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Monday, February 21 2011

Ducktails: Ducktails III: Arcade Dynamics

Real Estate side project offers similarly chilled-out soundscapes for your summer haze.


Tuesday, February 15 2011

Big Head Blues Club: 4 February 2011 - Austin, TX

Sometimes revisiting the influences of the past can be a way to rekindle one's own inspiration and the Robert Johnson material seems to be firing up this crew.


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.


Various Artists: Dr. Boogie Presents Wasa Wasa: Fabulous Rhythm ‘n’ Blues Shakers, 1952-1968

While it might not be the best place to start your foray into classic R&B, Wasa Wasa is still a respectable collection, not to mention fun as hell.


Thursday, February 3 2011

The Trio of Oz: The Trio of Oz

Not the Wizard, but the Trio. Popular rock tunes translated into drums, piano, and bass. There's no place like jazz, there's no place like jazz, there's no place like jazz…


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.


Jimmy Edgar: XXX (Capsule Reviews) [26.Jan.11]
Cheyenne Marie Mize: Before Lately (Capsule Reviews) [25.Jan.11]
Christina Martin: I Can Too (Capsule Reviews) [24.Jan.11]
Girl Talk: All Day (Reviews) [17.Nov.10]
Bee Vs. Moth: Acronymous (Capsule Reviews) [14.Nov.10]
The Top Ten Pop Culture Podcasts (Mixed Media) [11.Nov.10]
Future Islands: Undressed (Reviews) [27.Oct.10]
Small Black: New Chain (Reviews) [26.Oct.10]
The Extra Lens: Undercard (Reviews) [20.Oct.10]
Dustin Wong: Infinite Love (Reviews) [19.Oct.10]
Goose: Synrise (Reviews) [18.Oct.10]
¡Mayday!: Stuck on an Island (Reviews) [13.Oct.10]
Clinic: Bubblegum (Reviews) [3.Oct.10]
His Name Is Alive: The Eclipse (Reviews) [29.Sep.10]
Grandchildren: Everlasting (Reviews) [26.Sep.10]
PVT: Church With No Magic (Reviews) [19.Sep.10]
Coil Sea: Coil Sea (Reviews) [25.Aug.10]
Óðmenn: Óðmenn (Capsule Reviews) [24.Aug.10]
Foals: iTunes Festival London 2010 EP (Capsule Reviews) [2.Aug.10]
Joe and Vicki Price Got the Blues (Mixed Media) [22.Jul.10]
Against Me!: White Crosses (Reviews) [1.Jun.10]
Erik Hassle: Pieces (Reviews) [1.Jun.10]
Chatmonchy: Kokuhaku (Capsule Reviews) [6.Apr.10]
Zora Young: The French Connection (Capsule Reviews) [18.Mar.10]
Todd Snider: 4.Mar.2010 - New York (Notes from the Road) [5.Mar.10]
Buddy Guy: 29.Jan.2010 - Chicago (Notes from the Road) [22.Feb.10]
Hardal: Nasil? Ne Zaman? (Capsule Reviews) [14.Jan.10]
Rembetiko—Special Edition (Reviews) [12.Jan.10]
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