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In the Aeroplane Over the Sea
Neutral Milk Hotel
In the Aeroplane Over the Sea is the second and final album by the American indie rock band Neutral Milk Hotel. It was released in the United States on February 10, 1998 on Merge Records and in the United Kingdom in May 1998 on Blue Rose Records. Songwriter Jeff Mangum moved from Athens, Georgia to Denver, Colorado to prepare the album's material with producer Robert Schneider at Schneider's new Pet Sounds Studio in the home of musician Jim McIntyre. Mangum wrote many of the lyrics about Anne Frank, the teenage diarist who died in a Nazi concentration camp.
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.
Such Great Heights
The Postal Service
Death Cab for Cutie
Transatlanticism is the fourth studio album by indie rock band Death Cab for Cutie, released on October 7, 2003, by Barsuk Records. At this point in their career, the group had toured and recorded for nearly a half-decade. With tensions rising, the band decided to take time away from one another; notably, Gibbard collaborated with electronic musician Dntel, and released an album, Give Up, under the name the Postal Service. Death Cab regrouped in late 2002 to create Transatlanticism, which was recorded in a leisurely manner over five-day stretches until June 2003.
The record is a concept album, exploring a theme of long-distance romance. Gibbard penned the lyrics, which are somber and focus on the need to be loved. Musically, the album utilizes ambience and instrumental sparseness as an extension of this theme. The album's title, likewise, references the Atlantic Ocean and uses it as a metaphor for geographic and emotional separation. Chris Walla, the band's guitarist, produced the album as he had for its predecessors. The album's artwork was created by artist Adde Russell.
Either/Or is the third studio album by American singer-songwriter Elliott Smith. Either/Or was recorded in several locations, mostly in Portland, Oregon – while Smith was still a member of Heatmiser – and was produced by Smith, Tom Rothrock and Rob Schnapf. Either/Or was released on February 25, 1997, on the Kill Rock Stars record label, following Heatmiser's dissolution. Book-ended by its two singles, "Speed Trials" and "Ballad of Big Nothing", Either/Or did not chart in the US, but was acclaimed by critics.
Director Gus Van Sant was highly impressed with the album, incorporating three of its songs; "Between the Bars", "Angeles" and "Say Yes" along with a new song, "Miss Misery", into the Good Will Hunting soundtrack. "Miss Misery" was nominated for Best Original Song at the 1998 Academy Awards, and was performed at the televised ceremony in an abridged version by Smith, backed by the house orchestra, briefly propelling him into the international spotlight.
Picaresque is the third studio album from The Decemberists. It was released in 2005 on the Kill Rock Stars record label. The word "picaresque" refers to a form of satirical prose originating in Spain, depicting realistically and often humorously the adventures of a low-born, roguish hero living by their wits in a corrupt society.
Good News For People Who Love Bad News
Good News for People Who Love Bad News is the fourth studio album by American rock band Modest Mouse, released on April 6, 2004 by Epic Records. Jeremiah Green, who played drums on all other Modest Mouse releases, did not perform on this album due to his temporary absence from the band.
Good News for People Who Love Bad News was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Alternative Music Album in 2005. It was certified platinum by the RIAA in August 2004, and had sold over 1.5 million copies in the United States by 2006. Three singles were released from the album: "Float On", "Ocean Breathes Salty", and "The World at Large".
Seven Swans is a folk rock music album by Sufjan Stevens, released on March 16, 2004 on Sounds Familyre Records. It was recorded and produced by Daniel C. Smith, Sufjan's close friend. It includes songs about Christian spiritual themes, figures such as Abraham, and Christ's Transfiguration. The songs are primarily "lush acoustic compositions" with Stevens' banjo. The album was released on compact disc by Sounds Familyre Records and vinyl LP; the vinyl was released by Burnt Toast Vinyl.
Everything All The Time
Band Of Horses
Everything All the Time is the debut album of indie rock band Band of Horses and was released on March 21, 2006 on Sub Pop Records. It features new versions of five of the six songs from the band's Tour EP, some with different titles. The album is the only one to feature original band members Mat Brooke, Chris Early and Tim Meinig.
On his first solo album since late-'90s alias ¡All-Time Quarterback!—and first ever under his own name—Benjamin Gibbard, the lead singer-songwriter of indie titans Death Cab for Cutie and beloved (but defunct) electropop project The Postal Service, has very little to prove. Which doesn't mean nothing's at stake on Former Lives. This is Gibbard's first album since his 2011 divorce from Zooey Deschanel, but instead of a bitter or wallowing break-up epic, he returns to his simple strengths as an indie pop songwriter. Gibbard plays with the sort of tiny portraiture and character-driven songs that made The Postal Service's Give Up such a self-contained joy—here with relatively spare (and only sometimes glum) acoustic ditties and a capella lullabies. It all makes for a welcome pendulum swing back from the ambitious weightiness of Death Cab's 2011 album Codes and Keys.
Margot and the Nuclear So & So's
The Sunset Tree
The Mountain Goats
The Sunset Tree is the ninth studio album by the Mountain Goats, released on April 26, 2005 by 4AD. The album's songs revolve around the house John Darnielle grew up in and the people who lived there, including his mother, sister, stepfather, friends, and enemies.
3 Rounds and a Sound
3 Rounds and a Sound is the debut CD from the Portland, Oregon indie band Blind Pilot. The band released the CD on July 15, 2008 on Expunged Records. "Go On, Say It", was chosen to be a Single of the Week on July 7, 2008 on Apple Inc.'s iTunes Store.
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."
Fleet Foxes is the eponymous debut studio album by American rock band Fleet Foxes, released on June 3, 2008 by Bella Union. The album debuted at number eleven on the UK Albums Chart, where it eventually peaked at number three, and garnered wide praise from critics, many of whom named it one of the best albums of 2008.
The Wild Hunt
The Tallest Man On Earth
The Wild Hunt is the second studio album by Swedish folk musician The Tallest Man on Earth. It was released on 13 April 2010 by Dead Oceans.
As of 2011, the album has sold 35,524 copies in United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
More Adventurous (U.S. Release)
More Adventurous is the third full-length album released by Los Angeles-based band Rilo Kiley. The album, released on August 17, 2004, marks a significant change in the band's sound with the goal of being "more adventurous" than their previous music. The effort paid off by increasing the group's audience and garnering critical praise; noted rock critic Robert Christgau, initially naming the album the fifth best release of 2004, included it in his recap of the greatest albums of the 2000-2009 decade, placing it at the twenty-fourth spot. Christgau also declared "It's a Hit" song of the year for 2004, subsequently declaring it the eighth best song of the decade. The album eventually placed at the fourteenth spot in the Pazz & Jop ballot for 2004.
Two versions of the album were released: the regular store-sold version in a normal jewel case and a limited edition digipak version sold at the album's release party and concert.
"Accidntel Deth" was produced by Jimmy Tamborello, known for his work in The Postal Service and as Dntel.
"Ripchord" and "It Just Is" were written in response to the death of Elliott Smith.
Hospice is the third studio album by American indie rock band The Antlers, and their first concept album. It was initially self-distributed by the band in March 2009, and was eventually remastered and re-released once they signed to Frenchkiss Records in August of the same year.
Boxer is the fourth studio album by American indie rock band The National, released on May 22, 2007 on Beggars Banquet Records. Produced by both Peter Katis and the band itself, the album has sold nearly 430,000 copies in the U.S. Following its release, the album debuted at #68 on the U.S. Billboard 200, selling about 9,500 copies in its first week.
A documentary film, titled A Skin, A Night, was released the following year. Focusing on the recording process of Boxer, the film was directed by independent filmmaker Vincent Moon, and released in conjunction with a collection of b-sides, demos and live recordings, titled The Virginia EP, on May 20, 2008.
Leaves in the River
Nighttiming is Coconut Records' 2007 debut album. It was originally released as a digital download. The album was produced by Mike Einziger of Incubus in Casa Chica in Malibu in August 2006. The album is the product of Jason Schwartzman, who wrote all of the songs and performs the majority of the instruments.
CD prints of the album contain several bonus tracks, most of which are demo versions and alternate takes of songs on the album. Early copies of the CD also included unique Polaroid photographs by Schwartzman.
An official music video has been made for "West Coast". It features skateboarding performances by Mark Gonzales in Germany.
The song "Summer Day" was featured on the Spider-Man 3 original soundtrack.
The song "West Coast" can be heard in an episode of The OC and can be purchased in the official season four soundtrack. The song "West Coast" also appears in the movie Cloverfield, as well as on an official Cloverfield CD. It is one of the many tracks played when the party takes place. The song "Nighttiming" makes an appearance as an iTunes bonus track for the Funny People original soundtrack.
Blood Bank is a 2009 EP by Bon Iver. It was released on January 20, 2009, and features four tracks, three of them recorded for the release. The EP is a follow-up to the band's award-winning debut album For Emma, Forever Ago, self-released in 2007 by Bon Iver frontman and founder Justin Vernon, and re-released in 2008.
Colin Meloy Sings Live!
Colin Meloy Sings Live! is the first live album released by Portland musician Colin Meloy, frontman for the Decemberists. The album was released in April 2008, and is a collection of live recordings from various nights on the artist's solo tour in early 2006. It includes stripped down versions of songs by the Decemberists, a song that dates back to Meloy's college band Tarkio, live banter and covers of The Smiths, R.E.M., Pink Floyd, Fleetwood Mac, and Shirley Collins. It includes two previously unreleased songs, "Dracula's Daughter" and "Wonder", the latter of which makes reference to Meloy's first—and recently at the time—born son.
The arrangements are simply Meloy's voice and guitar throughout. Some reviewers have noted problems with Meloy's guitar during the recording and one refers to the resulting sound quality as "disappointing." Meloy says the experience of playing Decemberists' songs without the full band was "liberating," at least initially: "...I can kind of start and stop songs, I can screw up without throwing everybody off, I can talk as much as I like without worrying about people getting antsy to move on to the next song.
Lon Gisland is an EP by Beirut, released on CD by Ba Da Bing! Records in January 2007 and on single-sided 12" LP by Chouette Records.
It is a follow-up to the critically acclaimed Gulag Orkestar and the first album performed by the full band, which came together after Gulag Orkestar's release. Lon Gisland includes a reworked version of "Scenic World", from Beirut's previous album.
Weathervanes is the debut studio album by the American indie pop group Freelance Whales. The album was released on December 29, 2009.
The song "Generator ^ First Floor" was used to help launch the new Twitter redesign on September 14, 2010, and was made available for free download. The same song also appeared in a Starbucks commercial, which first aired in March 2011.
The song "Generator ^ Second Floor" was used in the second episode of the USA Network series Covert Affairs, during the scene where Auggie teaches Annie how to fight.
The song "Starring" was used in the series premiere episode of MTV's 2012 adaptation of The Inbetweeners, which aired on August 20, 2012. "Starring" plays during the cafeteria scene, when Carly speaks to Simon.
The song "We Could be Friends" was used in the 12th episode of Ugly Betty titled "Blackout".
If You’re Feeling Sinister
Belle & Sebastian
If You're Feeling Sinister is the second album by Scottish indie pop band Belle and Sebastian. It was released in 1996 on Jeepster Records in the United Kingdom and Matador Records in the United States. It received positive reviews.
Band leader Stuart Murdoch has stated the album is probably his best collection of songs. In 2005, Belle and Sebastian released a live version of the album, If You're Feeling Sinister: Live at the Barbican, on the iTunes Music Store.
Funeral is the debut studio album by Canadian indie rock band Arcade Fire, released on September 14, 2004 by Merge Records. It was given its title because several band members had recently lost members of their families; Régine Chassagne's grandmother died in June 2003, Win and William Butler's grandfather in February 2004, and Richard Reed Parry's aunts in April 2004. Preliminary recordings for Funeral were made during the course of a week in August 2003 at the Hotel2Tango in Montreal, Quebec, and the recording was completed later that year all in an analogue recording format.
The album produced five singles, with "Rebellion" being the most successful, having peaked at #19 on the UK Singles Chart. The album was nominated for a Grammy Award in 2005 for Best Alternative Music Album. It received widespread critical acclaim and topped many year-end and decade-end lists. According to the website Metacritic, the album had the second most appearances on end-of-decade Top 10 lists, only behind Radiohead's Kid A. In the updated version of Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time, it was ranked at #151.
Dog Problems (Bonus Track Version)
Begin to Hope
Begin to Hope is the fourth album by Soviet-born American singer-songwriter Regina Spektor. It was released June 13, 2006. The album debuted at number 70 on the Billboard 200, but due to the popularity of the single "Fidelity", it peaked at number 20 and was labeled a "pace setter" by Billboard. Rolling Stone named it the 21st-best album of 2006. The album was certified Gold by the RIAA for shipments to U.S. retailers of 500,000 units.
The album was nominated for the 2006 Shortlist Music Prize.
The Midnight Organ Fight
The Midnight Organ Fight is the second studio album by Scottish indie rock band Frightened Rabbit. Recorded during 2007 between studios at Bridgeport, Connecticut and Glasgow, Scotland, the album was released on 14 April 2008 through independent label Fat Cat Records. Hailed by critics as "one of the finest [breakup records] of recent vintage", frontman Scott Hutchison has described the album as being "a lot more intense" than its predecessor Sing the Greys. Following the album's completion, it took around a month for him to be able to listen to it. The album's title comes from a line in the song "Fast Blood", and is said to be a euphemism for sex.
Upon its release, the album was greeted with widespread critical acclaim. Praise often centered on the writing, honest lyricism, and passionate delivery of the band. Viewed as a showpiece for modern Scottish music, the album has continued to receive recognition long after its release and has been featured on various year- and decade-end critic lists.
Apologies To The Queen Mary
Apologies to the Queen Mary is the 2005 first full-length album by Canadian indie rock band Wolf Parade.
Sha Sha is the debut album by American indie rock singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and former Radish member Ben Kweller. The album was originally composed of outtakes from sessions for Radish's unreleased album Discount Fireworks. It was self-released by Kweller, via CD-R, in 2000. In 2002, ATO Records released a second version of the album with a radically different track listing featuring many new recordings and songs.
The Moldy Peaches
The Moldy Peaches
The Moldy Peaches is the eponymous debut album by American indie rock band The Moldy Peaches. It was primarily recorded in a basement in Port Townsend, Washington and was released in 2001. The album has the dubious distinction of being released in the U.S. on September 11, 2001, the date of the attacks on the World Trade Center, and coincidentally containing the song "NYC's Like a Graveyard".
The song "Anyone Else but You" was used in the Academy Award-winning 2007 film Juno. The film and soundtrack also contain a version of the song performed by the two lead actors in the film, Ellen Page and Michael Cera.
Simple Math is the third studio album from Atlanta-based indie rock band Manchester Orchestra. It was released on May 10, 2011 through independent label Favorite Gentlemen Recordings, itself distributed by Sony Music Entertainment. The album was recorded with Dan Hannon who also produced the band's first album, and co-produced their second.
Andy Hull, the band's lyricist and vocalist, has said that Simple Math is a concept album, telling a story from his own perspective; "It's a story about a 23-year old who questions everything from marriage to love to religion to sex. Sometimes even for myself, it’s difficult to decipher which one I’m actually talking to. Everything I’ve written in the past has been about those things. This album is the most realized form of my questioning." A week prior to its official release, the entire album was available for streaming on their official website.
Led by the title track and single "Simple Math", the album was a success for the band, obtaining praise from music critics and debuting at a career-high number twenty one on the Billboard 200 and number eight on the Billboard Rock Albums chart with opening week sales of 18,000 units.
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.
Makers is the 2006 release from Seattle singer-songwriter Rocky Votolato. It marks his debut on Barsuk Records after previously releasing albums on Second Nature Records. The album is characterized by sparse arrangements, focusing mainly on Votolato's voice and guitar work. Votolato's songwriting skills are on display in his most folk-sounding release to date.
Keep It Like a Secret
Built To Spill
Keep It Like a Secret is the fourth full-length album released by indie rock band Built to Spill, and their second for Warner Bros. Records. The original tracks for the album were recorded on Nov 1997 at Bear Creek studios in Woodinville, Washington by Phil Ek, with overdubs recorded on mid 1998 at Avast! Recording Co. in Seattle, Washington. Keep It Like a Secret was released on February 2, 1999. The album spawned two EPs: Carry the Zero and Center of the Universe. Pitchfork ranked the album at #41 on their "Top Albums of the 90s" list.
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah is the eponymous debut album by Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, self-released in the U.S. on 28 June 2005, and released in the UK on 23 January 2006 by Wichita Recordings. Produced and mixed by Adam Lasus, the album and the band rose to fame after buzz and attention built up on various MP3 blogs and a very positive review from influential music website Pitchfork. Clap Your Hands Say Yeah was listed as one of the 50 most important recordings of the decade by National Public Radio's All Songs Considered.
The success of the album started after bassist Tyler Sargent began mailing out copies of the album from his apartment. As of November 2009, the album has sold more than 125,000 copies in the United States. Although the band still has no official record deal in the United States, they have signed a distribution deal to make the album available to a wider audience. In the UK, the band signed to independent record label Wichita Recordings.
The song "The Skin of My Yellow Country Teeth" was featured on the 2005 episode "E-mail Surveillance" of the NBC show The Office as well as the 2011 film The Art of Getting By.
II is the second album from the folk/indie rock collaboration project by folk artist Kevin Devine and members of indie rock band Manchester Orchestra. It was released on October 9, 2012, exactly two years after the band's self-titled debut album, on Triple Crown Records. Like the first album, the songs written were collaborations between Kevin Devine and Manchester Orchestra's frontman Andy Hull.
Announcement on the album's title, release date and new label took place on the band's Facebook page on August 12, 2012. The next day, on August 13, the band streamed the first single off the album, "Forest Whitaker", for free on the Rolling Stone website, and on August 22, the single was released as an official digital single on iTunes.
On September 19, 2012, the band streamed the song "It Never Stops", exclusively through AbsolutePunk.
My Morning Jacket
Z is the fourth studio album by psychedelic rock band My Morning Jacket. This collection features a much spacier and more polished sound than previous releases, making heavy use of synthesizers throughout and incorporating reggae and dub influences. The heavy reverb that was a defining characteristic of the band's prior recordings is largely absent. The songs on the album are more focused and shorter compared to the band's previous albums.
A double-live album, Okonokos, was recorded at the end of the Z Tour and was released on September 26, 2006; it features live versions of eight of Z's 10 songs.
In 2012, Rolling Stone ranked the album at number 457 on its list of The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. The magazine has also ranked the album 31st on its list of the 100 best albums of the 2000s and 23rd of the 40 greatest stoner albums ever.
Gorilla Manor is the debut album by Los Angeles based indie rock band Local Natives. It was released in the United Kingdom on November 2, 2009, on Infectious Records, and February 16, 2010, by Frenchkiss Records in the United States.
The album was self-funded by the band and recorded by Raymond Richards in his own Red Rockets Glare Studio, in West Los Angeles. It was produced in collaboration by Richards and the band. Gorilla Manor was named after the house they all shared in Orange County, where most of the album was written. “It was insanely messy and there were always friends over knocking around on guitars or our thrift store piano, ” said guitarist Ryan Hahn.
The album debuted in the Billboard 200 and at #3 in the New Artist Chart.
I And Love And You
The Avett Brothers
I and Love and You is the 2009 major label debut by The Avett Brothers and produced by Rick Rubin.
The first single, "I and Love and You" was released on June 24, 2009, via free digital download. The album was released on vinyl on September 15, 2009, with the CD and digital formats becoming available on September 29, 2009. The album was available in streaming format on National Public Radio's Web site prior to its release.
The song "I and Love and You" was chosen as the Starbucks iTunes Pick of the Week for September 22, 2009. From September 8 to October 8, 2009, The Avett Brothers released a 13 chapter video series about I and Love and You, each chapter featuring one song from the album.
You Forgot It In People
Broken Social Scene
You Forgot It in People is the second studio album by Canadian indie rock band Broken Social Scene, released on October 15, 2002. It followed Feel Good Lost, and was the band's commercial breakthrough. You Forgot It in People features intricate, experimental production techniques and a large number of instruments coinciding with the band's vastly expanded size. Local hype for the album was so big that initial pressings sold out quickly, causing the need for a 2003 reissue.
Music videos were made for "Stars and Sons", "Cause = Time", "Almost Crimes", "Lover's Spit", and "I'm Still Your Fag". The album also features "Anthems for a Seventeen Year-Old Girl" and "Lover's Spit", two songs that went on to become the band's biggest fan favourites.
The songs that did not make it onto the album were featured in a B-sides compilation entitled Bee Hives, released in 2004.
Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
Yankee Hotel Foxtrot is the fourth album by Chicago-based rock band Wilco. The album was completed in 2001, but Reprise Records, a Warner Music Group label, refused to release it. Wilco acquired the rights to the album when they subsequently left the label. On September 18, 2001, Wilco streamed the entire album for free on their website. Wilco signed with Nonesuch Records in November of that year, and the album was officially released on April 23, 2002.
Yankee Hotel Foxtrot was acclaimed by music critics, and is widely regarded as one of the greatest albums of the 2000s. It is also Wilco's best-selling work, having reached number 13 on the Billboard 200 chart. It is the band's first album with drummer Glenn Kotche, and last with multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Jay Bennett.
In 2012, Rolling Stone ranked it #493 on its list of The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
The Head and the Heart
The Head and the Heart
The Head and the Heart is the first studio album by folk rock band The Head and the Heart, released on April 19, 2011, on Sub Pop. A deluxe edition of the album was released in August 2011 and included 'Chasing A Ghost', 'Josh McBride' and 'Rivers and Roads'. Initially, the band had self-released the album in June 2009, selling it at concerts, by word of mouth, and through local record stores. In the ensuing months the album sold 10,000 copies. Their music plays heavily on the trio of vocal harmonies, piano and violin melodies, and prominent drums and percussion. It was the top-selling album of the year 2010 for the independent Sonic Boom Records in the band's home neighborhood of Ballard, Seattle. The song "Rivers and Roads" was used in the series finale of NBC's Chuck, in the 16th episode of the seventh season of CBS's hit comedy How I Met Your Mother, also at the season finale of the fourth season of Fox's series New Girl, and also in The Good Doctor.
¡All-Time Quarterback! is the first album and the last release from Ben Gibbard's solo project ¡All-Time Quarterback!. It is a collection of tracks from the now out of print EPs ¡All-Time Quarterback! and The Envelope Sessions. Oddly, the ¡All-Time Quarterback! album excludes the tracks "Don't Touch the Tape", "Lullaby, Lullaby", "Dig It!" and "Stark Mobile," despite its short album length. However, it includes the previously unreleased track "Dinner At Eight in the Suburbs".
The enhanced CD features the video for "Plans Get Complex", filmed in London and edited by Aaron Stewart.
Robbers & Cowards
Cold War Kids
Robbers & Cowards is the debut studio album by American indie rock band Cold War Kids. It was released on October 10, 2006 by Downtown Records. The album received a generally positive reception from critics who praised the band's blues rock production and morose lyrics. Robbers & Cowards peaked at number 173 on the Billboard 200 and spawned three singles: "We Used to Vacation", "Hang Me Up to Dry" and "Hospital Beds". To promote the album, the band spent most of 2007 touring across North America and Europe through appearances at music festivals and talk shows.
Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros
Without putting a number on their worth, LA-based indie folk ensemble Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros have certainly proven irresistible to audiences who can't seem to get enough rootsy acoustic rock these days. (Frontman Alex Ebert's previous life with '00s dance punk trend-hopper Ima Robot was less successful.) Sophomore album Here should only solidify the Magnetic Zeros' appeal. The band works in basically three modes: twangy, campfire sing-along spirituals ("That's What's Up," "I Don't Wanna Pray"), soft-lipped acoustic ballads ("Dear Believer," "Child") and the occasional broad, rafters-reaching chorus ("Man on Fire") that recalls Arcade Fire, if not quite their fantastical lyricism. The best moments are their least accented or affected, like "Mayla," with its easy rhythm, nimble guitar flourishes, stately chorals and enlivening trumpet breaks.
Acid Tongue is the second studio album by American singer-songwriter Jenny Lewis, released in September 2008 through Warner Bros. and Rough Trade Records. Inspired by jam sessions, the album was recorded in January 2008 in Van Nuys, California with the intent of capturing a more live feeling than 2006's Rabbit Fur Coat. Lewis worked with a number of guest musicians and wrote the album with boyfriend Johnathan Rice. Lewis, Rice, Jason Lader, and Dave Scher produced the album. Acid Tongue features musical styles ranging from indie rock to alternative country and Americana.
Acid Tongue was released to generally favorable reviews from contemporary music critics, receiving praise for Lewis' lyrics and vocals. However, some reviewers criticized the numerous collaborations and felt the sound overwhelmed Lewis. The album charted at number twenty-two in the United States and number fifty-five in the United Kingdom.
Deja Entendu is the second studio album by American rock band Brand New, released in 2003. It was widely praised for showing the band's maturation from their debut Your Favorite Weapon. The album's title is French for "already heard". Two singles and videos were released from the album: "The Quiet Things That No One Ever Knows" and "Sic Transit Gloria...Glory Fades". The album received very positive reviews and has since been placed on numerous lists as one of the greatest albums of the decade and from the emo genre.
There are three pressings of the vinyl. The first pressing is of 1,000, and has a barcode on the back of the gatefold. The second pressing does not have a barcode. On March 2, 2015, the band stated that they were going to re-press the record. It would be first released for Record Store Day in limited packaging, with a wider release on May 5. Both were pressed on 180-gram black vinyl.
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