The Octopus Project

Golden Beds EP

Peek-A-Boo Industries

Aug 03, 2009 Music Web Exclusive

Austinites The Octopus Project, make sleepy music that slowly creeps into your brain. Where I had initially written them off as another heavy-lidded, instrumental group, the quartet proved me wrong with the shimmering single "Wet Gold" and its enchanting music video. The sea change to more vocal-centric music is proclaimed within the first few seconds of Golden Beds EP. More

Aug 03, 2009 Music Web Exclusive

The Drive-By Truckers live act is not exactly undocumented: Alabama Ass Whuppin' showcased the band in Athens from 2000, and they returned there in 2004 for a concert DVD, Live At the 40 WattLive From Austin TX features both CD and DVD, and finds the Truckers farther west and slightly more laid back—whether because of the setting or the mileage, can't say. The Austin City Limits stage set has a distressing, de-glamorizing effect on anyone who graces it; DBT is no exception. More

Aug 03, 2009 Music Web Exclusive

Boris Skalsky continues to try to go solo, having already once departed from a band (Phaser) to embark on a solo project, only to have that project become another band (Dead Heart Bloom). First Songs is emphatically his own work, written, recorded, and performed by Skalsky, in a fairly unadorned, not to say sleepy, style. Even those with a taste for sad bastard music might think about sending Skalsky some espresso after hearing this one. More

Jul 30, 2009 Music Web Exclusive

There's a natural inclination to hate (500) Days of Summer. It's aimed so squarely at the indie demographic, even starring the current cross-media Queen of Indie, Zooey Deschanel, and including her work (as half of the grammatically frustrating act She & Him) on the soundtrack. And anything that claims to know us thoroughly risks rejection out of hand: we're unknowable, man, we're individuals, you can't just treat us like a demographic. But, well, of course you can. More

Jul 28, 2009 Music Web Exclusive

After addressing the '60s on Under the Covers Vol. 1, Matthew Sweet and Susanna Hoffs direct their musical tribute to the '70s on Vol. 2. Like Vol. 1, this album features able renditions of classic tracks from Grateful Dead ("Sugar Magnolia"), John Lennon ("Gimme Some Truth"), Big Star ("Back of a Car"), Rod Stewart ("Maggie May"), Todd Rundgren ("Hello It's Me" and "Couldn't I Just Tell You"), and a slew of others. More

Jul 27, 2009 Music Web Exclusive

Stop the World begins with a harbinger of the destruction to come: the slow pop and hiss of a turntable. This reminder of vinyl's fragility quickly erupts into what the London noise rock duo once described to me as "an apocalypse of love harps." More

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

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