Posted by: on March 30, 2008 at 11:00 am

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The picture supplied is myself with my MUSCLE,” We Are Free captain Jason Foster says of the fantastic photo above, the one that made our day all last week. As he describes below, WAF is mostly around because of Yeasayer, the Brooklyn-based Read more

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Posted by: on March 30, 2008 at 9:00 am

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Rings, Black Habit (Paw Tracks, 2007)

Listen: “Tone Poem”
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The latest from the Paw Tracks camp is Rings, a trio made up of former First Nation members Kate Rosko and Nina Mehta with the addition of Abby Portner. (Portner is the sister of Animal Collective’s Dave Portner.) The sound here is certainly Paw Tracksian — Rings’ songs usually build from simple percussive or vocal phrases that morph as they repeat — and it’s a solid record in that regard. Through songs like “Is He Handsome,” with its three-part vocal and unsteady piano backing, opener “All Right Peace,” and the Read more

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Posted by: on March 29, 2008 at 5:00 pm

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As Citay‘s Ezra Feinberg tells it, Citay began as a duo project between he and Fucking Champs guy Tim Green. Two fantastic records in, the project has developed into a group with the addition of pals from groups like Tussle and Dry Spells, the latter of which Feinberg pimps below in this installment of our recurring Read more

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Posted by: on March 29, 2008 at 3:00 pm

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Yoni Gordon & The Goods, Buried in the Basement (Self-released, 2007)

Recorded in one day, the 13 songs on Buried in the Basement are full of that rush of a feeling you got the first time you and your friends played ding dong ditch. You ran down the street and hid in a prickly thorn bush; your neighbor opened the door, and no one was there.

That same charge of adrenaline (yours, not your neighbor’s) feeds this album. Basement feels thrown together, composed by a band flying by the seat of their Read more

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Posted by: on March 29, 2008 at 1:00 pm

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Two recent contemporary Brit-Pop crushes of ours (and most of yours) — Correcto and Pete and the Pirates, to be specific — got us thinking about some of the great vintage pop singles those dudes remind us of, such as the Housemartins, who made a splash with their joyous 1983 single “Happy Hour.” This clip starts out with a bit of Read more

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Posted by: on March 29, 2008 at 11:00 am

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Canada’s Endearing Records has been trucking along for 13 years now, along the way having released tons of great music from Julie Doiron, Destroyer, and the Heavy Blinkers, amongst others. It sounds like, lately anyway, Heather and Blair from the Read more

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Posted by: on March 29, 2008 at 9:00 am

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Ride Your Bike, Bad News from the Bar (Deep Elm Records, 2007)

Basically infamous for their embarrassing Emo Diaries compilations, Deep Elm Records has remained relatively quiet lately. This is a bit strange, considering how wildly popular and bankable the genre has become in the last few years. A visit to the Read more

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Posted by: on March 28, 2008 at 5:00 pm

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Kate Nash, Made of Bricks (2007, Fiction)

In “Dickhead,” from Made of Bricks, her debut, the one that splashed into the UK charts at number one last summer, Kate Nash spends nearly four minutes asking this idiot of an ex or boyfriend why he’s being one. That’s it, and some people hum in the Read more

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Posted by: on March 28, 2008 at 4:00 pm

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Posted by: on March 28, 2008 at 3:00 pm

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Coolest answer to “Favorite Record Ever” goes to Mike from Troubleman Unlimited. Below, he also gives us the keys to the label’s city, with location info, secret vices, origins, and Read more

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