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  • Slipped Discs

    Discs You May Have Missed
    by John Noyd

    Reviews From: Year 2011
    Broken Records - Let Me Come Home

    Broken Records - Let Me Come Home

    Broken Records
    Let Me Come Home
    Label: 4AD

    Galloping gasps of forthright sincerity ride high on unforced remorse and fitful decisions. Soldiering through storms and craving calamity, the British band’s anthems stampede between brawny leads, fashionably cinematic passions and desperately perplexing pleads. Simmering in boisterous deeds, Broken’s emotional depths stomp and ponder a heart’s worth of tender regrets as the artfully upset, “Home,” delivers galvanized symphonic rock salvations.

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    Caroline - Verdugo Hills

    Caroline - Verdugo Hills

    Caroline
    Verdugo Hills
    Label: Temporary Residence Limited

    Sprawling sonic gauze spun from coolly confident imaginations, Caroline’s squiggling minimalism and fleeting beats blink and beep. Mixing acoustic movements into electronic atmospheres, “Hills,” folds luxurious pop operas into sensual cyber-sketches, turning complex moods reassuringly tranquil; yet oddly enigmatic. The former Mice Parade chanteuse produces beautiful hand-carved harmonies plucked from ice fairy daring whose breathy, feathery messages launch interplanetary fantasies.

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    Braids - Native Speaker

    Braids - Native Speaker

    Braids
    Native Speaker
    Label: Kanine

    Studio Druids who exorcise as they harmonize; Braid’s brave, orchestrated forests swirl with cricket-filtered choirs and crocheted waves of aquatic mathematics. Expansive trance textures rise and subside in phosphorescent dimensions while chirping, gurgling reverb and plush, double-ply synthesizers dart, march and multiply. “Speaker,” neatly consecrates complicated interconnected catacombs, building layered labyrinths of omnipresent percolations for twilight flights into madcap tapestries, Braids play UW-Madison’s Rathskellar February 25th.

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    Fujiya & Miyagi - Ventrilloquizzing

    Fujiya & Miyagi - Ventrilloquizzing

    Fujiya & Miyagi
    Ventrilloquizzing
    Label: Yep Roc

    Chilled hip-swivelers practicing trained disdain, F&M’s cool, re-tooled, frequently seething, sequined struts bluff and chuff haughty, naughty vamps. Intriguingly pristine, anxiously apathetic, the restlessly suave students of clinically sinister catwalk Krautrock carefully enunciate puzzling instructions encased inside pharmaceutical funk.  Aloof and predatory, “Ventrilloquizzing,” courts haute couture, laying riffs super model cool over well-greased soul, window-shopping mannequins grazing jaded high society,

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    British Sea Power - Valhalla Dancehall

    British Sea Power - Valhalla Dancehall

    British Sea Power
    Valhalla Dancehall
    Label: Rough Trade

    Razor sharp post-punk rumblings dissecting gun-barrel ballads into flickering, splintering sympathies; Brighton’s glory-seeking rockers slip ripped riffs, beseeching speeches and steamy ennui into cosmic canyons of epic gestures and earnest curses. Blistering encouragement paired alongside drenched repentance keep the dynamics fresh and the feeling electric as, “Valhalla,” bends and blends, stormy surrenders catapulting urgent cataclysms and sanctifying moody, brooding catechisms.

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    Tapes 'n Tapes - Outside

    Tapes 'n Tapes - Outside

    Tapes 'n Tapes
    Outside
    Label: Ibid Records

    Grunting funk and grizzled sizzle creep, reap and compete against ballistic wit in caustic waltzes; turpentine Valentines combining impertinent compulsions and sputtering madmen mambos.  Self producing, “Outside,” on their own label, Tapes’ quirky, murky cock-eyed maelstroms concoct intoxicating rhythms given to shaggy-dog shuffles and crackling indie-rock dipped in agitated majesty. The Minneapolis quartet play Madison’s High Noon Saloon January 28th.

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    Delicate Steve - Wondervisions

    Delicate Steve - Wondervisions

    Delicate Steve
    Wondervisions
    Label: Luaka Bop

    Robo-rodeo rondos performing unmoored conquistador choreography, guitar-centric tunes swaddled in mechanized, tropical hop-scotch, “Wondervisions,” unleashes instrumental magic. Twitching and flinching over tweaked encyclopedias of improvised jams and antsy, animatronic enchantments, Steve’s smarmy origami twists and turns into jaunty Japanese-African slack-key flash-mob anthems. Criss-crossing snorting electric chords over frazzled surf-rock analogue, polished sonic notions regale new-fangled jangle beyond novel cyber-pop ditziness.

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    David Lowery - The Palace Guards

    David Lowery - The Palace Guards

    David Lowery
    The Palace Guards
    Label: 429 Records

    Armed with snaggle-toothed grooves and crowd-pleasing candor, Camper Van Beethoven and Cracker’s literary hippie ambles from wistful and wise to ironic and snide. A blast of rascally ballads alongside a rash of gracious roots-strewn malice, his solo debut, “Palace,” is blissfully idiosyncratic, indulging in sweet buckwheat hootenannies, tempered garage-rock blessings and hard-earned alt-pop homilies culminating in gumption, grit and gratitude

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    Tristen - Charlatans at the Garden Gate

    Tristen - Charlatans at the Garden Gate

    Tristen
    Charlatans at the Garden Gate
    Label: American Myth Recordings

    Prowling hearts captured in thick-skinned sinners and frisky rockabilly fillies, “Charlatans,” slings noveau-Nashville twang coated in strings and powered by moonstruck pluck, doe-eyed rock and bop and State Fair infidelities. Frontier vixen Tristen peddles splendid denim heaven, exploring corduroy morality through jukebox toe-tappers, the soft but spiky purr in her promenade hiding shadows and suspicions, modern woes and traditional triumphs.

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    Apex Manor - The Year of Magical Drinking

    Apex Manor - The Year of Magical Drinking

    Apex Manor
    The Year of Magical Drinking
    Label: Merge

    Smashingly bachelor scruffiness matches buzz-filled chords to curb-hugging choruses assembling lone wolf heartache into clanging prankster’s persuasions; A.M’s jittery mid-tempo jalopies drive upbeat collegiate pleads and sexy henchmen meditations through railroaded rhythms, shimmering riffing and devilishly inventive hooks. “Year,” steers major moxie and modest heroics through glib quips and rousing counsel; pithy indie-rock ringers exhibiting cardiac-packed syncopation with semi-biographical heft.

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    The Dears - Degeneration Street

    The Dears - Degeneration Street

    The Dears
    Degeneration Street
    Label: Dangerbird Records

    An explosive rainbow-colored sorbet blending dark, Brit-pop romance into funky, new wave passion, “Degeneration,” hitches glimmering visions to breathless methods coupling level-headed introspective against sleek, interstellar soul-searching. From smoky to baroque, The Dears’ penetrating menace, epic affection and calming charm simmer in stratospheric psychedelics and brooding hostage rock to make heartfelt reason and subversive allegiance magnetically reactive and hazardously attractive.

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    Over the Rhine - The Long Surrender

    Over the Rhine - The Long Surrender

    Over the Rhine
    The Long Surrender
    Label: Great Speckled Dog

    Brewed in bluesy benevolence, congregating cadence and well-furnished skirmishes, OTR’s regal roots, melancholy melodies and majestic sensitivity exude moody authenticity. Dressed in champagne piano and baptized dobro, sad sax and rumbling drums, “Surrender,” renders parched prairie prayers inside smoldering torch songs, wanton folk-jazz cabaret illuminating flirty, hickory-flavored occasions The Ohio husband and wife duo play Madison’s Majestic Theater April 9th

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