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Aug 07, 2009 Music Issue #27 Summer 2009 - Jarvis Cocker

On the scale of rock star vanity, the solo project comes out on top, just above the supergroup. Add to that an alter ego, and things get dicey. Interpol singer/lyricist Paul Banks tries to break this trend, or ignores it altogether, with his Julian Plenti record. More

Aug 07, 2009 Music Web Exclusive

What can a set of remixers do with the pastoral, acoustic splendor of Balmorhea? Well, they can stretch it out, for one: Eluvium takes the six-minute track "Settler," and pushes it out to a full 17 to kick the record off. And somehow they don't wear out their welcome. They envelop. If you find your way through that experience—including its beyond-subtle, five-minute fade out—you're in the right mood (a trance) for the record.   More

Aug 06, 2009 Music Web Exclusive

As the band's name might suggest, there's a dark stain to U.K.-by-way-of-Australia rockers, Howling Bells. Even lead singer Juanita Stein has the youthful timbre of Eisley's Stacey DuPree, with an added touch of confidence and maturity. More

Aug 05, 2009 Music Web Exclusive

After his tragic death at the age of 32 from lupus, James Dewitt Yancey has gained the kind of notoriety and popularity he never quite achieved in life. There's a certain nakedness to the title and contents of Jay Stay Paid; the album clearly hopes to pay off some of Dilla's debts and support his children. It's difficult to take offense to this plain shilling, especially when the music (the album was produced by Pete Rock) is so great. More

Aug 04, 2009 Music Web Exclusive

Two-thirds of Miike Snow (a band not a solo artist) have already proven themselves valuable assets to the world of pop. Having co-written and produced Britney Spears' hit "Toxic" in 2004, Pontus Winnberg and Kristian Carlsson joined forces with Andrew Wyatt to bring you the new self-titled Miike Snow album. More

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