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CONIFER ROCK

Somewhere, in an abandoned laboratory or military establishment, a drum machine is spitting out fractured beats in code. Somewhere in Michigan is a kid playing jagged post-punk riffs and fuzzed out guitar drones while softly singing into a 4-track recording machine. These two meet up and… An unlikely romance a la Harold and Maude? The …

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BLACK FEATHER – SILHOUETTE (OTHER ELECTRICITIES, 2009)

When it comes to touchstones for bombastic, anthemic rock songs I appreciate Black Feather’s insistence on looking beyond 2004 for influences. Silhouette is much more Jesus Hits Like the Atom Bomb than Funeral. The whole album seems to be a meditation on a time when bands like Mercury Rev, Spiritualized, Flaming Lips, and Tripping Daisy …

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VITAMINS – SONGS FOR STEM CELLS (HOT CONGRESS, 2009)

A quality that American culture severely lacks is a fearless embrace of the rewind/record button on the VCR. Sure, Wes Craven’s movies were scary when you were 10 but do “Nightmare on Elm Street” and “People Under the Stairs” really warrant a “re-imagining”? Crosby-Stills-Nash and Young were cool in the seventies but do Fleet Foxes …

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