• Suburban Kids With Biblical Names : #3

     This Swedish duo churns out rolling dance rock like a coffee grinder full of Mexican jumping beans.  Their new album, #3, is a culmination of a few years of EPs and festival-playing that's full of buzzing beats and crooning harmonies wrapped in whirring, acoustic...
  • The Walkmen : “Pussy Cats”

      There are a couple of interesting themes are at work here.  This Walkmen release is a cover of the entire album, Pussy Cats, by Harry Nilsson, which itself actually features 5 ½ cover songs.  Also, during the recording of these tracks, Nilsson's vocal...

  • Menomena : Wet & Rusting EP

     After three years and a three-song orchestral album since their magnificent I Am The Fun Blame Monster!, Menomena are releasing a six-song EP soon to precede their full-length album, which comes out in January 2007.  The EP, called the Wet & Rusting EP, features...

  • Irene : Apple Bay

     Irene are roughly eleven Swedes that throw it all the way back to the early '60s with a sound that's like Frank Sinatra meets The Shirelles.  Heavy crooning by Bobby and sweet melodies from Nancy produce a charming dynamic over a happy, old school...

  • Union of Knives : Violence & Birdsong

    This ominous electro-rock trio from Glasgow has released a debut of danceable mechanization and robotic crooning in the vein of Massive Attack and Death By Vegas that's wired top to bottom.  As a tribute to life's "dark beauty", Violence & Birdsong, their vocals roll like...

  • Beck : The Information

     Beck must've been sitting on a ton of ideas since Guero.  His new album, The Information, is fifteen tracks of some of his most disparate material, anywhere from starry chillpop to jangly party sing-a-longs to ripped-up, whiteboy hip-hop.  

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  • The Early Years : The Early Years

    New krautrock specialists, The Early Years, are blowing fresh air into the post-rock balloon with intimate mechanics and lulling vocals that are almost catchy and definitely memorable.  Out of London, these relatively new signees to Beggars Banquet drop their self-titled debut packed full of addictive,...

  • The Bluetones : The Bluetones

    The new, self-titled Bluetones' album drops in October, and it's another in a fine line of lite Britpop.  It features a sound that's held up solidly over the last decade, featuring Mark Morriss' signature, tinny vocals and a cool, mid-tempo swing.  

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  • Bent : Intercept!

     Bent's fourth album, Intercept!, picks up after Ariels and further masters their blend of eccentric chillout and ethereal house.  The secret ingredient is an unconventional lushness from the duo's signature background effects and array of beats.  The tag team of Nail Tolliday and...