May 19, 2010 Music Web Exclusive

No Singles collects and reissues Brian King (guitar) and David Prowse’s (drums) two early, out-of-print EPs: All Lies (2007) and Lullaby Death Jams (2008). John Golden (Melvins, Nirvana) did an excellent job with the remastering, maintaining the raw energy of a band who is clearly in the midst of figuring out their formula. More

Daughters

Daughters

Hydra Head

May 19, 2010 Music Web Exclusive

Witness the sad tale of a band folding after their best album. This one is apparently the last offering from this Daughters lineup, and will not be toured due to the band dissolving. More

May 18, 2010 Music Issue #31 - Spring 2010 - Joanna Newsom

Since 1996, Club 8 have been churning out sophisticated pop in their native Sweden with nary a Stateside accolade. (Anyone? Anyone?) For The People's Recordtheir sevenththe duo (Karolina Komstedt and Johan Angergård) have expanded their melodic sonic pallet with traces of Afro-pop, bossa nova, and South American jazz. More

Excepter

Presidence

Paw Tracks

May 18, 2010 Music Web Exclusive

Presidence, the eighth full-length release from New York improvisational stalwarts Excepter is a two disc, 2.2 hour extravaganza that swings wildly from masturbatory to transcendent. More

May 17, 2010 Music Web Exclusive

After the perfectly polished soul of 2008's Jim, it appeared that Jamie Lidell's transition from button-pushing R&B man to soulful big-band leader was complete. More

Holy Fuck

Latin

Young Turks/XL

May 14, 2010 Music Web Exclusive

Toronto's four-letter favorites return with another album of instrumental electro-pop.  This is the first to feature their consistent touring lineup, rather than the revolving unofficial cast of previous efforts, and the formula remains largely the same: a live take on electronic music, with uptempo, heavily rhythmic backdrops underlying swaths of melody and noise. More

May 13, 2010 Music Web Exclusive

The Saratoga Springs, New York duo of Josh Carter (guitar) and Sarah Barthel (keys/vocals) delivers an impressive debut full of dark beat-driven electronic rock. Opener and lead single "Mouthful of Diamonds" unfolds like a night blooming flower with some truly excellent layered vocals from Barthel and a smooth, clean, almost country sounding guitar line from Carter. More

May 11, 2010 Music Web Exclusive

At the end of "Don't You Want To Share the Guilt" Kate Nash screams, "Not being able to articulate what I want to say drives me crazy!" This is just one outburst in a sophomore album full of stream-of-conscience rants that help brand her as the girl we all wish we cold befunny and brutally honest, even when plowing though life's emotional cesspools. A perpetual Peter Pan, My Best Friend Is You finds Nash returning to the same self-deprecating source material that made her debut such an awkward yet admirable attempt at self-exploration. More

May 10, 2010 Music Issue #31 - Spring 2010 - Joanna Newsom

The National is in danger of becoming another Spoon. Spoon is excellent, of course, and this is the kind of designation most bands would kill for, but the risk here is that by continually making solid records and not risking falling on their faces, the albums don't transcend; without risk, where's the thrill? More