Nov 08, 2012 Music Web Exclusive

Rooting around in an old attic stuffed full of junk can be a hit and miss process: Homer Simpson found a “Stradawhovius,” I found a signed picture of David Cassidy; Can found The Lost Tapes, Oasis found The Masterplan. So when of Montreal went rooting around their discarded odds and sods collection, they would have known that the odds of finding anything worth releasing were pretty well 50/50. More

Patrick Wolf

Sundark and Riverlight

Essential/Bloody Chamber

Nov 07, 2012 Music Web Exclusive

This double album opus is, if anything, an audacious conceit, as the ever-adventurous Patrick Wolf cherry-picks numbers off of his full-lengths and reinvents them dramatically. More

Trash Talk

119

Odd Future

Nov 06, 2012 Music Web Exclusive

Sacramento’s favorite hardcore outfit (now residing, appropriately enough, in Los Angeles—the “119” is the address of their warehouse) jumps on board with Tyler, the Creator et al on the Odd Future Records imprint, resulting in just a single track with rapping. Otherwise, this is more of the same straight-up, classic-leaning hardcore, with very effective frontman Lee Spielman tearing up the proceedings. More

Nov 05, 2012 Music Web Exclusive

Teen Daze’s The Inner Mansions is an almost unbearably lush collection of dance-pop draped in synthesizer gauze. It’s described as a more spiritual and introspective record for Teen Daze, nom de plume of Canadian electronic musician, Matt Halversen.  More

Philip Glass

Rework: Philip Glass Remixed

Orange Mountain Music/Ernest Jenning Record Co./The Kora

Nov 02, 2012 Music Web Exclusive

With over four decades’ worth of recordings under his belt, the prolific minimalist composer Philip Glass has a vast, fascinating body of work ripe for examination and consideration, and a conversation between Beck and Glass sparked just such a project. The two-disc Rework offers remixes from a dozen artists; with the strongest efforts well worth revisiting, the set never serves less than to pique curiosity in the original compositions. More

Nov 01, 2012 Music Web Exclusive

Matricidal Sons of Bitches takes the form of a grand, four-part, mostly instrumental suite that directly comments on the films of early Hollywood’s so-called “Poverty Row,” a loose collection of independent studios that pumped out ultra-low-budget films (primarily Westerns and serials). More

The Soft Moon

Zeros

Captured Tracks

Oct 31, 2012 Music Web Exclusive

A few years back there was a brief uproar in the media over the addictiveness of a well-known energy drink and the hallucinatory effects of its caffeine/taurine content in tired commuters. This story came to mind when listening to Zeros, the new album from The Soft Moon; imagine having said drink slipped into your morning coffee and then putting Fuck Buttons on. More

Oct 30, 2012 Music Web Exclusive

 

Some may have thought Neil Young was off his rocker when he reunited himself with Crazy Horse earlier this year and released Americana, an album of fuzzed-out American standards such as “Oh Susannah” and “Clementine.” But lo and behold, just a few months later along comes what everyone was waiting for, manna from the rock gods, in the form of a Neil Young & Crazy Horse double album. 

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Oct 29, 2012 Music Web Exclusive

On his long-awaited debut album as Chad Valley, Oxford, England based Hugo Manuel makes little attempt to veil his affection for the zillion-dollar, slickly produced, mammoth-sized pop albums of the 1980s; the results are as charming and imaginative as one may have come to expect from one of the blogosphere’s most buzzed-about artists. More