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Bill Withers | The Complete Sussex and Columbia Albums

Bill Withers has always been the down-to-earth, odd-man-out of the '70s soul brothers: he's the one who came bearing a lunch box on the cover of his relaxed 1971 debut, Just as I Am .
Columbia/Legacy (2012)
By ZETH LUNDY  |  November 02, 2012
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Micachu & The Shapes | Never

Like her stylistic sista Merrill Garbus of tUnE-yArDs, Micachu's Mica Levi makes pixelated, abstract anti-pop that sounds like marionettes jamming in an aluminum factory.
Rough Trade (2012)
By ZETH LUNDY  |  July 20, 2012
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David Bowie | The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars [40th Anniversary Edition]

Bowie's greatest album? Depends on the day. Canonically, however, this is and will always be a BFD: an archetype of alternative commercial rock, the primo platter of the so-called glam era; and arguably the best record ever made about apocalypse, interp
Virgin/EMI (2012)
By ZETH LUNDY  |  June 08, 2012
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The Shins | Port of Morrow

Meet the new Shins. Same as the old Shins? Kinda sorta.
Aural Apothecary/Columbia (2012)
By ZETH LUNDY  |  March 16, 2012
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Bruce Springsteen | Wrecking Ball

There was a time when Bruce Springsteen didn't need rousing choirs, swelling orchestrations, or repetitive Pogues poses to broadcast anthemic populist subversion.
Columbia (2012)
By ZETH LUNDY  |  March 09, 2012
Off the Record: Air - Le Voyage

Air | Le Voyage Dans La Lune

It was inevitable that Air would one day be asked to soundtrack a colorized version of an iconic 1902 silent French film about moon exploration, right? There's the French thing, the moon thing, the kitsch-cool factor.
Astralwerks (2012)
By ZETH LUNDY  |  February 03, 2012


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Alex Chilton | Free Again: The ''1970'' Sessions

Post–Box Tops and pre-Big Star, Alex Chilton was an 18-year-old Memphis boy on his way to his dual identity: former #1 pop hitmaker, perpetual underground hero.
Omnivore (2011)
By ZETH LUNDY  |  January 13, 2012
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Various Artists | True Soul: Deep Sounds from the Left of Stax

Soul hounds love deep, obscure shit — the deeper it is, the more obscure it is, the funkier it is, the more Southern it is, the better.
Now-Again (2011)
By ZETH LUNDY  |  July 15, 2011
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Ketman | Ketman a Go Go

The winking disconnect between Ketman’s promotional art (swingin’ young people from a half-century ago enjoying the pleasures of their hi-fi system; Twiggy types with black bars across their eyes) and Ketman’s music (lean, pugilistic rock with 1980s Amer
Lifted & Gifted (2010)
By ZETH LUNDY  |  May 21, 2010
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The New Pornographers | Together

Once a group of Canadian unknowns masquerading as a supergroup, the New Pornographers are no longer entirely Canadian or unknown, and neither are they the same cavalier bunch who redefined left-field power pop for the Naughts.
Matador (2010)
By ZETH LUNDY  |  May 07, 2010
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The Unthanks | Here's the Tender Coming

Rachel and Becky Unthank appear to have stepped out of another time and place.
Rough Trade (2010)
By ZETH LUNDY  |  April 16, 2010


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Untied States | Instant Everything, Constant Nothing

Atlanta’s Untied States have arguably the most un-Google-able name in contemporary rock.  
Distile (2010)
By ZETH LUNDY  |  April 09, 2010
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Iggy & The Stooges | Raw Power (Legacy Edition)

We can argue all you want about proto-this and seminal that, but when Raw Power is on the stereo, it’s hard to deny that it’s the greatest rock record ever.
Columbia/Legacy (2010)
By ZETH LUNDY  |  March 26, 2010
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Gorillaz | Plastic Beach

Although this is their first album without an indie-chic producer, the fake band with fake cartoon characters known as Gorillaz stay the course as a very real post-Blur conduit for Damon Albarn's quasi-apocalyptic, '80s-daydreaming, neon-pop habit.
Virgin (2010)
By ZETH LUNDY  |  March 19, 2010
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Broken Bells | Broken Bells

Danger Mouse ( né Brian Burton) had a pretty good run through the '00s, a decade that saw him go from a mash-up nobody to producer du jour for a motley assortment of artists.
Columbia (2010)
By ZETH LUNDY  |  March 12, 2010
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Jimi Hendrix | Valleys Of Neptune

The Imaginary Hendrix Vault boasts so many hypothetical treasures.
Legacy (2010)
By ZETH LUNDY  |  March 05, 2010


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Field Music | Field Music (Measure)

It takes some serious balls to release a double album in an age when Peter Gabriel would rather go bald than wear a fox pelt on his head.
Memphis Industries (2010)
By ZETH LUNDY  |  February 19, 2010
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Fela Kuti | The ’69 L.A. Sessions

Amiri Baraka put it best in his poem "In the Funk World": "If Elvis Presley is King/Who is James Brown, God?" So, by that logic, is Fela Anikulapo Kuti higher than or equal to God?
Knitting Factory (2010)
By ZETH LUNDY  |  February 12, 2010
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Basia Bulat | Heart Of My Own

Like a Laurel Canyon Billie Holiday or a pixilated Tracy Chapman, Bulat sports a voice rich with vibrato, hearty oomph, and dignified lonesomeness.
Rough Trade (2010)
By ZETH LUNDY  |  January 29, 2010
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Various Artists | Casual Victim Pile: Austin 2010

The notion that regional musical flavors exist independently in American cities is quickly becoming an archaic truism, seeing as how the world really is a stage these days, at least in the digital sense.
Matador (2010)
By ZETH LUNDY  |  January 08, 2010
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Elvis Presley | Elvis 75: Good Rockin' Tonight

There's a plethora of Elvis Presley albums on the market, most of them compilations and box sets, each focusing on certain hits, eras, and/or styles.
RCA/Legacy (2009)
By ZETH LUNDY  |  December 11, 2009


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Real Estate | Real Estate

Real Estate’s buzzed-about debut speaks the language of the season, its slow sunset of sound flush with twinkling Stratocasters, drum kits that trot off into the distance, and anemic vocals that, as with Grizzly Bear or Beach House, magnify the fragility
Woodsist (2009)
By ZETH LUNDY  |  November 27, 2009

Music Seen: Huak and Readings from 33 1/3 series

There was nothing Sunday-sized about the crowd at SPACE last weekend, when Michael T. Fournier and Zeth Lundy took turns reading from their books, both part of Continuum Press's 33 1/3 series. The series, which so far features 67 volumes with 67 differe
At SPACE Gallery, November 8
By BRIDGET M. BURNS  |  November 13, 2009
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AC-DC | Backtracks

How easy is it to admire AC/DC?
Columbia (2009)
By ZETH LUNDY  |  November 13, 2009
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Review: The Beatles: Rock Band

Can we agree that the music-game market is saturated? To stand out in this crowd, you'd need something special. You'd need the Beatles.
Don't meet the Beatles — be them
By MITCH KRPATA  |  September 11, 2009
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Better all the time

In 2006, Apple/EMI released the Beatles-soundtracked Cirque du Soleil companion piece Love , which mashed together songs from the band's repertoire in stunning remastered sound.
Get these Beatles reissues into your life
By ZETH LUNDY  |  September 11, 2009


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Those Darlins | Self-titled

If summer finally decides to arrive this year, it'll have a heckuva soundtrack waiting for it.
Oh Wow Dang (2009)
By ZETH LUNDY  |  July 17, 2009
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He's their rock

The pantheon of Where Are They Nows is populated with fallen and faded demigods, yes, but could've-beens, almost-weres, and also-rans crowd the wings.
Superdrag redeem themselves
By ZETH LUNDY  |  April 10, 2009
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Solo contender

When Carl Newman walks down a New York City sidewalk and seizes some sudden flicker of inspiration by humming bits of melody into his Blackberry.
A.C. Newman adjusts to the limelight on Get Guilty
By ZETH LUNDY  |  March 10, 2009
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Review: Mark Olson and Gary Louris, Ready for the Flood (New West)

Some of us sat idly by while the Stooges, the Pixies, the Police, and the New Kids were busy plotting their improbable reunions, our arms crossed, feigning indifference.
Return of the Hawks
By ZETH LUNDY  |  January 20, 2009