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They Might Be Giants | Join Us

Idlewild/Rounder (2011)
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."
By: ZETH LUNDY  |  August 03, 2011

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Various Artists | True Soul: Deep Sounds from the Left of Stax

Now-Again (2011)
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.
By: ZETH LUNDY  |  July 12, 2011

'Revelator' the new album by Tedeschi Trucks Band

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.
By: ZETH LUNDY  |  June 09, 2011

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Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds | Expanded Collectors Editions | Let Love In | Murder Ballads | The Boatman's Call | No More Shall We Part

Mute/EMI (2011)
The four classic albums that Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds released between 1994 and 2001 served as a crucial transition.
By: ZETH LUNDY  |  May 12, 2011

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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.
By: ZETH LUNDY  |  April 13, 2011

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Various Artists | Those Shocking, Shaking Days: Indonesian Hard, Psychedelic, Progressive Rock and Funk 1970–1978

Now-Again (2010)
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.
By: ZETH LUNDY  |  March 10, 2011



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Drive-By Truckers | Go-Go Boots

ATO (2011)
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.
By: ZETH LUNDY  |  March 03, 2011

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Gruff Rhys | Hotel Shampoo

OVNI/Turnstile (2011)
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.
By: ZETH LUNDY  |  February 09, 2011

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The Jayhawks | Hollywood Town Hall (Expanded) and Tomorrow the Green Grass (Legacy Edition)

Legacy/American (2011)
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.
By: ZETH LUNDY  |  January 19, 2011

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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.
By: ZETH LUNDY  |  October 26, 2010

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John Lennon | Signature Box

Capitol (2010)
Part absurdist wit, part domestic romantic, and part quasi-revolutionary, John Lennon had a restless, albeit brief, post-Beatles career.
By: ZETH LUNDY  |  October 05, 2010



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Sun Kil Moon | Admiral Fell Promises

Caldo Verde (2010)
I'm convinced that Mark Kozelek is actually a hypnotist posing as a musician.
By: ZETH LUNDY  |  July 07, 2010

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Pernice Brothers | Goodbye, Killer

Ashmont (2010)
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.
By: ZETH LUNDY  |  June 16, 2010

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The Black Keys | Brothers

Nonesuch (2010)
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.
By: ZETH LUNDY  |  June 10, 2010

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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.
By: ZETH LUNDY  |  May 19, 2010

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The New Pornographers | Together

Matador (2010)
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.
By: ZETH LUNDY  |  May 04, 2010



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Jakob Dylan | Women + Country

Columbia (2010)
“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.
By: ZETH LUNDY  |  April 21, 2010

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The Unthanks | Here's the Tender Coming

Rough Trade (2010)
Rachel and Becky Unthank appear to have stepped out of another time and place.
By: ZETH LUNDY  |  April 14, 2010

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Untied States | Instant Everything, Constant Nothing

Distile (2010)
Atlanta’s Untied States have arguably the most un-Google-able name in contemporary rock.  
By: ZETH LUNDY  |  April 07, 2010

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Iggy & The Stooges | Raw Power (Legacy Edition)

Columbia/Legacy (2010)
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.
By: ZETH LUNDY  |  March 23, 2010

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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


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