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RECORD REVIEW: MENOMENA – MINES

MENOMENA – Mines Barsuk Menomena myspace Buy here If there was a niche genre in rock to match the Intelligent Dance Music (IDM) moniker in dance, say Intelligent Rock Music or something…, Menomena would be one of the first...

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RECORD REVIEW: WOLF PARADE – EXPO ’86

WOLF PARADE – Expo ’86 Sub Pop Buy here To say that the last five years has been a busy time for Wolf Parade’s frontmen Dan Boeckner and Spencer Krug is something of an understatement. In that time they...

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RECORD REVIEW: BATHS – CERULEAN

BATHS – Cerulean Anticon Buy here There has been a recent move in the genre of electronic music to embrace a more DIY and experimental guise while using traditional structures, stretching and reshaping them into the unconventional. Los Angeles...

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KACEY JOHANSING – Many Seasons Porto Franco Records Kacey Johansing Official Site Buy here I’m not a fan when it comes to the music of Rickie Lee Jones or that other more recent Jones, Norah. Sure, they’re great at...

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RECORD REVIEW: PHOSPHORESCENT – HERE’S TO TAKING IT EASY

PHOSPHORESCENT – Here’s To Taking It Easy Dead Oceans Buy here I’ve always been amazed how the genre of country music can often manage to mask the emotional pain of lost love with music that is joyous and uplifting....

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RECORD REVIEW: TAME IMPALA – INNERSPEAKER

TAME IMPALA – Innerspeaker Modular Buy here The first few dripping notes emanating from Dominic Simper’s bass guitar and the jangling guitar work of Kevin Parker and Nick Adams on opener ‘It Is Not Meant To Be’, give the...

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RECORD REVIEW: ARIEL PINK’S HAUNTED GRAFFITI – BEFORE TODAY
RECORD REVIEW: ARIEL PINK’S HAUNTED GRAFFITI – BEFORE TODAY

Back in 2005, Ariel Rosenberg, aka Ariel Pink, made a statement about his live performances that in part sums up his relationship up to now with the public domain. The one time recluse told LA Weekly, ‘People boo me...

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RECORD REVIEW: LCD SOUNDSYSTEM – THIS IS HAPPENING
RECORD REVIEW: LCD SOUNDSYSTEM – THIS IS HAPPENING

James Murphy and his LCD Soundsystem are back with their third and possibly final album, This Is Happening. Having garnered massive acclaim around the traps, the LP has hit Billboard’s Dance/Electronica chart at number one knocking Gaga from her...

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RECORD REVIEW: THE NATIONAL – HIGH VIOLET
RECORD REVIEW: THE NATIONAL – HIGH VIOLET

It comes as little surprise that High Violet, The National’s fifth album has skyrocketed into the top echelons of the world’s mainstream album charts, currently sitting at number 3 in the US, number 2 in Canada and 5 in...

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RECORD REVIEW: FLYING LOTUS – COSMOGRAMMA
RECORD REVIEW: FLYING LOTUS – COSMOGRAMMA

There comes a point in time in the musical careers of but a few talented artists where they are at the height of their powers, and by that I mean they reach towering heights, not just measured against themselves,...

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