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Under The Blacklight
Under the Blacklight is the fourth and final full-length studio album released by American alternative rock band Rilo Kiley. It was released on August 20, 2007, in the United Kingdom - three years and three days after the release of their third album, More Adventurous. Warner Bros. Records released the album one day later in the United States. "Silver Lining" was No. 27 on Rolling Stone's list of the 100 Best Songs of 2007.
Rabbit Fur Coat
Jenny Lewis & The Watson Twins
Rabbit Fur Coat is an album by Jenny Lewis of Rilo Kiley, featuring The Watson Twins. It was released in the United States on January 24, 2006 by Team Love. Lewis has described the album as a "sort of soul record". The album contains a cover of the Traveling Wilburys song "Handle With Care", featuring Ben Gibbard, Conor Oberst and M. Ward.
Lewis embarked on her first solo tour to support the album, with Johnathan Rice and either Whispertown 2000 or The Blow opening. She also appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, and The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson in support of the album.
This album is the 8th release of Team Love Records.
Listeners of All Songs Considered, NPR's online music show, voted the album the eighth best of 2006.
A vinyl reissue of Rabbit Fur Coat was released in January 2016, marking its 10th anniversary. Lewis was also joined in early 2016 by M. Ward and The Watson Twins for a brief tour celebrating the anniversary.
Let's Get Out of This Country
Let's Get Out of This Country is the third studio record by the British indie pop band Camera Obscura, released by Elefant Records on 6 June 2006. It was recorded in Sweden with the producer Jari Haapalainen, and arranged by Björn Yttling of Peter Bjorn and John.
The album addresses themes of heartbreak, escapism and boredom. It received positive reviews from music critics, who noted that the band had distinguished themselves from Belle and Sebastian. Let's Get Out of This Country yielded four singles.
Tilly and the Wall
o is Tilly and the Wall's third studio album, released on June 17, 2008 through Team Love Records. The album was engineered and produced by Mike Mogis.
The album was released on August 30, 2008 in Australia by Dew Process.
What We Lose In The Fire We Gain In The Flood
What We Lose in the Fire We Gain in the Flood is the debut studio album by indie pop band The Mynabirds. The album and track listing were announced by Saddle Creek Records in January 2010. The album was released on April 27, 2010.
Mates of State
Re-Arrange Us is the fifth album by American indie pop band Mates of State, on Barsuk Records, released on May 20, 2008. The first single from the album is "Get Better".
We Brave Bee Stings and All
Thao & The Get Down Stay Down
We Brave Bee Stings and All is an album by alternative folk band Thao with the Get Down Stay Down. It was released in January 2008. The album was #10 on emusic.com's list of the best albums of 2008, where it was described as "a friendly and catchy pop record" and "an astonishing mash of herky-jerked D.C. punk and Olympia-style folk"
Middle Cyclone is the fifth studio album of American alternative country singer-songwriter Neko Case, released on March 3, 2009 on the ANTI- record label. Her first solo effort in three years, Case stated that "it took a very long time to make." As the title of the album suggests, the record's lyrics are permeated with imagery of tornadoes and, more-generally, nature. Thematically Middle Cyclone concerns how Case's upbringing socialized her to form strong emotional attachments to nature and animals, to the neglect of human relationships, and her reconciling "the fact that I need love".
Middle Cyclone features a variety of guest performers, including M. Ward, Garth Hudson, Sarah Harmer, and members of The New Pornographers, Los Lobos, Calexico, The Sadies, Visqueen, Kurt Heasley of Lilys, and Giant Sand. It also features two prominent covers: "Never Turn Your Back on Mother Earth" by Sparks and "Don't Forget Me" by Harry Nilsson.
Middle Cyclone debuted to strong reviews from contemporary mainstream and independent music critics. In particular, Case's voice garnered unanimous praise for its strength, clarity, and emotional range.
Sun, Sun, Sun
Jessica Lea Mayfield
Allo Darlin' is the debut full-length from Allo Darlin'. It was released June 7, 2010 on Fortuna Pop!.
The Watson Twins
She & Him
Volume Two is the second studio album by She & Him, a collaboration between M. Ward and actress Zooey Deschanel. It was released on March 17, 2010 through P-Vine Records in Japan, in the United States on March 23, 2010 through Merge Records, and on April 5, 2010 on Double Six Records in the UK.
The album's track listing was announced on December 8, 2009. "In the Sun" was published online by Pitchfork on January 22, 2010 and was released as a single with "I Can Hear Music" on February 23, 2010. A video of "In the Sun" was released on March 9, 2010.
On 9 February 2010, She & Him were interviewed on BBC 6 Music and performed "Thieves" and "Gonna Get Along without You Now" from the not-yet-released album. Two versions of the song "Thieves" were made available on-line. One was that played for the BBC interview and two weeks later Stereogum premiered the studio version from the album. A video of "Thieves" was released on July 9, 2010.
On 14 March 2010, the entire album became available for streaming on NPR's website. The album debuted at number six on the Billboard 200 chart.
The Broken String
Bishop Allen and the Broken String is the second full-length album by the indie rock group Bishop Allen. It was released on July 24, 2007.
Ten of the twelve tracks are re-workings of selections from the 12 EP project the band did in 2006.
A Wasteland Companion
M. Ward is probably best known since 2006 as the Him to Zooey Deschanel's She in retro-pop duo She & Him, but Ward's cred as a solo singer/songwriter goes way back, evolving from early lo-fi folk recordings to a much broader and more sonically diverse palette. A Wasteland Companion, his eighth studio album, draws on all of that experience, juxtaposing bare, finger-picked acoustic songs like "Clean Slate" or "There's a Key" with the expansive, Wall of Sound pop of "Primitive Girl" or the country-tinged "Sweetheart." There's more of the stripped-down stuff than the latter, but Ward's classicist songwriting chops and appealingly rich, raspy voice do both with ease, and even his simplest arrangements go unexpected places, like the ambient outro of wavering strings and reverberating space on the album's title track.
Done With Love
The Whispertown 2000
Lynn Teeter Flower
Lynn Teeter Flower is the second album by Maria Taylor and was released on March 6, 2007. This is the 102nd release of Saddle Creek Records. The album features a guest appearance and co-write from Bright Eyes' Conor Oberst on the track "The Ballad of Sean Foley" in addition to contributions from Jim Eno of Spoon, Andy LeMaster, and Doug Easley. Rolling Stone said that album "offers thoughtful, pretty singer-songwriter fare with spare, delicate backup and dashes of Seventies navel-gazing."
The album's title came from a childhood song made up by Taylor. "My dad had a friend name Lynn and he had a flower shop called Lynn Teeter Flowers. That recording was just me when I was little — I’d always sing and make up words to songs. And the story behind how I chose it as the title is that I had finished the album but didn’t have a name for it. I was with friends and we were trying to figure out the title really late at night. Then my dad e-mailed me the song and said, “Look what I just found!” When I heard it, I thought, “There it is! There’s the title.” I just thought it sounded cool," Taylor said in a 2008 interview.
Get Guilty is A.C. Newman's second solo album, released on January 20, 2009 on Matador Records/Last Gang Records. The album was recorded during the summer of 2008 at Brooklyn's Seaside Lounge and produced by Newman and Phil Palazzolo. The first single from the album was "The Palace at 4 AM."
The album received favorable reviews upon its 2009 release, and was sometimes described as a natural continuation of Newman's work with The New Pornographers. Guest musicians include Jon Wurster, Mates of State, and vocalist Nicole Atkins.
Write About Love
Belle and Sebastian
Charlatans At the Garden Gate
Reservoir is the debut album of the London-based indie folk band Fanfarlo. The album was recorded in October and November 2008 at Tarquin Studios in Bridgeport, Connecticut, United States and was produced by Peter Katis. It includes the bands featured singles "Fire Escape" and "Harold T. Wilkins, or How to Wait for a Very Long Time", which were released on preceding EPs. Three further singles, "Drowning Men", "The Walls Are Coming Down" and "I'm a Pilot" were released from the album in the summer of 2009.
The New Pornographers
Together is the fifth studio album by Canadian indie rock band the New Pornographers. It was released on May 4, 2010 and debuted at number 18 on the Billboard 200.
The album was recorded in seven studios in British Columbia and New York City and features guest appearances by Zach Condon of Beirut, Annie Clark, Will Sheff of Okkervil River, and the horn players from Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings.
Together is dedicated to the memory of Lynn Calder, the mother of keyboardist Kathryn Calder, and the half-sister of Carl Newman. "Sweet Talk, Sweet Talk" was featured in an early 2011 ad campaign for the Amazon Kindle, while "Moves" was used in a commercial for the Hyundai 2012 Accent and a commercial for T-Mobile.
The album covers features a detail from "The Cliff" by Martin & Muñoz.
Videos from the album include "Your Hands", "Crash Years", "Sweet Talk, Sweet Talk", and "Moves".
The Stand Ins
The Stand Ins is the fifth full-length studio album by American indie rock band Okkervil River, released on September 9, 2008. The album is the second half of The Stage Names, a planned double album. The title comes from the term 'stand-in', a person who substitutes for the actor before filming for technical purposes.
If the cover art for The Stage Names is placed above that of The Stand-Ins, a complete picture is formed. The album charted at #42 with 11,000 copies sold, according to the Billboard 200.
Shearwater's Jonathan Meiburg and guitarist Charles Bissell of The Wrens contributed to the album.
The Belle Brigade
The Belle Brigade
The Belle Brigade is the debut album by American band The Belle Brigade. It was co-produced by them and Matthew Wilder. The album was released on April 19, 2011. It was chosen as one of the best albums released in 2011.
Fortress Round My Heart
Telekinesis! is the eponymous debut studio album by the alternative rock band Telekinesis. Recorded in September 2008, the album was produced, mixed, and engineered with the help of Chris Walla, recording one song per day on analog tape. The album was released on Merge Records on April 7, 2009.
Monsters Of Folk
Monsters Of Folk
Monsters of Folk is the self-titled first and only studio album by American indie rock band Monsters of Folk, a group that consists of the artists Jim James, Conor Oberst, M. Ward, and Mike Mogis. Originally slated for release in 2010, the album was released through Shangri-La Music and Rough Trade on September 22, 2009. "Dear God" samples Trevor Dandy's 1970 gospel song "Is There Any Love."
Wild Flag is the sole studio album by American indie rock band Wild Flag. It was released on September 13, 2011 on Merge Records in America and Wichita Recordings in England.
A Girl Called Miami EP (DMD Maxi)
Go Fly a Kite
Go Fly a Kite is the fifth studio album by Ben Kweller, which was released on February 7, 2012. This is his first album since splitting with former label ATO Records.
God Help The Girl
God Help The Girl
While touring with Belle & Sebastian the past few years, Stuart Murdoch began coming up with songs he thought of as a separate project. Soon, they became sort of a story revolving around the travails of a girl growing up in Scotland who ends up being hospitalized due to what seems like a mental breakdown. Realizing that the songs probably needed to be sung by a female vocalist, Murdoch held a series of auditions. Eventually, he found a few singers he felt were suitable, and after hiring the guys from B&S as a backing band, they began putting the music on tape. The result was released under the name God Help the Girl, but it could have easily come out under the Belle & Sebastian brand and nobody would have been too surprised. The album sounds exactly like a B&S album, only mostly sung by female vocalists. Therein lies a big problem with the record. While the vocalists Murdoch found are all fine (especially Catherine Ireton, who sings most of the leads) you can't help but wish he had taken the vocals himself. Something about his words makes them sound much better when he sings them. Case in point, the neo-soul take on The Life Pursuit's "Funny Little Frog." In Murdoch's hands, the song is a touching, oddly poignant love song, here Brittany Stallings irons out all the kinks and turns it into a competent Winehouse-lite ballad. When Stuart does take the vocals himself, as on "Pretty Eve in the Tub" or "Hiding Neath My Umbrella," the record feels right. The rest of the time it sounds a little forced, and in a few cases when the singer is all wrong for the song (the Divine Comedy's Neil Hannon's overly campy delivery on "Perfection as a Hipster" or Asya from Smoosh's overly dramatic lead on "I Just Want Your Jeans"), the record falls flat.
The other big problem with God Help the Girl is the very fact that most of the songs sound exactly like Belle & Sebastian. Put "I'll Have to Dance with Cassie," "Musician, Please Take Heed," "Come Monday Night," and "A Down and Dusky Blonde" on a B&S record with Stuart's vocals and they would fit right in. That in itself isn't a real problem; the fact that too many of them feel like less than thrilling B&S songs is. The songs that work the best are those with above-average vocal performances ("Come Monday Night," the title track) and those that try something slightly unique, like "Hiding Neath My Umbrella," a lovely piano ballad sung by Murdoch and Ireton that sounds like something Burt Bacharach might have composed for a French film in the mid-'60s, or "If You Could Speak," whose simple acoustic guitar backing suits the jaunty tune and sweet harmonizing perfectly. Surely Murdoch was aiming for something more than Belle sung by belles, it's too bad he doesn't seem to have the musical range to achieve it. It might have helped to hire some outside musicians, but it might just be that he can only write one kind of song, and to expect more isn't fair or realistic. God Help the Girl should probably just be viewed as a flawed work or a semi-successful adventure by a solo artist who needs his band to be truly great. Or maybe he just should have sung all the songs himself and everything would have been fine. However you view it, unless you are a Belle & Sebastian fanatic, you could probably give God Help the Girl a pass. You won't be missing much.
I Will Be
Dum Dum Girls
I Will Be is the debut album by Dum Dum Girls, released on March 30, 2010. The first pressing by HoZac Records was released as a 12" vinyl LP with a black-and-white version of the current album art. After the band signed to Sub Pop, the album was rereleased later in 2010 on both CD and 12" vinyl with the full colored cover.
Three singles were issued from I Will Be: "Jail La La", released by Sub Pop as a 7" single on February 16, 2010; "Bhang Bhang, I'm a Burnout", released as a 7" single on November 23, 2010 by Slumberland Records; and "It Only Takes One Night", released by Sub Pop as a promo-only CD-R.
The Grand Archives
Masters Of The Burial
Masters of the Burial is the second solo album from Canadian musician Amy Millan of Stars and Broken Social Scene. It was released in Canada on September 8, 2009, on the Arts & Crafts label and features guest performances by Stars bandmate Evan Cranley, Leslie Feist and others. It was produced by Martin Davis Kinack.
Our Ill Wills
Shout Out Louds
Our Ill Wills is the second album by Stockholm-based Indie pop/rock band Shout Out Louds. It was released on 25 April 2007 in Sweden and was released by the end of May in several European countries. The United States version was released on 11 September 2007. The first single was "Tonight I Have to Leave It", released on 9 April 2007 in Sweden.
The album was produced by Björn Yttling, singer, bassist and keyboard-player of the Swedish Indie pop band Peter Bjorn and John.
The cover art features the band and album names spelled out in international maritime signal flags.
This album features more vocals from Bebban Stenborg who is usually backing Adam Olenius. She sings the entire of "Blue Headlights".
Saltbreakers is the sixth studio album by American singer-songwriter Laura Veirs.
The album was released in Europe and Australia on March 17, 2007 and in the U.S. on April 10, 2007. It was released on Nonesuch Records, who also released two previous Veirs albums, Carbon Glacier and Year of Meteors. On August 7, 2018, it was announced that this album, along with the rest of her releases through Nonesuch would be reissued for the first time in over ten years on both compact disc and vinyl by Veirs' own record label, Raven Marching Band.
Still Night, Still Light
Au Revoir Simone
Still Night, Still Light is the third studio album by American indie pop band Au Revoir Simone. It was released on Moshi Moshi Records and Our Secret Record Company on May 19, 2009. The album was produced by Thom Monahan.
The remix album, titled Night Light, was released in 2010.
Conor Oberst is a solo-album by Conor Oberst, of the band Bright Eyes, which was released on August 4, 2008 by Merge Records. The album debuted on the UK Albums Chart at #37
and reached #15 on the Billboard Top 200. It sold 98,000 copies in the US as of August 2009.
Mothers, Sisters, Daughters & Wives
Mothers, Sisters, Daughters & Wives is an EP by Voxtrot, released on April 4, 2006, in the United States and September 25, 2006 worldwide.
Cape Dory is the debut studio album by American indie pop band Tennis, released on January 18, 2011 on Fat Possum Records.
Yeah So is the debut album by British folk-duo Slow Club, released on 6 July 2009.
On 19 April 2010 a vinyl edition of Yeah So was released by Moshi Moshi Records to celebrate Record Store Day
Thao & Mirah
Thao & Mirah
Broken Dreams Club
Broken Dreams Club is an EP and the second release by indie rock band Girls, released on November 22, 2010 on True Panther Sounds.
Some Racing, Some Stopping
Some Racing, Some Stopping is an album by Headlights released on March 6, 2008. The band embarked on a US tour with Evangelicals in support of the album.
Sharon Van Etten
Epic is the second studio album by American singer–songwriter Sharon Van Etten. The album was released on September 21, 2010.
Epic was recorded and mixed over 11 days in Philadelphia between May 28, 2010 and June 6, 2010 at Miner Street Recordings with producer Brian McTear. The album features guest performances by singers Cat Martino and Meg Baird; Jessica Larrabee and Andy LaPlant of the band She Keeps Bees; and David Hartley of The War on Drugs and the band Nightlands.
The final song on the album, "Love More" was originally recorded as part of the Shaking Through documentary video series produced by Weathervane Music, and has been covered in concert by high-profile artists such as Bon Iver, Dave Alvin, and The National.
The Only Place (Deluxe)
For their second album, The Only Place, California duo Best Coast hired Jon Brion as producer. Right away it's clear that the fuzzily lo-fi noise pop sound of their debut, Crazy for You, was a thing of the past, and the band was looking to smooth things out quite noticeably. Hiring Brion to produce a noise pop record is like asking Rothko to paint your mailbox. What he and the band have done is replace the simplistic drone of the distorted guitars with a more layered, much janglier sound, added tons of space to the arrangements, and made sure each song gets the sonic approach it needs instead of the set-it-up-and-record-it style of Crazy. The result is an album that has a classic pop/rock sound that anyone who's heard an R.E.M. or Beach Boys or Springsteen record will instantly identify with and understand. It may disappoint anyone who wanted Crazy for You, Pt. 2, but the band didn't make this record for those people. On a sonic level alone, the record works very well. Bethany Cosentino reliably writes super-catchy melodies and sings them winningly, Bobb Bruno does a fine job filling in the songs with hooky guitar lines, and Brion adds the little touches that have made his name as a producer. The uptempo songs have a light bounce that will have people bopping along, the ballads have fully realized arrangements that sound dreamy as can be, and the whole record has a warmth that was missing from anything the band did before. The problem lies with Cosentino's awful lyrics. What seemed cute and only a little awkward in the past is now extremely clunky and slightly ridiculous. That her lyrics are shallow isn't such a big deal -- it didn't ruin Crazy -- but the real problem is that this time they are gratingly personal to the point of being like diary entries (as on "My Life" with the lines "My mom was right/I don't wanna die/I wanna live my life") or smug (on her title-track ode to California that includes the deathless rhyme "We've got the ocean, we've got the babes/We've got the sun, we've got the waves") or just plain boring and/or embarrassing (most everywhere else). Instead of making Crazy for You, Pt. 2, she's made Crazy for Me, Me, Me. When lyrics are so endlessly, inwardly directed as they are on The Only Place, there needs to be some spark of something interesting cooking in there, or the result will be an album that looks like a delicious cake but tastes like sawdust and chalk when you bite into it. Give the group credit for taking a step forward from Crazy for You: the album sounds great, full of catchy and well-crafted songs. Too bad it all falls apart so drastically when you factor in Cosentino's disastrous lyrics.
Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin
Pershing is the second full-length studio album from indie pop band Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin. It was released through Polyvinyl Records on April 8, 2008.
Release Me is the second album by The Like, released in 2010 by Geffen Records under license to Downtown Records in the United States and international markets including the United Kingdom. It features the singles "Release Me" and "He's Not a Boy". The songs "Don't Make a Sound" is featured in the closing credits of the 2010 film The Next Three Days and "Walk of Shame" in the 2011 television film Mean Girls 2. Release Me has a 60s girl group inspired sound, described by one critic as "the Shangri-las as if they were backed The Kinks".
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