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2006 Stories by Ray Cummings

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  • Parson Sound

    published December 14, 2006

    Eons before being a Swedish muso meant that one endlessly turned-out plasticine variations on dance cheese or lil' diva pop, Parson Sound was... More >>

  • Young Love

    published November 23, 2006

    Linkin Park and Evanescence achieved massive success in the earlier half of this decade for two reasons: inflated, therapy-session-worthy... More >>

  • Animal Collective

    published November 9, 2006

    Some treasures are better left unearthed, lest the cold light of day reveal them to be something less than life-changing and invaluable.... More >>

  • Battle of Mice

    published November 9, 2006

    Splitting the difference between postrock and ambient metal, Red Sparowes' tired, portenteous seltzer-soaks barely register, and Made Out of... More >>

  • Swan Lake

    published November 9, 2006

    You'd think Dan Bejar had enough work on his damn plate already. Yet downtime from the New Pornographers (where he is a bit player) and Destroyer... More >>

  • Ovo

    published October 19, 2006

    Metal signifiers prominently figure into the music of Italian duo Ovo: Bruno's snare 'n' tom bash-dash underscoring Stefania Pedretti's strained... More >>

  • Ensemble feat. Lou Barlow

    published October 5, 2006

    Olivier Alary — a.k.a. Ensemble — cobbles a Rotoscoping four-poster bed for lover-boy schlub Lou to project from, all digitized... More >>

  • Lithops

    published September 28, 2006

    This extended fit of arrhythmic bit-crush, courtesy of Mouse on Mars' Jan St. Werner, is a lot like listening to someone make an IDM martini... More >>

  • Pit Er Pat

    published September 21, 2006

    Less constrained than last year's rousing but rigid Shakey, Pyramids nonetheless feels cut from the same jib, snorting of goth... More >>

  • The Places

    published September 21, 2006

    "How I longed to kiss those sweet lips/Those sweet lips, the mouthpiece for a dick," Amy Annelle muses at the close of the sort-of pop-basic,... More >>

  • So Percussion

    published September 21, 2006

    Forget about Mick 'n' Keef, Autechre, Cam'ron, Tortoise, whomever — all gentlemen among many who have shown the world at large a... More >>

  • The Killers

    published September 21, 2006

    Gratuitous religious referents plus a pointedly populist, world-beating hook that could take down the Taj Mahal equals yet another gang of young... More >>

  • Yo La Tengo

    published August 31, 2006

    A rocked-out brawn-versus-hazy beauty dichotomy has always been key to this Hoboken, New Jersey trio's Sonic Youth-meets-Velvet Underground M.O.... More >>

  • Dosh

    published August 31, 2006

    Anticon, undie? Not really, anymore: cLOUDDEAD was barely hip-hop to begin with, and Why? came out as Pavement Mach 2 last year. So here's... More >>

  • Sugarcult

    published August 31, 2006

    Having shamelessly pleaded for nookie last year — in the Latin-tinged solo single "Lonely No More" — Matchbox Twenty heartthrob Rob... More >>

  • The Blow

    published August 24, 2006

    Has Khaela Maricich fallen in love? The zippiest, kickiest tune on Paper Television, "Parentheses" keyboard-bops with an ear-to-ear grin... More >>

  • Weird Weeds

    published August 10, 2006

    Austin, Texas trio the Weird Weeds are likely to get their due in another decade or so, when some upstarts stumble upon their catalogue and —... More >>

  • Sufjan Stevens

    published August 10, 2006

    In a nutshell: A glob of autumnal piano dolor inches tentatively forward into a wasp's nest of teed-off, antsy guitars, bells, and violins,... More >>

  • Wolf Eyes

    published August 3, 2006

    A vile slaughterhouse hostility emanates from Michigan's Wolf Eyes. The clanks, hisses, scrapes, and flayed vocal disarray of their music is... More >>

  • Tapes 'n Tapes

    published August 3, 2006

    No band lives up to its hype when said hype has reached fever-pitch, blog-to-blog pinball proportions, but it should be noted that a number of... More >>

  • Lupe Fiasco

    published August 3, 2006

    Chicago MC Lupe Fiasco achieves a remarkable duality on his first single, a soulful, summertime love letter to skateboarding (wherever you can,... More >>

  • The Cairo Gang

    published July 13, 2006

    Chicago quartet the Cairo Gang represents pathos in its many forms — sometimes enraged, other times outwardly tranquil, mostly just sorta... More >>

  • Peaches

    published July 6, 2006

    "I'd rather fuck who I want/Than kill who I am told to" are the first words Peaches (a.k.a. Merrill Beth Nisker of Germany) hollers, like a... More >>

  • Grizzly Bear

    published July 6, 2006

    "What now?/What now?/What now?/What now whaaaaaaaaaat?" wonders this Brooklyn boy's choir, ethereal and cosmic, from a rosy, wavering... More >>

  • Tam

    published July 6, 2006

    All over her self-titled debut, Tam sings like she's loaded or a few hours removed from that state, and the music is just as drunk — a... More >>

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