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Nov 11, 2010 Music Web Exclusive

Yann Tiersen closes his newest album, Dust Lane, with an upbeat guitar and voice tune called “Fuck Me.” It’s a well-earned, tongue-in-cheek movement for the violinist-turned- composer. With six studio albums and three soundtracks (including 2001 standout, Amélie), Tiersen has made a career out of delivering lush instrumentals while quietly subverting expectations.

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Nov 10, 2010 Music Bad Religion

The 15th album by punk veterans Bad Religion shows the typical mixed with some unexpected, begging the question, can a punk band reinvent themselves after 30 years?

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Nov 09, 2010 Music Issue #33 - Fall 2010 - Interpol

The Concretes’ fourth album, WYWH, represents the band’s return to stateside audiences for the first time since Victoria Bergsman, the singer and songwriter who helmed the band’s early success, left the band after 2006’s In Colour.

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Nov 08, 2010 Music Issue #33 - Fall 2010 - Interpol

A side project from Wilco members John Stirratt and Pat Sansone, The Autumn Defense released their first album, The Green Hour, in 2001.

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Nov 05, 2010 Music Issue #33 - Fall 2010 - Interpol

After so many years of aural lab work, it’s easy to imagine Brian Eno settling into his familiar work spot and thinking, “What now?” Small Craft on a Milk Sea seems a likely record for this stage of Eno’s career: a set of instrumental studies exploring a varied group of settings and directions that display the breadth of his craft.

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Nov 04, 2010 Music Issue #33 - Fall 2010 - Interpol

With its sophomore album, Chicago’s The 1900s has said goodbye to two band members and the anachronistic orchestral pop of its debut.

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Nov 04, 2010 Music Web Exclusive

The Coral keep making the same record over and over again. If you’re into sea shanties with great harmonies, then you’re in luck. The Coral has turned that blueprint around for the sixth time on The Butterfly House. Instead of sounding stale, this group from the wrong side of Liverpool’s Mersey River, the Wirral, is getting better at their branded sound.

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Nov 03, 2010 Music Web Exclusive

Like the shark documentary it’s named after, this collaboration between Shearwater’s Jonathan Meiburg and Xiu Xiu’s Jamie Stewart reveals a frightening menace lurking beneath a placid surface. The dulcet finger-picked acoustic guitar in “Song for the Greater Jihad,” for instance, is suddenly severed by what sounds like a vicious power tool

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Nov 02, 2010 Music Duran Duran

1988’s Big Thing is widely regarded as the worst Duran Duran album. But similar to Notorious, released two years earlier, the music on Big Thing sounds better now than it did 20 years ago.

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