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  • 9 years ago

    That anyone who casually follows New York electronic music knows the name Morgan Geist is a huge testament to the man's talent: The Environ Records founder has released just two solo albums in 10 years, opting to work mainly behind the scenes as a...

  • 9 years ago

    Convincing rock formalism need not reinvent an old mode, just trick you into thinking you haven't heard it in ages. That's what Nashville-based atavist David Vandervelde accomplished on last year's The Moonstation House Band, whose standout track,...

  • 9 years ago

    As recently as five years ago, polyrhythms in indie rock were about as common as Qs in Scrabble, and less valuable. IDM promised glitchy abstraction, and the occasional lap-pop record offered computer- assisted syncopation, but anything more advan...

  • 9 years ago

    I don't know what's more unfortunate: that the hype for Tapes 'n Tapes' alternately sharp and silly 2005 debut, The Loon, quickly backspun into byword-ism (TNT = "shitty faceless indie band"), or that their follow-up, Walk It Off, will probably be...

  • 9 years ago

    Nonsense in the mouth of the average indie bard is visionary poetry, maybe even sage wisdom when sung by Stephen Malkmus. Call this a free pass, call it eminence, or call it what it is: the damn truth. Over the last few years, the former Pavement ...

  • 10 years ago

    Just because it's fun for you to sing your songs doesn't mean it's fun for us to listen to them. Or so someone should've told Sunset Rubdown's Spencer Krug before he belted out these 12 new ones. Random Spirit Lover answers last year's quietly wis...


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