Nov 03, 2009 Music Web Exclusive

Capitol gives Radiohead the reissue treatment on Kid A, Amnesiac, and Hail to the Thief, which should come as no surprise given the band's stature and the current state of the music industry. There's no question that this is a money grab, but whether it's one that benefits the consumer depends on what they've found in the vaults to bolster albums that most people already own and don't have much to gain from remastering or remixing. More

Nov 02, 2009 Music Web Exclusive

Seven years after So Tough, and nearly a decade into their career, Saint Etienne released 2000's Sound of Water—a timeless synthesis of their acid house, electronic, and pop influences. While So Tough’s recent reissue sparkled with the wit and candor of a youth spent frolicking to 1960s Britpop, Sound of Water is a quieter affair—a master class in aging with grace.  More

The Drums

Summertime! EP

Twenty Seven

Oct 30, 2009 Music Issue #28 Fall 2009 - Monsters of Folk

On its debut EP, Brooklyn-based quartet The Drums makes music that, strangely, is influenced by both Factory Records and The Shangri-Las. The music is stripped down and simplistic, with songs often being driven by a lone guitar or bass line, and frequently relying on the rhythmic devices of handclaps and finger snaps. More

Oct 29, 2009 Music Web Exclusive

Toro Y Moi is the alias of the hyped 23-year-old South Carolinian Chaz Bundick. This preview 7-inch gives a nice bifurcated preview of the musician’s two 2010 albums.

Colin MacIntyre

Island

Future Gods

Oct 28, 2009 Music Web Exclusive

Since the solo work of Colin MacIntyre is by and large an extension of his defunct one-man-band Mull Historical Society, one would think the difference between the two would be minimal. More

Oct 27, 2009 Music Web Exclusive

Bevan Smith's refreshing fourth full-length as Signer features some of his most refined and accessible recordings to date.These synth-soaked songs are like a few cool drinks on a warm summer afternoon. More

Music Go Music

Expressions

Secretly Canadian

Oct 26, 2009 Music Web Exclusive

Despite their mysterious aliases-band members go by Kamer Maza, Gala Bell, and TORG (yes, all caps)the musicians of this Los Angeles trio sure know how to craft a pop song. Expressions compiles the nine tracks that made up the band's three 12" singles into one, unified debut album. And the greatness of those singles still resonates when played together as one whole-album trip. More

Oct 23, 2009 Music Web Exclusive

Fidel Castro's communism had incredible, if often polarizing, effects on the music industry of Cuba. The island employed state-subsidized musicians who earned steady paychecks, and these artists had relatively little concern about their commercial success, giving them free reign to experiment and play from the heart. On the other hand, there was very limited access to recording equipment and the raw materials necessary to record and create albums. More

Boredoms

Super Roots 10 EP

Thrill Jockey

Oct 22, 2009 Music Web Exclusive

Super Roots 10 was released by Boredoms in early 2009, quickly selling out despite being completely unexpected and arriving without warning. For those who weren't quick enough to purchase one of the original run or who haven't snatched the record off a file sharing site in the last nine months, a U.S. version has now been released by Thrill Jockey. More