Nov 01, 2008 Music Year End 2008 - Best of 2008

I reviewed Pelle Carlberg’s last record, and I was halfway tempted to turn in the same review this time around. More

Nov 01, 2008 Music Year End 2008 - Best of 2008

As is the case with many avant-garde composers past and present, the material of Simon Bookish (aka Leo Chadburn) is simply too weird, obtuse, and left field to ever be popular outside of elitist art circles, let alone most self-described indie rock enthusiasts. More

Bloc Party

Intimacy

Atlantic

Nov 01, 2008 Music Year End 2008 - Best of 2008

From the opening notes of  debut Silent Alarm, Bloc Party has given the impression of a band that’s in it for the long haul. Silent Alarm contained a perfect balance of adventurousness and safety, the latter in the form of tightly constructed pop songs. More

Nov 01, 2008 Music

They’ve always flirted with dance music, with the best moments of their first two releases often driven by barbed guitars and angular hooks that were often underscored by a remarkably propulsive rhythm section that locked down airtight grooves. More

Nov 01, 2008 Music Year End 2008 - Best of 2008

In one form or another, nearly the entire history of rock ’n’ roll has been devoted to rebelling against society. But on the followup to Love Is All’s crush-worthy 2005 debut, Nine Times the Same Song, singer Josephine Olausson devotes nearly every song to simply avoiding society. More

Nov 01, 2008 Music Year End 2008 - Best of 2008

These guys are getting a lot of Klaxons comparisons, appropriate enough given their youth and the club-readiness of their songs. They’re launching from that same nu-rave and dancepunk postmodern platform, for sure, but they’ve got an ear to the past and a complete unwillingness to filter their work. More

Nov 01, 2008 Music Year End 2008 - Best of 2008

Considering Sun Kil Moon just came out with an album earlier this year, Mark Kozelek titling another of his forays into the world of covers “Finally” is an odd choice. More

Nov 01, 2008 Music Year End 2008 - Best of 2008

The rock video for “Humans” visually checks off all The Killers’ typical glitzy signifiers (see the prowling white tiger amongst the crimson mesas). After Brandon Flowers and Co. plunked down their version of The Boss’s Americana, they now reinvent(!) themselves with Tropicália-Western songs (“I Can’t Stay” and “Joy Ride”). More

Nov 01, 2008 Music Year End 2008 - Best of 2008

As a successful politically incensed band, The (International) Noise Conspiracy walk a thin line between delivering a valid message and coming off as hypocrites. More