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2012: the midterm

It's a How To Build Muscle common refrain at TMIM that interviewing would be a terrific business. Except for the fact that we rely on someone else to give all of the answers. But our...

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2012: the midterm

James Leyland Kirby, recording as The Caretaker, has recorded one of the strangest and most naggingly beautiful soundtracks in memory. Patience (After Sebald) is filmmaker Grant Gee's tribute to German writer W.G. Sebald, and Kirby's...

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Welcome to the summer: <em>The Palace Garden</em> by Beat Connection

Oh boy, another June, another summer of people-watching at my place. Except for two normal-sized couples and a few kids I’m not sure actually live here, my pool belongs to beautiful bodies in small...

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pre-order: Heaven, by Black Swan

Concluding each successive Black Swan release, the listener could be forgiven for a slight tug of nostalgia. The story seems told in complete, both musically and thematically. The debut album Black Swan In...

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still warm: Future Nostalgia for sale, by Hiva Oa

The first half-minute, indeed the first ten seconds set the terms. This whitewashed chorus is the sound of inner dissonance, nothing really to do with the external world of instruments or processing. This...

The 2012 shortlist: Spring Break edition

A few more albums to shortlist as I head off to vacate. I’m not doing the whole SXSW thing this year, unless you mean the acronym’s alternate long-form: Strangled By Sea World.

Patience (After Sebald) OST by The Caretaker. (Thanks to John Harrison of Cedar Lines for the tip. Watch for our Cedar Lines profile in early April.)

Perceiving Perspective, by Pleq and Lauki. Two Maxwell advocates record a quite acoustic-sounding EP.

–Forthcoming releases by Black Swan, Vieo Abiungo and Cock and Swan should score very high marks here some time around year-end.

–And don’t forget The Eye Of Time s/t debut, which — as we approach the quarter mark — is album of the year.

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