extrawack!
extrawack@gmail.com

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 […]

Categories: anna, new music, video | 1 Comment

Yesterday I spent a couple of hours listening to an exclusive mix for BBC Radio by Jamie xx, the DJ behind the distinctive sound of the xx who’s also recently forged a  remixing style all his own. Streaming for the next few days at BBC’s Radio 6, it’s a fascinating look into the eclectic playlist […]

record player

Our in-box has been remarkably full of good music lately, so we thought we’d share some of the wealth. Here are six excellent new tracks to pimp your music player with: Paul Collins – “Do You Wanna Love Me” mp3 Acrylics – “Nightwatch” mp3 Way Yes – “Gino” mp3 Hunx and His Punx – “Lovers […]

PBS has just posted the entire Austin City Limits episode featuring Sonic Youth and The Black Keys.  It’s great. Watch it there or watch it here: Watch the full episode. See more Austin City Limits.

sinfan_summerechoes1

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 […]

Categories: Uncategorized | 1 Comment

With just a couple days left in the year, I’m checking in with my own “Best Albums of 2010″ list, just in case after Anna’s excellent list last week you need more… I couldn’t whittle my list down to ten, so this year you get my top-fourteen, in alphabetical order: A Sunny Day In Glasgow […]

glasser-ring

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 […]

I’ve been patiently waiting for new music from Adele for some time now, and I’m thrilled that the new album, 21, will finally be out in February. In the meantime, the video for the new single “Rolling In The Deep” has just dropped. Here it is: -Bob F.

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 […]