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Quick takes on new releases

Snap sounds

Quick takes on new releases

Snap sounds

Quick takes on new releases

Snap Sounds: Lone

LONEREALITY TESTING(R&S RECORDS)Matt "Lone" Cutler's heart belongs to hip hop.  It's easy to forget this given how the British producer only started to attract critical...

Snap Sounds

The fall albums we've been playing on a loop

Snap Sounds: Justin Timberlake

JUSTIN TIMBERLAKETHE 20/20 EXPERIENCE (RCA)It's 10 songs, seven minutes apiece. A quick look at the track-listing to Justin Timberlake's The 20/20 Experience reveals a...

Snap Sounds: Scott Walker

SCOTT WALKERBISH BOSCH (4AD)When pop crooner Scott Walker plunged into the abyss on 1995’s Tilt, he initiated one of the most radical transformations in...

Snap Sounds: Brian Eno

BRIAN ENO LUX(WARP)The liner notes to Brian Eno’s Music for Airports (1978) act as a veritable Ambient Manifesto, outlining the philosophy of a genre...

Snap Sounds: Bibi Tanga and the Selenites

BIBI TANGA AND THE SELENITES40 DEGREES OF SUNSHINE(NAT GEO MUSIC)From the bright electro-funk pulse of the opening track, "Poet of the Soul," sunlight infuses...

Snap Sounds: Laetitia Sadier

LAETITIA SADIERSILENCIO(DRAG CITY)In her 20 years as the lead singer of Stereolab, Laetitia Sadier has dependably imparted a vital, earthy humanity to her band's...

Snap Sounds: Midnite Snaxxx

MIDNITE SNAXXXS/T(RED LOUNGE RECORDS)Midnite Snaxxx are like the quintessential cool girls of high school, in an alternate garage-punk universe. Clad in tough leather jackets,...

Snap Sounds: Guantanamo Baywatch

GUANTANAMO BAYWATCHCHEST CRAWL (DIRTNAP RECORDS)Thick, wet reverb lays the sexy underwater groundwork for most Guantanamo Baywatch songs. Those surfy chords echo forever then build...

Snap Sounds: Sébastien Tellier

By Irwin SwirnoffSEBASTIEN TELLIERMY GOD IS BLUE(RECORD MAKERS)His last record was called Sexuality, and tapped into the most up front and direct body moving...

Snap Sounds: Carletta Sue Kay

Carletta Sue KayIncongruent(Kitten Charmer)Carletta Sue Kay is the female alter-ego of SF musician Randy Walker, and this identity shift pushes his art in some...

Snap Sounds: Lone

LoneGalaxy Garden(R&S)Matt Cutler's back catalogue as Lone is the sonic equivalent of cotton candy: lush and ethereal to the point of cheapness, with little...

Snap Sounds: Bullion

BullionLove Me Oh Please Love Me EP (Deek)Releasing singles and EPs as Bullion since 2008, laptop-whiz Nathan Jenkins has managed to avoid the generic,...

Snap Sounds: Void

VOIDSESSIONS 81-83(DISCHORD) Void was hardcore in a blender. It was loud, frantic, messy, and fast as hell. A brief yet seminal (there's that word...

Snap Sounds: Islands

ISLANDSA SLEEP & A FORGETTING(ANT-) Nick Thorburn started constructing A Sleep & A Forgetting alone, on a piano, while processing a painful breakup. His...

Snap Sounds: Young Magic

YOUNG MAGIC MELT(CARPARK)Hearing a band being described as "tribal electronic" gives me a headache, but Young Magic actually pulls it off on its...

Snap Sounds: In the Christmas Groove

IN THE CHRISTMAS GROOVEVARIOUS ARTISTS(Strut)Sick of the usual holiday favorites (though I'll never tired of Saint Mariah), I was pleased as rare twist punch...

Snap Sounds: Mwahaha

MWAHAHAMWAHAHA (Mwahaha Music)Poor choice in band name aside, Oakland psych-rock quartet Mwahaha's debut has a lot to offer. On album opener "Swimmer," Ross Peacock...

Snap Sounds: Thee Oh Sees

By Irwin SwirnoffTHEE OH SEESCARRION CRAWLER/THE DREAM(In The Red)It's very easy to take things for granted in San Francisco, and in many ways that's...

Snap Sounds: Super 11

SUPER 11SUPER ONZE(self-released)Led by hand drumming, three-stringed n'goni lute, and organic pitch shifting Malian chant, Super 11's Super Onze is a compelling set of...

Snap Sounds: Celsius 7’s “Life Well Spent”

"First date was lovely, and the second was stellar: by the third I was liking you hella," Bay Area MC Celsius 7 states on...