Joseph Coscarelli

  • New Freshkills MP3:

    New Freshkills MP3: "My House"

    From the church of sludgy punk staples like the Melvins and Jesus Lizard come the Williamsburg, Brooklyn, discord-loving disciples Freshkills and their new testament of melodic-not-pretty post-hardcore. Guttural and gritty, the MP3 "My House" is a throwback to '80s cassettes that garble into a growling mess. Freshkills sound is intelligible, even polished, but they maintain the old-school aesthetic of crackling amplifiers and atonal vox. So the chords crunch and the snare pops like they would've in a dingy basement twenty years ago, while vocalist Zach Lipez leads his quintet with timeless heart. "I've got a couch and a pool in my house," he chants repeatedly. And even though, taken literally, these lines are unlikely in the band's modest urban 'hood, the words, like the band's throwback sound, ring true regardless.

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    Jennifer O'Connor

    What? On her heart-wrenching 2006 record, Over the Mountain, Across the Valley and Back to the Stars, Jennifer O'Connor treads lightly in Elliott Smith territory, mourning the deaths of her two sisters (one from brain cancer, another in a car accident) with acoustic guitar in hand, letting melody soar above sadness. But through catharsis comes acceptance, and on her new record, the John Agnello-produced (Sonic Youth, the Hold Steady) Here With Me, just released on Matador, O'Connor channels life lessons through the lens of a budding lesbian relationship. Newly contented, O'Connor's fresh collection boasts a full backing band and an air of optimism without losing the raw magnetism and knack for empathy of her most introspective and confessional work. Who?

  • Duffy Unveils U.S. Tour, Plus Dates With Coldplay

    Duffy Unveils U.S. Tour, Plus Dates With Coldplay

    Who? Welsh siren and SPIN cover belle Duffy, who exploded onto the international scene with the brass pipes and retro vibe of her debut album, Rockferry, which has sold over three million copies worldwide. What? A 13-date outing featuring both headlining gigs and sets opening for Brit heavyweights Coldplay. Hot on the heels of numerous festival performances, Duffy will kick off the tour Oct. 9 in San Diego, hitting key spots out West like Los Angeles' Orpheum, before moving to Chicago and eventually the Northeast, including one-offs at New York's Webster Hall and Connecticut's MGM Grand. From there, Duffy will open a handful of dates for one of the world's biggest bands (and SPIN cover subjects), Coldplay. Should I Go? Yes. If you missed repeated chances to catch Duffy outdoors, it should be interesting to see smaller clubs attempt to contain the singer's epic wail.

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    Turn Up the Vote: The Postelles

    Nearly every weekend, as SPIN.com traverses the U.S. to cover the many festivals this summer, we cross paths with a number of the most politically-minded names in music, giving each a chance to smile for the camera and sound off on the 2008 presidential election. The latest: Big Apple-based up-and-comers the Postelles, who, while lounging at Chicago's Lollapalooza festival, stepped forward to discuss the most pressing issues in this decisive election year. Below, watch video of the fresh-faced, Strokes-approved foursome speaking to SPIN.com about paying taxes under a new president. And to do your part, head to Headcount.org, a non-partisan, not-for-profit organization devoted to voter registration and participation in democracy. Click the button here to visit their site, and register to vote! Now Watch This: The Postelles

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    The Music Tapes

    What? The occasionally off-kilter underground project the Music Tapes is the brainchild of Julian Koster, most notably of seminal indie rockers Neutral Milk Hotel. Koster's third Tapes LP, Music Tapes For Clouds and Tornadoes, out now on Merge, guides listeners on a magical mystery tour of sorts. Nine years in the making, the record cobbles together a sonic rollercoaster, using every piece of would-be junk possible, including an 1895 Edison wax cylinder recorder. The album, rounded out by Koster's airy croon, also features his signature singing saw and banjo, and collectively coalesces into a freaky, Gainsbourg-on-mushrooms pop sideshow. Who?

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    Catch the Buzz: Hopeful Monster

    Who? Hopeful Monster head Jason Ball began his studio experimentations in rural Nova Scotia, Canada before settling comfortably amidst the Toronto indie scene where he crafts '60s piano-pop throwbacks, building staccato, Zombies-style ditties and updating each with electronic flourishes. Ball -- with a recently cemented five-piece line-up, featuring members of the Hylozoists and By Divine Right -- delivers synth lines conjuring Grandaddy's bounce and emotive melodies that breeze over measured computer buzzes with the earnestness of the Postal Service. Check out the odyssey and oracle of "Uncivilized" in MP3 form below. Their latest: Ball's second full-length as Hopeful Monster, entitled Metatasking, arrived stateside July 29. Recommended if you like... The Postal Service, Zombies, Grandaddy Now Hear This: Hopeful Monster, "Uncivilized"(DOWNLOAD MP3) Attention Bands!

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    Toadies

    What? It was all Discmans, FM radio, and the tail-end of the flannel era when Toadies frontman Vaden Todd Lewis offered to take us "behind the boathouse" to show his "dark secret" on the band's 1994 crossover hit "Possum Kingdom." But put on the Toadies' brand new record, No Deliverance, and the fourteen years since all but disappear. Lewis originally spilled details about the group's reunion to SPIN.com this past spring, calling the new batch of songs "the most bare knuckle record" he's ever worked on, and when we premiered "No Deliverance," the aggressive first taste from new LP, Toadies certainly delivered on the promise. Album opener and domestic disturbance tale "So Long Lovely Eyes," cements the claim as the punishing power-chord crunch kills relentlessly from the get-go, with Lewis growling profanities like it was still the Clinton years. No Deliverance drops Aug.

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    Radiohead, Buzzcocks, My Morning Jacket Featured on 'Choke' Soundtrack

    Contrary to internet murmurs earlier this week, Radiohead won't be providing the entire score to the movie adaptation of Choke, a novel by Fight Club author Chuck Palahniuk. But the Oxford-based whizzes will be contributing in much lesser capacity, lending one song to what's shaping up to be an illustrious soundtrack, featuring tunes from the likes of the Buzzcocks, My Morning Jacket, Death Cab for Cutie, and Clap Your Hands Say Yeah. Scheduled for a Sept. 23 digital-only release, the soundtrack will precede the release of the film -- winner of the Special Jury Prize for best Work by an Ensemble Cast at Sundance -- which hits theaters Sept. 26. Starring Sam Rockwell, the film follows sex addict and con artist Victor Mancini through a twisted, raunchy tale of Colonial re-enactments and fake choking incidents in high-end eateries.

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    Catch the Buzz: The Lovely Sparrows

    Who? As the project of singer/songwriter and music teacher Shawn Jones, Austin's the Lovely Sparrows roll tender layers of brass, strings, and woodwinds over a brisk folk foundation. A storyteller first and foremost, Jones takes his cues from bookish, introspective acts like Belle and Sebastian, and in this exclusive clip for "Year of the Dog" bright colored paper animation reenacts his tender words in a fairy tale reverie. When the song assumes a more lively, percussive bounce, the performer's likeness strums along in abstract form, capturing the earnest innocence of the tune. Their latest: The quartet debuted with a five song EP, Pulling Up Floors, Pouring on (New) Paint, in late 2006, and will drop their first full-length, Bury The Cynics, digitally Aug. 19 with a physical release to follow Sept. 9. Recommended if you like...

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    From the Eastsport Cafe at Lollapalooza '08: Electric Touch

    The colossal Lollapalooza festival came and went this past weekend (Aug. 1-3), but if three straight days of non-stop performances couldn't satiate your musical hunger, SPIN.com is bringing you exclusive behind-the-scenes footage, including this intimate sit down with Texas-bred foursome Electric Touch.

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