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Jay’s 2011: A Year in (P)Review

Jay features six artists that he feels will explode in 2011. Or, at the very least, make a significant mark in the upcoming music scene. Familiar names like James Blake and Akron/Family are a few, but up-and-comers like Korean ...
 
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Sufjan Stevens – The Age of Adz (2010)

Abandoning his overly-tenacious "50 States Project", and going through some rather public digression away from the idea of an “album” or “song”, Sufjan Stevens has put together the monstrous, the epic, the grandiose The Age of ...

 
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Black Mountain – Wilderness Heart (2010)

With their third album Wilderness Heart, Black Mountain produce something memorable with a feeling of passion behind every song. Overall, it has successfully achieved the high expectations that fans of Black Mountain have come ...
 
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Interview with The Hood Internet

A sit-down with DJ duo The Hood Internet in South Korea brought up topics like traveling, real-life occupations, and Korean alcohol. Their music, which is renowned for its hybrid of indie-rock and hip-hop, has been critically a...

 
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Jay’s Summer Jam 2010

Summer is now officially in full swing. With the hottest season usually comes a venerable “hot” slew of music to go with the temperature. In the spirit of the season, here’s a list of songs I’m listening to that will inevitably...
 
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Wavves – King of the Beach (2010)

By jumping from experimentation to nostalgia and back again, Wavves' King of the Beach can match and will possibly eclipse the success of last year's self-titled effort. Serving as a furious, rambunctious tour-de-force of what ...

 
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The Implosion of The King Khan & BBQ Show

The King Khan & BBQ Show's break-up last week in Daegu, South Korea was raucously entertaining, much like the garage-rockers' renowned shows. Jay Mattson provides his first-hand account of the chaotic scene at Bar Guess, where ...
 
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Jay’s Favorite Tracks of 2010 (So Far)

Jay Mattson covers his favorite songs of the year so far. Although the year is not even halfway over, there has been enough great music to warrant a recap of sorts this early. MP3s include work by Liars, Plants and Animals, Gig...

 
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Courier News’ Fixtures

Courier News is a collaboration between two Award-winning Canadian artists. Their successful backgrounds have converged for a debut EP, Fixtures, that shows their chops in the realm of down-tempo electronica. Fixtures recalls d...
 
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Sleigh Bells: Destroying Speakers Since 2009

Today, a venerable volcano of lo-fi indie pop/rock has been erupting from the New York scene (see Vivian Girls, Cymbals Eat Guitars, etc.). Sleigh Bells have taken elements of this scene and infused a grandiose sense of noise a...