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Various Artists | Ze 30: Ze Records Story 1979-2009

Strut (2009)
Impromptu dance parties have begun to interrupt the domesticity of my household, and my family would like to thank Strut for supplying the soundtrack.
By: ZETH LUNDY  |  August 19, 2009


Review: Choo Choo La Rouge | Black Clouds

Kiam (2009)
Choo Choo La Rouge have an affiliation with Boston, but their plaid-shirt-and-jeans rock reaches across the map to warmer climes, maybe to laid-back spots like Athens or Austin.
By: ZETH LUNDY  |  August 10, 2009


Elvis Presley | From Elvis in Memphis

Elvis Presley temporarily avoided the obvious (and, one could argue, tragic) destiny of a washed-up parody with The '68 Comeback Special , a TV show that lifted the retaining wall of nodding yes men and lucrative movie contracts to reveal a mythic force continuing to pulse.
By: ZETH LUNDY  |  July 28, 2009


Those Darlins | Self-titled

Oh Wow Dang (2009)
If summer finally decides to arrive this year, it'll have a heckuva soundtrack waiting for it.
By: ZETH LUNDY  |  July 15, 2009


Future of the Left | Travels With Myself and Another

4D (2009)
There's a fine line between stupid and clever, as Spinal Tap once quipped, and don't these Future of the Left guys just know it.
By: ZETH LUNDY  |  July 01, 2009


Jarvis Cocker | Further Complications

Rough Trade (2009)
For his second solo album, the former Pulp frontman lays waste to his typically polished sound with the help of de-prettier Steve Albini.
By: ZETH LUNDY  |  May 12, 2009


He's their rock

Superdrag redeem themselves
The pantheon of Where Are They Nows is populated with fallen and faded demigods, yes, but could've-beens, almost-weres, and also-rans crowd the wings.
By: ZETH LUNDY  |  April 02, 2009


Super Furry Animals | Dark Days / Light Years

Rough Trade (2009)
What better way to say hwyl! to this ponderous decade than with a hulking slab of psych jams from one of its most consistent and chameleonic bands?
By: ZETH LUNDY  |  March 30, 2009


Micachu & the Shapes | Jewellery

Rough Trade (2009)
Jewellery 's regressive auditory freakout is part of its greater complexity.
By: ZETH LUNDY  |  March 23, 2009


Solo contender

A.C. Newman adjusts to the limelight on Get Guilty
When Carl Newman walks down a New York City sidewalk and seizes some sudden flicker of inspiration by humming bits of melody into his Blackberry.
By: ZETH LUNDY  |  March 10, 2009


Elvis Perkins | Elvis Perkins in Dearland

XL (2009)
Elvis Perkins is the third Elvis on my iPod, and he's also the least controversial of the lot: he doesn't shake his pelvis or appropriate the unsung musical styles of others, and he certainly hasn't engaged in an epithet-laced bar fight at a Holiday Inn.
By: ZETH LUNDY  |  March 03, 2009


Neko Case | Middle Cyclone

Anti (2009)
Middle Cyclone is Neko Case's most fearless and arresting record, ruthlessly composed and beautifully recorded.
By: ZETH LUNDY  |  March 02, 2009


N.A.S.A. | The Spirit of Apollo

Anti- (2009)
I could fill up my allotted space by simply listing the plethora of cameos, not to mention incongruous match-ups, stuffed within this Benetton ad of a debut by Squeak E. Clean and DJ Zegan, a/k/a N.A.S.A.
By: ZETH LUNDY  |  February 18, 2009


Morrissey | Years of Refusal

Lost Highway (2009)
"Could this be an arm around my waist?" asks Morrissey on the final track of his ninth post-Smiths solo album, adding, "Surely the hand contains a knife."
By: ZETH LUNDY  |  February 09, 2009


Review: Franz Ferdinand's Tonight: Franz Ferdinand

Domino (2009)
On their third full-length, Franz Ferdinand continue to kick out that post-punk/disco thrust that made past singles "Take Me Out" and "Do You Want To" such loosened-skinny-tie pleasures.
By: ZETH LUNDY  |  January 27, 2009


Review: Mark Olson and Gary Louris, Ready for the Flood (New West)

Return of the Hawks
Some of us sat idly by while the Stooges, the Pixies, the Police, and the New Kids were busy plotting their improbable reunions, our arms crossed, feigning indifference.
By: ZETH LUNDY  |  January 20, 2009


Review: Anthony Hamilton | The Point of it All

Anthony Hamilton is like a latter-day Bill Withers, with a gruff, straight-talkin' voice that can holler at you from across the room and then downshift to a gentler, fatherly tone once you draw close.
By: ZETH LUNDY  |  December 16, 2008


Review: Nina Simone - To Be Free: The Nina Simone Story

Nina Simone was her own gospel, a sinuous force of uncompromising power and righteous beauty.
By: ZETH LUNDY  |  December 09, 2008


Pavement | Brighten the Corners: Nicene Creedence Edition

Matador (2008)
In 1997, not quite 10 years after he formed Pavement in Stockton, California, with friend Scott Kannberg, Stephen Malkmus was still singing like a dude unsure of what he wanted to be.
By: ZETH LUNDY  |  December 02, 2008


The Peth | The Golden Mile

Strangetown (2008)
Rock drummers, like lumberjacks and insult comics, aren’t known for subtlety, as we typically observe from their solo albums and side projects.
By: ZETH LUNDY  |  November 24, 2008


Belle and Sebastian | The BBC Sessions

Matador (2008)
Call ’em twee or call ’em bookish (after all, they did take their name from a French children’s book), but don’t call Belle & Sebastian anemic.
By: ZETH LUNDY  |  November 18, 2008

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