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AMERICAN MUSIC CLUB: LOVE SONGS FOR PATRIOTS
by AMIR KARIM NEZAR

 

An Interview With Ian MacKaye
by Peter Hepburn
A legend of DIY punk ethic, Ian MacKaye led Minor Threat and Fugazi to cult status, has run Dischord Records for over two decades, and remains an outspoken member of the D.C. music community. MacKaye talks to CMG writer Peter Hepburn about American politics, Dischord, Fugazi, file sharing, his influences and the future for his new group, the Evens. >> (read full interview)
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BRIAN WILSON

SUBTLE

FROG EYES

BROTHER ALI

SONS & DAUGHTERS

JOAN OF ARC

LIMBLIFTER

BUCK 65

INTERPOL

ARCADE FIRE

DEVENDRA BANHART
THE UNICORNS
...THE TRAIL OF DEAD

BROKEN SOCIAL SCENE
CAT POWER
DISMEMBERMENT PLAN
MCLUSKY
MY MORNING JACKET
MOUNT EERIE
THE TRAGICALLY HIP
CURIOSA FESTIVAL
WILCO
SCISSOR SISTERS

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ELVIS COSTELLO
This Years Model

Elvis shoves his anger and disappointment into the listener's face and says "either deal with it or turn it off." >> (read full review)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


PANDA BEAR
Young Prayer
If you enjoyed the quieter, more ethereal songs from Sung Tongs (“The Softest Voice” and the epic “Visiting Friends” immediately come to mind), then Young Prayer may be quite to your liking. The album manages to achieve that perfect pop effect: the ability to deal with enormously sad and personal subjects within the medium of happy, upbeat music. (read full review)

DELGADOS
Universal Audio
Which brings Emma Pollock, Alun Woodward, Stewart Henderson, and Paul Savage to today: they’ve finally released what amounts to a straight-out, “stripped down,” pure, unadulterated, sanitized-for-
your-protection
-but-not-that-
clean, pop foray.
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RATINGS KEY
0-20%:
PAINFUL. 21-30%: WORTHLESS. 31-40%: VERY POOR. 41-50%: NEARING AVERAGE.. 51-60%: AVERAGE
61-70%
: ABOVE AVERAGE 71-79%: VERY GOOD 81-89: GREAT 90-95%: BEST OF YEAR 96-100%: BEST OF GENRE

COMBINED RATING
= AVERAGE RATING FROM CMG STAFF


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DIZZEE RASCAL Showtime
BLACK KEYS Rubber Factory
MEDESKI, MARTIN & WOOD End Of...
PLANTLIFE The Return of Jack Splash
WINDSOR FOR THE DERBY
We Fight...
EPIC
Local Only
PALOMAR
Palomar III: Revenge...
TILLY & THE WALL
Wild Like Children
THANKSGIVING
Welcome Nowhere
ENGINE DOWN Engine Down
TALKING HEADS The Name of This...
DRIVE-BY TRUCKERS The Dirty South
LORETTA LYNN Van Lear Rose
MOUSE ON MARS Radical Connector
TROUBLE EVERYDAY Days Vs. Nights
RILO KILEY More Adventurous
LOVEDRUG Pretend You're Alive
SHINS Fighting in a Sack/So Says I
BJORK Medulla
GUIDED BY VOICES Half Smiles...
Hanlon works one note outside his range on either end, makes no attempt to conceal his Australian accent (unlike, say, Jet), and fills his songs with either charmingly quirky new ways to update traditional themes or charmingly quirky new themes that have seldom, if ever, been sung before. I’ll go out on a limb: although sections of this record sounds like the best parts of Jim O’Rourke’s Insignificance (2001) played in a much better mood (but equal or better capability), you will hear something new to you on each of these eleven songs. (read full review)
PINBACK
Summer in Abaddon
Summer is an album that has an immediately recognizable aesthetic rooted in dynamic songwriting, tasty guitar laid-back riffs and a great understanding of melody. It may not be the album that gives them the exposure they’ve deserved for a while, but it’s close.
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JEAN GRAE
This Week
While Attack saw Grae taking on a slew of characters (most notably the stereotypical player on the great “God’s Gift”), here she is just Jean Grae. If anything this makes her even harder. (read full review)
Highest Staff Rated of 2004
1. BRIAN WILSON Smile (93%)
2. A.C. NEWMAN Slow Wonder (86%)
3. ARCADE FIRE Funeral (85%)

4. MADVILLAIN Madvillainy (85%)

5. JOANNA NEWSOM Milk-Eyed...
(84%)
6. GHOST Hypnotic Underworld (84%)
7. FROG EYES The Folded Palm (84%)
8. DEVENDRA BANHART
Rejoicing (84%)
9. LORETTA LYNN Van Lear Rose (84%)
10. IRON & WINE Our Endless... (84%)
11. INTERPOL Antics (83%)
12. FIERY FURNACES Blueberry... (83%)
13. SONIC YOUTH Sonic Nurse (83%)
14. STREETS A Grand... (83%)
15. ANIMAL COLLECTIVE Sung... (83%)
16. CHAD VANGAALEN Infiniheart (83%)
17. JUNIOR BOYS Last Exit (83%)
18. WALKMEN Bows & Arrows (83%)
19. DRIVE-BY TRUCKERS Dirty... (83%)
20. MCLUSKY The Difference... (83%)

TRAVIS MORRISON
Travistan
The problem most people are going to make is taking the record too seriously, but even recognizing it as being overly tongue-in-cheek won't save it from being painfully frustrating. See, the problem here isn't that he's continuing in his vein of tongue-in-cheek pop, but that he doesn't really seem able to escape its esoteric confines. (read full review)
INOUK
No Danger
Repeated listens to No Danger reveal that Inouk had a good concept of what they were attempting to achieve with the album’s packaging. Its best songs combine the hazy psychedelia of the late '60s with an alt-country sensibility. (read full review)
 
HAYDEN: LIVE AT CONVOCATION HALL
A near-perfect example of a songwriter in his element. (read full review)
DARREN HANLON: LITTLE CHILLS
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SODASTREAM: A MINOR REVIVAL
A great addition to the pop-roots indie canon.
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It’s probably not shocking, after the reunions and reappearances of old hands this year, that American Music Club has finally resurrected itself, after 10 years, under Mark Eitzel’s steady melodic hand. But it’s no less refreshing to see the sadcore minstrels of old conjuring up tales of woe and hurt together once more. And while it’s not as profound as either Eitzel’s best solo work or AMC’s greatest early '90s albums, Love Songs for Patriots is nonetheless an impressive restart from one of the most overlooked bands of all time. (read full review)
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