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by Timothy Gabriele

10 Dec 2009


Shakira
“She Wolf”



If you were to propose a song by the Latin contortionist sensation Shakira produced by one of the guys from The Apples in Stereo (John Hill) and another guy from The Bravery (Sam Endicott), it would unequivocally sound like a disaster on paper. Yet, what we have is the closest vie yet for the long tail of the DFA on the pop charts. This is not to suggest pop validation by indie credibility, but rather just the opposite. Rubbery bass, ricocheting fricka-fricka guitars, and seductive vocoder (not, mind you, auto-tune) have never sounded so deliriously insatiable as they do in a format palatable for both hidebound radio and libertine clubland. Utterly ace.
Timothy Gabriele

by Faye Rasmussen

10 Dec 2009


Corinne Bailey Rae is set to release her second album on January 26th, a follow up to her Grammy-winning first album. Though the newest release, titled The Sea, isn’t out for another month and a half, the album’s first single, “I’d Do It All Again”, was recently performed on Later…with Jools Holland. Catch the performance below: 

by Ben Schumer

9 Dec 2009


Liars
Sisterworld
(Mute)
Releasing: 9 March 2010

The follow-up to Liars’ eponymous fourth album is entitled Sisterworld. The press release claims that the album delves into “alternate spaces people create in order to maintain identity in a city like LA ... where outcasts and loners celebrate a skewered relationship to society.” So, another concept album from Liars, it seems. The opening track, “Scissor”, is now available for free download on the album’s website.

SONG LIST
01 Scissor [MP3]
02 No Barrier Fun
03 Here Comes All the People
04 Drip
05 Scarecrows on a Killer Slant
06 I Still Can See an Outside World
07 Proud Evolution
08 Drop Dead
09 The Overachievers
10 Goodnight Everything
11 Too Much, Too Much

by Jason Gross

9 Dec 2009


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Roman Candle
“Why Modern Radio Is A-OK”



This North Carolina band managed to craft one of the smartest, strangest anthems about the airwaves. As singer Skip Matheny professes, they love the radio but not because it plays their favorite music. Actually, they think it sucks and that’s exactly why they like it. They don’t want to hear the classic songs that break their heart (i.e. Dylan, Neil Young, Van Morrison) so the crappy stations nowadays get the thumbs up from them. Pretty twisted, eh? Jason Gross

by Adrien Begrand

9 Dec 2009


Delorean
“Seasun”



In direct contrast to the trendy, glo-fi charm of Washed Out, Memory Tapes, and Small Black came this gigantic, shimmering, glorious blast of exuberant electro-pop courtesy Barcelona’s Delorean. Built around a deceptively simple house beat and female vocal sample, the foursome adds layer upon layer to the four and a half minute track, eventually building to a gorgeous, gently propulsive climax that transports us back to the late ‘80s and early ‘90s, when cutting edge music wasn’t afraid to sound big.
Adrien Begrand

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Fave Five: Alpine

// Sound Affects

"Australian sextet Alpine's newest album is a fantastic expansion of their joyous pop sound, but two members give us five records apiece that helped define their unique musical identities.

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