Aug 03, 2016 Music Web Exclusive

There is very little left to say about Ramones' 1976 debut LP that hasn't already been written thousands of times elsewhere. Suffice it to say that if you've somehow never heard it, you most definitely should, not just to hear the roots of much of the guitar music of the last 40 years, but mainly because it's a great, fun album by one of the greatest bands ever. More

J Dilla

The Diary

Pay Jay/Mass Appeal

Aug 02, 2016 Music Web Exclusive

The late J Dilla shot to fame in the '90s and early '00s for his textured, soul infused production of alt-rap and neb-soul classics like Janet Jackson's "Got Til It's Gone," Common's "The Light," plus his acclaimed albums like Donuts and Champion Sound (which he recorded as JayLib with fellow crate digging producer Madlib). More

Aug 01, 2016 Music Web Exclusive

Back in 2004, when Descendents released their last album, things were different. George W. Bush was President and the Iraq War was the hot-button issue of the day.  More

Jul 29, 2016 Music Web Exclusive

It seems that after every album they release, the L.A. via Montreal noise-pop group No Joy put out an EP that gives them a chance to release a few tracks not quite suitable for the album in question.  More

Metronomy

Summer 08

Because Music

Jul 28, 2016 Music Web Exclusive

It feels slightly wrong to praise Metronomy for a lack of pretentiousnessakin, almost, to Joe Satriani being minimalist or Liam Gallagher in tune. There probably isn't a single act that epitomises 2010s likeable-but-nothing-special Brit hipster music, but Metronomy are about as near as damn it.  More

Jul 27, 2016 Music Web Exclusive

Any lover of music for its emotional healing powers would tell you that there are times when all you want to listen to, and all you can really handle right then, is transparency through a voice and a piano in the background. More

Alexis Taylor

Piano

Moshi Moshi

Jul 26, 2016 Music Web Exclusive

Given how wonderfully dense and complex his best-known work with Hot Chip is, it is always surprising how relatively straightforward Alexis Taylor's work is when he goes it alone.  More

Floating Points

Kuiper EP

Luaka Bop/Pluto

Jul 25, 2016 Music Web Exclusive

Under the Floating Points moniker, Sam Shepherd blurred the lines between classical composition, modern electronic production, and jazz experimentation on last year's debut ElaeniaMore

Jul 22, 2016 Music Web Exclusive

This is good. And some of it is very good. The trouble being that, production-wise, these songs want more power than they're given.  More