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Jakuta and Carl’s i is a bizarre little record. Essentially a one-man-band (“Carl” is a computer), this highly experimental group hints at Devo and the Talking Heads, with weird, whirring electronic soundscapes and spazzy, low-fi computerized explosions that sound like ENIAC on crack. I suspect that Joe Jakuta’s moaning, operatic vocals fall into the “love this or hate this” category. There’s a ... Continue Reading

Posted: March 16th, 2006

Newburyport, Massachusetts, a seaside town of roughly 17,000 people, is home to one of today’s most honest and affecting songwriters, Dylan Metrano, who, along with an ever-changing cast of creatures, musicians, and most importantly, friends, comprises the refreshingly collectivist Tiger Saw. Since the band’s conception in 1999, Metrano has been doing exactly what he’s always wanted to do; tra ... Continue Reading

Posted: March 16th, 2006

Baltimore’s newly adopted Australian spazz-punk duo hit the ground running with To, a freshly remastered EP that showcases the year-old band’s frenetic, exuberant D.I.Y. aesthetic in 20-some breathless, high-energy, eardrum-throttling minutes. The Death Set’s unique, infectiously catchy sound is heavily reliant on drum machines, laptops, intelligently exploited samples from television and hip-h ... Continue Reading

Posted: March 14th, 2006

Based on the utter cult-like craptitude of bands like The Polyphonic Spree, I usually find myself shying well away from musical groups or—ugh—“collectives” that boast a rotating roster of 19 or more members. Especially if they’re all wearing bathrobes. Thankfully, though, Broken Social Scene kept the bathrobes in the closet for their self-titled third album, and produced one of the most eclectic, ... Continue Reading

Posted: March 14th, 2006

If Bel Air, Maryland’s Passiou had been born in Europe during the 60s, they would have made a fortune soundtracking French science-fiction films. Fusing demented, fuzzy layers of Sonic Youth-style guitar drone with keening, bored-sounding Nico-esque vocals, Passiou’s debut (hey, that rhymed!) Please Don’t Eat Me, is alternately pretentious and pleasantly experimental. Many of the tracks on Plea ... Continue Reading

Posted: January 17th, 2006

After hearing The Grey Album, I got excited about Danger Mouse. And MF Doom, well, I've heard great things about him, but not being much into hip-hop I cannot say that I heard anything by him besides that one track off Madvillainy which I kind-of liked. Anyway, the beats on this album are great, no doubt about it. However, the mic is just too hot for Doom to hold. All the best songs on this al ... Continue Reading

Posted: October 28th, 2005

"Drop The Pressure" was one of the hottest club anthems in 2004, and Mylo just took it one more step to the extreme by mashing it up against everyone's favorite "Dr. Beat" by Miami Sound Machine. This is THE song for everyone that was a little disappointed by the latest Daft Punk effort (but not too disappointed). The only thing keeping between this hit and that tenth exclamation point is its ... Continue Reading

Posted: October 3rd, 2005

The world’s interest in cathartic post-rock seems to have waned. The bands have peaked and now lack the mystique of the first few years of this century and the last few years of the previous one. Call it inevitable if you will, but Explosions in the Sky’s Those Who Know the Truth Shall Die, Those Who Know the Truth Shall Live Forever, Godspeed You Black Emperor!’s Lift Yr Skinny Fists like Anten ... Continue Reading

Posted: September 13th, 2005

Minimalist art is not for everyone; a lot of it is hit or miss. For example, I thoroughly enjoy Spacemen 3’s track “An Evening of Contemporary Sitar Music” which is essentially 44 minutes of two notes along with some ambience and some mild guitar noodling. In college, I listened to the track on repeat for hours. Planar takes aim with self-described “ideals for minimalism and experimentation” an ... Continue Reading

Posted: September 12th, 2005

It’s not everyday that a band as immensely talented and technically proficient as Between the Buried and Me comes along. This North Carolina death metal quintet’s follow-up to The Silent Circus is far more diverse and accessible than their two previous efforts. Alaska finds the band indulging in epically catchy guitar harmonies, playful use of effects, prog rock tendencies, glorious choruses, an ... Continue Reading

Posted: September 12th, 2005

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