Jun 27, 2009 Music Web Exclusive

In the same tasteless fashion in which they made their name, the artwork for Cover the Earth! features Tesco Vee and a new crop of Meatmen masturbating over a globe. Cover the Earth! (a covers album, duh) is The Meatmen’s first recorded material in 12 years. More

Jun 26, 2009 Music Issue #26 Spring 2009 - Bat For Lashes

Although their previous effort, Get Yr Blood Sucked Out, was an admirable showcase of Anita Robinson's guitar-shredding psychedelic rock assault, the album itself worked like most Viva Voce releases: an unfocused mishmash of styles simultaneously shot out of a cannon onto a canvas Jackson Pollock- style. Husband and wife duo Kevin and Anita Robinson's habit of throwing in everything and the kitchen sink (with varied results) is something Viva Voce has been slowly shedding with each successive release.  More

Jun 25, 2009 Music Web Exclusive

These days Neil Young has taken to releasing albums whenever and however frequently he chooses. Goodness knows, he's earned the right. In a career that is creeping up on five decades, Young has firmly established himself as the ultimate artist and a cornerstone of rock and roll, perhaps second only to Bob Dylan in terms of artistic integrity, songwriting excellence, and continued musical and cultural relevance. More

Jun 24, 2009 Music Issue #26 Spring 2009 - Bat For Lashes

As anticipation for Veckatimest built to a fever pitch in early March—Radiohead's ateaseweb.com message board filled with literally thousands of conjectures—Fleet Foxes' frontman Robin Pecknold brazenly declared it to be the best record of the '00s, all this more than a full two months before the record's official release date. Hyperbole cast aside, Veckatimest is certainly Grizzly Bear's magnum opus, a quantum leap over 2006's excellent Yellow House, and a damn strong contender for the best album of 2009 at this early juncture. More

Jun 22, 2009 Music Issue #26 Spring 2009 - Bat For Lashes

Black Moth Super Rainbow's singular sounds invite all kinds of paradoxical "-isms:" techno-primitivism, retro-futurism. They make the sonic equivalent of a granny quilt sewn together with microchips-a creepy, musty sound that pairs junky old electronics with an acoustic but heavily effected rhythm section, somewhere in the realm of contemporaries Air or Octopus Project (with whom they did a fantastic collaboration a few years back). More

Jun 18, 2009 Music Web Exclusive

Pearl Jam’s debut, 1991’s Ten, stands today as one of the quintessential albums to define a generation and an era of music. Along with Nirvana’s Nevermind, it is one of the cornerstones of grunge and still packs as much pent-up energy and frustrated force as it did when it was first released. This new reissue comes in three different formats, each with different bonus features. More

Jun 18, 2009 Music Web Exclusive

Kath Bloom is the daughter of the famous concert oboist Robert Bloom, and was raised in New Haven, Connecticut, where she trained as a cellist. The folk luminary's six self-released CD-Rs and various cassettes are highly-sought after collectibles but most people would draw blanks if her name was brought up in conversation. The reason behind her anonymous nature is simple. Though Bloom's been cutting records off and on since the late '70s, she took a long hiatus to raise her kids after her record with Loren Mazzacane Connors (1984's Moonlight). After leaving for much of the '90s, Bloom returned to the public eye, resulting in some releases and her latest album, Finally, released on Australia's Chapter Music in 2006. More

Jun 15, 2009 Music Web Exclusive

After recording When the Spirit Returns in 1999, Lester Bowie, rest his immortal soul, laid down his trumpet and tipped his hat to the everafter. He delivered that title as a promise: I am timeless, I am here; we will meet again. Dave Douglas remembers. Still feels him in the wind. More

Jun 15, 2009 Music Web Exclusive

Burton first announced his presence—a harmonious four-mallet dab inspired by Bill Evans' piano style—on 1961's New Vibe Man in Town. One can forgive the title's buckaroo swagger (what did Milt Jackson think of that!); after all, Burton was only 18 years old, one of the new young bloods. He had a fresh ear for multiple genres, including the one the older hepcats found most heinous: rock 'n' roll. More