REVIEWS

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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HUMAN QUENA ORCHESTRA – “THE POLITICS OF THE IRREDEEMABLE”

It’s tough out there. Given general woes in the current state of things (folks taking pay cuts, having rent raised, spending more on pretty much everything everywhere, while having less than ever to buy the essentials with, watching the unemployment rate consistently, systematically rise… etc…), things just aren’t looking so hot for the country right now. Sometimes …

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PETER BRODERICK – “4-TRACK SONGS / MUSIC FROM FALLING FROM TREES” (ERASED TAPES / WESTERN VINYL, 2009)

2009 saw two criminally overlooked classics from the young multi-instrumentalist Peter Broderick. The prolific musician put out two stellar records of neo-classical and lo-fi songs, became a touring member of the Danish outfit Efterklang, moved to Denmark and is putting out a release with TOME fav. Machinefabriek later this year. 4 Track Songs – I kind of go crazy …

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STILL LIFE STILL – “GIRLS COME TOO” (ARTS AND CRAFTS, 2009)

There are just some albums you can’t listen to on a lazy Sunday afternoon. Black Flag’s Damaged is one of them. Still Life Still’s Girls Come Too is another. On first blush there is really no reason why Toronto’s newest addition to the Arts and Crafts label shouldn’t fit in between naps and Miyazaki films. …

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