Jul 03, 2009 Music

The legions exposed to a glimpse of The Vaselines via Nirvana’s ragged crunch pop takes on “Son of a Gun” and “Molly’s Lips” from Incesticide were given a panoramic view when Sub Pop reissued the act’s entire discography with 1992’s The Way of the Vaselines: A Complete History.  The collection, which included their sole LP Dum-Dum, along with the Son of a Gun and Dying for It EPs, evinced an unlikely yet brilliant meeting of C86 effeteness with the roughshod, reckless strains of The Velvet Underground circa White Light/White Heat. More

Jul 03, 2009 Music

Peggy Sue have terrible timing. For this trio of twentysomething musicians based out of Brighton England, their third EP Lover Gone will likely be compared to the work of another British upstart poised to make a stateside splash, Florence and the Machine. Peggy Sue simply don’t possess Florence’s chutzpah—still, they are not without undeniable charm. More

Jul 02, 2009 Music

On its sophomore album, this Swedish six-piece demonstrates its knack for presenting pessimistic sentiment in optimistic musical wrapping. Much of the subject matter revolves around love, its loss, and the little details of being in a relationship. More

HEALTH

Die Slow 7″

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Jul 02, 2009 Music

“Die Slow,” the first single from HEALTH’s forthcoming sophomore full-length Get Color, takes the best elements of the band’s debut and their DISCO remix album and delivers a very rare delicacy: a highly danceable rock anthem. More

Jul 01, 2009 Music

In 2007, Norwegian singer/songwriter Hanne Hukkelberg released her sophomore album, Rykestraße 68. Developing on the established themes of her lighthearted debut, the album featured an affable marriage between playful Jon Brion-style atmospherics performed on a series of found objects and Hukkelberg’s haunting off-kilter voice—glittering with a simple and pleasing whimsy. More

Jun 30, 2009 Music Issue #26 Spring 2009 - Bat For Lashes

White Rabbits not only avoid the sophomore slump, they build on the success of their debut, Fort Nightly. With Spoon's Britt Daniel at the helm, White Rabbits tighten the reins on their percussive sound over the course of ten lean and muscular tracks. More

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