Posted by: Ryan Allen on August 1, 2008 at 1:00 pm

Jaguar Love, “Highways of Gold” (Matador, 2008)

The clip for Jaguar Loves “Highways of Gold” — originally heard on their self-titled EP, and also the first single from their upcoming Take Me To The Sea album, out August 19 on Matador Records — is a slick piece of skronky, dynamic pop that should probably remind you of the Blood Brothers, but less annoying. But what we really want to know is: Who are those old people? — Ryan Allen

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Posted by: Johnny Loftus on July 2, 2008 at 4:00 pm

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Liz Phair, “Supernova” (Matador, 1994)

Oh, Liz. Not only is this song still the one where you can wait for that double-kick snare and tunnel vision guitar effect, but the lyrics. “Your lips are sweet and slippery like a cherub’s bare wet ass,” “Your kisses are as wicked as an F-16/And you fuck like a Volcano and you’re everything to me” — she wasn’t writing about how hot her boyfriend’s ringtone was, or even that she’d be his umbrella. This was some adult shit. Also: It’s awesome how disinterested/hotter than Hanoi she looks throughout. No thanks on the cheeze “supernova” effects, however. — Johnny Loftus

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Posted by: Johnny Loftus on June 3, 2008 at 5:00 pm

Shearwater, Rook (Matador, 2008)

Listen: “Lost Boys”

When you just can’t take it anymore, when the florescent vomit of the 1980s has you wondering if indie music will ever find a tasteful rock to perch on, that’s when Shearwater releases a record. Look at that album cover. These Austinites have a plan to keep things smooth, artful, and evocative. And when they play Read more

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