Friday afternoon music update

Mp3s from Bruce Springsteen, Twin Shadow, and Mindy Misty; dirt-cheap, fantastic records from Twin Shadow and Night Minutes; reviews of Interpol’s latest, the Bear Quartet/the Skull Defekts split 7″, Thieves Like Us, Rasmus Kellerman (of Tiger Lou), and Night Minutes (featuring Anna Knutson of We Live in Trenches and Max J Hansson of Cut City).

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Record Review: Candy Claws, “Hidden Lands”

“It’s not going to be everyone’s cup of tea, but if you can find a way into ‘Hidden Lands,’ it’s an interesting and often rewarding journey.”

Tuesday afternoon music update

“Amazon offers Arcade Fire’s ‘The Suburbs’ for $3.99 today, free mp3 from Night Minutes (featuring Max J Hansson of Cut City), and my review of Anna Von Hausswolff’s ‘Singing from the Grave.'”

“Departure in Particular”

“It’s a bittersweet feeling being both excited for Cut City’s upcoming record and knowing it’s probably their last, but seeing how much their previous releases affected me, even their less assured, yet still intriguing debut ‘Exit Decades,’ I’m confident that Cut City’s departure from the world of music will not coincide with their departure from my esteem.”

Of Abandonment

“And I believe that is all I have at the moment — a touch of cynicism and lethargy, a few trite opinions on sports, and a bit about music, mostly drawn from other sources. Nobody said blogging was about originality. At least, I hope nobody said that.”

Wednesday afternoon music update

It’s just been one of the weeks. Or, you know, a couple of them. Anyways… If you’re a fan of Denmark’s Slaraffenland or Efterklang, then you’re in luck. It’s a Trap! reports today that the most recent fruits of their collaborative project, unsurprisingly named Slaraffenklang, are available as a free download from Rumraket. And another story … Continue reading

Record Review: Crystal Castles, “Crystal Castles (II)”

“All said and done, there is much to like about II — in many ways, it eclipses its namesake and demonstrates the artistic development of its members. That said, I would have much preferred a tighter, more focused 9 or 10-track effort with certain cuts surfacing later as b-sides.”

Record Review: Foals, “Total Life Forever”

“With so many bands lacking the stamina to continue living up to the hype or the promise of their first recordings, it’s refreshing that Foals’ sophomore effort is of this caliber — both a fulfillment of the potential demonstrated on Antidotes and a transcendence of all expectations, even for those of us who didn’t see Foals as a ‘flash in the pan.’ All said and done, Total Life Forever is a brilliant record, one that impresses me more each time I start the album over.”

Monday afternoon music update

Every since Marly’s arrival, I’ve not had the most competent grasp on the passage of time, but I am assured that it is Monday, and therefore it is time to once again attempt a music update. As my past posts have been dominated by Scandinavian music, today I am happy to announce I have a … Continue reading

Tuesday afternoon music update

As you might have gathered from my previous post, my life got a little more complicated this weekend. Excuses aside — though, you have to admit, Marly is a damn cute excuse — I let the Monday morning music updates be interrupted after only a few weeks. To my rather limited and marginal audience, I … Continue reading