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Infomatik EP

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If you were alive and coherent during the 80s, you remember wearing pointy shoes, ripped shirts, lots of make up and big, geometric hair. The early 80s purged itself of the bled over punk and disco movements, allowing synthy new wave to emerge, rearing its big-haired head. Local electro-synth trio, Infomatik has tapped into that […]

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Fine Lines EP

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The Pixies are godheads — a nearly perfect institution occupying that sliver of music history between post-punk and pre-grunge. And since their recent visit to the Pacific Northwest, I've been thinking about the qualities that define The Perfect Band. Useless exercise? Waste of time? Sorry excuse designed to showcase another favorite band? Yes, yes, and […]

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Bee Hives

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And the award for most tongue-in-cheek title for a collection of B-sides goes to… You remember Broken Social Scene, that wondrous indie-rock collective out of Canada whose 2003 release You Forgot it in People was the music-snob's name-drop of November and December? Naturally, when a small label gets a band that can sell records to […]

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of this blood.

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Reviewing music is a tough racket. The daunting task of attempting to translate music — emotion in raw form — into words, to somehow define the essence of the indescribable, is a fruitless one at best. Even if a review manages to somehow accurately capture the mood inspired, that mood is often so subjective as […]

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The Tain

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Colin Meloy, lead singer/songwriter for Portland, OR's Decemberists takes a drag off his yellow American Spirit and places his right hand, cigarette between two fingers, on a bottle of Heineken backstage at the Black Cat in DC a few weeks ago. If you happened to be one of the 710 people there at the Decemberists' […]

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Summer's End

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On first listen, Carte Blanche's debut release Summer's End seemed to be little more than a collection of silly love songs. But I liked it enough to listen to again…and then again…then again…then… So why did these songs turn out to be more than just silly love songs? Perhaps because that as a real-life couple, […]

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Duotones

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Because Persil's latest release Duotone is so breathtakingly great, I have broken an imaginary commandment I set for myself at the outset of the site: thou shalt not write album reviews. You see, unlike live show reviews, which capture a moment in time, album reviews capture a fixed entity — a recording of music — […]

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