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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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The Brunettes
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"I miss my coochie coo/ Now I'm boo hoo blue" is poetry any way you take it, and sweet-tooth'd New Zealand sweethearts The Brunettes show themselves as authentically unironic authors of such way-cute couplets on their debut disc Holding Hands, Feeding Ducks and its six-song follow-up The Boyracer EP. Both of which find the Kiwi combo indulging in authentic analogist tone and boy/girl vocal interplay and rampant backing-vox/handclaps and all kinds of lyrics of such sly intent — such indulgences the kind that give indulging a good name. With gear bought from a King Loser garage sale, a record collection filled with, like, Nancy & Lee and Honeys albums (or something), and an affection for the lovers-in-love-yeah clichés that ran rife in the jukeboxes of yore, The Brunettes are one of the few combos of recent days harking back to past days that actually rise above the lazy ways of the pop-cultural pastiche. Rather than smarmy post-modern condescension for the times and tone they evoke, The Brunettes have an earnest love; and, as fun and funny as they are, they're not joking around by showing it. They take this silly '60s-styled gear really seriously, it seems, it not being just some fashion thing, a dressed-up dressing serving as front to a band that doesn't care. No, boy, they do it from their hearts, with said organs all giddy with that dum-dum-diddy, their sophisticated displaying of sophisticated boom-boom so damn good I fear I'm doing a bad job of relating the extent of its goodness in relayed syntax, with the comedy and the artistry and the sincerity and the quality and the melody of this gear hard to wrangle into rock-reviewer's syntax.


by Anthony Carew




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