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A Jam Packed Thursday with Sloan, The New Pornographers, Elephant Stone and Shabazz Palaces

  During Sloan's 20+ years in the business, the band have always taken a democratic approach to their guitar pop. Each album contains a mix of songs written by Jay Ferguson, Chris Murphy, Patrick Pentland, and Andrew Scott. Sloan's newest album, Commonwealth, takes things one step further. Each album side of this double LP is penned by one, individual Sloan with Jay songs on the a-side, Chris on the b-side, Patrick on C, ...READ MORE

Top Jam: “Do You” by Spoon

  At their best, indie rock lifers, Spoon, make both the simple and the exquisite sound equally intuitive. And make no mistake about it, their new track, "Do You," is Spoon at its best. After a brief bossa nova intro, the rhythm section gets active, and vocalist Britt Daniel gets all sly. In the Spoon way, both the vocal melody and the instruments keep things simple. Yet, here, familiarity isn't a fault. Instead, it's a s...READ MORE

An All-Star Jam Packed Tuesday with New Pornographers, Spoon, J Mascis, Mastodon, and Death Grips

  By now, you should be able to tell when an artist is talking out of his arse in a gamely attempt to get music journos to type any old shit. AC Newman of the New Pornographers, tell us about your new album:"This is a celebration record. After periods of difficulty, I am at a place where nothing in my life is dragging me down and the music reflects that. We wanted Xanadu and we wanted Sigue Sigue Sputnik, which translated...READ MORE

Jam Packed Thursday with Beck, Damon Albarn, and Mark McGuire

Morning Phase, Beck's soon-to-be released, 12th album (2.25 Capital Records), is being billed as the spiritual successor to his 2002 release, the deeply personal and surprisingly low-key, Sea Change. When you press play on "Blue Moon," you'll immediately see why. Like much of Sea Change, "Blue Moon," only adds careful and cautious embellishments to Beck's brand of loner folk. Damon Albarn of Blur and later Gorillaz will b...READ MORE
9 Score

The Rockometer: Grassed Inn by Blank Realm

        Blank Realm Grassed Inn Fire Records Early press introduced Grassed Inn as Blank Realm's pop album. The band's label, Fire Records, goes as far as name-dropping Big Star and The Zombies. Yet, like the Brisbane outfit's psych rock album (2010's Deja What) and their punk rock and new wave album (2012's Go Easy), such simple designations should be taken with a grain of salt, if at all. Fo...READ MORE
9 Score

The Rockometer: Costa Blanca by The Limiñanas

        The Limiñanas Costa Blanca Trouble in Mind Sexy, cool, and kitschy are the first three words to come to mind when describing Costa Blanca, The Limiñanas' latest release of garage, lounge pop, and psychedelic rock for Chicago's Trouble in Mind Records. Sexy and cool are a given. From their understated arrangements to their sly vocals sung in both French and English, The French duo ...READ MORE
6 Score

The Rockometer: Surfing Strange by Swearin’

        Swearin' Surfing Strange Salinas Records Why turn to a new band like Swearin' for '90s alt-pop nostalgia when there's plenty of the real thing out touring today? The answer to that one is simple. "Dust in the Gold Sack" is every bit the buzz cut as Belly's "Feed the Tree," The Primitives' "Crash," or anything by The Breeders not named "Cannonball." Swearin'...READ MORE

Play Me: “Stacking Spheres” and “Profile of Woman in Silk Hood” by Trouble Books

The Akron ambient/electronic music duo Trouble Books are two of the most unassuming musicians in Northeast, Ohio. Personally, I've seen the husband-and-wife duo of Keith Freund and Linda Lejsovka perform sitting on the sidewalk in front of a record store, sitting on the floor of a gallery, and more or less, appearing out of nowhere in a sparsely populated barroom on an actual stage. Think about it. It's kinda hard to be invisible...READ MORE

A Jam Packed Thursday with Joanna Gruesome (covering Galaxie 500), Snowbird (a Cocteau Twin), White Lung And Eagulls

There's just one problem with Joanna Guresome's cover of Galxie 500's "Tugboat" for a digital only B-side to their "Sugarcrush" single (11/19). It's digital. Otherwise, the Cardiff noise pop band get it all right. They treat the source material with respect, getting that hypnotic bass line just right, and have some fun with it, too. I don't remember banshee screeches and guitar squeals much in the original. I don't remember Galax...READ MORE

Play Me: “Love Is Not Allowed” by Gap Dream

One sheets are for writers who have nothing to say. That's what I've always said. Yet, something struck me about Gabe Fulvimar's personal account on the making of his new album, Shine Your Light (11/26 on Burger Records). I've heard the musical growth it speaks of, from someone who seemed to have stumbled upon a good groove in his bedroom studio, like Stephen Malkmus standing in front of a table of synthesizers, to a fuller, m...READ MORE