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Quick Take: Chris Lawhorn: Fugazi Edits

27 Nov 2012 · No Comments

Fugazi Edits is a collection of brief compositions entirely sourced from instrumental samples from Fugazi albums (with permission). I love it almost unreservedly and it’s already one of the albums I’ve played most this year.
It’s clearly not for everybody — I’ve seen some harsh reviews — but it’s definitely for me. Is it for you? [...]

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Tags: experimental · l · post-punk · self-released

quick take : lemuria/cheap girls : split single

24 Jun 2011 · No Comments

On the A-side, Lemuria offer two more examples of the smart, catchy, indie rock that’s made Pebble one of my most-played albums of the year so far. I expected their side to be swell, and it delivers. But the revelation here for me is Cheap Girls’ “Pure Hate.” I’m not quite sure what “And I/Keep [...]

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Tags: 2011 · c · indie pop · indie rock · l · no idea · power pop · punk · quick take

quick take : little scream : the golden record

29 Apr 2011 · No Comments

When I heard “The Heron and the Fox,” it knocked me out. In that subtly arranged song, lovely finger-picked guitar and an extraordinary vocal performance from Little Scream leader Laurel Sprengelmeyer (delicate to the point of fragiliy, with unusual phrasing) unite to deliver a narrative that’s intriguing but ultimately obscure. It’s probably the strongest composition, [...]

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Tags: 2011 · acoustic · indie pop · indie rock · l · quick take · secretly canadian

quick take : the long tangles : silver city

29 Apr 2011 · No Comments

The Long Tangles have coined a term to encompass the many husband and wife indie pop/rock outfits: matrimony rock. Their take puts wife Courtney Han’s vocals and the keys (piano, specifically, on many tunes) way out front. I find it quite pleasant, if a little unassuming (a lot less thorny than, say, Quasi). Hans’ voice [...]

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Tags: 2011 · indie pop · l · quick take · self-released

quick take : la sera : la sera

27 Apr 2011 · No Comments

La Sera is helmed by Vivian Girls bassist/vocalist Katy Goodman, which both is and isn’t relevant — on one hand both acts share a solid pop foundation and a distinctly retro quality to the writing (I had to check the credits to be sure none of these songs weren’t obscure 50’s/60’s chestnuts). But on the [...]

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Tags: 2011 · hardly art · indie pop · l · quick take

quick take : The Luyas : Too Beautiful to Work

11 Mar 2011 · No Comments

Spacious indie chamber pop with genuinely odd arrangements (i.e., French horn is featured, but not the most unusual element), anchored by Jessie Stein’s winningly fragile, slightly unsteady vocals. Reminds me, perhaps obliquely, of Colleen (Cécile Schott), if Colleen’s music were recast (just barely) as rock; Stein’s vocals make me think of Life Without Building’s [...]

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Tags: 2011 · dead oceans · experimental · indie pop · l · quick take