Jamie Lee

Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra & Tra-La-La Band: 13 Blues for Thirteen Moons

The brutal dance of a boxer is sprinkled with check-punches; half-shots and light jabs that unbalance the opponent before the pounding ensues. Similarly, Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra & Tra-La-La Band’s 13 Blues for Thirteen Moons checks the listener with 12 tracks of eerie squeals, unsettling feedback and white noise before easing into  “1,000,000 Died to Make This Sound,” a molten- lava ooze preceding  an eruption of symphonic fire.

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Clinic: Do It!

Clinic’s latest batch of punchy British psychedelia, Do It!, is just about what you would expect from a jagged band who imbue a hazy sonic vision. The 11 tracks pulse with a classic fuzz-toned guitar, an acid-drenched set of rock songs that could’ve faired just as well on late-60s radio as it can today.

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Cryptacize: Dig That Treasure

n today’s world of indie rock Harley Davidsons, Cryptacize is a tricycle, albeit one pimped out with cherry red paint and chrome that shines on the cloudiest of days.

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Rafter: Sex Death Cassette

he discovery of an abandoned boom box on a city street would be expected to spew the visceral beats that Rafter creates, his low-fi in approach oddly animated in presence, but infectious none-the-less.

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Through the Sparks: Lazarus Beach

Dark imagery and golden melodies form the foundation of Lazarus Beach, the full-length debut from Birmingham, Alabama’s Through the Sparks. Brimming with indie zeal and uncanny illustrations, the 13 tracks resonate with guitar-and-piano pop that is meticulously crafted and peppered with imagery that reflects the loneliness of life at any age.

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The Sea and Cake: Everybody

e Sea and Cake’s disposition has long been one of elation; Sam Prekop’s lifted vocals drifting above shimmering pop constructions. That disposition remains unchanged on Everybody, the Chicago quartet’s seventh full-length offering and its first in four years.

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Bill Callahan: Woke on a Whaleheart

Bill Callahan gave listeners a glimpse of his new album earlier this year when he released the single “Diamond Dancer” with its penetrating violin and R&B bass line. But this teaser barely scratched the surface of Woke on a Whaleheart, Callahan’s first since stepping from behind the moniker Smog.

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Cyann & Ben: Sweet Beliefs

Cyann & Ben find very little difference in post-rock’s deconstructions and dream pop’s swirling overtures. The Paris-based quartet spins them into one sound, one experience which drifts through the doors and out the windows of Sweet Beliefs, its third offering.

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Menomena: Friend and Foe

Menomena bang out songs like they are exorcizing demons. The Portland-based trio ignites fires beneath hook-ready compositions, adding melodic tension to their auditory experimentation. Friend and Foe, the band’s sophomore release, manages to maintain an explosive urgency within accessible throwdowns.

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Metallica: The Videos 1989-2004

Metallica has never taken itself lightly. From pure metal (Kill ‘Em All) to pure meltdown (Some Kind of Monster), a strand of crippling tension has always held the quintet together.

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