Monthly Archives: June 2012

Metric — “Synthetica”

Going the Extra Kilometer By Eric Webb Did New Wave ever really die? Or does it walk the earth forevermore as a ghost named Metric? The Canadian rock band, fronted in all her synth-cloaked glory by Emily Haines, has done … Continue reading

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Jukebox the Ghost – “Safe Travels”

Don’t Knock the Jukebox By Matt Jones I love when an album’s music matches the cover art. This week, Brooklyn-based three piece Jukebox the Ghost has delivered a fine example of such with their third album, Safe Travels. Much like … Continue reading

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Japandroids – “Celebration Rock”

Younger Us By Matt Jones What do you get when you combine the raw energy of Cloud Nothings with the defiance of Say Anything and the earnestness, “loudness” and ’90s punk nostalgia of Pinkerton-era Weezer? You get Vancouver duo Japandroids. … Continue reading

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Animal Kingdom — “The Looking Away”

Thrall of the Wild By Eric Webb To listen to The Looking Away, the second album from Animal Kingdom, is to feel like you’ve boarded a cosmic brigantine, bound for the outer reaches of some Jim Steranko-illustrated dimension locked away … Continue reading

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Regina Spektor — “What We Saw From the Cheap Seats”

Blooming Spektor By Eric Webb A brief, inarguable list of the best things from or tangentially related to Russia: x x 5. Laika 4. Vodka tonics 3. Glasnost 2. Zangief from Street Fighter 1. Regina Spektor Born in Russia and … Continue reading

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Best of May Playlist

The mattneric May 2012 playlist is now available on Spotify.

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Sigur Rós – “Valtari”

Nordic Dream Sequence By Matt Jones Okay, confession time. I don’t actually understand anything these guys are saying. Oh, that’s because they’re an Icelandic band. Oh, and also, they’re not even really singing Icelandic words. Oh, they’re not really even … Continue reading

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