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Sometimes the greatest discoveries aren’t about finding something new, but realizing the value of what’s been in front of you all along. That’s been the case for me with the Swedish artists iamamiwhoami. I’d listened to their music before and liked it, but they didn’t really capture my attention until earlier this year, when I […]

On Tuesday December 7, Matador Records is re-releasing one of my favorite albums of the year, Perfume Genius‘ Learning, in a new vinyl slipcase edition with three additional songs: “Dreeem”, “Your Drum,” and “Divine Faxes.” You can pre-order the new version here. Though all too brief in length (even with a few more songs added […]

“Sara” by The Good Ones from Secretly Jag on Vimeo. Earlier this month, Dead Oceans released a pretty amazing album from a lesser-known artist: The Good Ones, a trio of singers and guitarists from the Rwandan capital city of Kigali. I first picked up the single “Sara” (video above) as a free MP3 over the […]

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Yep, it’s autumn again. And just in time for the change of season, the amazing A Sunny Day in Glasgow have self-released a new album of the same name for free (or, rather, for a suggested donation of your choice). Short but sweet, Autumn, Again showcases a more poppy side of the band’s kaleidoscopic, dreamy […]

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Some of the most fascinating new music I’ve heard lately comes from Spoek Mathambo, a 24-year-old South African electronic musician/rapper/graphic designer whose debut album, Mshini Wam, comes out September 13 on BBE Records. Mshini Wam is all about unlikely combinations, odd juxtapositions that somehow work: pitch-shifted vocals atop tribal-sounding drums, soulful crooning layered over glitchy […]

extrawack!‘s Corey Vezina recently caught an advance listen of the new Depeche Mode album, Sounds of the Universe…here’s his review: Surely, you think, it must be some sort of trick. More mathematical cum financial sleight of hand bullsh*t from the pages of the paper you can’t bear to read anymore; Another of those things that […]

Seeing Oceansize play Mercury Lounge in June 2004 is one of the highlights of my concert career. Having them play a room that size was akin to having Shaquille O’Neal sleep in a baby’s crib – you know things are going to get messed up by the end of the night. With such an enormous, […]

There’s a scene in Boogie Nights when William H. Macy reviews the activities for the day’s shoot with Burt Reynolds. Scanning the list of participants, Macy pauses. “Dirk…Diggler?” he asks, to which Reynolds responds something like, “That’s the new kid.” Macy nods enthusiastically and says quietly, but with considerable admiration, “great name.” As Wahlberg states […]

Ever get in one of those funks where if feels like there’s nothing new musically worth listening too, and you only feel like relying on old favorites? That was me for the last week. I listen to a ton of music. If I’m by myself I’m playing the radio, iTunes, online radio, satellite radio, or […]

Dinosaur Jr – Beyond With their first original-lineup album since 1989, Dinosaur Jr has released one of the best rock records of the year…an amazing feat considering the album sounds like it was recorded in the late 80’s…and I mean that in a good way. Beyond is full of hooky and heavy-fuzzy J. Mascis guitar […]