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Nov 2011

01 Dec 2011 · No Comments

Every new release I listened to in November (69)

Absu – Azbu
Merrie Amtserburg – “Q Dee Rock and Soul #6″ (single)
An early Christmas present from Merrie Amsterburg and Q Division! Well, except you have to pay for it, so not exactly a present. But these mildly rocked-up versions of “We Three Kings” and “Silent Night” are [...]

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Oct 2011

01 Nov 2011 · No Comments

Every new release I listened to in October (64)

BDRM Eyes – (demo tracks)
BDRM Eyes blend the pedal happiness of shoegaze with a more energetic delivery and experimental/dissonant aspects that recall indie rockers of a Sonic Youthish bent. I can’t unreservedly endorse the recording quality; the drums are distant and murky. But definitely leaves me wanting [...]

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Sep 2011

01 Oct 2011 · No Comments

Every new release I listened to in September (58)

Bangles – Sweetheart of the Sun
Bridge and Tunnel – “Bridge and Tunnel” (EP)
Bridge and Tunnel – Rebuilding Year
Brief Candles – Fractured Days
Apparently they prefer “dream-pop” and “blissrock” to “shoegaze.” Poh-TAY-toe, Poh-TAH-toe . . .
Glen Campbell – Ghost on the Canvas
I admit it. It was knowing Campbell [...]

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Aug 2011

01 Sep 2011 · No Comments

Every new release I listened to in August (56)

Army Coach – “Daydream” (EP)
Something about (my favorite tune) “I Am a Failure” reminds me, probably obliquely, of the Wrens, but Army Coach’s punk lineage is clearer than the Wrens’. Thermals might be a better RIYL, or ‘Chunk or even Dü (some very Greg Norton basslines, [...]

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Jul 2011

01 Aug 2011 · No Comments

Every new release I listened to in July (29)

Apollo Ghosts – “Money Has No Heart” – (EP)
Apollo Ghosts – “For What They Do, They Do” – (EP)
Army Girls – (3 singles)
Blood Stain Child – Epsilon
Bomb the Music Industry! – Vacation
Broadcaster – “Joyride” – (EP)
Delicate Cutters – Some Creatures
I like this. But it’s far milder than [...]

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Jun 2011

01 Jul 2011 · 1 Comment

Every new release I listened to in June (20)

31 Knots – Trump Harm
Not as given to loud math-rock explosions as in years ast, but not exactly toothless either. I think this might be a slow-grower.

An Horse – Walls

Army Navy – The Last Place
Smooth, pretty indie rock with unforceful vocals, in the tradition of Voxtrot or [...]

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May 2011

01 Jun 2011 · No Comments

Every new release I listened to in May (32)

Black Books – “An Introduction to” – (EP)
The Black Watch – Led Zeppelin V –
Bluebrain – “The Pull” – (single)
Chalk Circle – Reflection – Before I heard this album, If you’d asked me if there was an all-female jittery post-punk/new wave band active in DC in [...]

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Apr 2011

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Every new release I listened to in April (42)

Age Rings – Black Honey – Expansive, richly textured rock (21 apr 2011)
Amaranthe – Amaranthe – Amaranthe integrate signifiers of extreme metal (blast beats, guttural vocals and, of course, high gain guitars) with those of classic/mainstream pop/rock (dense keyboard beds, eminently hummable melodies and layered harmonies) to [...]

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Mar 2011

01 Apr 2011 · No Comments

Every new release I listened to in March (45)

Acrylics – Lives and Treasure – New-wavish indie pop. Primary Acrylics Molly Shea and Jason Klauber both have notably pleasant voices. Songs were likewise pleasant, but didn’t really command my attention.
Adele – 21 – The hype on Adele’s sophomore release wasn’t sufficient to interest me, but [...]

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Feb 2011

18 Mar 2011 · No Comments

Every new release I listened to in February (35)

Andrew Jackson Jihad – Candy Cigarettes, Capguns, Issue Problems! and Such (Reissue) – prickly folk punk (17.feb.2011)
Nicole Atkins – Mondo Amore – Neko Case and Lucinda Williams are the comparisons that come to mind. Strong, soulful vocals, mix of styles. Production/arrangement a bit more lush than I [...]

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