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They Might Be Giants | Join Us
I don't formally speak for all TMBG fans, but I think I speak for most TMBG fans when I say that every post-John Henry studio release has been greeted with crossed fingers and a mantra: "Pre-John Henry caliber."
| August 03, 2011
Various Artists | True Soul: Deep Sounds from the Left of Stax
Soul hounds love deep, obscure shit — the deeper it is, the more obscure it is, the funkier it is, the more Southern it is, the better.
| July 12, 2011
Tedeschi Trucks Band | Revelator
Sony Masterworks (2011)
If you like your summer soundtrack replete with the familial, genre-stir-fried Good Life incarnate, then this CD is right in your friggin' wheelhouse.
| June 09, 2011
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds | Expanded Collectors Editions | Let Love In | Murder Ballads | The Boatman's Call | No More Shall We Part
The four classic albums that Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds released between 1994 and 2001 served as a crucial transition.
| May 12, 2011
Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit | Here We Rest
Lightning Rod (2011)
Jason Isbell's stint as the Drive-By Truckers' third axman/singer-songwriter was brief but revelatory: dude was a veritable outta-nowhere sensation who sounded as if he'd been road-tripping in bands of that caliber for decades.
| April 13, 2011
Various Artists | Those Shocking, Shaking Days: Indonesian Hard, Psychedelic, Progressive Rock and Funk 1970–1978
I know what you're thinking: Is Those Shocking, Shaking Days: Indonesian Hard, Psychedelic, Progressive Rock and Funk 1970-1978 really as mind-bendingly, earth-shatteringly, consciousness-alteringly awesome as its title would suggest? Abso-fucking-lutely.
| March 10, 2011
Drive-By Truckers | Go-Go Boots
I've argued that Drive-By Truckers — the definitive post-Southern-rock Southern-rock band — haven't been the same since parting ways with Jason Isbell, and their previous two releases serve as spotty Exhibits A and B.
| March 03, 2011
Gruff Rhys | Hotel Shampoo
Gruff Rhys has gone into extracurricular overdrive. In the past five years, he's released more solo albums and side projects than he has discs with his long-time band Super Furry Animals.
| February 09, 2011
The Jayhawks | Hollywood Town Hall (Expanded) and Tomorrow the Green Grass (Legacy Edition)
The reedy voices of Mark Olson and Gary Louris are why the Jayhawks stood out from the '90s alt-country crowd - two inextricably linked stalks of lonesome beauty, they remain impossible to discern from each other, impossible to peel apart.
| January 19, 2011
Review: Elvis Costello | National Ransom
Hear Music (2010)
Back in the late '70s and early '80s, Elvis Costello would plot his cosmic knowledge of music history into his own songs, as if they were booty for like-minded music geeks.
| October 26, 2010
John Lennon | Signature Box
Part absurdist wit, part domestic romantic, and part quasi-revolutionary, John Lennon had a restless, albeit brief, post-Beatles career.
| October 05, 2010
Sun Kil Moon | Admiral Fell Promises
Caldo Verde (2010)
I'm convinced that Mark Kozelek is actually a hypnotist posing as a musician.
| July 07, 2010
Pernice Brothers | Goodbye, Killer
In the four years since the previous Pernice Brothers album, Joe Pernice has published a terrific debut novel ( It Feels So Good When I Stop ), released an accompanying soundtrack, and had his name catapulted into Twitter infamy by his acerbic foil (and manager), Joyce Linehan.
| June 16, 2010
The Black Keys | Brothers
Once just another guitar/drums garage-blues duo, Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney have moved beyond the garage and the blues and are now making quintessentially American music that’s knee-deep in funky R&B.
| June 10, 2010
Ketman | Ketman a Go Go
Lifted & Gifted (2010)
The winking disconnect between Ketman’s promotional art (swingin’ young people from a half-century ago enjoying the pleasures of their hi-fi system; Twiggy types with black bars across their eyes) and Ketman’s music (lean, pugilistic rock with 1980s American punk in its rear-view mirror) is now a little less disconnect-y.
| May 19, 2010
The New Pornographers | Together
Once a group of Canadian unknowns masquerading as a supergroup, the New Pornographers are no longer entirely Canadian or unknown, and neither are they the same cavalier bunch who redefined left-field power pop for the Naughts.
| May 04, 2010
Jakob Dylan | Women + Country
“Boring” is the sort of adjective used by music snobs (hi there!) to describe the Wallflowers, the band who brought Jakob Dylan’s hoarse and unexcitable voice into the mainstream.
| April 21, 2010
The Unthanks | Here's the Tender Coming
Rough Trade (2010)
Rachel and Becky Unthank appear to have stepped out of another time and place.
| April 14, 2010
Untied States | Instant Everything, Constant Nothing
Atlanta’s Untied States have arguably the most un-Google-able name in contemporary rock.
| April 07, 2010
Iggy & The Stooges | Raw Power (Legacy Edition)
We can argue all you want about proto-this and seminal that, but when Raw Power is on the stereo, it’s hard to deny that it’s the greatest rock record ever.
| March 23, 2010
Gorillaz | Plastic Beach
Although this is their first album without an indie-chic producer, the fake band with fake cartoon characters known as Gorillaz stay the course as a very real post-Blur conduit for Damon Albarn's quasi-apocalyptic, '80s-daydreaming, neon-pop habit.
| March 16, 2010
The Current Issue
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Where To Follow Me
| March 24, 2013 at 11:09 AM
Mo Takes His Turn
March 21, 2013 at 12:59 PM
[Q&A] KMFDM's Sascha Konietzko on art, Columbine and having balls
On The Download
| March 18, 2013 at 3:22 PM
See this film series: The Belmont World Film Series @ Studio Cinema in Belmont
Outside The Frame
| March 18, 2013 at 11:00 AM
See this film: This is Spinal Tap [with post-film talk by expert from Acoustical Society of America] @ the Coolidge
March 17, 2013 at 12:00 PM
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