Jul 26, 2009 Music Web Exclusive

If this summer didn't already have a glut of anthems to soundtrack your next sunburn, Slumberland Records have some indie pop heroes to introduce to you. Summer Cats stick their feet in the door before the fall turns on their winsome debut, Songs For Tuesdays. The Melbourne quintet’s aesthetic is a teen angst-addled conflation of Stereolab’s thrust and The Smiths’ melancholia. Throwing in references to several C86 groups helps too. More

Jul 24, 2009 Music Web Exclusive

Musical mastermind Patrick Watson—a recipient of Canada’s Polaris Prize in 2007—has returned in 2009 to offer up Wooden Arms. A dreamy collection of lush and inspired arrangements, Wooden Arms recalls Andrew Bird’s warm, delicate vocal range and intricate instrumentation. More

Dead Snow

Studio: IFC Films
Directed by: Tommy Wirkola; Starring: Ørjan Gamst, Stig Frode Henriksen, Jeppe Laursen and Charlotte Frogner

Jul 23, 2009 Cinema Web Exclusive

Following the blueprint that George Romero laid out, most zombie films are rife with themes of morality and apocalypse and colored with somber social commentary. Dead Snow bucks that trend. More

Moderat

Moderat

BPitch Control

Jul 23, 2009 Music Web Exclusive

Moderat, the amalgamation of German electronic suits Apparat and Modeselektor, has returned after an abrupt split back in 2002, and this eponymous debut reveals influences drawn from dubstep, ambient techno, and glitch. More

Momma’s Man DVD

Studio: Kino

Jul 22, 2009 DVDs Web Exclusive

It’s refreshing to see a film get made and released that feels very personal and truly independent. Azazel Jacobs’ Momma’s Man achieves both of these qualities for primarily the same reasons: It’s a fairly simple story, told in a reserved manner, of a thirtysomething man named Mike (Matt Boren) who is terrified of the responsibility that comes with marriage and a newborn child. More

Jul 21, 2009 Music Web Exclusive

If audiences in 1969 were used to LPs built around 3-minute hit singles, the musical landscape of 2009 is one of dwindling record sales and endlessly shuffling MP3 players. Four decades have passed since its original release, but Isaac Hayes’ Hot Buttered Soul remains resolutely sui generis. Its four tracksthe longest of which reaches well over 18 minutesmakes for a radical, revolutionary masterpiece.

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Jul 21, 2009 Books Web Exclusive

Robert Dean Lurie may be The Church's biggest fan, and he approaches the task of documenting the band's history from this admittedly biased perspective. Still, No Certainty Attached is a satisfying and informative read filled with more objective fact than subjective feeling. Lurie's writing is filled with anecdotes. The narrative is paced well, balancing the band's early history with its "Under the Milky Way"-era stardom, Kilbey's history with heroin abuse, and The Church's final artistic redemption. More

Royal City

1999- 2004

Asthmatic Kitty

Jul 21, 2009 Music Web Exclusive

The first song on this compilation is the promising "Here Comes Success." This is no coincidence. Despite their promise and talent, Royal City didn't make it. They skirted the spotlight, never quite connecting with a wide audience for whatever reason. Arcade Fire opened for them. Constantines shared their label. Sufjan Stevens was a fan (as evidenced by his putting out this record). And yet, Royal City didn't find their place. More

Lights

Rites

Drag City

Jul 20, 2009 Music Web Exclusive

Brooklyn's Lights certainly concocts a strange sonic stew on its second album. It starts off with the swirling psychedelia of "Heavy Drops," which segues into the jumpy guitar groove of "Can You Hear Me," a track that includes a lazy sax solo that sounds like it was sampled from Billy Joel's The Stranger. More