Queens of the Stone Age - "Like Clockwork"

Although the cover art of this album, created by Boneface, is a nice warm and inviting color, the contrast of the skull man eating the woman is a more accurate portrayal of the album as a whole. Lyrically, this album can be compared to a dark cloud over a murky city. Joshua Homme was extremely depressed while writing this album (their first release in seven years), and this is reflected in the album's "raw as hell" n...

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Jon Hopkins - "Immunity"

Jon Hopkins is not an amateur musician seeking to please critics or new fans with a hyper-promoted album release. While many Americans may be unaware of the London-born musician, Hopkins has amassed a body of work that includes three solo albums prior to “Immunity,” several film scores, contributions to a variety of well-known acts such as Coldplay, David Holmes, Brian Eno, and King Creosote, as well as a handful...

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The Pastels - "Slow Summits"

"Slow Summits" is the first studio offering by The Pastels in nearly 16 years. The album was released on the band's own Domino Label, which has hosted such acts as Franz Ferdinand, Pavement, and Animal Collective. The Pastels were one of the early founders and supporters of the British indie movement know as Anorak, which later developed into the more widely known genre of twee pop. The band has narrowed its membersh...

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The Knife - "Shaking the Habitual"

The Knife’s Olof Dreijer and Karen Dreijer Andersson are students of disorder. They always have been, ever since early 2000s albums Silent Shout and Deep Cuts.  Call them the Swedish answer to Daft Punk; the Knife have always done whatever they want, regardless of what others think, and without the help or interaction with the media.  After seven years of media and public evasion and a production hiatus since 200...

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The National - "Trouble Will Find Me"

Baritone vocalist Matt Berninger said they chose the name The National because "it didn't mean anything; [it was] benign and meaningless". But the gloomy Brooklyn-based indie-rockers suddenly found their name most fitting when they were chosen to perform in front of 25,000 Americans before President Obama spoke in 2010. With exposure to such large audiences, The National's fifth LP High Violet was met with critical a...

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