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ELF POWER-Sunlight on the Moon

There’s a reason Elf Power sound like a tight band that’s played together for twenty years. They have. They not be a household name, but those who love indie rock know them well for reliably producing indie psychedelia. Their newest album is no exception.

Great stuff!



I know that the Talking Heads sound got a little played out when everyone was trying to be the next Arcade Fire, but give this album a chance. Yes, there’s a lot of Arcade Fire ambience and vocal quality, but there’s something fresh underneath it all. An eclectic variety. There’s almost a reggae feel to songs like “Inside a Movie.” There’s a thrashy little bit on “Do the Vent” with guitar work that tastes slightly like post-Beatles Paul McCartney. And then there’s the joyous stomp of Shark!

A very solid release from a Montreal band who, yes, have collaborated with Arcade Fire.


CENTRO-MATIC-Take Pride in Your Long Odds

Centro-Matic have been around for a long time, and they’ve always occupied a three-fold space between Americana, indie rock, and experimental noise-based weirdness.

Take Pride In Your Long Odds is the band’s first album in four years. Where were they? From the sounds of it, they were working on these songs. Take Pride In Your Long Odds is one of their most straightforward records, but that kind of makes sense. They’ve done the experimental underground thing, and now everyone indie is doing it. As if in response, this tremendously underrated band has gone the other way by producing a collection of well-crafted songs that bounce between quiet and moody and raucous.

This is easily my favorite Centro-Matic album.

The whole thing is streaming on Soundcloud here but I’m offering three tracks that show the stark contrasts and fantastic talent on this album.


CANCER-Fatten the Leeches

It’s Athens, man. The 90s never died there. Seattle still burns hot.

If you like the Breeders, if you like REM, if you like a dramatic pop song that runs on hooks, drums, and adrenaline, you’ll dig this. It’s not muscular, but it’s tough. It’s lean. It’s more Edward Norton than Brad Pitt.

I dug it, anyway.

But the weird thing is, I can’t find any legal streams of it. How the hell do you promote and album and not let folks hear it?

Anyway, their demo is on Bandcamp. It gives a little sense of what they’re about.



1960s folk-rock is alive and well in this band, who aptly recorded this album at Woodstock and recorded live together. It’s not cobbled and controlled. It’s authentic, it’s moving, and it’s terrific.



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