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A couple of years ago I made a mix of songs from and inspired by the films of David Lynch. I wish this Dirty Beaches song had existed then, because it would have been a perfect addition. I can almost see the record spinning while the pine trees of Twin Peaks sway ominously in the […]

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Of the 2,000 (!) bands playing at South by Southwest this year, Low is one of the few artists on my can’t-miss list. I’ve been a huge fan of theirs ever since the minimalist, devastating beauty of The Curtain Hits the Cast first wrung itself from my speakers back in my college days in Colorado. Though I’ve seen […]

The sleek and black-clad duo of The Raveonettes, one of the consistently best live bands that I’ve seen, are back with a new album, Raven in the Grave, to be released April 5 on Vice Records. Singer/guitarist Sharin Foo characterizes the mood of the new album as one of “ethereal defiance”; it’s as good a […]

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Icelandic musician and artist Sindri Már Sigfsson–better known as Sin Fang Bous, and now going by just Sin Fang–had one of my favorite releases of 2009 with Clangour. Now he’s releasing a new effort, Summer Echoes, which comes out March 15 on Morr Music. The first single, “Always Everything,” continues Sin Fang’s organic, vivid, collage-like […]

Recently discovered this beautiful new song from the Montreal-based Young Galaxy, who have toured and worked with another of my favorite bands, The Besnard Lakes. While Young Galaxy’s past work has more of a slow-droning guitar-based vibe a la the Besnards, this track represents a different direction, combining a dual vocals and a chanting chorus […]

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So it was really tough to pick ten albums from a year so full of fascinating new music–and even tougher to rank them in some kind of order. Some albums I listened to a lot ended up being left off the list (ceo, Kid Cudi, Coco Rosie, Arcade Fire), while other artists only released EPs […]

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 […]

Ra Ra Riot have confirmed a first string of dates for the new year. The shows will run January 21-27 and take the band up the west coast of the US.  Ra Ra Riot is currently in the midst of a 2010 tour that began with a sold-out four-night stand in New York and will […]

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Super-group Freebass, formed by bass guitar legends Peter Hook (Joy Division, New Order), Mani Mounfield (Stone Roses, Primal Scream), and Andy Rourke (The Smiths), will finally release their first full-length album…a few months after deciding to breakup. “Recent events have made Freebass entirely unviable as a band, and with this in mind, it has been decided that the […]