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Joel Dear
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All of This Will Disappear: Impermanence by Peter Silberman
"I'm disassembling...piece by piece..." Impermanence  opens with a crisis. The creative process that led Peter Silberman to write and record this album was triggered a few years ago by an injury that left the Antlers frontman temporarily deaf in one ear and...

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Hurray for the Riff Raff: Small Town Heroes Revisited
With both the UK and the USA seemingly becoming more insular and inward-looking with each new day, now would be a good time to revisit Hurray for the Riff Raff's Small Town Heroes  even were it not for the fact that its successor is due out next month. Orig...

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The Antlers: Why Has Peter Silberman Gone Solo?
Later this week, Antlers frontman Peter Silberman will be releasing his debut solo album Impermanence . I always find it interesting when a band's chief songwriting force goes solo (what's the point, I often wonder, when you already have creative control?),...

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Memories of Mansun's Attack of the Grey Lantern
This is my copy of Attack of the Grey Lantern  by Mansun. The album came out on the 17th of February, 1997 - exactly twenty years ago today - but I was only five years old back then, and I didn't get my hands on this CD until roughly a decade later. It all ...

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EP Corner: Oui EP by American Anymen & Lise
The  Oui EP . a four-track collaboration between New York collective American Anymen and French artist Lise , has two basic settings: yearning for the past, and trying to cope with the present. The tension between then and now is reflected in the album's so...

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The Great Con: Attack of the Grey Lantern at 20
Is Attack of the Grey Lantern  a concept album? Certainly, Mansun's gapless debut - which came out on the 17th of February, 1997, making it 20 years old as of this Friday - bears many resemblances to the archetypal rock opera. There are recurring characters...

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Support Happiness: 10 Questions for Tammy
Brooke and Aaron are two people from Brooklyn, NY who perform together under the name Tammy. Their music is a gorgeous brew of indie, country and folk influences, and their debut album This (released late last year) slopes gently back and forth between doe-...

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A Rattle Through Fragments & Curiosities by Armstrong
Some years ago, I downloaded A Brilliant Escape . a free sampler from Ontario-based record label The Beautiful Music. This compilation ( still freely available here if you fancy a listen ) brightened up many a dreary afternoon at work back when I first acqu...

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Love, Unlove: This by Tammy
Brooklyn duo Tammy bill themselves as a 'sex folk' band, but if you're looking for songs about throbbing members, quivering womanhoods and screaming orgasms, you'll have to look elsewhere. Tammy tell the stories either side of the sexual encounters; they si...

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Vampire Stories: An Interview with Adam Klopp of Choir Boy
Released towards the end of 2016, Choir Boy's Passive with Desire  is a haunting, lushly-textured album that sounds like it was torn directly from the dark underbelly of the 1980s. Some of its songs are beautifully bittersweet; others sound downhearted and ...
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