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Featured Download: Sleeper - Condition Or Effect
Behind Every Mask is out now on Mush Records.

"I think the drum machine is one of the worst inventions of the 21st century." Nevermind the flatly ironic contradiction, nevermind the fact we know what's coming - Sleeper delivers with "Condition or Effect," a relentlessly sinking ship in a sea of overdrive. The drum loop leads this distorted dirge, while static piles on itself to impossible heights in the background. If you took the haze of a busted antenna from an analogue TV set and threw the resulting haze over the top of post-rock conventions, you'd get something like this: hypnotic and churning, slow and wild.

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Featured Download: Phoenix - 1901
Their next album Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix will be out in May.

It’s always a happy day when snappy-dressed French 80’s inspired garage-popsters Phoenix grace the world with new music. Their latest dish is far from disappointing with distorted fuzzy dance beats, equally fast guitars & vocal melodies so catchy this ditty will be stuck in your head for days. When lead singer Thomas Mars croons “fallin’…fallin’…’” I do just that while simultaneously melting in a big pile of goo. Does anyone else find them incredibly hard not to swoon over? "1901" is a good sign that Phoenix is heading in a better direction, & that Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix, in addition to having a ridiculously awesome album title, will surely kick some major ass. I’m ready to hop back on the Phoenix bandwagon, why not feel like you’re back in middle school & come along with? Come on, I dare ya!

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Featured Download: Charles Trees - It's The...
Accepted Truth is out now on Moodgadget.

I'm sure at some point you've been sitting around with your friends and someone brings up a totally killer old song that you'd inevitably forgotten about for the past decade up until that point, and all of a sudden you're swept up in the nostalgia of trying to remember how that song went - what the lyrics were, where the breaks came, and holy shit why don't that play that song on the radio anymore? "It's The..." is Charles Trees' recreation of that moment, the beat as alive and hazy as a fond memory, the beginnings of lines never finishing, elements all jumbled around and jumping in and out because he didn't quite know where they fit. This song's as warm as it is disorienting, quite a pleasant sensation once you catch your balance.

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Featured Video: of Montreal - Id Engager

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Fingertips Explores the Archives: Annie Hayden - Weather

"Weather" begins with a coy Hayden singing off the beat established by the piano, then moves briskly into a tune at once sweet and driving, steel guitar accents and sustained harmonies adding a rolling-field openness to the proceedings. The cheerfully crystal-voice Hayden has a background that's as indie as it gets (she spent the mid-'90s in a New Jersey-based band called Spent), but I applaud the polish she brings to the song; to my ears there's a lot to be said for musical prowess, at both the instrumental and production level.

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The Whip
album:X Marks Destination (Razor & T…
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Boozoo Bajou
album:Grains (!K7)
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...And You Will Know Us By The…
song:Isis Unveiled
album:The Century of Self (Justice R…
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song:Those Girls
album:Barracuda (Nettwerk)
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Swan Lake
song:Spanish Gold, 2044
album:Enemy Mine (Jagjaguwar Records…
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Swan Lake
album:Enemy Mine (Jagjaguwar Records…
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album:Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix (Glas…
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song:Pink Limousine
album:Pink Limousine (Cornerstone Re…
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Company Flow
song:Population Control
album:Funcrusher Plus (Definitive Ju…
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Caroline Weeks
album:Songs For Edna (Manimal Vinyl …
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Odd Nosdam
song:Fly Mode
album:T.I.M.E Soundtrack (Anticon)
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Ear Pwr
song:Future Eyes
album:Super Animal Brothers III (Car…
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song:From The Hips
album:Mama, I’m Swollen (Saddle Cree…
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Worst Friends
song:AG (Shigeto Remix)
album:Pillows of Wind (Moodgadget)
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Charles Trees
song:It's The...
album:Accepted Truth (Moodgadget)
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song:Coma Kid
album:Summer's Wet Work is Done (Moo…
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