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hook, line, etc. by v
November 11, 2013, 10:45 am
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The Hookworms are a Leeds-based, reverb-obsessed band whose new Pearl Mystic is dizzyingly good, if you’re into the whole psychedelic thing. “Since We Had Changed” has opium den written all over it.



royal flush by v
November 6, 2013, 7:10 am
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The new Idle No More from King Khan & The Shrines is part 1960s high-school slow dance, part jubilant soul revue. In an age of computer-based everything and ethereal whisper-singing, it’s nice to to hear some unapologetic brass.



step by step by v
October 23, 2013, 7:11 am
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The Stepkids’ “Memoirs of Grey” off of their new Troubadour evokes big bushy 70’s mustaches — I needed more Steely Dan soundalikes in my life.

More on the band here



truthfully by v
October 2, 2013, 7:16 am
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HOLY CRAP, Dr. Dog. I am madly in love with this song, which feels like it was plucked right off of a Stylistics record — slow and sad and sweet.



star-crossed by v
July 15, 2013, 7:20 am
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Ron Jeremy lookalike Har Mar Superstar offers scads of brass and tearful lyrics on his latest throwback record, Bye Bye 17. Fittingly, it evokes high-school dances (as seen in the movies, of course) at nearly every turn — chaste, awkward swaying and SO MANY FEELINGS.



the haunting by v
April 22, 2013, 7:40 am
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Every month CMJ sends out a mixtape, which I almost always listen to and almost always forget about immediately. April’s mix, however, held a hidden gem in the form of Canadian band Dead Ghosts — their “Roky Said” segues from crisp, precise guitar to dirgey “House of the Rising Sun” organ and back again seamlessly. Excited to hear more from these gentlemen.



sophomore slump be damned by v
April 3, 2013, 7:26 am
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File under things I’ve been meaning to write about for months: Unknown Mortal Orchestra’s second album, II. It was clear when I saw them a couple of years back that frontman Ruban Nielson is guitar-obsessed — at the time I found him showboaty, but he’s clearly using those powers for good. The new record feels amazingly effortless, though you do suspect every detail is actually veeery carefully wrought. LOVE.