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Tuesday, February 15 2011

Joan As Police Woman: The Deep Field

Joan Wasser's third album with her Joan As Police Woman proves a dense listen, but one that rewards patience and attention with gems of blues and soul for the new decade.


Wednesday, February 2 2011

Phil Manley: Life Coach

Phil Manley (Trans Am, the Fucking Champs) pays his respects to his Krautrock heroes, but doesn't make enough out of his own voice to keep this record afloat.


Bilal: Levels EP

"Levels" has Flying Lotus’s sonic fingerprints all over it, even if he was only involved with a "re-edit" here.


Tuesday, February 1 2011

Sic Alps: Napa Asylum

Lo-fi devotees Sic Alps shred a good deal of the layers of noise that shrouded their past releases in favor of more straight-forward, blues-inspired songwriting -- it's a good experiment, but they haven't quite worked out the kinks yet.


Thursday, January 27 2011

Smith Westerns: Dye It Blonde

Smith Westerns make an unfussy record full to the brim of subtle pop brilliance and unimpeachable rock touchstones.


Wednesday, January 26 2011

The Radio Dept.: Never Follow Suit

This follow-up EP to last year's brilliant Clinging to a Scheme delivers more pop delicacies from the Swedish trio.


Tuesday, January 11 2011

Various Artists: Psych Funk Sa-Re-Ga!

Psych Funk Sa-Re-Ga! offers the screeching guitar tones and blurting organs you'd expect, with spirited and blissful head trips peppering its 20 thoroughly researched selections.


Thursday, November 18 2010

Modest Mouse: Sad Sappy Sucker / The Fruit That Ate Itself

Modest Mouse reissue Sad Sappy Sucker and The Fruit That Ate Itself, both works that give an interesting glimpse into the band's early days -- and one definitely worth the time to listen.


Wednesday, November 17 2010

Girl Talk: All Day

Girl Talk returns with a surprise (and free) new album of mash-up fervor, but the formula's wearing thin by now.


Sunday, November 14 2010

Bee Vs. Moth: Acronymous

Throughout Acronymous there are musical allusions to Don Caballero, Herb Alpert, Ornette Coleman, and, maybe distantly, a more raucous Calexico. In any case, their Austin roots are strong.


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