The strange thing about nostalgia is the surprise factor involved. For example, you can account for a certain song you listened to when you were dating a certain person to dredge up certain memories, but sometimes revisiting albums from the past barely stirs a passing thought. And then there's the stuff for which you can't even account - for...  Read more

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Every once in a while you stumble across a band with an odd name and a terse Wikipedia article that has managed to slip by your ever-increasing iTunes library. Luckily with the internet at our side, more of these forgotten projects and local heroes have washed up on the analytical shores of music journalism, emerging for an audience they...  Read more
Very little goes right for Best Coast mastermind Bethany Consentino on Crazy For You. She spends the entire record missing someone, wishing he’d pick up his phone or bump into her at a party. She doesn’t want to fuck him – no - she simply wants love, to be loved, to be “so very happy each and every day.” Unfortunately, she can’t - after all, all...  Read more
It’s tough to put a band like Alps into any identifiable category. Is there a term for an instrumentally gifted, indie-rock-and-psychedelia-influenced group that eschews lyrics but doesn’t play jazz, electronica or new age? If so, that’s probably the genre they belong in, though they cover so much musical ground that even that definition is a bit...  Read more
David Cross is unique in how he straddles both new and old comedy. Savvy kids in the nineties were well aware of Cross’s work on the seminal Mr. Show, and ten years later the same people were trumpeting his performance on Arrested Development, another show that maintained a cult appeal and not a more mainstream following. But given these...  Read more
You can tell this is going to be great from the songs. “Mount Sinai Moloch,” “Kain’s Countenance Fell”; “Arcane Pharmakon Messiah” — that is some fine religious/alchemical/demonic imagery there. And the album title! Any band could come up with Foul Semen of a Sheltered Elite, but adding the –est on there is brilliant. I mean, can’t you see the...  Read more
Given Louisiana’s recent history and longstanding notoriety as a hotbed of corruption, it’s surprising that the fertile musical ground of New Orleans hasn’t produced more overtly political songwriting. Actually, that’s not entirely accurate. New Orleans produces as much socially aware music as any other city; it’s just that the national scene...  Read more
Eminem has gotten easier and easier to dislike over the years. In his earliest incarnation he seemed totally comfortable and un-self-righteous about being a fuck-up - there was never a doubt in his mind that was a monster, and that gave the music a deep, underlying melancholy, which is pretty rare in the realm of hip-hop. Now, in 2010, Em can’t...  Read more
Things look very different from halfway around the world. Back in the ‘70s stateside, funk and disco were, if not exactly on opposing teams, still definitively distinct. You might listen to and enjoy both Donna Summer and Funkadelic, but you wouldn’t confuse the two or necessarily expect them to share a bill. Pull back as far as Nigeria, though,...  Read more
Wolf Parade - Expo 86
At this point, is Wolf Parade just a side project? Ever since their titanic debut in 2005 with Apologies to Queen Mary, the band has become more distant, more silly, and more concerned with their myriad of ‘other bands.’ Take Sunset Rubdown for instance, led by synth-dork Spencer Krug. The project has become arguably one of the most centralized...  Read more
The Extraordinary Contraptions - Scratch the Aether
There are a couple of schools of thought where the DIY musical aesthetic is concerned. Some performers like to accentuate the homemade nature of the production, whether that’s the lo-fi fuzz of a Bob Log III rave-up or the cacophonic clatter of Tom Waits’ handmade percussion sections. Others take pride in operating entirely under their own power...  Read more

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