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...

18 Jun 5:26 PM 0 Read More...

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...

04 Jun 8:48 PM 0 Read More...

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...

28 May 4:36 PM 0 Read More...

Deerhunter - "Monomania"

With each album you can hear Deerhunter becoming more and more comfortable with the art of recording music. This album seems to take leaps forward with the their unique style of noisy pop soaked in distortion. For those unfamiliar with their previous releases Deerhunter is a band from Atlanta, Georgia fronted by Bradford Cox. They have a unique blend of poppy guitar melodies blended with distortion, reverb, and many ...

17 May 5:53 PM 0 Read More...

CU Independent: Required Listening: "Knock Knock" by Smog

In Required Listening, music director Sam shares some of his favorite records from his collection. This article originally appeared at the CU Independent. Bill Callahan isn’t the kind of artist who makes it easy for listeners to understand him, but anyone gazing at the absurd artwork on this absurdly titled record should already have some idea of that. And yet all of Callahan’s work under the Smog moniker has ...

13 May 9:32 PM 0 Read More...