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FEIST – "METALS" "I don't think the label even knew that I was making a record until we said, 'OK, we're recording next week.' It was like in a movie where everyone freezes and one character is still moving, and then I pressed un-pause and everyone came back to life and I threw an album […]

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WILCO – "THE WHOLE LOVE" "The concept of love is actually pretty easy; allowing yourself to love is very difficult and the part that people seem to have problems with as their fears control their lives. That needs to be transcended. It's worth applying effort — not to fix somebody else, but to fix yourself […]

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CLAP YOUR HANDS AND SAY YEAH – "HYSTERICAL" "A lot of the record has to do with trying to step back and take the little things as they are. The idea of getting carried away with little things is something that I was definitely prone to over a certain period of my life and other […]

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BLITZEN TRAPPER – "AMERICAN GOLDWING" "Writing American Goldwing felt … like being pinned beneath a giant motorcycle, and its vision is that inescapable past, those feelings of being trapped in a small town, that fine line between the rural and the suburban settings that define much of America, that line between love and loss that occurs when […]

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PETER WOLF CRIER – "GARDEN OF ARMS" "It’s almost like I had to write a few records and throw them away to get to this one.  In that way, it was like a really painful shedding of skin, but it’s a really beautiful thing now to see what was underneath it all." - Peter Pisano, Peter […]

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BEIRUT – "THE RIP TIDE" “When I started writing music, I didn’t have peers that wanted to play what I wanted to play, that wanted to share my vision. Even though I wanted an orchestra, I was stuck with only myself. Now I have that orchestra and it would be a shame not to use […]

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MISTER HEAVENLY – "OUT OF LOVE" "We're not viewing this as a side project and we didn't handle the album like one. Here's a colorful answer. If the album were a t-shirt? Bobby Darin and Frank Booth on jet skis. At night. Nick Cage howling in the distance." – Ryan Kattner, Mister Heavenly

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YELLOW OSTRICH – "THE MISTRESS" "I think The Mistress is definitely somewhat meticulous, in that I took a long time with it and spent a lot of time rearranging or reshaping certain parts to make them fit in better. I think it just came from my sort of perfectionist kind of mood i was in when […]

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PEPPER RABBIT – "RED VELVET SNOW BALL" “At the root of each song is something simple, whether it be the chord progression, the instrumentation, or the lyrics. But the most important aspect of this record is the freedom we gave ourselves to experiment and construct something that’s easy to get lost in.” - Xander Singh, Pepper […]

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FRUIT BATS – "TRIPPER" "With a spacey lilt, [Eric D.] Johnson shapes his cosmic folk sensibilities into an elegant three- to four-minute pop song.  Usually anchored by some tasty chords on a guitar, the Fruit Bats’ tunes are sprinkled throughout with enough effects and noises to add mystery to the simplicity of their core structures." […]

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