The Guardian reports that Patti Smith is currently writing a detective novel.
The Prague Post profiles Sleigh Bells.
Treats couldn’t be more apt a name for Sleigh Bells’ album, with the pair serving up 11 short, sweet missives laced with just the right amount of dissonance. Songs like “Kids” and “Rill Rill” – the latter featuring a particularly well-placed Funkadelic sample – are endearing in their lo-fi crackle, while more abrasive numbers, such as live favorites “Crown on the Ground” and “Straight A’s,” trade in unashamed discordance. Together, they form a package that’s a genuine guilty pleasure.
BBC News reports that Tori Amos has written a musical.
The Montreal Gazette profiles the band Les Jupes.
The magically gloomy Modern Myths is an album that should push the quartet through a number of other doors. It slides contemporary folk into a lush fog of subdued prog for a sound that is as epic as it is primal and as stirring as it is sad and introverted — like Henry V’s Agincourt speech whispered beneath the blankets.
Switched profiles Bandcamp, calling the website “an indie musician’s best (and most profitable) friend.
On sale for $3.99 at Amazon MP3: The Get Up Kids’ There Are Rules album.
The Bay Bridged ponders the question, “Does indie music have a place on the radio?”
Deerhoof – “The Merry Barracks” A lot of indie rock music is based on contrasting highly expressive guitar parts with deadpan or understated vocal performances, but Deerhoof push that dynamic to an absurd extreme. The guitar parts are always extremely flamboyant and tied in with rhythms that bounce all over the place. The music carries all the emotion, while the vocals by Satomi Matsuzaki are like a blank slate. She can be rather playful, but it’s hard to get a read on her. Emotionally illegible, totally unknowable. This throws the music off in a way that is sometimes fascinating and exciting, but more often than not, I find it frustrating. Their songs are packed with musical ideas that I admire and sometimes envy, but I don’t know how to connect with it. A song like “The Merry Barracks” is incredibly satisfying on a cerebral and physical level, but there’s this important part of me that feels left out of the fun.
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