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+ Donato Wharton - Body Isolations
+ Svalastog - Woodwork
+ Tim Hecker - Harmony In Ultraviolet
+ Rosy Parlane - Jessamine
+ Jarvis Cocker - The Jarvis Cocker Record
+ Múm - Peel Session
+ Deloris - Ten Lives
+ Minimum Chips - Lady Grey
+ Badly Drawn Boy - Born In The U.K.
+ The Hold Steady - Boys And Girls Together
+ The Blood Brothers - Young Machetes
+ The Places - Songs For Creeps
+ Camille - Le Fil
+ Wolf Eyes - Human Animal
+ Christina Carter - Electrice
+ The Decemberists - The Crane Wife
+ Junior Boys - So This Is Goodbye
+ Various Artists - Musics In The Margin
+ Rafael Toral - Space
+ Bob Dylan - Modern Times
+ Excepter - Alternation
+ Chris Thile - How To Grow A Woman From The Ground
+ Brad Mehldau - Live in Japan
+ M Ward - Post-War
+ Various Artists - Touch 25
+ The Mountain Goats - Get Lonely
+ The White Birch - Come Up For Air
+ Camera Obscura - Let's Get Out of This Country
+ Coachwhips - Double Death
+ Various Artists - Tibetan And Bhutanese Instrumental And Folk Music, Volume 2
+ Giuseppe Ielasi - Giuseppe Ielasi
+ Cex - Actual Fucking
+ Sufjan Stevens - The Avalanche
+ Leafcutter John - The Forest And The Sea
+ Carla Bozulich - Evangelista
+ Barbara Morgenstern - The Grass Is Always Greener
+ Robin Guthrie - Continental
+ Peaches - Impeach My Bush
+ Oakley Hall - Second Guessing
+ Klee - Honeysuckle
+ The Court & Spark - Hearts
+ TV On The Radio - Return To Cookie Mountain
+ Awesome Color - Awesome Color
+ Jenny Wilson - Love And Youth
+ Asobi Seksu - Citrus
+ Marsen Jules - Les Fleurs
+ The Moore Brothers - Murdered By The Moore Brothers
+ Regina Spektor - Begin To Hope
+ The 1900s - Plume Delivery EP
+ Alejandro Escovedo - The Boxing Mirror
+ Function - The Secret Miracle Fountain
+ Sonic Youth - Rather Ripped
+ Loscil - Plume
+ Boris - Pink
+ Deadboy And The Elephantmen - We Are Night Sky
+ Glissandro 70 - Glissandro 70
+ Calexico - Garden Ruin (Review #2)
+ Calexico - Garden Ruin (Review #1)
+ The Flaming Lips - At War With The Mystics
+ The Glass Family - Sleep Inside This Wheel
+ Various Artists - Songs For Sixty Five Roses
+ The Fiery Furnaces - Bitter Tea
+ Motorpsycho - Black Hole/Blank Canvas
+ The Red Krayola - Introduction
+ Metal Hearts - Socialize
+ American Princes - Less And Less
+ Sondre Lerche And The Faces Down Quartet - Duper Sessions
+ Supersilent - 7
+ Band Of Horses - Everything All The Time
+ Dudley Perkins - Expressions
+ Growing - Color Wheel
+ Red Carpet - The Noise Of Red Carpet
+ The Essex Green - Cannibal Sea
+ Espers - II
+ Wilderness - Vessel States

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Sub Pop

These heavy, fuzzed-out guitar-driven sounds really take you back to the late-'60s daze of confusion — that interim period between acid trip-outs (i.e. Grateful Dead) and coke freak-outs (i.e. Abba) — don't they? OK, OK, so I wasn't actually there (and you probably weren't either) — that's just how I envision it. The major movement was fading. People were getting tired of peace and politics (though not of sex or drugs), but they weren't quite ready for the synthesized music to come. They put their shoes back on, but they were still dirty. They removed the braids and dreads from their hair, but they didn't cut it. They still wanted to jam — just harder. Metal hadn't fully arrived, but they could smell it in the air — its roots were sprouting in psychedelic hard rock. Kind of like where we are right now, post-grunge and pre- ... well, who knows? All of which, I think, explains Nebula: music to revert to while waiting for the next revolution (which won't be this big comeback of hard rock and metal you keep hearing about. The next revolution in music won't be a return to the past, but likely a twist on it). John Agnello, who's known for his work with Screaming Trees and Dinosaur Jr., produced Charged, the second full-length from the Los Angeles trio. It's cool and droning, the type of music that gets you to feel cool too, half-closing your eyes, leaning back in your chair, curling your lip Mick Jagger-style and, chin up, nodding your head slowly. Offsetting heavy bass lines with twangy acoustic guitar, the bluesy, roots-rock "Travelin' Man Blues" has a Black Crowes vibe. Laced with riffs so heavy they feel like an engine's burning roar, the semi-static "Ignition" offers wiry guitar lines and mean singing with loads of attitude. Closing track "All the Way" reverberates with spacey guitar lines, echoing choruses and floating psychedelic rhythms. It recalls hallucinogenic experiences where reality falls away and the warped, out-of-this-world ("but who cares, man?") visions set in. Traveling back in time can be fun. In Nebula's case, it certainly is. Especially when it means introducing a bygone genre to the folks who weren't around the first time. Including me.

by Jenny Tatone

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