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Maps and Atlases – Perch Patchwork [2010]

Posted in indie rock,math rock by deek on August 24, 2010

Blonde Redhead – Penny Sparkle [2010]

Posted in dream pop,indie rock by deek on August 20, 2010

Blonde Redhead return this fall with the release of Penny Sparkle, the sublime new album from the fêted New York trio. Released on September 14th (13th outside the US), Penny Sparkle – the band’s third for 4AD – marks another sonic twist in their already adventurous canon. It was made over the last year with the band journeying between New York and Stockholm to work with production duo Van Rivers and The Subliminal Kid (Fever Ray, Glasser) and as with their previous album, 23, Alan Moulder (Depeche Mode, My Bloody Valentine, Yeah Yeah Yeahs) was enlisted to mix it.

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Black Mountain – Wilderness Heart [2010]

Posted in indie rock,psychedelic rock,stoner by deek on August 20, 2010

The members of Canadian psych-rockers Black Mountain have stayed busy since the release of their last album with their side projects, which included frontman Stephen McBean’s Pink Mountaintops and keyboardist/vocalist Amber Webber’s Lightning Dust. Reconvening for third LP found the band exploring new options, notably opening their doors to outside producers. What resulted were sessions with producers D. Sardy and Randall Dunn, who have worked with bands as varied as LCD Soundsystem and Spoon (Sardy), to Sunn 0))) and Boris (Dunn). Longtime label Jagjaguwar is handling release duties for the album, which McBean claims contains both their heaviest and folkiest material to date. -prefixmag

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Arcade Fire – The Suburbs [2010]

Posted in chamber pop,indie pop,indie rock by deek on August 16, 2010


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Women – Public Strain [2010]

Posted in indie rock,lo-fi,noise pop,post-punk by deek on August 14, 2010


Back in the glory days of 2008, some scrappy Calgary boys going by the name of Women put out a much-loved self-titled debut. So loved, in fact, that it ended up at a respectable #17 on TMT’s 2008 year-end list. But that’s all in the past, because it is 2010 and Women are releasing a second LP by the name of Public Strain on September 28. Like last year’s re-released version of Women’s self-titled debut, Public Strain will be coming out via the fine folks at Jagjaguwar. And like every version of Women’s debut, the new record was produced by ex-busker genius Chad VanGaalen. When you’ve got the watchful eye of VanGaalen looking over you, you know things are going to be good. By good, I mean, noisy and fuzzy and warmly hooky and, yeah, probably also good. -tinymixtapes

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The National – High Violet [2010]

Posted in alternative,chamber pop,indie rock,post-punk by deek on May 29, 2010


The National is a Brooklyn-based alternative rock band formed in 1999, by friends from Cincinnati, Ohio. The band’s lyrics are written and sung by Matt Berninger in a distinctive, deep baritone. The rest of the band is composed of two pairs of brothers: Aaron and Bryce Dessner and Scott and Bryan Devendorf. Aaron plays guitar, bass and piano, Bryce plays guitar, Scott plays bass and guitar, and Bryan is the drummer. Their self-titled debut album “The National” (Brassland 2001) was recorded and released before they had played even a single show. They cut the album with engineer Nick Lloyd and formed a label with writer Alec Bemis, so those recordings could be released. Kerrang! magazine gave it four Ks, calling it “the stuff underground legends are made of.” The National made a second album, “Sad Songs for Dirty Lovers” (Brassland/Talitres 2003). The staff was the same, though Peter Katis, who produced both Interpol records, helped produce and mix, and Australian composer Padma Newsome from Clogs collaborated on arrangements and strings. Following the first session of several for Bernard Lenoir on France’s Radio Inter, an in-between EP was released, Cherry Tree, containing what would become the blueprint for the sound on their next record and the session of Sad Song’s standout Murder Me Rachael. After these accolades and being impressed by their live show, Roger Trust signed them to Beggars Banquet.

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LCD Soundsystem – This Is Happening [2010]

Posted in dance-punk,electronic,electronica,indie rock,new wave by deek on April 26, 2010

LCD Soundsystem is the musical side project of producer James Murphy, co-founder of New York City dance-punk label DFA Records. Formed in 2002, the music of LCD Soundsystem can also be described as a mix of alternative dance and post punk, along with elements of disco and other styles. During live performances, Murphy is accompanied by Al Doyle (guitar, percussion — also of Hot Chip), Phil Skarich (bass), Nancy Whang (keyboards) and Pat Mahoney (drums) Previous members include Tyler Pope (!!! / Out Hud) (bass), Phil Mossman (guitar, percussion). LCD Soundsystem gained attention with its first single, “Losing My Edge”. The song, which sounds like the boastings of a music geek put to an electronic beat, received acclaim in 2002. Murphy released a double album simply titled LCD Soundsystem in February of 2005 to critical acclaim. The first disk of the album contains new music and the second contains rereleases of songs previously released as singles. The opening track “Daft Punk Is Playing At My House” entered the uk Top 40 in March 2005. On December 8, 2005 the group received nominations for two Grammys in the electronica category for their self-titled album and in the Dance category for “Daft Punk Is Playing At My House”. This album was also chosen as one of Amazon.com’s Top 100 Editor’s Picks of 2005. In March 2007, the band released their second album entitled Sound Of Silver. The album has spawned four singles including “North American Scum”, “All My Friends”, “Someone Great” and “Time To Get Away”. Sound Of Silver saw a move towards a more traditional song writing approach whilst still maintaining the production values of their eponymous debut effort.

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Plants And Animals – La La Land [2010]

Posted in indie rock by deek on April 26, 2010

Plants and Animals are a Canadian indie-rock band from Montreal, composed of guitarist-vocalists Warren Spicer and Nic Basque, and drummer-vocalist Matthew ‘the Woodman’ Woodley. They are signed to Secret City Records. The first seeds of the band were originally planted on Canada’s salty-aired East Coast in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Young Warren C. Spicer and Matthew ‘the Woodman’ Woodley had begun playing together in high-school bands. The sea winds eventually carried them through the vast plains of Quebec to Montreal (a journey they would come to know intimately as the years wore on). It was in the now hallowed halls of Concordia University’s music department that they would come upon Nicolas Basque, a strange francophone native that shared their musical inclinations (and a trappeur’s finely-tuned taste in cuisine). It wasn’t until then that the three boys became men, signified their union with a name, and that Plants and Animals emerged from the wildlife. In 2003 they bat out an instrumental menagerie of song-like folk-beasts, and put some of them to tape in the form of a recording that local label Ships at Night would later release. By 2005 the three young men were taming the sprawling wilderness of their sound and sculpting real songs, as Spicer also lead the way to a (hitherto unheard of) vocal domination of their material—as if he had been possessed by the ghost of some recently departed soul singer. During this time Spicer and Woodley would occasionally stop by to care for some of the neighbours—Timber, Socalled, and Katie Moore—and play. All the while, the Halifax-born were jamming and pruning with Basque, harnessing the band and its songs like a wild horse.

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Radio 4 – The New Song and Dance [2000]

Posted in dance-punk,indie,indie rock,post-punk,rock by jheisel on March 25, 2010

MGMT – Congratulations [2010]

Posted in indie electronic,indie rock,progressive pop by deek on March 19, 2010



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MGMT began writing for the album in early 2009 in a “small cabin in the woods”, eventually heading to Malibu to record with Pete Kember, ex-member of Spacemen 3, and vocal contributions from Royal Trux singer Jennifer Herrema VanWyngarden has stated that the album is influenced by the band’s massive rise in popularity since Oracular Spectacular’s release. “It’s us trying to deal with all the craziness that’s been going on since our last album took off. Sometimes it just doesn’t feel natural.” Paul McCartney has reported to have an interest in working with MGMT, “on some more dancey stuff with them.” On January 12, 2010, Andrew Van Wyngarden declared the album finished in an interview on the Spin Magazine website, saying: “It’s mixed and mastered, and now we’re just working on presenting it to the world”. On January 18, MGMT stated that they would prefer not releasing any singles on the new album. In an interview with NME the duo explained that new album is meant to be a complete body of songs rather than an album with standout singles. “We’d rather people hear the whole album as an album and see what tracks jump out rather than the ones that get played on the radio – if anything gets played on the radio!” Goldwasser explained. He added: “There definitely isn’t a ‘Time to Pretend’ or a ‘Kids’ on the album. We’ve been talking about ways to make sure people hear the album as an album in order and not just figure out what are the best three tracks, download those and not listen to the rest of it.” On February 5, 2010, a countdown clock appeared on the band’s website alongside a short still of a beach. The clock will eventually countdown to midnight (EST) on the morning of April 13 2010, hinting the new album will be released on that day. On March 9, 2010, the band released the song “Flash Delirium” as a free download. On March 19, 2010, the album was leaked in it’s entirety to the internet via file hosting websites.

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