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Monday, February 10 2014

All India Radio: Fall Remixes

Martin Kennedy and company revisit that one All India Radio album that had vocals. It sounds better this time.


Peter Macleod: Rolling Stone

In many ways, this record could have come out circa 1965


Wednesday, February 5 2014

The Traps: Boom Pow Awesome Wow

Boom Pow Awesome Wow and its lack of fidelity makes Hüsker Dü’s Land Speed Record sound like Steely Dan’s Aja.


Lolawolf: Lolawolf EP

Lolawolf are burnin' up for your love.


The Speakers: En el Marvelloso Mundo de Ingeson

Latin folky psych-rock from 1968 feels mighty dated now.


Tuesday, February 4 2014

Through the Sparks: Invisible Kids

Through the Sparks already have an impressive discography, but this collection shows just how many great sounds exist outside of their proper records.


Juan Wauters: N.A.P. North American Poetry

This album is surely pleasant, but the moments that stick happen when we forget Wauters' ties to his band, the Beets, and there could be more of those moments here.


The New Mendicants: Into the Lime

Joe Pernice, Teenage Fanclub's Norman Blake, and the Sadies' Mike Belitsky give us a lush collection of clever but bittersweet songs on Into the Lime.


The Show Ponies: We’re Not Lost

Bluegrass/old-timey outfit offers a sophomore disc.


Monday, February 3 2014

Snowbird: Moon

This is a solid debut from a confident pair, one with room to grow into this sound, which is far tighter at its core than some of its gossamer layers might suggest.


Weird Owl: Healing

Strong start, weak middle, so-so finish. And all in just five songs!


Dexateens: Sunsphere EP

This is a platter of pretty good deep-fried rock that feels like the anthems of many a trucker cruising the roads of the Confederacy.


Friday, January 31 2014

Ancient Sky: All Get Out

Brooklyn four-piece will feed your head.


Thursday, January 30 2014

American Werewolf Academy: Out of Place All the Time

You can listen to this album and pretty much spot the influence of previous bands of vintage, which is not necessarily a bad thing.


Randy Brecker: The Brecker Brothers Band Reunion

One day Randy Brecker woke up to find himself in a "reunited" Brecker Brothers Band.


Wednesday, January 29 2014

Mt. Royal: Mt. Royal EP

Mt. Royal is an indie rock outfit of its own pedigree, and goes further beyond being a mere Beach House knock off.


Ghost BC: If You Have Ghost

It takes more than a gimmick, kids.


Tsuyoshi Niwa: At the End of the Day

Japanese saxophonist Tsuyoshi Niwa gets a little help from Randy Brecker -- not that he really needed it or anything.


Monday, January 27 2014

Matt Boroff: Sweet Hand of Fate

Sweet Hand of Fate is an irresistible, thundering blend of crunchy blues-rock and grungy beatnik solipsism.


Teenage Bottlerocket: American Deutsch Bag 7”

The American Deutsch Bag seven-inch is a smorgasbord of stuff that doesn’t really hang together or make a whole lot of sense.


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