Mount Moriah - "Miracle Temple"

I first heard of Mount Moriah a few years ago, when my semi-obsession with the Mountain Goats somehow pointed me to a three-song EP called The Letting Go. The opening and closing tracks were good enough, if unconvincing; but that middle one? The title track has this simple and sudden piano line, these lazily beautiful vocals and lyrics that preach the bible but somehow come off as sultry. If you follow independent mu...

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Bonnie "Prince" Billy & Dawn McCarthy - "What the Brothers Sang"

What the Brothers Sang is a collection of Everly Brothers songs covered by singer-songwriter-actor Will Oldham, aka Bonnie “Prince” Billy, and Dawn McCarthy, singer of the band Faun Fables. The brothers Everly are the quintessential pop duo of the ‘50s, their popular songs are sticky-sweet-rot-your-teeth candy that you might hear on a golden oldies radio station. The songs on this album explore a range of count...

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Youth Lagoon - "Wondrous Bughouse"

People stop acting like children, for one thing, because they are conditioned to, out of some sort of perceived social necessity. Another reason though, is that years are added to a person's life in layers--piling on, relentlessly wrapping the individual in layer after layer of the harshness of life, slowly deadening them to the outside. An adult feels so much less than the average child because their life-shel...

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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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