Archives for December 2010

Next Album from The Low Anthem in February

On February 22, The Low Anthem will release Smart Flesh, the self-produced follow up to their critically lauded 2009 release Oh My God, Charlie Darwin on Nonesuch. The majority of Smart Flesh's eleven tracks were recorded in a cavernous, vacant pasta sauce factory in Central Falls, RI. Additional tracking was done in a Providence garage, dubbed the … [Read more...]

The Best Albums of 2010: 20-11

20. Faun Fables – Light of a Vaster Dark (Drag City) With the release of their fifth album Faun Fables continues to wow and astound with a sound that, while familiar, retains a wholly unique quality. Dealing with thematic elements that include the cycles of light and dark in nature, how those cycles affect our lives and our sense of place in the … [Read more...]

The Best Albums of 2010: 30-21

30. Wolf Parade – Expo 86 (Sub Pop) Canada’s premiere indie supergroup boasts an impressive lineup: Spencer Krug of Sunset Rubdown, Moonface, Swan Lake, and Frog Eyes; Dan Boeckner of Atlas Strategic and Handsome Furs; Dante DeCaro of Hot Hot Heat and Johnny and the Moon; and Arlen Thompson, who’s worked with Arcade Fire. The critic’s praise for … [Read more...]

Product Review – MiCorder

Olens Technology out of California has the great new product called the MiCorder. It's a palm-sized personal recorder that converts any stereo output to mp3. Although so much music is available digitally these days, the MiCorder is an inexpensive way to solve the problem of converting vinyl or tape to digital format without the need for a … [Read more...]

New single from Conquering Animal Sound

CONQUERING ANIMAL SOUND hail from Glasgow, Scotland (having recently departed their home in Edinburgh) and comprise of Anneke Kampman and James Scott. Conquering Animal Sound release their new single Bear on December 13th. Bear is taken from the duo's debut album Kammerspiel (out February 7th) and is a download only release, backed by an … [Read more...]

Q & A with Warren North of Sunsets North

Warren North, a musician since high school when no one believed he would stick with it (or come this far), has done what most in his position wouldn't. He played out as a solo artist and then built a band around himself to create a long term avenue for artistic expression, for himself and the three guys who take the stage with him. The 2010 … [Read more...]

New EP from Sonny & the Sandwitches

Sonny & the Sandwitches Announce New EP from the "100 Records" Project "Throw My Ashes From This Pier When I Die": http://bantermm.com/tracks/ThrowMyashesfromthispierwhenIdie.mp3 Not long ago, Sonny Smith (Sonny & The Sunsets) survived a near-drowning off the coast of Northern California. The experience affected him profoundly … [Read more...]

The Best Albums of 2010: 40-31

40. The Walkmen – Lisbon (Fat Possum Records) The Walkmen's sixth album is not a pick-me-up. It won't accompany your morning jog or a make-out session with your favorite girl. The starkness of this band's production and the desperate plea of singer Hamilton Leithauser's voice is best suited for late-night listening with a glass of whiskey and a … [Read more...]

The Best Albums of 2010: 50-41

50. Joanna Newsom – Have One On Me (Drag City) How do you summarize something in a few hundred words when it takes Joanna Newsom over a thousand? How can a few minutes read fulfill over two hours of precisely composed songs? Well, it can't, and this is the tragedy of Joanna Newsom in today's musical headspace. Ys kind of surprised everyone and … [Read more...]

The 10 Best Songs of 2010

As another year comes to a close, we start our year-end festivities by featuring our top 10 songs of the year. With so many fantastic choices to choose from, our first official consensus song list brings the finest cuts of the year forward. We’ll reveal our top albums of the year throughout the next few days but for now, the best songs of … [Read more...]