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October 4, 2010

If there’s one thing US indie-pop group Of Montreal can’t be accused of it’s being boring. While their overt experimentalism and surreal schtick can at times confuse, bewilder or just plain repulse, it is also this very weird experimental genius marred with madness (or vice versa) that can deliver moments of sheer ecstasy through the […]

September 27, 2010

Artist: Paperghost Album: The Teledermatologist Handbook Label: Sonorous Circle The Teledermatologist Handbook sounds maybe sort of like the missing link between Radiohead and Magnum PI. So, I guess, beautifully crafted lo-fi indie pop tunes with a badass moustache? Yeah, that sounds weird, but probably the best kind of weird there is—making it an apt summary […]

September 6, 2010

Barb S/T (Yep Rock Records) Barb is one of the most utterly predictable album releases of the year. That is to say, who took a look at the lineup of this New Zealand super-group and didn’t think this was a great idea? Barb consists of straight-up NZ indie pop royalty: Liam Finn, Eliza-Jane Barnes, Connan […]

August 2, 2010

The name How to Destroy Angels conjures images of a big, long-haired bogan screaming over a deathly guitar riff—for me at least. It’s with some relief that How to Destroy Angels is nothing like that at all. In fact, they’re oddly quite amiable. Not in the post-Juno, twee boy/girl acoustic-indie couplet way, but with the […]

July 12, 2010

While the debut solo album from Bloc Party frontman Kele Okereke will inevitably draw many comparisons to his previous work with the band (currently on hiatus), The Boxer is a whole new animal for Okereke. The album is a synth-heavy electronic project which Okereke admits was a bit of an experiment, building up songs around […]

May 24, 2010

Artist: Wolf Parade Album: Expo 86 Label: Sub Pop Wolf Parade’s new album has been described on Sub Pop’s site as sounding “sort of like INXS, but also, and mostly, not like INXS at all”. Which I quite like. Expo 86 is the Montreal outfit’s third album released on Sub Pop. It was recorded in […]

May 17, 2010

Titles that open with the words “You Smell” don’t appear often enough for my liking. Thank goodness Wellington musician Craig Elliott saw the gap in the music market and swiftly remedied it. You Smell Like the Devil and You Sound Like a War is the debut EP from the former guitarist of local noise-rock trio […]