Pop & Rock 2011: 30 Best Albums
While not directly responsible for turning 2011 into the "Year of Sax," Dan Bejar did help usher it in with Destroyer's Kaputt. Dropping the increasingly standard folk rock forays of previous releases, Bejar and his West coast bandmates reinvented the Destroyer songbook with this sprawling LP, lathering it with splashes of European sophisti-rock, coked-up soft rock, new romanticism, smooth jazz and, yes, saxophone. Sure, it was a change that likely threw some listeners off, but for those who spend way too much time obsessing over later-period Roxy Music and Godley & Creme records, it was a godsend, as well as validation that the discount bins hide just as much treasure as trash. More importantly, it showed Bejar isn't afraid of reinvention ― something that sadly can't be said of most artists past the decade-in-rock mark. But do yourself a favour: pick this one up on vinyl. The exclusive side-long instrumental holds up as one of the year's best kosmische-influenced head trips, hands down.
StreamsSep 25, 2015
Dirty Frigs"Toss" on Exclaim! TV
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FeaturesSep 25, 2015
OughtThe Void Is Listening
After releasing their acclaimed debut album More Than Any Other Day in 2014, Ought found themselves touring practically non-stop, playing sh...
NewsSep 25, 2015
Disclosure Discuss the Piano Origins of 'Caracal,' Address "Hater" Purists
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FeaturesSep 24, 2015
New Order'Complete' Return
New Order never officially broke up. And chances are they never will. But after co-founder/bassist Peter Hook left acrimoniously in 2007, th...
FeaturesSep 23, 2015
The Folk"Forgive Me" on Exclaim! TV
The Folk are a six-piece with a curio cabinet of eccentric sounds at their disposal; their collection of alternative rock tunes contains tra...
FeaturesSep 22, 2015
Steam Whistle Unsigned'sFall Concert Preview
Since its inception in 2007, Steam Whistle Unsigned — the Canada-wide concert series that promotes up-and-coming artists from across o...
StreamsSep 21, 2015
Hail the Sun"Dead Messages" on Exclaim! TV
The distinctive falsetto of Donovan Melero is a defining feature of Chico, CA quartet Hail the Sun; like other post-hardcore greats such as ...
FeaturesSep 18, 2015
The OBGMs"House" on Exclaim! TV
The oOoh Baby Gimme Mores call themselves as a "booty shaking, fist pumping machine built to make you sweat," although they need no introduc...