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Aug 20, 2010 Music Issue #32 - Summer 2010 - Wasted on the Youth

In a collaboration that began with the echoes of old Nancy Sinatra and Lee Hazlewood records, Isobel Campbell and Mark Lanegan have completed their third shared album, this one delving deeper into the Americana that Campbell has been exploring since her 2006 solo album, Milk White Sheets.


Aug 19, 2010 Music Web Exclusive

The debut full-length from this Parisian chamber pop trio picks up where 2008’s highly touted Pop de Chambre EP left off. The band is named for The Beatles album of the same name, and the Fab Four comparisons are apt to a degree.


Aug 18, 2010 Music Boston Spaceships

With Boston Spaceships, Robert Pollard has found his best band since Guided By Voices. Consisting of Pollard, Chris Slusarenko (Guided By Voices), and John Moen (The Decemberists), Boston Spaceships is releasing its fourth album in just a little over two years, and the band seems to be hitting its stride.


Robert Pollard

Moses on a Snail

Guided By Voices Inc.

Aug 17, 2010 Music Web Exclusive

Robert Pollard’s new release is a mix of everything you like about Uncle Bobrip roaring rockers, Tommy-esque melodies, and even a big quasi-ballad that could have been a hit on 1999’s Do The Collapse.


Aug 15, 2010 Music Neil Hamburger

Neil Hamburger’s is the kind of act that Andy Kaufman would have wished he’d thought of first. Gregg Turkington portrays Neil Hamburger, a blowhard, old-school comedian who is constantly clearing his throat and regularly berating his increasingly agitated audiences.


Aug 13, 2010 Music Web Exclusive

How many “greatest hits” does Time Flies… 1994-2009 make for Oasis? Three? One every five years or so? What is the reason for this? Particularly since the choices on each of these collections, Familiar To Millions (2000), Stop The Clocks (2006), and now Time Flies (2010) don’t vary greatly from each other (except that Familiar is a live album).


Aug 12, 2010 Music Web Exclusive

There isn’t more than a maximum of three standout tracks on every Zero 7 album. For the British duo’s retrospective compilation of electronic soul, the unimaginatively titled Record, this provides just the right amount of material to create an excellent greatest hits collection to mark the duo’s 10-year anniversary.



Spot the Difference

Anchor and Hope Music

Aug 11, 2010 Music Squeeze

The idea behind Squeeze’s new album14 re-recordings of classic Squeeze tracksis that listeners should try to “spot the difference” between the original recordings (many of which are now over 30 years old) and these recreations.


Aug 10, 2010 Music Web Exclusive

On its debut, Play Music, Thieves Like Us plundered previous greats (New Order, Kraftwerk, Depeche Mode) for all its ideas. This larceny was so blatant that one could play of variation of Name That Tune as Name Which Tune Is Being Ripped Off.