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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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A score of post-emo combos have worked Birthday Party/Joy Division/Fall influences into snappy tunes that get hysterical all over, keeping things stumbling and staccato with an eyelinered eye cast on getting the kids up and at it on the dance floor. The Faint and The Rapture, choice heads of such a musical spirit, have livened up their takes on such neo-new-wave-ism by reaching further back and dialing up the spirit of disco-punk — a sure way to get 'the ladies and the fags,' and a few fashion-pony boys, out to strut it on the floor. But fewer folk have explored new-wave sounds as a means for getting regal and romantic, making make-out music from turn-of-the-'80s pop under the pall of goth overtones. New York City boy-rock quartet Interpol, perhaps by being largely disconnected from such a punk-related/grassroots movement, have had no trouble cultivating the more anthemic end of new-wave-ism in their throwback craft. They take a different tack from most neo-new-wavers with their own take on such strung-out sound, getting suitably stadium-sized as they bring in echoes of Echo & the Bunnymen and, even, The Cure, dabbling with high-wire guitar harmonies and a nascent sense of romanticism. It's that romanticism — a romance that extends to both the music they love and the music that they make — that colors their craft, bringing in a rainbow of emotional shades even as the tone and tunes and artwork trick the band out in nothing but black. While Joy Division are obviously a massive influence on Interpol — just listen to the cut "Roland" — the combo never seem like JD wannabes because they never let themselves get caught up in such darkness. They are, conversely, at their best when they free themselves from thematic/tonal/color-chart bleakness and taught musical tightness; close-to-freewheeling, heart-swelling moments like "Stella Was a Diver and She Was Always Down" and "Leif Erikson" are the best things on their pretty-impressive debut album.

by Anthony Carew

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