Oct 02, 2009 Music Web Exclusive

A supergroup made up of drummers brings to mind all the wrong images: primarily that of multiple rotating drum kits with an absurd amount of toms, banging out hour-long solos that were only originally created as a way for everyone else in the band to go backstage and do blow. Luckily Drummer is not that band. More

Oct 01, 2009 Music Web Exclusive

Nothing silly or south-of-the-belt happening on Grand Archives' second album, Keep In Mind Frankenstein; this one floats high above the clouds, the work of bearded angels on the Sub Pop label. Grand Archives does ethereal, without the mumbling and shuffling of their ancestral band Carissa's Wierd (yes, always wierdly misspelled) and without the widescreen Big Rock of their brethren Band of Horses. More

Sep 30, 2009 Music Web Exclusive

Every decade following Woodstock there's a flurry of retrospectives, and the 40-year anniversary is no exception. This one comes hot on the heels of an AARP membership for most attendees, but that doesn't mean a new crop of music fans can't be browbeat with the event's mythology. See, kids, there was a time when neither Mountain Dew nor Clear Channel played a prominent role in music festivals, when pull-tabs were hauled past lax security, when the money-making aspect had yet to make things unbearable. Woodstock made things unbearable the old-fashioned way: half a million naked hippies rolling around in the mud. More

Sep 28, 2009 Music Web Exclusive

For those of us that fell in love with They Might Be Giants as children (circa 1990's Flood), the duo served as our first introduction to alternative music. Sure, Pearl Jam and others got tagged as alternative, but those of us who spent hours laying in bed poring over those bizarre lyrics and listening to the tapes over and overif you're one of us, you know who you arehad our own little secret about what alternative music really was. More

Sep 28, 2009 Music Web Exclusive

When ex-Beatle George Harrison died in 2001, My Morning Jacket's Jim James was so moved that he recorded these stripped down versions of classic Harrison songs just days after the songwriter's passing. To say these versions, credited to Yim Yames, are mournful is an understatement. More

Sep 25, 2009 Music Web Exclusive

On its second proper full-length album (discounting 2008's By The Numbers covers collection), The Postmarks have created epic, cinematic, multi-instrumental pop that meets every lofty ambition of its authors while remaining accessible enough to translate to the masses with its beautiful melodies and alluring soundscapes. More

Sep 24, 2009 Music Web Exclusive

...And the Horse You Rode In On, The Scotland Yard Gospel Choir’s new album (their second for Bloodshot), is full of literate, darkly hilarious surprises. From the truly brilliant first line “I hope that you catch syphilis and die alone” to the closing track’s “Now when I catch wind of your successes/I wish I were dead,” the recordings are peppered with sharp, bitter little barbs that will hook listeners and help anyone put their past failed relationships into perspective. More

Sep 23, 2009 Music Web Exclusive

On 2008's Furr, Blitzen Trapper focused its wild eclecticism, settling on a stylized take on '70s country rock. "Black River Killer" is the perfect example, with finger-picked guitar and murder-ballad lyrics (make that multiple-murder). Here, it's paired with six tunes that already graced a tour CD, recorded during the Furr sessions. More

Sep 22, 2009 Music Web Exclusive

Judee Sill released only two LPs, 1971's Judee Sill and 1973's Heart Food, before tragically dying of a heroin and cocaine overdose in 1979. She didn't live long enough to see her music become popular among Laurel Canyon-referencing indies such as Fleet Foxes and Department of Eagles. American Dust's lovingly compiled Crayon Angel features gorgeous and tolerable Sill covers from Daniel Rossen (Department of Eagles, Grizzly Bear), Beth Orton, Bill Callahan, Final Fantasy, Marissa Nadler, and Ron Sexsmith. More