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Chain and the Gang: Music’s Not for Everyone

Chain and the Gang: Music’s Not for Everyone

Nick Hanover March 23, 2011 0

Chain and the Gang Music’s Not for Everyone Rating: 3.0/5.0 Label: K A couple of years back Ian Svenonius gave us an interview where explained in his characteristic fashion just what Chain and the

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Parts and Labor: Constant Future

Parts and Labor: Constant Future

Nick Hanover March 22, 2011 0

Parts and Labor Constant Future Rating: 3.9/5.0 Label: Jagjaguwar The sound of Parts and Labor is the sound of constant build. A synth aggressively grabbing sonic space, drumming that tackles the rhythm instead of

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Papercuts: Fading Parade

Papercuts: Fading Parade

Joe Clinkenbeard March 21, 2011 0

Papercuts Fading Parade Rating: 3.7/5.0 Label: Sub-Pop Either the last dying notes of a tired procession as it turns its final corner or a wistful, dreamy marching band-dedication to all that decays, Papercuts’ newest

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The Strokes: Angles

The Strokes: Angles

Nathan Kamal March 20, 2011 0

The Strokes Angles Rating: 3.7/5.0 Label: RCA The Strokes’ fourth album finds them in a peculiar position. Their last effort, First Impressions of Earth (2006) is generally regarded as their weakest (and to be

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Paris Suit Yourself: My Main Shitstain

Paris Suit Yourself: My Main Shitstain

Joe Clinkenbeard March 20, 2011 0

Paris Suit Yourself My Main Shitstain Rating: 3.0/5.0 Label: Big Dada As a band, Paris Suit Yourself sits at a strange crossroad, where early punk and grit intersect with Afrobeat sensibilities, funk and a

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Six Organs of Admittance: Asleep on the Floodplain

Six Organs of Admittance: Asleep on the Floodplain

David Harris March 20, 2011 0

Six Organs of Admittance Asleep on the Floodplain Rating: 3.8/5.0 Label: Drag City On one level, most of Ben Chasny’s Six Organs of Admittance recordings are misleadingly simple, his minimal guitar work placid, quiet

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Stateless: Matilda

Stateless: Matilda

Michael Merline March 20, 2011 0

Stateless Matilda Rating: 3.1/5.0 Label: Ninja Tune It’s staggeringly difficult – nay, impossible – to write about Stateless without comparing the Leeds quintet to their British contemporaries. The temptation is just too persistent. How

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J Mascis: Several Shades of Why

J Mascis: Several Shades of Why

Katie Bolton March 17, 2011 0

J Mascis Several Shades of Why Rating: 3.8/5.0 Label: Sub Pop If, for whatever reason, you managed to miss Jonathan Franzen’s Freedom in 2010, intertwined with the brutal tale of a dissolving family, you

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Colin Stetson: New History Warfare Vol. 2: Judges

Colin Stetson: New History Warfare Vol. 2: Judges

Aaron Passman March 17, 2011 0

Colin Stetson New History Warfare Vol. 2: Judges Rating: 1.8/5.0 Label: Constellation As a touring and studio musician, saxophonist Colin Stetson has worked with the likes of Arcade Fire, TV on the Radio, David

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Mike Watt: Hyphenated-Man

Mike Watt: Hyphenated-Man

Marcus David March 16, 2011 0

Mike Watt Hyphenated-Man Rating: 3.3/5.0 Label: Clenched Wrench Forget the Clash. Once upon a time, there was only band that really mattered to a certain subsection of punk enthusiasts, and that band was the

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