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

Jul 21, 2009 Music Web Exclusive

If audiences in 1969 were used to LPs built around 3-minute hit singles, the musical landscape of 2009 is one of dwindling record sales and endlessly shuffling MP3 players. Four decades have passed since its original release, but Isaac Hayes’ Hot Buttered Soul remains resolutely sui generis. Its four tracksthe longest of which reaches well over 18 minutesmakes for a radical, revolutionary masterpiece.

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Royal City

1999- 2004

Asthmatic Kitty

Jul 21, 2009 Music Web Exclusive

The first song on this compilation is the promising "Here Comes Success." This is no coincidence. Despite their promise and talent, Royal City didn't make it. They skirted the spotlight, never quite connecting with a wide audience for whatever reason. Arcade Fire opened for them. Constantines shared their label. Sufjan Stevens was a fan (as evidenced by his putting out this record). And yet, Royal City didn't find their place. More

Lights

Rites

Drag City

Jul 20, 2009 Music Web Exclusive

Brooklyn's Lights certainly concocts a strange sonic stew on its second album. It starts off with the swirling psychedelia of "Heavy Drops," which segues into the jumpy guitar groove of "Can You Hear Me," a track that includes a lazy sax solo that sounds like it was sampled from Billy Joel's The Stranger. More

Jul 17, 2009 Music Web Exclusive

The debut full-length from Discovery, the long-gestating hipster R&B project from Rostam Batmanglij (Vampire Weekend) and Wes Miles (Ra Ra Riot), is a little boring. Listeners need look no further than the cover art, an agreeable, organized grid of Ellsworth Kelly-esque pastel blocks that promise non-threatening, vaguely ironic fun. More

Hockey

Mind Chaos

Capitol

Jul 17, 2009 Music Web Exclusive

Sometimes you've got to loosen your tie and try to remember that not everything is such a rigid business. Hockey's debut album, Mind Chaos, is here to help you out. The tracks freely move through a shortlist of genres: "Too Fake" boasts a dance punk influence, "Song Away" references a New Wave pop sound à la The Cars, and "Four Holy Photos" pops out with its country sauntering and close harmony. More

Jul 16, 2009 Music Web Exclusive

The Sounds are very much a guilty pleasure. The Swedish five-piece make unapologetically '80s-sounding pop music with a generous helping of synth-y New Wave cool. They are fronted by a stunning blond and tour virtually nonstop in support of their albums. Yet, as indie rock goes, The Sounds are decidedly unhip. More

Jul 15, 2009 Music Web Exclusive

Timber Timbre's Taylor Kirk has joined the ranks of so many songwriters by working with a changing cast of musicians under a collaborative name. His self-titled album debuted earlier this year on Out of this Spark but, after signing to fellow Canadian-based Arts & Crafts, the album is set to be reissued in Canada and internationally released over the summer.  More