Posted by: on July 11, 2008 at 2:00 pm

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Posted by: 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: on June 6, 2008 at 3:00 pm

>>> The Walkmen might be jerks, but they make good music. That’s why we’re excited to announce that their new album, You and Me, will be out sometime this fall. The 14-track affair was produced by John Agnello (Hold Steady, Sonic Youth) and Chris Zane (Les Savy Fav, White Rabbits), and will likely feature lead Read more

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