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DevYesU

Yes, U

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Devastations' Yes, U, in addition to vying for the worst album title of the year, is a perfect example of a record that I just don't quite know what to do with. The Aussie trio (plus guests) floats through a mopey dreamland with textures that seem like they were built by Enya's depressed younger sister. […]

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filmschool07sep

Hideout

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Film School has always frustrated me. The band effortlessly cultivates a deep and impalpable sense of cool in every note they’ve ever played, yet their foggy, atmospheric heavy compositions rarely crystallized like they promised to. Glimpses of space-rock perfection such as “Like You Know” teased me: they could be my favorite band! Alas, they were […]

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filmschool06feb

Film School

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By about the fourth songs on Film School's self-titled debut on Beggars Banquet, it becomes painfully obvious that frontman Krayg Burton spent most of his teenage years singing Cure songs in the shower. But, what with all the buzz and hubbub from pop-media elitists such as NME, Music Week, and Jane Magazine, this San Francisco […]

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calla05dec

Collisions

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7.9
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Calla's latest release, Collision is a departure from the melancholy, ethereal rock of their previous releases. While the sadness in the form of slow, dispiriting, hook-laden melodies is still there, Calla has found a new space with these songs. The timid acoustic guitars juxtaposed with sparse electric riffs have given way to somewhat heavier electric […]

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Top 50 Northwest Releases of 2004: the Imaginary Readers' Poll Results {40-31}

#40 Cantona — 3×4 (self-released) {official website}   #39 S — Puking and Crying (Suicide Squeeze Records) {official website} * {buy it}   #38 The Girls — The Girls (Dirtnap) {official website} * {buy it} * {tig review}   #37 The Jeunes — 4 Song EP (self-released) {official website} * {buy it} * {tig review} […]

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David Freel of Swell

I must confess straight out that as of the time of this publication, David Freel — guitarist, keyboardist, vocalist and superstar from the lovely band Swell — and I had not met for coffee. David, you are owed an imaginary coffee for your efforts. For those of you not familiar with Swell, they have just […]

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Bubblegum

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Mark Lanegan — the name conjures visions of smoky back rooms, tumblers filled with whiskey, songs reflecting on dark beauty, and the dirtier side of life. As such, the title of his latest release Bubblegum took me off guard. On this, his first full-length in three years, Lanegan contradicts any thought of sugary confections by […]

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