• Pavement : Wowee Zowee (Sorted Sentinels Ed.)

     When Pavement released Wowee Zowee in the spring of 1995, legions of rock critics and Generation X fans were disappointed.  Three years earlier, Pavement had jumped into the front ranks of the post-Nevermind indie rock explosion with their raw and superb debut, Slanted &...

  • Menomena : Friend and Foe

     Menomena, perhaps the most lovable alt-jazz blaster masters, are back with a more "normal" full length.  Their last album was a three-song soundtrack that didn't really help us define who we think we'd thought Menomena could be:  a complex, crazy rock band.   ...
  • +/- : Let’s Build A Fire

     While Brooklyn’s Versus is officially ‘on hiatus,’ it’s been six years since their last album, the valedictory-titled Hurrah, and guitarist James Baluyut now has his third full +/- (plus/minus) release, Let’s Build a Fire (the second with Versus drummer and +/- guitarist, Patrick Ramos)....
  • Mogwai : Zidane – A 21st Century Portrait

     The soundtrack to an ethereal vignete of French soccer superstar, Zinedine Zidane, this full-length takes Mogwai away from its recent metallic influences on Mr. Beast and back to the smooth, melancholic flow from previous albums.  Zidane illicits a calm awe of the legend through slow-motion...
  • Swan Lake : Beast Moans

     The Canadians are getting smarter.  Now, instead of collectives, they're forming supergroups.  Still tumbling in the recent northern avalanche is the collabo between three popular peeps:  Swan Lake, who are Bejar (Destroyer), Krug (Wolf Parade), and Mercer (Frog Eyes).  

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  • Deportees : Damaged Goods

     "Alt-country" is a term commonly used to describe music that's more like "Southern rock" - and is rarely as country as it is alternative.  Country roots are relatively rare in the modern indie scene, which is why Deportees' new album, Damaged Goods, is a tribute...
  • Ten Kens : Ten Kens

     Ten Kens’ self-titled debut plays like the soundtrack to a road movie, set in the fifties but made today, with an expansive sound that demands the most open of highways.  But the distinctly ominous undertones are more Louisiana than Texas, which fits the ‘gothic Americana’...

  • Shitake Monkey : Street Beef

     'Lectro-rock just got a lot more fun.  The trio of former paid Sony pop/hip-hop/rock collaborators, Shitake Monkey, smash an oversized amount of energy into a rubbery box of digitized rock-hop.  Seventeen tracks of fuzzy, blasted alt-rock feels as animated as their simian brethren, Gorillaz,...

  • Home Video : No Certain Night or Morning

     Like rain hitting the pavement of dark city streets and the pounding escapism of life taking shelter from the scene, Home Video's darktronica washes with a flurry of inhuman activity.  The Brooklyn duo's stark beats, backed by synthetic sheets, evoke a modern anti-culture image, like...