14 Years of Heartbeats
Dec02

14 Years of Heartbeats

The Knife’s “Heartbeats” is 15 years old now. Not soon after its release, fellow Swedish musician José González released an acoustic version, setting the stage (along with Gary Jules’ version of “Mad World”) for a genre of pop song renderings that challenge the success of their source material.   José’s Version The Knife In case you haven’t heard it recently, here’s the...

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Los Angeles Police Department – Eponymous Record
Apr30

Los Angeles Police Department – Eponymous Record

I’m curious. Has Ryan Pollie had any feedback from the actual Los Angeles Police Department? A few years ago, Pitchfork reviewed their first disc and keenly noted the spate of indie bands obsessed with “un-googleable” names. This 10 song followup will be likened to many leaves on the Beach Boys limb of the rock-n-roll family tree. It’s definitely not on the Beatles branch. Despite the fact that the singer is...

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Vagabon – Infinite Worlds
Mar07

Vagabon – Infinite Worlds

We first heard the song “Sharks” courtesy of Brooklyn Magazine in 2016. Watch the video. I think you’ll understand why we loved it. Her eight song album is out now (iTunes) and “Sharks” has become “The Embers.” It’s also louder, with a great stutter of bass and drums. It’s just as captivating. Laetitia Tamko’s aesthetic harkens back to so many artists that it’s hard to...

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We Were Promised Jetpacks – Unravelling
Feb15

We Were Promised Jetpacks – Unravelling

Scotland is a hell of place if you love music (and whiskey) without pretense. So many artists, so many radically different sounding artists: Primal Scream, The Jesus and Mary Chain, Arab Strap and Belle & Sebastien. Hell, even the Bay City Rollers. They might share a homeland but that’s about it. We Were Promised Jetpacks–like The Twilight Sad and Frightened Rabbit–are the inheritors of this iconoclastic...

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Euston – An Overnight Low
Aug02

Euston – An Overnight Low

Euston is the first in a three-part series of albums from Maine’s An Overnight Low, each release to be named after U.K train stations (Piccadilly and Waverley are forthcoming), and inspired by main songwriter Chad Walls’ experiences living and traveling throughout the United Kingdom while completing his Doctorate at the University of Manchester. You can hear a mélange of rich influences here (perhaps most notably R.E.M in the opener,...

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Beck – Morning Phase
Aug02

Beck – Morning Phase

By the own artist’s admission, Morning Phase is very much a ‘companion piece’ to Beck’s stirring 2002 LP Sea Change. True enough, much of the same band returned for this recording, his first in six years- notably Beck’s own father David Campbell, whose string arrangements feature prominently. The album will please fans of Sea Change. This is mellow, slow tempo music tinged with sadness (as on ‘Blue Moon’, where Beck asks, ‘cut me down...

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