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Gorillaz | Plastic Beach

Virgin (2010)
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.
By: ZETH LUNDY  |  March 16, 2010


Broken Bells | Broken Bells

Columbia (2010)
Danger Mouse ( né Brian Burton) had a pretty good run through the '00s, a decade that saw him go from a mash-up nobody to producer du jour for a motley assortment of artists.
By: ZETH LUNDY  |  March 09, 2010


Jimi Hendrix | Valleys Of Neptune

Legacy (2010)
The Imaginary Hendrix Vault boasts so many hypothetical treasures.
By: ZETH LUNDY  |  March 03, 2010


Field Music | Field Music (Measure)

Memphis Industries (2010)
It takes some serious balls to release a double album in an age when Peter Gabriel would rather go bald than wear a fox pelt on his head.
By: ZETH LUNDY  |  February 16, 2010


Fela Kuti | The ’69 L.A. Sessions

Knitting Factory (2010)
Amiri Baraka put it best in his poem "In the Funk World": "If Elvis Presley is King/Who is James Brown, God?" So, by that logic, is Fela Anikulapo Kuti higher than or equal to God?
By: ZETH LUNDY  |  February 09, 2010


Basia Bulat | Heart Of My Own

Rough Trade (2010)
Like a Laurel Canyon Billie Holiday or a pixilated Tracy Chapman, Bulat sports a voice rich with vibrato, hearty oomph, and dignified lonesomeness.
By: ZETH LUNDY  |  January 27, 2010


Spoon | Transference

Merge (2010)
Any year now, Spoon will release an album consisting of one 35-minute unfailing groove anchored by bass and peppered with erratic guitar-chord grunts and Britt Daniel's wordless exclamations ("Awright!") — an idealized endgame that distills the band's reductive technique to its purest state.
By: ZETH LUNDY  |  January 13, 2010


Various Artists | Casual Victim Pile: Austin 2010

Matador (2010)
The notion that regional musical flavors exist independently in American cities is quickly becoming an archaic truism, seeing as how the world really is a stage these days, at least in the digital sense.
By: ZETH LUNDY  |  January 06, 2010


Charlotte Hatherley | New Worlds

Minty Fresh (2009)
Charlotte Hatherley is to the 1990s as the Black Crowes are to the 1960s: not a revivalist, mind you, but a sympathizer — a careerist.
By: ZETH LUNDY  |  December 16, 2009


Elvis Presley | Elvis 75: Good Rockin' Tonight

RCA/Legacy (2009)
There's a plethora of Elvis Presley albums on the market, most of them compilations and box sets, each focusing on certain hits, eras, and/or styles.
By: ZETH LUNDY  |  December 08, 2009


Real Estate | Real Estate

Woodsist (2009)
Real Estate’s buzzed-about debut speaks the language of the season, its slow sunset of sound flush with twinkling Stratocasters, drum kits that trot off into the distance, and anemic vocals that, as with Grizzly Bear or Beach House, magnify the fragility of it all.
By: ZETH LUNDY  |  November 25, 2009


AC-DC | Backtracks

Columbia (2009)
How easy is it to admire AC/DC?
By: ZETH LUNDY  |  November 10, 2009


Morrissey | Swords

UME Imports (2009)
Morrissey — begrudging patron saint of all that is emotionally desolate and otherwise comfortably bummed — is but a mere mortal, as his recent collapse on stage proves.
By: ZETH LUNDY  |  November 06, 2009


David Bowie | Space Oddity: 40th Anniversary Edition

David Bowie’s 1969 album Man of Music/Man of Words was retitled a few years after its debut, most likely because it was quickly becoming known as Space Oddity and Those Other Eight Songs We Could Care Less About .
By: ZETH LUNDY  |  October 30, 2009


Spiral Stairs | The Real Feel

Matador (2009)
As his former band prepare to stage their much-ballyhooed reunion next year, Scott Kannberg is breaking his five-year recording silence with what is arguably his least cryptic post-Pavement release.
By: ZETH LUNDY  |  October 21, 2009


Flight of the Conchords | I Told You I Was Freaky

Sub Pop (2009)
The New Zealand “folk-comedy” duo Flight of the Conchords transcended folk and comedy on their debut LP, a soundtrack to the absurdist HBO show of the same name, with genre parodies that were great songs in their own right.
By: ZETH LUNDY  |  October 14, 2009


The Flaming Lips | Embryonic

Warner Bros. (2009)
If new albums by Super Furry Animals, 50 Foot Wave, and the Flaming Lips are any indication, 2009 is smack in the middle of a new psychedelic age.
By: ZETH LUNDY  |  October 19, 2009


Kurt Vile | Childish Prodigy

Matador (2009)
Kurt Vile's punny name, as well as the title of his latest full-length album, bespeaks low-art subversion.
By: ZETH LUNDY  |  September 28, 2009


Review: The Stone Roses | The Stone Roses (Legacy Edition)

Silvertone/Legacy (2009)
The Stone Roses' 1989 debut LP has been deified by such dubious tastemakers as the NME and Oasis's Noel Gallagher — and the rest of us really like it too.
By: ZETH LUNDY  |  September 15, 2009


Better all the time

Get these Beatles reissues into your life
In 2006, Apple/EMI released the Beatles-soundtracked Cirque du Soleil companion piece Love , which mashed together songs from the band's repertoire in stunning remastered sound.
By: ZETH LUNDY  |  September 08, 2009


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

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