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Track review: “Sweater Weather”, Parks

Oh man, we need songs like this, right? It may not be the most original sound around, but that’s kind of the point: it hits the sweet spot in your pop music subconscious, cramming all the minutes of FM radio that you’ve heard in your lifetime into one sweet little song. [ Click here for […]

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Track review: “Tin Horn”, Horsehands

This song is bonkers, but that’s what I love about it. Psychedelic freakout one minute, Built To Spill-style slow jam the next. I keep listening to it, thinking I’ll unlock what makes it hold together, but I can’t figure it out. Let’s call it a draw. [ Click here for more ]

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Essay: Saying goodbye to R.E.M.

R.E.M. recently called it quits after 31 years together, and Robots David and Mark needed it to talk about it. Robot David: Where to start? I’ve been an R.E.M. fan for so long that I’ve lost objectivity. I’m not the first to make this comparison, but it’s really been like a personal relationship. We’ve had […]

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Track review: “Circulation”, Thurston Moore

I did not expect to like the new Thurston Moore record. Not because I dislike him, or Sonic Youth, but because I don’t particularly love Sonic Youth. I admire and respect them, and I like many Sonic Youth songs, but I don’t tend to listen to many of the band’s records in full (except Washing […]

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Track review: “Say Fiesta”, Francois Virot

I’ve written a lot about songs in which acoustic guitars are more than acoustic guitars. Think Neutral Milk Hotel, Elliott Smith, “I Summon You” by Spoon. In each case, you don’t picture a person with a guitar, but whatever universe the artist wants you to imagine. [Click here for more]

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Track review: Haley Bonar, “Big Star”

I could listen to Haley Bonar sing anything. It helps that her songs are usually well-crafted, and that the production is meticulous, but for me, it’s all about the voice. It’s light without being weak, airy without being empty. There are years in there, experiences you don’t, and never will, know about. [Click here for […]

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Track review: Immaculate Machine, “Dear Confessor”

Chances are, when you heard the New Pornographers were replacing Neko Case on their tour with Carl Newman’s niece, you said to yourself, “Someone’s taking Neko’s place? And Carl Newman has a niece old enough to sing for the New Pornographers!?” [Click here for more]

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