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Filed Under:Music / Rock & Pop
Posts on Regator:515
Posts / Week:1.5
Archived Since:February 2, 2008

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How I Feel For You Now

Every once in a while, someone from the old days reaches out to us with a new song. You have no idea how happy this makes us. Back in 2007, we wrote about Hallelujah the Hills, and their then-new album “Collective Psychosis Begone.” It was a fun album — an excellent of-the-times indie document. If [...]


Wait, what? Horsehands – Tin Horn. This song is bonkers, but that’s what I love about it. Psychedelic freakout one minute, Built To Spill-style slow jam the next. I keep listening to it, thinking I’ll unlock what makes it hold together, but I can’t figure it out. Let’s call it a draw. Horsehands hail from [...]

You Frame Me In Such Disdain

There isn’t much I can say about this Hudson Mohawke remix of Disclosure’s “White Noise” except that it took an already brilliant song and brilliantly refined it. Since the long-ago departure of Robot Blair, we haven’t had much electronic stuff on here, but every once in a while we come across something that we just [...]

To Be Frank, I’m Fried

Kurt Vile – Wakin’ On A Pretty Day The story goes that in the backyard of Bob Seger’s house up in the moneyed hills of Detroit are buried the master tapes of his acoustic solo album, Brand New Morning. So unhappy with the finished product and totally unwilling to revisit it, Bob allegedly disowned the [...]

A Mortal Win

There are all kinds of Southern Californias. The quiet, still heat of the street outside Pie ‘n Burger. The rushed desert wind through the clothesline. The crisp clean breeze off the ocean, taco in hand. For these three Londoners in Vondelpark they seem to emphasize the spaces between things. The very idea of walking to [...]

I’m A Fool For Your Belly

Rhye continue to kill it with their new single. The album’s not out til March 5th but if it holds up to the strength of this one and The Fall it’s definitely in the running for album of the year. They ride a sexy line without sliding into kitsch or porn, capturing the natural. And [...]

I want a Pepsi and a heart that won’t break

Bad Bad Hats – Super America. I love everything about this song: the chugging acoustic guitars, the simple melody, Kerry Alexander’s just-engaged-enough voice, the handclaps, the tambourine. This is one of those embarrassing situations in which somebody completely has my number. Maybe I shouldn’t mind. Bad Bad Hats are Alexander, her songwriting partner Chris Hoge, [...]

Today You’re Young

Just in case you thought that we were only into Bitchin’ music these days, I figured I’d let you know that we also have been listening to Max Richter’s Recomposed: The Four Seasons, which is just as beautiful as you might imagine. I know that he’s a little played out, especially when it comes to [...]

But This Is Momentary Anyhow

The kids are doing such a good job with the punk rock right now.

Didn’t Even Have to Try

Milk Music – I’ve Got a Wild Feeling. The four young lads in Milk Music continue to do no wrong. Their Beyond Living EP from a ways back was damn near the most vital thing I’d heard in years, and the title track is a lock for classic status. This new one from their upcoming [...]

From the 365 Songs blog: It’s A Shame About Ray

Where has Robot David been? Why has the blog been so much cooler since he’s been gone? ARE THESE TWO QUESTIONS RELATED?! Hello Robots, and I’m sorry it’s been a while. I’ve been hard at work on a new blog, and it’s called 365 Songs. I’m writing about a new song every day, for a [...]

Total Nite Out

Look, I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking that it’s even more shameless than the song I posted earlier this week. It’s even more of a blatant ape. But after decades of listening to music I really just don’t care. Merchandise bring enough new to the table while leaving enough of the old in the [...]

That’s Ok I Was Born in LA

Foxygen – San Francisco What starts as a winking Zombies-style takedown of Paisley Underground cliches explodes into a gorgeous example of just how beautiful that whole genre can be. Taking off on the old chestnut “I Left My Heart in San Francisco” and glazing it over with a healthy dose of millennial ennui, Foxygen continue [...]

Did I Waste All My Time

Hayden – Old Dreams Every few years Hayden Desser comes back around with a somber new reflection on his quiet Canadian life. He first popped up in the ’90s with the 120 Minutes staple, “Bad As They Seem.” I was in high school at the time and in line with Hayden’s weary-beyond-his-years schtick. You don’t [...]

I Saw Love Disfigure Me

Phosphorescent – Song For Zula. Matthew Houck has been many things. Bright Eyes / Neutral Milk Hotel warbler. West desert drifter. Nilsson-esque Troubadour. Willie Nelson. This latest incarnation, which he considers to be his most raw, to me sounds like late-period Dylan, what with the dramatic strings paired with a stage-shot voice and a fair [...]


It hasn’t been the easiest fall, Robots – there have been some health issues in my household; nothing hugely serious, but not the common cold, either, and it’s not going away anytime soon. That’s the main reason for my lack of posts lately, and it’s been taking up all my time and energy. I haven’t [...]

Don’t Slip Away

I don’t know why it didn’t dawn on me earlier that the guy singing in Rhye is Milosh. That makes perfect sense. To be honest, I had mostly forgotten about Milosh and his gentle electronic jams from the mid-2000s. Now that I think about it, his album Meme took many spins in my stereo back [...]

This Is The Start Of What Was

A beautiful, tender, intelligent and elegant update on the blues, the music of King Krule is somehow also the single most British music I’ve heard in years. While we Americans tunnel down the twin rabbit holes of blown out amps and blown out vocal cords, Archy Marshall seems to be more interested in soul. The [...]

Yellow Bridges

They tell me it’s going to snow tonight, a slick mix of wintery business to coat our broken streets. They tell me to stay inside. They tell me that it’s brittle and cold and raw outside and that I wouldn’t want to be out there anyway. But I know that it’s still warm and positive [...]

Why Are You Laughing

Birdmonster – I am the Wind. This is the way to do it. Free from deadlines, restrictions, obligations. Free from the pressure to create, the four fine gentlemen from Birdmonster have been recording whenever and wherever inspiration seems to strike. Turns out they should’ve been doing this all along. This isn’t to discount their recent [...]

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