Month: October 2019

THE CLIENTELE – “BONFIRES ON THE HEATH” (MERGE, 2009)

One sad thing about the Clientele: Nobody seems to like them. While critics love the brit-dream-psych-poppers, it’s tough to find a real fan of the band anywhere in day-to-day music-lover circles. Seeing the group open up for Spoon a few years back, I remember they actually got some heckling from an impatient audience member who came to …

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DO MAKE SAY THINK – “THE OTHER TRUTHS” (CONSTELLATION, 2009)

Approaching Post-Rock with a strictly critical eye is tricky for me. As a whole, I have felt the six full-length albums of Do Make Say Think more than I have actively listened to them. The band has a way of crafting slow-building songs centered around several separate instrumental movements that coalesce in a crescendo that …

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ARMS AND SLEEPERS – “MATADOR” (FAKE CHAPTER, 2009)

In 1978 Brian Eno set out to create an entirely new genre of electronic music centered around discreet minimalism and ubiquitous sounds that were to be played strictly as background music in airports and other places of mass transit in order to subconsciously calm people as they rushed from one location to another. In many ways his …

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COTTON JONES – “RIO RANGER” (QUITE SCIENTIFIC, 2009)

For the longest time I thought Cotton Jones was an ironically named Swedish singer-songwriter who left his post-rock band to cash in on burgeoning bearded folk-pop scene here in the States. I have no idea how I formulated this biography, but I was pretty much convinced. Then someone told me that Cotton Jones (formerly The Cotton …

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PASTELS / TENNISCOATS – “TWO SUNSETS” (DOMINO, 2009)

If you were in High School when CMJ’s C86 cassette came out you will love this album. If you were in High School when Belle and Sebastian’s Fold Your Hands Child You Walk Like a Peasant you will love this. If you have an ear for woozy, fragile-as-an-eggshell pop melodies centered around jangley guitar lines and sing-song male/female vocals…So the …

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OWEN – “NEW LEAVES” (POLYVINYL, 2009)

After fronting some of the most influential, scene-starting bands such as American Football and The One Up Downstairs, spending most of his adult life touring, writing trechent critiques of himself his L’enfant Terrible of a stage persona, Mike Kinsella is ready to settle down. Recently wed and house broken, New Leaves is his homage to the normal life with all …

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