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Thom Yorke – Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes (take 2)

Thom Yorke – Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes (take 2)

With Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes, Thom Yorke’s second solo album, Yorke and longtime producer Nigel Godrich once again challenged the way the public values music in the Internet age, echoing the strategy Radiohead employed with the release of 2007’s In Rainbows. This time, rather than a name-your-price download, Yorke and Godrich utilized a pay version of BitTorrent to distribute […]

Thom Yorke – Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes (take 1)

Thom Yorke – Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes (take 1)

The newest album from Thom Yorke’s solo career, Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes, is spilling over with subtle, powerful, pulsing beats and a quiet energy that could only be created by someone as experienced and talented as Yorke. This guy is known for his eccentric and sometimes shocking approaches to music. From his time spent with Radiohead […]

First Aid Kit – Stay Gold

First Aid Kit – Stay Gold

Swedish sister act First Aid Kit have lead something of a charmed life. Internationally famous by the time most girls their age were entering high school, Klara and Johanna Soderberg have enjoyed success the entirety of their recording career. With their latest major label release, Stay Gold (Columbia) there’s little reason to wonder why. The […]

Noah Gundersen – Ledges

Noah Gundersen – Ledges

Seattle’s son, Noah Gundersen is an ambitious young gun. His first solo release, Brand New World, dropped in 2008. Since then he’s released two projects with his now-defunct band, The Courage, and two successive EPs under his solo banner. And he’s a few months short of 25 years old. A lot of Gundersen’s appeal is […]

Abby Gundersen – Time Moves Quickly

Abby Gundersen – Time Moves Quickly

Abby Gundersen is stepping out of her brother’s folky shadow to make a statement of her own. Up until now she’s been known for the harmonies and violin talent she’s added to Noah’s solo releases, but her debut EP, Time Moves Quickly, is distinctively in an idiom of its own. A neoclassical meditation on slow […]

Drunksouls – Just Before Chaos

Drunksouls – Just Before Chaos

It’s a tricky challenge to work at making music that is not only thoughtful and engaging but is also, well, danceable but since 2002 the French collective known as Drunksouls has been engaged in just that. With a patchwork sound that builds from a foundation of reggae and is informed by elements that draw from […]

Hers – Youth Revisited

Hers – Youth Revisited

“Hold it Together,” the parting shot of Youth Revisited, the first LP from HERS’ Melissa Amstutz since shedding her project’s previous name, Honeybee & Hers, lingers long after the music stops. “I am your godless woman/I’ll be singing at your funeral.” The honeybee may be gone, but there’s definitely a sting in the tail. As […]

We Were Promised Jetpacks – Unraveling

We Were Promised Jetpacks – Unraveling

Unraveling is the fourth major album produced by the guys of We Were Promised Jetpacks. The album does a fine job of showcasing how much the band has grown up. It is comprised of powerful lyrics set to experienced and interesting sounds. And the title of the album basically speaks for itself, a good portion […]

Shabazz Palaces – Lese Majesty

Shabazz Palaces – Lese Majesty

The casually audacious futurism of Shabazz Palaces is easy to take for granted. If you’re the type that is somewhat ambivalent about the more bombastic elements in modern hip-hop, then Shabazz Palaces sound like just what the doctor ordered: ethereal beats, calmly delivered rhymes, lots of empty sonic space…the very idea of Shabazz Palaces is […]

Teenage Fanclub – Shadows

Teenage Fanclub – Shadows

Whereas Teenage Fanclub’s prior album, 2005’s Man-Made included only little of the usual spark we’ve come to treasure about the Scottish band, Shadows finds an equivalent to the sky opening with the very second song, “Baby Lee.” Upon first glance, this guy thought – by the title — it was some sort of tribute to […]