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Game Theory – Big Shot Chronicles (1986)

That Game Theory’s entire catalog is seemingly terminally out of print is a great travesty. Certainly they were one of the most important purveyors of ’80s pop music in America. Over the course of three incredibly a...
 
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The Vapors – New Clear Days (1980)

In the stream of excellent hard-hitting power-pop albums that were released in the aftermath of the punk explosion, there were bound to be a couple ones forgotten, or associated bands being relegated to one-hit wonder status. T...

 
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Wooden Shjips – West (2011)

…and then, in an act of reverence, they took their melodies, their intervals between notes, their rhythmic variation and burnt them, a sanctified offering to the great god of fuzz. And listeners looked down upon their off...
 
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Mario Gonzalez – Lindsay Lohan Likes Blood (2011)

This EP is excellently done, and every song except the title track is a wonderful, drone and glitch-filled pop delight. Delicate and graceful melodies slip between the cracks of digital wreckage, or sometimes emerge from the ca...

 
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Lavis Blake – Glue / In Tandem

As an obsessive music collector, Lavis Blake hits two of my pet preoccupations: differentiating types of non-singing, and bands whose output ends up on a single disc padded out with demos on a “record label” that’s usuall...
 
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Dumhi – The Side Effect EP (2011)

After a rising loop the record begins: “Yo it’s therapy, most of us that I know got problems / Why you think we frowning when we puttin’ out these albums?” It’s an ideal manifesto for The Side Effe...

 
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The Grapes of Wrath – Now and Again (1989)

In surveying jangle-pop albums, calling an album great makes allowance for more uninspired tracks than on most other genre releases. Like early ‘50s rock albums by groups like the Everly Brothers – who inspired many of them – t...
 
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We Are Trees

With a sound that immediately brings to mind early Grizzly Bear, Virginia Beach’s We Are Trees have made an impressive second EP stock full of lush harmonies, post-Galaxie 500 guitar tones, and laid-back grooves. Hooks ar...

 
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Jonathan Visger’s Absofacto

Hailing from the small university town of Ann Arbor, Jonathan Visger’s solo project Absofacto produces a delightful sound that reconstitutes the ghosts of indie rock’s past into something vaguely infectious. If one ...
 
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Glass Eye – Bent by Nature (1988)

We go back in time for this lost gem. Its sounds are vaguely recognizable as pop, but as the kind of pop somehow reconfigured from secondhand rumors, hazy and jagged reminiscences. Songs constructed from the rusty shards from t...