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Architecture In Helsinki – Places Like This (8.2.07)

July 28, 2008

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Popping up like that goofy “Iko Iko” song in Rain Man, Places Like This is like accidentally returning to a time when you didn’t know who the bands were on the radio, you had no clue what the difference was between new wave and Debbie Gibson, and all of music seemed like one big birthday […]

Parts and Labor – Mapmaker (5.30.07)

July 28, 2008

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PARTS AND LABOR – MAPMAKER (Brah/Jagjaguwar) Brooklyn’s long-running spaz-rock trio Parts and Labor pull a fast one on everybody with Mapmaker and get really, really catchy. Though they’ve always run with the primary-colored duct tape and super-loud Casiotone crowd, these guys must have been plotting something all along, because what we have here takes just […]

Deerhoof (9.14.05)

July 28, 2008

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Is practice making them less weird? Weird. – The first time I heard Deerhoof was on a road trip, listening to their 2002 breakout album, Reveille, on headphones. It was about as messy and musically confusing an experience as anything ever recorded. The sounds of feedback, organs, toys and gleefully discordant guitars saturate the tape […]

Battles (4.4.07)

July 28, 2008

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Four play – I had my doubts. I’ve listened to a lot of Battles before (they’ve been baiting fans with EPs released on obscure indie labels for quite a while now), and it didn’t seem like there was an hour’s worth of music in them. Their songs were great mixes of tense, sparse beats and […]

Secret Chiefs 3 (3.7.07)

July 28, 2008

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“I just don’t want all this stuff to end up being seen as a grimoire. I’m really trying to make this not come off as some Dungeons & Dragons shit, throwing fuckin’ clues around for everybody. It’s just sort of a record of what’s led me to this point and to accompany the music that’s resulted from it,” he says. “I mean, if I totally fail to show what is good about the philosophical things that have been found to be good and hopeful, at least you can have the music that’s come from it. I don’t know what more you could want.”

Grizzly Bear (1.31.07)

July 28, 2008

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GRIZZLY BEAR Telling it like it isn’t (ARTIST PROFILE) written by Matt Parish It takes a set of balls to go out and call an album as ornately wacky as Yellow House “pop music.” Especially when what it really sounds like is Thomas Pynchon calling the shots at the Pet Sounds sessions. But it’s precisely […]

David Lang (11.29.06)

July 28, 2008

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Not all rackets pay that well – Cheating, Lying, Stealing sounds like the title of a John Lee Hooker song—broken-down, low on dough, burdened with remorse. But this particular ditty, written in 1980 by renegade composer David Lang, is a different, more exuberant story altogether. This week, it—along with three other Lang pieces—will resound through […]