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The Fall | Your Future Our Clutter

Domino (2010)
If you didn’t know any better, you might think that Your Future Our Clutter is a recording of a raving old lunatic heckling a very solid instrumental band.
By: MICHAEL PATRICK BRADY  |  April 27, 2010


Sam Amidon | I See the Sign

Bedroom Community
Sam Amidon is fascinated with the songbook of old Americana, and his radical yet tasteful reimaginings of traditional folk ballads and hymns breathe new life into a form often seen as quaint and old-fashioned.
By: MICHAEL PATRICK BRADY  |  April 15, 2010


Red Sparowes | The Fear Is Excruciating, But Therein Lies The Answer

Sargent House (2010)
Post-rock bands are like silent-film actors — bereft of words, they tend to use broad gestures to ensure that you get the point.
By: MICHAEL PATRICK BRADY  |  March 30, 2010


These New Puritans | Hidden

Domino (2010)
Hidden is a real UK horror show, mixing grim, industrial beats with mannered, regal horns and a persistent aura of foggy uneasiness. These New Puritans reveal a penchant for æsthetic violence and revolutionary action that, though rarely convincing, matches the uncompromising intensity and martial tenor of the music.
By: MICHAEL PATRICK BRADY  |  March 09, 2010


Clogs | The Creatures In The Garden Of Lady Walton

Brassland (2010)
Fusion experimenters Clogs take a modern approach to folk-flavored chamber music.
By: MICHAEL PATRICK BRADY  |  March 03, 2010


Pit Er Pat | The Flexible Entertainer

Thrill Jockey (2010)
Pit Er Pat, the minimalist duo of Fay Davis-Jeffers and the dubiously named Butchy Fuego, have pared down their sound in search of simple beauty, but the result is an icy album utterly lacking in energy.
By: MICHAEL PATRICK BRADY  |  January 27, 2010


RJD2 | The Colossus

RJ's Electrical Connections (2010)
RJD2 has fallen prey to self-doubt — having decided, it would seem, that sample-based music lacks authenticity, he's embarked on an ill-advised attempt to become a "performer."
By: MICHAEL PATRICK BRADY  |  January 13, 2010


Trans Am | What Day Is It Tonight? Trans Am Live, 1993 - 2008

Thrill Jockey
Trans Am are distillers of guilty pleasures, mixing fat AOR riffs with sleazy electronic accents and a propulsive attitude typically reserved for arcade soundtracks. What Day Is It Tonight? covers the DC-area band’s 20-year history with high-quality, high-energy live cuts taken from their many tours.
By: MICHAEL PATRICK BRADY  |  November 24, 2009


The Black Heart Procession | Six

Temporary Residence (2009)
Formed in sunny San Diego, the Black Heart Procession write the kind of gloomy, downcast dirges you'd expect from less hospitable climates.
By: MICHAEL PATRICK BRADY  |  October 06, 2009


Fool's Gold | Fool's Gold

 Iamsound (2009)
A big band with a big sound, Los Angeles-based Fool’s Gold come off as self-consciously cosmopolitan.  
By: MICHAEL PATRICK BRADY  |  September 22, 2009


Review: Castanets | Texas Rose, the Thaw and the Beasts

Asthmatic Kitty (2009)
Although based in a rustic, country-western sound, Ray Raposa's Castanets are irreverent, using familiar elements like pedal-steel guitars and gospel choruses in defiant ways.
By: MICHAEL PATRICK BRADY  |  September 15, 2009


Review: Wild Beasts | Two Dancers

Domino (2009)
It would be easy to overuse singer Hayden Thorpe's ebullient falsetto and dilute its campy majesty. Wild Beasts, a dreamy English quartet with a penchant for licentious lyrics and showy flourishes, know better.
By: MICHAEL PATRICK BRADY  |  September 09, 2009


Yo La Tengo | Popular Songs

Matador (2009)
Yo La Tengo are articulate, thoughtful purveyors of highbrow pop.
By: MICHAEL PATRICK BRADY  |  August 19, 2009

Review: Robert Pollard | Elephant Jokes

Guided By Voices Inc. (2009)
Pollard doesn't care whether you listen to his music. The entire world could be rendered deaf and he'd still put out a half-dozen albums a year, driven by a need to express the twisted melodies and schizophasic lyrics that clutter his brain.
By: MICHAEL PATRICK BRADY  |  August 10, 2009


Review: Pissed Jeans | King of Jeans

Sub Pop (2009)
Billy Joel told us that the future of Allentown was bleak, but he could never have predicted that out of the decaying Pennsylvania steel mills and a crumbling economy, a sound as ugly and exciting as Pissed Jeans would emerge.
By: MICHAEL PATRICK BRADY  |  August 03, 2009


Sax Ruins | Yawiquo

Ipecac (2009)
After a quarter-century of punishing, hyper-rhythmic acrobatics, drummer Tatsuya Yoshida has taken a sharp detour.
By: MICHAEL PATRICK BRADY  |  July 22, 2009


The Horse's Ha | Of the Cathmawr Yards

Hidden Agenda (2009)
Despite a solid roster of Chicago underground vets, the Horse's Ha fail to show signs of life on what proves to be a sleepy album of wispy folk.
By: MICHAEL PATRICK BRADY  |  June 08, 2009


Sonic Youth | The Eternal

Matador (2009)
This is Sonic Youth's first release on Matador Records, a retirement home for long-in-the-tooth indie-rockers, after two decades of major-label albums and one celebrity-curated Starbucks hits compilation.
By: MICHAEL PATRICK BRADY  |  June 01, 2009


Akron-Family | Set 'Em Wild, Set 'Em Free

Dead Oceans (2009)
Known for their anarchic live jams and percussive psych-folk, Akron/Family have shed their burly beats in favor of a more digestible, blissed-out flavor.
By: MICHAEL PATRICK BRADY  |  April 28, 2009


Takeo Toyama | Etudes

Karaoke Kalk (2009)
Takeo Toyama's song experiments here run the gamut from sublime to unsettling. The first half offers mannered, consonant melodies.
By: MICHAEL PATRICK BRADY  |  April 21, 2009
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