Mar 22, 2010 Music Issue #30 - Winter 2010 - Vampire Weekend

Over the past ten years and four releases, Goldfrapp has set the electro-pop bar high, gliding between dreamy soundscapes (Felt Mountain, Seventh Tree) and dance (Black Cherry, Supernature). Now on their fifth album Head First, the duo takes on Italo disco, going by the numbers to create uncharacteristically mixed results. More

Mar 19, 2010 Music Issue #30 - Winter 2010 - Vampire Weekend

If 2008's A Hundred Things Keep Me Up at Night played up the neurotic streak singer Josephine Olausson established on debut Nine Times That Same Song, the Gothenburg, Sweden quintet's third offering zags back toward the sunny and soaring end of the pop spectrum. More




Mar 18, 2010 Music Issue #30 - Winter 2010 - Vampire Weekend

The thing about Sigur Rós: It sounds like nothing you've ever heard before. The thing about Sigur Rós bandleader Jónsi's solo album: It sounds like Sigur Rós... only stronger. More


jj nº 3

Secretly Canadian

Mar 17, 2010 Music Issue #30 - Winter 2010 - Vampire Weekend

jj jumped onto everyone's radar last year with nº 2, yet somehow they remain elusive. What we do know: Joakim Benon and Elin Kastlander craft dreamy pop tunes with heavy doses of Balearic house music, cavernous reverb, and the great melodic sense that seems intrinsic to Swedes. More

Mar 16, 2010 Music Issue #30 - Winter 2010 - Vampire Weekend

The Besnard Lakes take their grandiose cues from the '70s: massive sounds, massive ideas, double albums, and seven-minute opuses. Their harmonies are rooted in the Brian Wilson and Sgt. Pepper era. The vocal treatment, all reverb and wide-open space, is clearly set in the here and now. More

Mar 12, 2010 Music Web Exclusive

Sometimes following the career of Danger Mouse (aka Brian Burton) is kind of like watching Winona Ryder's dating life: it's fascinating to see who will turn up next, but at the same time, there's always the lingering desire to see him pick one and stick with it. More

Mar 11, 2010 Music Web Exclusive

For a time I was convinced Spencer Krug did not sleep, instead spending his nights tapping away at a Casio keyboard, penning his next great indie rock fantasy. In addition to his role as Sunset Rubdown's frontman, the Canadian avant-rocker balances responsibilities in Wolf Parade and Swan Lake, as well as a burgeoning solo project deemed Moonface. With the release of Moonface's Dreamland EP: Marimba and Shit-Drums, there's musical proof that Krug does, in fact, find the time for shut-eyeand that he dreams quite a bit while doing so. More

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Turn Ons

Fat Possum

Mar 10, 2010 Music Web Exclusive

Supergrass' Gaz Coombes and Danny Goffey have impeccable taste. While on a break from their main band, Coombes and Goffey decided to team up with famed producer Nigel Godrich for this album of 12 cover songs. Among others, they tackle David Bowie ("Queen Bitch"), The Kinks ("Big Sky"), Roxy Music ("Love Is the Drug"), Sex Pistols ("E.M.I."), and Gang of Four ("Damaged Goods"). More

Mar 09, 2010 Music Web Exclusive

One of the most thankless jobs in music involves those trying earnestly to put a truly personal stamp on separate bands, especially when both are existing units. Such is the case with Alan Sparhawk, who has been a part of the fabric of Low since the early '90s. With the release of its second album, Sparhawk's new-ish band, Retribution Gospel Choir, is at least past the tabula rasa stage, but the singer/guitarist still has plenty of work ahead beyond his day job. More