Tag Archives: Sub Pop

The Afghan Whigs – In Spades

90’s alt-rockers The Afghan Whigs return with their second album since their 2011. Led by frontman Greg Dulli, also known for his 00’s projects The Twilight Singers and The Gutter Twins. In Spades opens with “Birdland”, a song that doesn’t sound too far removed from the last Radiohead album, and then launches into “Arabian Heights”, […]

The Bob’s Burgers Music Album

Double-disc compilation of songs from one of the funniest animated sitcoms on TV right now. Many of these tracks are the little ditties that play over the end credits of the episodes, but also include some of the show’s musical numbers like “Electric Love” and “Bad Stuff Happens in the Bathroom”. There are also some […]

Jesca Hoop – Memories Are Now

Singer/songwriter Jesca Hoop returns with her first album since Love Letter For Fire, her successful collaboration with Sam Beam of Iron & Wine. Continues with the acoustic sound of that project, but with a bit of a darker tone. Many of the lyrics seem to reflect on love & personal relationships in the digital age, […]

Shearwater – Jet Plane and Oxbow

Shearwater’s 9th and latest album Jet Plane and Oxbow is their most accessible offering to date, yet also contains some of their strongest songwriting. Lead singer Jonathan Meiberg provides strong vocals that carry these songs. Quite beautiful to listen to, with its shimmering production, and influences ranging from Bruce Springsteen to R.E.M. to The Smiths. […]

Doldrums-Air Conditioned Nightmare

Montreal based artist, Doldrums, second album is titled Air Conditioned Nightmare. The name is based on a collection of essays from Henry Miller upon his 1939 return to the United States after being away for ten years. As the title suggests he was shocked by the pollution, Big Business and prejudice that greeted him. Here, […]

The Notwist – Close to the Glass

Close to the Glass is The Notwist’s first album since their 2008 release The Devil, You & I. For those unfamiliar with The Notwist, they are a German band who have been around since the early 90’s. They started out playing grunge/metal but slowly evolved into an indie/electronic band (a transition comparable to Radiohead). They […]

Mogwai – Rave Tapes

Rave Tapes takes post-rock and does a beautiful job at subduing it, proving Mogwai just keeps maturing as a band. Rave Tapes is slower and less loud than previous Mogwai albums and the addition of synth leaves a strong impression on the listener. The tracks on this album are less dramatic but do not lack […]

SHEARWATER- “FELLOW TRAVELERS”

Americana-Rock: Former OKKERVIL RIVER members covers LP. Featuring Sharon Van Etten, and members of Xiu Xiu, Wye Oak, Clinic. PLAY: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8 FCC: 10 RIYL: LEONARD COHEN, OKKERVIL RIVER

Let’s Be Still

The Head & the Heart are back with this second record that captures their folk indie sound all over again.  From Seattle, a band of multiple transplants from all over the country, with loads of different influences.  You will find a track you dig, promise. LABEL: sub pop FCC: none PLAY: 2, 6, 1 RIYL: […]

No Age – “An Object”

Noise punk that’s been toned down and expanded. Slightly more accessible than No Age’s previous work, the ‘noise’ on this album is more recessed and condensed. The vocals and instrumentals are detached, the vocals are laid-back and the instrumentals are crackling and distorted. Many of the tracks seem to get stuck on the build-up, but […]

Washed Out – “paracosm”

Dreamlike, otherwordly atmospheres: Paracosm finds Ernest Greene reaching beyond the computers & synths of previous recordings, expanding his sonic palette to include more than 50 different instruments, the most significant of which turned out to be old keyboards like the Mellotron, Chamberlin, Novatron, and Optigan. Also live drums, bass & guitar. From sunny & laid-back […]

Daughn Gibson – “Me Moan”

Sample-based Trip-hop, Americana style with deep Johnny Cash-like vocals, pedal steel, horns, organ, strings. play: 1, 2, 5, 6, 7, 9, 11 RIYL: Dirty Beaches, Austra

Rose Windows – “The Sun Dogs”

The Past influences their sound: “Elements of The Band’s folk-infused rock, The Doors organ-driven psychedelia, and Black Sabbath’s blues-based dirges can be heard in Rose Window’s debut album The Sun Dogs.” Classic psych & prog motifs with folk-steeped guitars, gentle pedal steel, haunting female vocals, lush strings and graceful choruses. “While they burst through the gate […]

Baptist Generals – “jackleg devotional to the heart”

2nd album that took ten years to make. Texan heartfelt, haunting, claustrophobic take on drunken folk/rock. Ambient feedback, strings, , vibraphone, broken vocals. play: 2, 5, 6, 7, 10 riyl: vic chestnutt, deer tick, centro-matic

Still Corners – Strange Pleasures

    Dreamy synth-pop with female vocals. Smooth and laid-back with cool techno elements. Play: 6, 2, 4, 9, 12 FCC: Clean RIYL: Blouse, Tamaryn,  

Low – The Invisible Way

Low have been around for 20 years now, and something that has made them so lasting is the way they embrace and then emulate their producers. Having worked with Kramer, Steve Fisk, Steve Albini, Dave Fridmann and Matt Beckley they’ve been across the board. On The Invisible Way the band joins with Jeff Tweedy of Wilco, […]