Tag Archives: Albums – 2011

Heave-ho: Tom Waits’ Bad As Me

A musician whose first album purchased remains the prohibitive favorite, Waits hooked me with 1992’s Bone Machine, a clanking, clattering, nightmare that mitigates its Southern gothic cornpone and oleaginous melodic sense with consistently fresh percussion. Hooked me, but didn’t keep … Continue reading

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The limits of fandom: “indie adult contemporary”

Welcome to indie adult contemporary: But if there is a consensus about what counts as respectable, adult music in 2011, [Wilco, Neko Case, Bon Iver, and Feist] are surely a part of it: While more people consider pop music inherently … Continue reading

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Pumped up licks: Foster The People – Torches

The last time a “modern rock” song inched at such a slug’s pace up to pop respectability was “Mr. Brightside,” but Foster The People do one better: by casting two vestigial guys as the fuckmuffins and singer/auteur Mark Foster as … Continue reading

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Autumn EP roundup

Wussy – Strawberry The best tune  is an unhinged bit of  Lisa Walker churn-rock called “Chicken,” in which the usually demure singer/guitarist shouts a series of anguished questions over the usual power chords and a thick string section. The marital … Continue reading

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Givin’ the world some bonhomie: Kid Creole

Late to the lifeboat party, I bought my first Kid Creole and the Coconuts album in 2008. A compilation of Dr. Buzzard’s Original Savannah Band, leader August Darnell’s more profitable disco-era project, didn’t impress me as much as the numbers … Continue reading

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Happy Sunday

I don’t know what to make of these guys yet; that’s what Sundays are for.

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Musicsexlovesoundz: Wild Flag

I’ve been too hard on Carrie Brownstein since she published an entry in her “Monitor Mix” column for NPR on the shallowness of Madonna. Naturally — she sang “Entertain” on Sleater Kinney’s 2005 swan song The Woods and “Combat Rock” … Continue reading

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Takin’ thrills: Pistol Annies

A friend who snagged a review copy of Miranda Lambert’s forthcoming album called it lackluster, which is a pity; even on the hysterically overmixed Revolution the country artist still sounded like she was searching for nuances in familiar material or … Continue reading

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Ashes of American bands: Wilco and 2002

Although I’d been publishing reviews for a couple of years, Yankee Hotel Foxtrot was the first album since Moby’s Everything is Wrong whose acclaim mystified me; it marked the first onset of self-doubt. From the song about the heavy metal … Continue reading

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I’m sick of being misread: Stephen Malkmus

The solid musicianship and songwriting on Mirror Traffic force me to ask: does Stephen Malkmus suck now or did I forgive his annoyances? I started to notice them when he wrote a song called “(Do Not Feed the) Oysters” in … Continue reading

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Whoo! – The Rapture

I won’t know until December whether I’ll play The Rapture’s In the Grace of Your Love as much as Pieces of the People We Love, whose release if I remember occasioned some snickering and didn’t cause half the impact of … Continue reading

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Lovebuzz: Thurston Moore

Finally catching up with the Thurston Moore solo album Demolished Thoughts, released a couple months ago, I was first struck by how well producer Beck Hansen, shaping the best corrective to his own soporific Sea Change, arranges the kind of … Continue reading

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