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The King of Limbs

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When I was a very little man, probably three years old, my family took me to the circus. As I observed the caged lions and tigers, I confidently asserted that they were not ferocious beasts, but rather “people dressed up” as animals. Yes, I was a cynic even as a toddler. In the days since […]

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Discovery- LP

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Named after a Frank Zappa quote that “discovery is not dead…it just smells funny,” indeed Discovery is not dead. It is the newborn brainchild of Wes Miles, lead singer of Ra Ra Riot, and Rostam Batmanglij, keyboardist of Vampire Weekend. And it doesn’t smell funny, but it did make me giggle. A first listen to […]

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"08/09" from XL promises stellar year in releases

From M.I.A's "Kala" to Radiohead's "In Rainbows" and every musical tidbit in between, XL Recordings has released a cavalcade of music in the last year or so. Obviously, they're real darn excited over at XL, because they've put out a compilation, "08/09", of tracks they've been tinkering with and some they are prepping for release […]

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LP3

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I appear have a niche market in the TIG universe. My reviews mostly have focused on the electronica genre of the indie world (see my reviews on RJD2 and M83). Have I been typecasted? Or do I do it for the love of the sound? Perhaps both. It makes sense that I would be the […]

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Censored Be Your Own Pet songs to actually see light of day

About two months ago I mentioned here that three songs from Be Your Own Pet's still-pretty-fucking-great album Get Awkward were removed due to violent (but still cartoonish) imagery by some nervous execs at Universal Records. Review copies sent to critics (but not to me) and the international version contained those songs (which are, again, "Becky", "Blow Yr Mind," […]

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The Third Hand

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There has been much scrutiny since RJD2 declared hip-hoppery as he knew it banished from his shelves so he could pick up a guitar and croon about the typical trappings of life like the myriad of other indie groups out there. And yes, it has thrown many of his hardcore fans for a loop because […]

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Matinee

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On the flipside of the current British pop revival is Jack Peñate. Now, I don't know if I dislike Jack Peñate because he dates/dated Kate Nash, he seems irritating in his videos or because he, well, is pretty bad musically. Jack Peñate longs to be an important voice in Brit-pop, something like an '00s Dexy's […]

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