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February 21, 2010

Owen Pallett – Heartland

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Owen Pallett – Heartland

Formerly recording under the moniker Final Fantasy, Owen Pallet has dropped the homage to classic RPGs, affirming his desire to make it on his own.

Not that he needs to – his orchestral and arrangement work for the likes of Arcade Fire, Grizzly Bear and Last Shadow Puppets already merit more than a few footnotes in modern music history – but allowed to run free with his own ideas Pallett is a gifted composer of elegant modern indie-electro compositions with a classical twist, clashing the analog with the digital, and knowing it‘ll work. (more…)

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February 15, 2010

Gil Scott-Heron – I’m New Here

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Gil Scott-Heron – I’m New Here

In an age where revolutions are more likely to be Tweeted than televised, 2010 may not be Gil Scott-Heron’s natural home. Even the way music is consumed in the 21st century is something alien to the jazz/blues legend and hip-hop godfather, urging the listener to forsake their Spotifies and shuffle modes and “Turn off everything that rings or beeps or rattles or whistles/Make yourself comfortable/Play your CD/LISTEN all the way through.” (more…)

January 23, 2010

White Rabbits – It’s Frightening

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White Rabbits – It’s Frightening

For a record so reliant on Jamie Levinson’s skilled, thoughtful drumming (and Matthew Clark too on occasion when one kit just isn’t enough), it’s odd to find this rhythm section somewhat of an afterthought when it comes to the production on White Rabbit’s second full-length effort. (more…)

January 22, 2010

fanshaw – Dark Eyes

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fanshaw – Dark Eyes

The awkwardly cased (curse you artist names that just don’t care about where to put those capitals!) fanshaw has some pedigree to live up to. Her Vancouver home has seen the rise of such rapturous Canadian pop as New Pornographers and revelatory prog as Black Mountain, and her own musical adventures have seen spend time as part of The Choir Practice – a ramshackle collective of uplifting spirits whose member list reads like a slightly less successful Broken Social Scene. (more…)

January 18, 2010

Top 10 Albums of 2009

I know I’m very late to the show with this one, but does it really matter? Well, it might do if you’re reading this. Most people aren’t though, so by the law of averages, you probably don’t care. About anything. It was probably the least exciting musical year in conscious memory for me. When Lady Ga Ga was our biggest star and Susan Boyle was our biggest selling album. If only they had done a duet, things may have been salvaged. Alas, we have to make do with this lot. Actually, these 10 are quite good. Enjoy. (more…)

November 12, 2009

Luke Haines – 21st Century Man

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hainesLuke Haines – 21st Century Man

“I was a spiteful child, caught up in the razzle-dazzle/I gotta get myself together – just like Peter Hammill” Or so says Luke Haines on the imaginatively titled ‘Peter Hammill’ – a glam funk ode to the Van der Graaf Generator front-man, following a familiar Haines path of underground pop culture and fearful introspection. (more…)

November 5, 2009

I Am Kloot – B Album

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cover-1I Am Kloot – B Album

Ten years since they first formed, Manchester’s most underappreciated band (now that Elbow have hit the big time) mark their anniversary with this collection of B-sides, rarities and unreleased songs. Spread over two CDs, these 28 tracks not previously seen fit for a proper release may be an intimidating prospect for anyone other than a die-hard Kloot fan.

Fortunately, the quality of what’s on offer seems more suited to a ‘best of’ than some collection of cast-offs only desired by Kloot completists. Keeping mainly on the acousitc side of indie, tracks like ’Junk Culture’ and ’Fat Kids In Photographs’ are warm and welcoming takes on the little things in life that can mean so much. Things do get dark though, with ’This House Is Haunted’ a fitting release for Halloween – discordant and vengeful, and another side the band are just as comfortable in. (more…)

October 29, 2009

Top 100 Albums of the Decade: 10 – 1

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100 – 51
50 – 26
25 – 11

SPOTIFY

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October 28, 2009

Top 100 Albums of the Decade: 25 – 11

eml

100 – 51
50 – 26
10 – 1

SPOTIFY

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Top 100 Albums of the Decade: 50 – 26

eml

100 – 51
25 – 11
10 – 1

SPOTIFY!!!

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