I had a dream where you were standing there with a gun up to my head." This is how Lucius drops us, in medias res, into "Madness," the evocative first song on the band's second album, Good Grief. What unfolds is a lucid dream-chase sequence that captures a desire ...


Songs We Love: Fear Of Men, 'Island'

Tuesday, March 01, 2016

At some point, we've all felt isolated from the people we love most, or found ourselves stuck in a decaying relationship that has warped into something unrecognizable. In her songs, Jessica Weiss, singer and guitarist of Fear Of Men, has used a nimble touch to regularly address these ...


Coming Monday: Thao & The Get Down Stay Down, 'A Man Alive' First Listen

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

"We grieve so deep in disguise / The private lives of private eyes," Thao sings in "Hand To God." It's a simple yet striking line that illuminates the emotional backbone of her brilliant, jarring new album, A Man Alive. Throughout the record, Thao ruminates on how little we know ...


First Listen: Santigold, '99¢'

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

The cover of Santigold's 99¢ shows Santi White as she's shrink-wrapped tight like a Barbie doll amid a candy-colored clutter of lifestyle accessories. Smacked right onto the cheapo cellophane, a yellow price tag declares the album's title, as if it's a dollar bin — or, perhaps, taking a clever ...


Songs We Love: TEEN, 'Tokyo'

Tuesday, January 05, 2016

A band is a lot like family. Musicians spend years trying to get inside each other's heads, learn one another's tics and establish a creative bond. But when your band is also your actual family, that collaborative intimacy can come more innately. That's true for TEEN, the Brooklyn-based foursome first ...


First Listen: Bill Ryder-Jones, 'West Kirby County Primary'

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

He's only in his early 30s, but Bill Ryder-Jones shoulders the heavy burden of someone far older. The English guitarist and composer writes aching songs with the somber resignation of someone still searching for answers and inner peace, and his plaintive lyrics allude to a lifetime of personal struggles ...


First Listen: Beach Slang, 'The Things We Do To Find People Who Feel Like Us'

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

At its best and most socially inclusive, punk can be a source of salvation. It's a sentiment that James Snyder not only embraces, but expresses freely in his songs every chance he gets. A fortysomething punk-rock lifer, Snyder cut his teeth in the '90s with the little-known but much-loved Pennsylvania ...


Songs We Love: Pity Sex, 'What Might Soothe You?'

Monday, September 28, 2015

With a name like Pity Sex, it wouldn't be wrong to giggle a little. But there's far more power in the Ann Arbor-based band than its self-deprecating, kinda-emo moniker suggests. On its 2013 full-length debut, Feast Of Love, Pity Sex unfurled a windswept blur of hurts-so-good distortion and ...


Songs We Love: Sports, 'Get Bummed Out'

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

The doubt and heartache stirred up by messy romances and distant crushes are at the core of Carmen Perry's songs. The primary songwriter of Sports, Perry writes in emotionally direct phrases, which capture the confusion and vulnerability that often comes with being young and in love. That theme ...


Songs We Love: Air Waves, 'Thunder'

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

It happens all the time: We see someone walking down the street, sitting on a train, or standing in line, maybe make eye contact for a split second — and then go on with our day. Normally, we don't give those interactions much thought. But for Nicole Schneit, the New ...


First Listen: Telekinesis, 'Ad Infinitum'

Wednesday, September 09, 2015

Michael Benjamin Lerner was stuck. After three albums of fuzzy and fizzy power pop, the singer, songwriter, drummer and mastermind behind Telekinesis felt sapped of ideas, as if he'd taken his guitar-driven sound as far as it could go. Writer's block can be a paralyzing frustration, riddled with second-guessing ...