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quick take : sick of sarah : 2205

30 Mar 2011 · No Comments

You may have heard the story by now: Sick of Sarah leak their own album onto peer-to-peer sharing service; claim “platinum” status on basis of download counts; lotsa folks say, more or less, “Sick of who?“. More evidence, if you ask me, that it’s ridiculous to assert that each pirate download of a track is [...]

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Tags: 2010 · 2011 · adamant · alternative · guilty pleasure · quick take · s

quick take : r.e.m. – collapse into now

22 Mar 2011 · No Comments

R.E.M.’s recent return-to-form albums led me to an epiphany: I had always assumed it was Warner Brothers who pushed me away from R.E.M. — pressure toward big dollar production, famous guest stars, etc.. I still think there’s some truth to that (I don’t think most of those cameos were great artistic choices), but I realized [...]

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Tags: 2011 · Warner Bros · alternative · quick take · r

quick take : PJ Harvey : Let England Shake

14 Mar 2011 · No Comments

A fascinating album that evokes the breadth of Harvey’s catalogue — she makes some use of the fragile, high register she first explored on 2007’s White Chalk and there are vestiges of the percussive guitar attack that drove her earliest albums — but ultimately sounds like nothing else in it. In “On Battleship Hill” her [...]

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Tags: 2011 · alternative · h · indie pop · quick take · vagrant

Kay Hanley – Weaponize

13 Jul 2008 · 4 Comments

I had just enough leftover affection for Kay Hanley’s 90’s act Letters to Cleo to check out the previews for her new record, even though the only thing I remember about her solo debut Cherry Marmalade is that I felt like I didn’t need to hear anything on it twice. I’m really glad I gave [...]

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Tags: 2008 · alternative · exceeds expectations · h

Zsammy – Be Let Down

08 Nov 2007 · No Comments

last.fm recently played me Zsammy’s “Your Chest Is Not Moving,” and I liked it a lot. It’s about as creepy as the title suggests, but much prettier. It’s a little shoegazer-y and a little bit Britpop in a loved-The Bends way without being overly derivative; some of Zsammy’s other songs have a slowcore vibe. It [...]

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