Posted by: Ryan Allen on June 30, 2008 at 10:00 am

Wolf Parade, At Mount Zoomer (Sub Pop Records, 2008)

MP3: “Soldier’s Grin”

It’d be easy to evaluate At Mount ZoomerWolf Parade’s second act to their first, 2006’s Apologies to The Queen Mary — through the scope of an extremely successful band, following up an extremely successful debut album. On the other hand, it’s almost hard not to, as sophomore albums are generally sliced open with a slightly sharper edge of the sword the second time around. But the reality here is that even though At Mount Zoomer is technically Wolf Parade’s second record, it seems more like the fifth or sixth, considering band members Spencer Krug and Dan Boeckner’s side-project addiction. At this point, any fan of Apologies to The Queen Mary has become well versed in each songwriter’s distinct style: Boeckner writes the jean jacket anthems; the dirty knees rockers that nod to Springsteen and Strummer, with songs full of sweat, jangley chords, triumphant melodies, and a scratchy delivery that speaks of countless nights spent smoking and drinking cheap whiskey. Read more

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Posted by: Ryan Allen on June 26, 2008 at 4:00 pm

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Suicide, “Ghost Rider” (Live, 1977/1978)

We can see it: Liars, Peaches, Primal Scream, and Nick Cave are all big fans of Suicide — the 70s art/synth-punk duo fronted by Alan Vega and Marin Rev. But Bruce Springsteen? That’s a new one on us. Indeed all of these artists — including the Boss — as well as Vincent Gallo, the Horrors, Spiritualized, and many more, will pay tribute to the no-wave legends on limited edition 10″ singles, to be released in year-long installments, starting this July. Here, we bring you live Suicide, screaming and whooping their way through their classic “Ghost Rider.” With Rev engaged in some bizarre interpretive dance amongst the always-badass-looking Vega’s haunted keyboards and minimal drum machine beats, we encourage you to watch, listen, and ponder how Bruce went from getting into this to writing “Born in the USA.” — Ryan Allen

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Posted by: Ryan Allen on June 25, 2008 at 6:00 pm

Obvious Bright Eyes comparisons aside, New Jersey’s Titus Andronicus vomit up raspy, fist-pumping indie rock that sounds like an amalgam of the Boss and the Replacements, with Motown-inspired intros and an energy that rivals a high Read more

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