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Bird-Brains is the debut album by lo-fi musician Tune-Yards. It was originally released as a Compact Cassette on Marriage Records on June 9, 2009, and was re-released on August 17 by 4AD as a limited-edition pressing. It was released worldwide on November 16, 2009, with two bonus tracks.
The album was recorded almost exclusively by Garbus on a hand recorder and mixed with a shareware assembling program. Speaking to Charlotte Richardson Andrews of The Guardian, she noted her instrumental limitations and how they led to a dependence on percussion: "I had no bass – literally, I didn't own one – so the drums had to be big."
Torres is the self-titled debut studio album by Torres, released independently in January 2013. The album was recorded over the course of five days by Nasvhille audio engineer Ryan McFadden in a recording studio in Franklin, Tennessee.
About To Die
About to Die is an extended play studio album by American experimental rock group Dirty Projectors, released digitally and on vinyl on November 6, 2012.
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.
Half Way Home
Paralytic Stalks is the eleventh full-length studio album by psychedelic pop group, of Montreal. It was released on the Polyvinyl website and in stores on February 7, 2012. The band has released the album in several formats, including: Digital, CD, Cassette, Vinyl, and a special-edition "Fuchsia Purple" vinyl, which is limited to 1,500 copies. Later pressings of the vinyl were offered in yellow as well as black vinyl. All physical versions of the album feature free digital downloads. To support the release of the album, of Montreal toured America in early 2012.
Past Life Martyred Saints
Just Tell Me That You Want Me: A Tribute To Fleetwood Mac
With a clutch of records that never lost their studio sparkle and legendary Behind the Music decadence, Fleetwood Mac has earned a sanctified place in indie rock culture. Much of this tribute recasts Stevie Nicks' shimmering radio staples with a poised, scruffy aesthetic: Best Coast offers a simplified "Rhiannon," Lykke Li lolls through "Silver Springs" and Antony (of…and the Johnsons) pulls off a haunting "Landslide." And while some renditions are spot-on (the collaboration between Sonic Youth's Lee Ranaldo and J Mascis on the instrumental "Albatross") and others are stripped bare (The Kills' "Dreams"), the best moments happen when the contributors step out of Mac's shadow and give room to their own gifts, as on Marianne Faithfull's heavy-hearted rendition of "Angel."
Perfume Genius is a strangely perfect name for Mike Hadreas' music. Like scent, his songs are delicate but strong, faint yet persistent, and have a deep, almost inexplicable emotional pull. On his debut album, Learning, Hadreas comes across like the kid brother of Antony Hegarty or Xiu Xiu's Jamie Stewart, taking the vulnerability of a singer/songwriter to an extreme with messed-up and heartbreaking stories. Yet, despite Hadreas' shaky, at times barely audible vocals, there’s an ease to his confessions that makes him unique; as uncomfortable as his subjects can be, he doesn’t play them for shock value. Instead, he embraces the disturbing and the heartfelt equally, accepting that caring can be creepy with a matter-of-factness that makes it all the more powerful. Hadreas sings “It’s all part of his plan” over whirling synths on the album closer, “Never Did,” and it’s equally likely that he’s referring to a benevolent higher power or something more tangible and sinister. “Mr. Peterson” sketches out a friendship (possibly more) with a teacher and treats his suicide with evenhanded compassion: “I hope there’s room for you up above or down below.” Learning gives its sometimes hard words soft surroundings, either cushioning them with ethereal synths and music boxes on “No Problem” or allowing his piano to reverberate around them with an almost hymnal quality, as on the bittersweet lullaby “When.” At times Hadreas' songs suggest personal notes or diary entries set to music -- not because they’re too literal, but because of the emotional weight implied in them. He reveals only the smallest but most telling parts of his stories, playing cat and mouse with details and telling gaps: on “Write to Your Brother,” the lyric “Tell him mom treats you like a lover/That you have to hide all the mouthwash from her” says it all. But what makes Hadreas' songwriting remarkable is the empathy he holds for his characters. “Perry” does a chiaroscuro dance between hope and despair, but ends the song with the line “Whatever good is left/Put your trust in it/You know we already have.” As dark as Learning’s songs can get, it always feels like Hadreas wants the best for the people he sings about, and a good, ultimately hopeful kind of sadness permeates nearly every song. Not even half an hour long, Learning shows just what a strong impression music so fragile can make.
The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than the Driver of the Screw and Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do (Expanded Edition)
Right from the poetic but inconveniently long title, Fiona Apple's first album after a seven-year hiatus announces that, whatever has happened in those years, Apple remains a willfully defiant and singularly fascinating artist. One noticeable change is in her voice: always a supple, impressive instrument, it has taken on a smoother, smokier tone with age. Apple works with drummer and multi-instrumentalist Charley Drayton, but their arrangements are pleasingly open and sparse, allowing Apple's voice—cracking, howling, always coming back to a deceptively calm tone—to do the heavy emotional lifting, of which it's more than capable. The album's title references subtle mechanical devices meant to mend and maintain, and its songs reflect the slow struggles and sustaining joys of finding those things—whether personal connection or individual strength—that keep us going in our own lives.
Bitter Rivals is the third studio album by American noise pop duo Sleigh Bells. It was released on October 4, 2013 by Mom + Pop Music. The title track was released as the album's lead single on September 3, 2013, with a music video released the day before. The album was made exclusively available for streaming on Rolling Stone's website on October 1, 2013. It was partially inspired by Janet Jackson, with the song "Tiger Kit" referencing Jackson's "Rhythm Nation".
Silence Yourself is the debut studio album by the English post-punk band Savages, released on 6 May 2013 on Matador Records and Pop Noire, a label owned by vocalist Jehnny Beth. It was nominated for the 2013 Mercury Prize.
Buke & Gase
End of Daze
Dum Dum Girls
End of Daze is the fourth EP by Dum Dum Girls, released September 25, 2012 by Sub Pop. This was the third Dum Dum Girls recording produced by Richard Gottehrer and the Raveonettes' Sune Rose Wagner, and the fourth overall for Gottehrer.
Have One On Me
Last Summer is the first solo album released by American indie pop musician Eleanor Friedberger, most notable for being the vocalist in the band The Fiery Furnaces with her brother Matthew Friedberger. The album was released on 12 July 2011 on the Merge Records record label.
The album was announced as being in the making in April 2011 and released on July 12, 2011. Last Summer currently holds a 79 out of 100 rating on Metacritic.
Shriek is the fourth studio album by indie band Wye Oak. It was released on April 29, 2014 by Merge Records in the United States and City Slang in Europe.
Halfaxa is the second studio album by electronic music artist Grimes. It was released in Canada on October 5, 2010, by Arbutus Records, and in the United Kingdom and mainland Europe in May 2011 by Lo Recordings.
Deerhoof vs. Evil
Deerhoof vs. Evil is the tenth studio album by the band Deerhoof. It was released on January 6, 2011 on P-Vine Records in Japan, January 24, 2011 on ATP Recordings in the United Kingdom, January 25, 2011 on Polyvinyl in the USA, and January 30, 2011 on Flying Nun Records in New Zealand.
The band released the album one track at a time via different media outlets online, with a full map and schedule available on their own website. The first song released was "The Merry Barracks", which streamed on October 8, 2010, via the US website Pitchfork Media.
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.
Smother is the third studio album by British indie rock/dream pop band Wild Beasts released on 9 May 2011 by Domino Records. It reached #17 in the UK Albums Chart. According to the band, it represents a more synthesiser-based sound than previous efforts, influenced by "moving to Dalston", Brazilian writer Clarice Lispector, minimalist composer Steve Reich, noise pop duo Fuck Buttons, and Mary Shelley's book, Frankenstein.
Father, Son, Holy Ghost
Father, Son, Holy Ghost is the second and final studio album by San Francisco rock band Girls, released September 13, 2011 on True Panther Sounds in the United States, September 12, 2011 on Fantasytrashcan/Turnstile in Europe, September 7, 2011 in Japan on Fantasytrashcan/Turnstile and September 14 in Mexico on Arts & Crafts México. Three singles were released from the album; "Vomit", "Honey Bunny" and "My Ma", the latter of which was released exclusively on vinyl with a limited 1000 copies in print. The album peaked at #37 on the Billboard 200 and received critical acclaim upon its release.
A significant departure from the band's previous work, Father, Son, Holy Ghost elaborated with lavish production, gospel choirs and a more varied instrumentation that resulted in a sound that spanned various genres such as surf rock, folk, soul, hard rock, and even progressive rock. Unlike the group's debut Album, it was not exclusively produced by the band themselves but was a collaboration with veteran engineer Doug Boehm.
Sleater-Kinney is the debut studio album by the American rock band Sleater-Kinney, released in 1995 by Chainsaw Records. The album received favorable reviews from critics.
Loud City Song
Loud City Song is the third studio album by American musician Julia Holter. It was released on August 20, 2013, by Domino Recording Company. The album was co-produced by Holter and Cole M.G.N., marking the second time the pair had worked together. The album was preceded by the singles "World" and "In the Green Wild".
Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Mosquito is the fourth studio album by American indie rock band Yeah Yeah Yeahs. It was released on April 12, 2013, by Interscope Records. The lead single "Sacrilege" was released on February 26, 2013. "Despair" was released as the second single on July 19, 2013.
Native Speaker is the debut studio album by the Canadian experimental pop/art rock band Braids, released by Flemish Eye/Kanine Records on January 18, 2011 to critical acclaim.
Monomania is the sixth studio album by American indie rock band Deerhunter, released on May 7, 2013 on 4AD. Produced by both the band and Nicolas Vernhes, the album is the first to feature bassist Josh McKay, and is the only studio album to feature guitarist Frankie Broyles.
The album received universal acclaim upon its release. Monomania reached number seventy-three on the UK Albums Chart.
The Chronicles of Marnia
The Chronicles of Marnia is the fourth album by Marnie Stern, released on March 19, 2013 on Kill Rock Stars.
Foil Deer is the second studio album by Boston, Massachusetts indie rock band, Speedy Ortiz. The album was released by Carpark Records on April 21, 2015.
Ever since Deerhunter’s emergence, frontman Bradford Cox–both within that band and in his solo work–has moved from the visceral and experimental post-rock of their 2007 debut towards a dreamier pop sound. Judging Parallax by its cover, where a pomaded Cox cradles an old microphone, one would think Cox had gone the route of a 60’s crooner for his third solo album. On “Mona Lisa,” he effortlessly embodies classic Roy Orbison, and the jangle continues on “Praying Man” and “Amplifiers.” It isn’t until the title track when the Sputnik-era sounds mix with Cox’s reverberating guitar lines. But for all of Parallax’s pop, there’s plenty of ethereal drift to be had as well, from the hazy “Terra Incognita” to the aptly-titled “Modern Aquatic Nightsongs.”
Friend is an EP by the Brooklyn-based band Grizzly Bear, their first release following the critically acclaimed Yellow House. It was released on November 5, 2007 on Warp Records. The EP has tracks recorded during sessions for the Yellow House album, as well as covers of their songs by Band of Horses, CSS and Atlas Sound.
Silent Hour / Golden Mile
Silent Hour/Golden Mile is the debut solo EP by American indie rock musician Daniel Rossen, released on March 20, 2012 on Warp Records. The self-produced EP comprises tracks Rossen had initially written for Grizzly Bear's fourth studio album, Shields.
Capitalizing on the success of sophomore album Burst Apart, released earlier this year, NYC band The Antlers return with an EP of remixes, covers, collaborations, and one new song. The spooky single “Parentheses” gets a trilling, beat-heavy remix from PVT and an extra atmospheric take with Brooklyn’s Bear in Heaven, while Neon Indian add some barely perceptible synth buzz to “Rolled Together.” The Antlers’ somatic cover of the xx’s “VCR” trades that band’s captivating open spaces and understated delivery for subtly layered guitar squalls and Peter Siberman’s falsetto. The lushly reclining “Tongue Tied” swims in reverb and features choral singing, stately piano chords and vocals from keyboardist Darby Cicci.
The Flaming Lips and Heady Fwends
The Flaming Lips
The Flaming Lips and Heady Fwends is the first album in the "Fwends" series by the American rock band The Flaming Lips in collaboration with a variety of guests.
Recorded throughout 2011 and 2012, the album was released as a limited edition on vinyl for Record Store Day on April 21, 2012 and on CD, vinyl and digitally on June 26, 2012. Four songs from the album were previously released on collaborative EPs in 2011.
Ripely Pine is the debut studio album by American musician Lady Lamb. It was released on February 19, 2013 under Ba Da Bing Records.
Manifest! is the only album from American band Friends, released in June 2012 on the Fat Possum label in the United States and on the Lucky Number label in Europe.
Sisyphus is the debut studio album by Sisyphus, a collaborative project between Serengeti, Son Lux, and Sufjan Stevens. It was released through Asthmatic Kitty on March 18, 2014. The project was commissioned by the Walker Art Center and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra's Liquid Music series to accompany an exhibition of the work of visual artist Jim Hodges, scheduled to run from February 14 through May 11, 2014.
Music videos were made for "Calm It Down", "Alcohol", "Booty Call", and "Take Me".
Night Time, My Time
Night Time, My Time is the debut studio album by American singer and songwriter Sky Ferreira. It was released on October 29, 2013, by Capitol Records. The album was originally set to be released in 2011, following the singles "17", "One", and "Obsession". However, they became commercial failures and caused her label to postpone the album repeatedly. As a result, many recording sessions were held for the album; some of which went towards two extended plays, As If! and Ghost.
The final result includes work from Ferreira and producers including Ariel Rechtshaid, Justin Raisen, and Dan Nigro, which marks a departure from her previously released material. Musically, it is an indie rock and synth-pop album that explores 1980s pop music, 1990s grunge, and various styles of rock, while its lyrics convey themes such as failure, love, and anger. The album cover, shot by film director Gaspar Noé, portrays a topless Ferreira in a shower. Night Time, My Time received positive reviews from music critics, who praised its sound; it has been recognized by numerous media outlets as one of 2013's best albums.
A Swedish Love Story
A Swedish Love Story is an EP released by Canadian musician Owen Pallett. Following Heartland, this is Pallett's second release under his own name rather than his previous stage name, Final Fantasy.
The Casket Girls
The Julie Ruin
Run Fast is the debut album by The Julie Ruin, released on September 3, 2013.
Track 3, "Just My Kind," was mixed by James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem.
Generals is the second studio album by the indie pop band The Mynabirds. The album was released on June 5, 2012.
Down There is the debut solo album by Animal Collective member Avey Tare, released worldwide on October 25, 2010 on Paw Tracks. The album was recorded in June with Animal Collective bandmate Josh Dibb at the Good House, an old church in upstate New York. "Lucky 1" was officially released for download as the first single on October 5, 2010.
Micachu & The Shapes
Never is the second studio album by Micachu and the Shapes. It was released through Rough Trade Records on 23 July 2012.
Mr Noah is the first extended play album by American recording artist Panda Bear, released in 2014. The title track was later featured on the 2015 full-length album Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper, while the other 3 songs were not.
Puberty 2 is the fourth studio album by Japanese-American indie rock musician Mitski, released on June 17, 2016, through Dead Oceans. The album received widespread acclaim from music critics, with many praising Mitski's emotional delivery and lyrically-complex themes, which include longing, love, depression, alienation, and racial identity.
America is the third studio album by American electronic musician Dan Deacon, released August 27, 2012 on Domino Records. The album cover is a photo of Lake Placid.
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