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Carl Craig, ‘Carl Craig Sessions’ (!K7)

In Carl Craig's nearly 20-year career turning out remixes for LCD Soundsystem, Deee-Lite, Goldfrapp, Depeche Mode, and others, he's logged almost as many clients as…
J Niimi / April 15, 2008

The Sword, ‘Gods of the Earth’ (Kemado)

This Austin, Texas band's riffs are so heavy they should be weighed periodically on truck scales, so that they don't violate any interstate cartage laws…
J Niimi / April 1, 2008

Einstürzende Neubauten, ‘Alles Wieder Offen’ (Potomak)

The latest album from these German industrial pioneers (whose name means Collapsing New Buildings) suggests that their combustive early-'80s music didn't demolish rock's edifice as…
J Niimi / January 18, 2008

Biffy Clyro, ‘Puzzle’ (Roadrunner)

Though they formed in the late '90s, this Glaswegian postgrunge band finally became Britain's next big thing when Puzzle, their fourth LP, debuted at No.
J Niimi / January 18, 2008

Pinback, ‘Autumn of the Seraphs’ (Touch and Go)

Rob Crow and Zach Smith are perfectionists, and each Pinback album results from years of obsessive labor in their San Diego home studio. Their previous…
J Niimi / October 26, 2007

Modeselektor, ‘Happy Birthday!’ (Bpitch Control)

Taking their name from a knob on the vintage Roland RE-201 tape-echo machine, the Berlin DJ/production duo of Gernot Bronsert and Sebastian Szary line up…
J Niimi / October 5, 2007

Tegan and Sara, ‘The Con’ (Vapor/ Sire)

The Quin twins' new-wave pop hooks are stronger than ever on their fifth (fourth in the U.S.) album, as the Calgary duo relocates to Portland…
J Niimi / August 20, 2007

Ulrich Schnauss, ‘Goodbye’ (Domino)

Judging from his album titles, Ulrich Schnauss always seems to be leaving or long gone. The sounds matched the sentiment on the Berliner's first two…
J Niimi / August 7, 2007

Crowded House, ‘Time on Earth’ (ATO)

Midway through the sessions for a solo album, Neil Finn rang up some old mates. And with original Crowded House bassist Nick Seymour, late-era guitarist…
J Niimi / August 3, 2007

Pelican, ‘City of Echoes’ (Hydra Head)

When I first saw Pelican live in their hometown of Chicago a few years back, they sounded, well, young: The quartet's instrumentals guilelessly ventured from…
J Niimi / July 23, 2007

Von Südenfed, ‘Tromatic Reflexxions’ (Domino)

This loose, inspired collaboration between German electronic duo Jan St. Werner and Andi Toma of Mouse on Mars and terminally cranky Mancunian Mark E. Smith…
J Niimi / June 13, 2007

Gang Gang Dance, ‘Retina Riddim’ (The Social Registry)

This multimedia assault, though high on concept, is the most suc-cessful representation yet of Gang Gang Dance's kaleidoscopic, neo-primitive, post-punk clamor. Keyboardist and visual artist…
J Niimi / June 7, 2007

Land of Talk, ‘Applause Cheer Boo Hiss’ (The Rebel Group)

Coming up through the same scene as other Québécois notables like the Stills, the Dears, and the Arcade Fire (some of whose members were onetime…
J Niimi / May 15, 2007

Cornelius, ‘Sensuous’ (Everloving)

The fifth full-length from Cornelius -- a.k.a. Japanese studiowhiz Keigo Oyamada -- further refines the slice-and-dice approach thatprompted comparisons to Beck on 2001's Point and…
J Niimi / May 10, 2007

Amon Tobin, ‘Foley Room’ (Ninja Tune)

Did 1950s musique concréte composers ever imagine their rarified tape-art would become the next century's pop fodder? On Foley Room, named for the film sound-editing…
J Niimi / April 9, 2007

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