Eels - "Wonderful, Glorious"

Eels’ magnum opus was 2005’s double-album Blinking Lights and Other Revelations, a strange assemblage of tunes that aren’t quite rock and aren’t really pop and certainly aren’t noise. Like much of Eels’ work, Blinking Lights explores resilience in a fresh and novel way; it wears its heart on its sleeve but doesn’t come off as trite. Mark Oliver Everett (or simply E) followed the album not with an album ...

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Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - "Push the Sky Away"

Nick Cave is getting old. All of the press surrounding his twenty-first century output wants to make sure you remember this. Especially if you’re talking about Grinderman, a project whose entire aim appears to be re-creating Cave as a sort of Tasmanian Devil of depravity, a maniac raging and sputtering at the twin wells of pathos and weakness inherent to his character. But, as usual, the standard critical discourse...

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Jamie Lidell - "Jamie Lidell"

What exactly is Jamie Lidell’s place in music today? Back in 2005, around the release of his breakthrough LP, Multiply, he seemed like a world-beating maverick, an irreplaceable artist with the highly unique aim of integrating avant-garde electronic music, exemplified by the artists’ on Lidell’s venerable, groundbreaking label, Warp, with half a century’s worth of soul and R&B. When he released Jim, in ...

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Pissed Jeans - "Honeys"

Listening to Pissed Jeans newest release, Honeys, I am taken to a place where tight jean, tight shirt, tattooed ire-clad boys and girls are sweaty as all hell, moshing in their tiny garages or basements, just completely solemn, wild and sold on the noise. Chock full of all the screaming rage that the eighties punk movement had to offer with a twenty-first century polish, Matt Korvette continues to belt his angry ...

01 Mar 11:49 PM 0 Read More...

Grouper - "The Man Who Died in His Boat"

Good albums can be likened to infinite spectacles we have grown familiar with inside the human experience. They are vehicles, yes, they take us somewhere new and unexplored: some are trains, from point A to point B the scenery is displayed in a panorama while the soft hum of the wheels rapidly careening along the tracks lulls you into a peaceful trance; some are airplanes, unpredictable, the pilot’s voice invadin...

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