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Daft Punk – Random Access Memories (2013)

Electronic music duo Daft Punk release one of the year’s most anticipated albums in Random Access Memories, their fourth full-length and first since 2005’s Human After All. The duo are noted for their patience betwe...
 
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Vampire Weekend – Modern Vampires of the City (2013)

On their third album, Vampire Weekend continue to progress from the collegiate prep-friendly Afro-pop revivalism of their 2008 eponymous debut into something more expansive. The Paul Simon influence is still there, but gone is ...
 
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Deerhunter – Monomania (2013)

A review of Deerhunter's sixth album, Monomania.
 
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My Bloody Valentine – mbv (2013)

A review of My Bloody Valentine's first album in 22 years: mbv.
 
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Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti – Mature Themes (2012)

Mature Themes is a quality representation of Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti as they are now, and have been since 2010’s Before Today, the release that cushioned Pink’s songwriting with increased polish and instrumental dexterity...
 
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Bright Little Field – Treatment Bound (2010)

The tribute album is, as I suppose it hardly merits mentioning, a dodgy proposition. It requires an artist who can not only understand the other artist’s work, but who is cognizant enough of its structure that they can of...
 
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Shintaro Sakamoto – How to Live With a Phantom (2012)

For two decades Shintaro Sakamoto was the leader of Yura Yura Teikoku, pioneers in Japanese psych-pop and a continuous source of innovation in Japan’s music scene. Despite their impressive discography, their impact remains rela...
 
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HAL – The Time the Hour (2012)

It has been over seven years since HAL released their self-titled debut, a remarkable effort released on Rough Trade that featured highly accessible reminiscing of folk and West Coast pop. While their new album abandons the coa...
 
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Twin Shadow – Confess (2012)

Following graciously in the steps of a phenomenal debut, Confess continues George Lewis, Jr.'s emergence as a talented songwriter and performer with a penchant for dark, ‘80s-inspired pop and post-punk.
 
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Sindie 4 – Inside! Inside! Inside!

Sindie 4 tread everywhere from Wire’s concise punk to Roxy Music’s sophisticated touch of glam, from swirling organ-led psychedelia to hazy British Invasion. The trio turn their pocketful of influences into fiercely...