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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 naked and famous : passive me, aggressive you

28 Apr 2011 · No Comments

If I didn’t know The Naked and Famous were from New Zealand I’d be positive they were Canadian. It’s not that they sound specifically like, say, Arcade Fire or Metric, but they combine modern indie rock, new wave, and just a smidge of disco in simpatico proportions. The Naked and Famous add a goodly quantity [...]

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Tags: 2011 · electropop · indie rock · n · new wave · quick take · somewhat damaged

heads up! the stairs

27 Apr 2011 · No Comments

Ryan Walsh, leader of the much-beloved-’round-here Hallelujah the Hills, used to be in a band called The Stairs, who released a pair of albums and some odds-and-ends. Looking at ‘em with hindsight, The Stairs recordings seem like a bit of an exploratory/learning/growing experience, with Walsh and crew figuring out their songwriting and performing strengths, and [...]

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Tags: indie pop · indie rock · lo-fi · s · self-released

quick take : horrid red : pink flowers (ep)

27 Apr 2011 · No Comments

Sounds like Joy Division for once not because of a gloomy baritone voice, but because bass and guitar parts recall Peter Hook and Bernard Sumner. Also sounds a bit like the instruments were at one of a tunnel, and the recording equipment was at the other. Some of this is hooky and/or pretty enough to [...]

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Tags: 2011 · h · indie rock · lo-fi · new wave · post-punk · quick take · softabuse

quick take : johnny foreigner : certain songs are cursed (e.p.)

26 Apr 2011 · No Comments

I love this band so much, and here are four more reasons why. The first two songs (”What Drummers Get” and “Twin Sisterzz”) operate in JF’s primary mode: high energy, with yelpy vocals, song sections colliding into each other like bumper cars, with surprisingly compelling hooks (and sometimes quiet, pretty bits, too, lurking amid the [...]

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Tags: 2011 · alcopop · indie rock · j · quick take

update : mars classroom : the new theory of everything

18 Apr 2011 · No Comments

One disadvantage of my “quick take” approach to album reviews is that sometimes my response to a record changes significantly over time. Fortunately on the internets I can amend earlier commentary when I think it’s necessary.
I’ve been feeling bad about my initial response to Mars Classroom’s The New Theory of Everything almost since I posted [...]

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Tags: 2011 · Happy Jack Rock · alphabetical · indie rock · m · power pop

quick take : i was totally destroying it : preludes

12 Apr 2011 · No Comments

Preludes makes me think of Metric, not because I Was Totally Destroying It sound like Metric — they mostly don’t, although “Fight/Flight” does a bit — but because Preludes feels like the kind of leap that Metric made between Grow Up And Blow Away and Fantasies: the elements are the same, but everything is in [...]

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Tags: 2011 · greyday · i · indie rock · new wave · power pop · quick take

quick take : capsula : in the land of silver souls

12 Apr 2011 · No Comments

Usually a garage/psychedelic record, even one as well executed as this, wouldn’t make big claims on my listening time. This does, for two reasons. First, it’s got an enough indie rock flavor to hold my interest (Coni Duchess sounds enough like Kim Gordon, ’specially on lines like “I wanna kiss the future,” (”Under the Woods”) [...]

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Tags: 2011 · bcore · c · garage rock · indie rock · quick take

quick take : mars classroom : the new theory of everything

06 Apr 2011 · No Comments

Longtime readers will know that my love for all things Big Dipper-related is even more boundless and unconditional than my love for most things GBV-related, so maybe it’s inevitable that my (stratospheric) expectations for this project weren’t quite met by the first listen. The Bob Pollard/Gary Waleik balance seems a bit more skewed toward the [...]

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Tags: 2011 · Happy Jack Rock · indie rock · m · power pop · quick take

quick take : eldridge rodriguez : you are released

31 Mar 2011 · No Comments

I’m glad I know that Rodriguez (a.k.a. “ER”) started work on his solo album You Are Released contemporaneously with work on The Beatings’ Late Season Kids, because otherwise I’d worry: it doesn’t seem like a good sign when songs this good, and this stylistically similar to the main band, go to the side project instead. [...]

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