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No Age – Everything In Between [2010]

Posted in experimental rock,noise pop,noise rock,post-punk by deek on August 29, 2010

 

Recorded in Los Angeles from the end of 2009 and into 2010, Everything in Between is the new album from No Age, the duo of Dean Spunt and Randy Randall. They emerged from former band Wives in 2005, to become No Age, worldwide glowing talismans for the DIY art-punk scene in LA […] And Everything in Between is a bold step in their creative evolution. It is a culmination of reflecting upon life’s ruptures and triumphs; the process of moving through these moments banged and bruised, yet better off for the wear and tear. They’ve pushed themselves in challenging and different directions, deconstructing their weird-out pop songs while still maintaining their original aesthetic and intent. Everything in Between sees No Age expand on the emotional force at the core of their catchy song-writing through tone, structure, noise, and samples. And, it’s their best record yet.

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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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My Disco – You / Young [2010]

Posted in math rock,noise rock,post-hardcore,post-punk by jheisel on May 30, 2010

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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Akarso – Parallel Chlorophyll Regions [1998]

Posted in math rock,post-punk,post-rock,screamo by jheisel on May 4, 2010

Akarso - Parallel Chlorophyll Regions

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Milwaukee’s Akarso produces heady trig rock that recalls configurations along the lines of Trenchmouth and Drive Like Jehu. The sound is heavy, nervous, and twitchy, with a decided Midwest influence along the lines of Shellac. The band’s intensity is downright unnerving, so you can’t help wondering what kind of coffee these guys have been drinking. Akarso’s rhythms are viciously intricate and powerful, and are nicely complemented by some great wounded, banshee-like vocals. Constantly alternating between precision and power, this band will surprise you again and again.

Sadly, Akarso decided to call it quits in the summer of 1999. Members are now in Call Me Lightning. (last.fm).

Radio 4 – The New Song and Dance [2000]

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

Have a Nice Life – Time of Land EP [2010]

Posted in experimental,post-punk,shoegaze by jheisel on March 17, 2010

Piano Magic – Ovations [2009]

Posted in art rock,darkwave,dream pop,neofolk,post-punk by deek on March 9, 2010



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From its conception as a bedroom-studio hobby in Summer 1996, Piano Magic’s trajectory has never been textbook – random at best. Originally, a self-confessed revolving door operation – musicians arriving, contributing and leaving as they pleased – they harvested a catalogue of varied singles, EPs and two albums by 1998. This convey-belt membership also resulted in a plethora of sonic stylings, from smallbeat Kraftwerkian Meccano Pop on debut album, ‘Popular Mechanics’ (1997) to the breathless, ethereal, multi-layered melancholy of ‘Low Birth Weight’ (1998). Only in 1999 did Piano Magic resemble anything like a conventional format group. Smooth-talked into playing a Dutch festival which actually turned out quite well, they decided to play anywhere they were wanted and began to build something of a cult following, particularly on the European Continent. They spectacularly showcased the post-modernist baroque sound of ‘Artists’ Rifles’ (1999) at the Benicassim and BAM music festivals. Ironically, the band have never infiltrated the hearts of the British music press – out of time, unfashionable and kinda weird looking, its best not to stay home much. Tours of Germany, Holland, Italy, Belgium, France, Spain peppered the next few years. The band signed to 4AD Records in 2000 and delivered their most critically contentious work, ‘Writers Without Homes’ and the soundtrack to Spanish director, Bigas Lunas’ ‘Son De Mar’ movie.

The Fall – Our Future Your Clutter (2010)

Posted in alternative,indie,new wave,post-punk,punk rock by jheisel on March 7, 2010

The Dismemberment Plan – The Dismemberment Plan Is Terrified! [1997]

Posted in dance-punk,indie,post-punk by deek on August 6, 2009

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