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White Wilderness

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San Francisco’s John Vanderslice has worked his subtle, unique, elegant, and memorable musical magic for about eight full-lengths’ worth of material. But like many excellent writers who fill lit journals and staff picks sections of bookstores, I have always walked away from his releases craving a little more, I don’t know, danger. Vision. More happy […]

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I believe in "Lita"

Did anyone just hear that Nurses song on KEXP, “Lita” from their new Dead Oceans album Apple’s Acre? I’m not super-familiar with the band, but my ears perked up at this tidy little track. I hear a bit of Animal Collective influence in it, and it’s haunting without being dark. It shuffles along, simple percussion […]

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John Vanderslice: tour dates with Mountain Goats & record release shows

Our friend John Vanderslice hit the proverbial road this week, touring behind the upcoming release of Romanian Names, which will be out on Dead Oceans in mid-May. The first leg, dubbed the Gone Primitive tour, is paired up with the Mountain Goats for some sure-to-be stellar performances: Fri Mar 20, 2009 – Norfolk, VAAttucks Theaterw/ […]

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Pride

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Midway through the recording of Pride, Matthew Houck, the man behind Phosphorescent, decided to migrate from Athens, Georgia to Brooklyn, New York. The change of scene proved to be advantageous; Houck instantly picked up where he left off and finished the album with renewed inspiration. This is Phosphorescent’s third full-length release, following 2005's Aw Come […]

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The Evening Descends

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    BLACKFADE INEXT. WOODS – NIGHT Evening descends: We open on the rear of a Cherry Red convertible, top down, on a hill overlooking the mid-sized suburban city of BELLAWOOD, a grid of amber lights stretches into the distance. The car sits surrounded by shrubbery next to a wooden sign that reads “Chastity Point,” […]

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Rise Above

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On paper, the concept behind this disc is a fairly intriguing one: pay tribute to one of punk’s most influential albums – in this case, Black Flag’s seminal full-length Damaged – by trying to recreate it using your memory as your only guide. In practice, though, the Dirty Projectors’ version is a mystifying experiment, one […]

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The Broken String

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I've been listening almost exclusively to The Broken String for about a week straight now, and my conclusion? It's fine. It doesn't make me jump and skip in circles around my room (cause, you know, that's what I do when I'm super excited about a record); it doesn't make me want to slice off my […]

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