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If one were to listen only to the opening track, “Get Innocuous,” of LCD Soundsystem’s new album Sound of Silver, it would seem that James Murphy picked up exactly where he left off at the end of LCD’s 2005 debut. And, while many of the tracks on Sound of Silver are in very much the same vein as the songs of its predecessor—fun, danceable, hook-ridden synthy, computery pop punctuated by percussiv ... Continue Reading

Posted: March 20th, 2007

If there’s any one word that could accurately describe the Weltanschauung of Modest Mouse’s Isaac Brock, it would be dissatisfaction. Not just your average ho-hum sense of disappointment—I’m talking full-blown dream-deferment of Brownian proportions. Charlie Brown, that is. You can hear in Brock’s voice the same pessimistic resignation embodied by good ol’ Chuck: the sad expectation of imminent ... Continue Reading

Posted: March 16th, 2007

Busdriver blends the best qualities of John Coltrane, James Joyce, and pre-millennium Busta Rhymes; his flow is a musical instrument, a melodic, unpredictable stream-of-consciousness force. Busdriver meanders from swerve of shore to bend of bay in a mind blowing staccato, a chaotic, free-association madness. Seemingly haphazard, his rhymes are expressly crafted, each word pondered and positioned ... Continue Reading

Posted: March 14th, 2007

There is a record you reach for when nothing seems to be working—not relationships or plans or even drinking—or when everything is working all of a sudden, and you can barely stand it. It's not for cry-your-eyes-out catharsis or finally deciding to pull yourself together; it's for those moments in between, when you only can formulate one-word thoughts and you feel so scattered you can hardly move ... Continue Reading

Posted: March 13th, 2007

You gall-danged kids an’ yer hipness. Yer tight t-shirts, flashy trainers, an’ silly haircuts, yer tofu an’ sushi, yer ironic references to the pop-culture iconography of yesteryear. Ya’ll think that you’re so meta, don’t ya? Well, I got news for ya—ya ain’t so hip, and yer shit ain’t so fly. Matter o’ fact, it’s all blatant co-option. You’re thieves, the lot o’ ya, borrowing willy-nilly from the ... Continue Reading

Posted: March 11th, 2007

“Imagine a world where Tony the Tiger has a coke problem and Toucan Sam is responsible for smuggling said coke into the US,” asks the mixtape's description. A bit of advice: don't. The narrative theme of the mixtape, this cops-and-dealers shtick has been done, redone, and overdone since the Notorious BIG took the alias Frank White, and the Clan traded Shogun Assassin samples for Scarface sound b ... Continue Reading

Posted: March 9th, 2007

Definitive Jux is the, er, definitive indie hip hop record label of the last five years; its biggest artists have proven that intelligent, well-made hip hop can and does reach the masses. Much like indie rock labels of late, they’re indie in name only, having garnered national recognition, and, of course, the influx of revenue from increased visibility, and record, merch, and ticket sales. Let’s ... Continue Reading

Posted: March 9th, 2007

Aside from casual affairs with caffeine and alcohol, I’ve never been much of a drug user. I just don’t see the point of mind-altering substances, especially when music more or less does the trick. It’s your show-starting upper, your rainy-day downer, your mood-enhancing aphrodisiac and your vision-quest psychedelic all wrapped up into one conveniently legal package. Think about it: you never have ... Continue Reading

Posted: February 28th, 2007

I feel that there is a lot of dishonesty inherent in pop music. As a whole, the genre is belaboured with scene-specific posturing, pretentious music snobbery, and a grating sense of fraternal exclusivity, all of which are designed to do little more than forcibly erect an aura of coolness and defend it to the death—or until it becomes unfashionable to do so, at which point the vultures of retro and ... Continue Reading

Posted: February 19th, 2007

Pelican has always been better at expressing glory (sans pageantry) than beauty. Nowhere is this more apparent than in their 2005 EP March Into the Sea. It marked the Chicago quartet’s transition from mammoth metal riffing to more melodic, acoustic-laced pieces better than their 2003 full length Australasia and laid the groundwork for The Fire in Our Throats will Beckon the Thaw. March into ... Continue Reading

Posted: February 18th, 2007

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