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Snap Sounds: Richie Cunning

Listening to local SF rapper Richie Cunning's new song Pure Imagination has proven to be terribly infectious, as I haven't been able to get...

Snap Sounds: PJ Harvey

PJ HARVEYLet England Shake(Vagrant)It’s not really a subtle couplet, “Weighted down with silent dead/ I fear our blood won’t rise again,” but with it...

Snap Sounds: Jessica 6

JESSICA 6"White Horse" and "Fun Girl"(Peacefrog)Siren of the dance floor Nomi Ruiz is looking and sounding even better outside of Hercules and Love Affair;...

Snap Sounds: Arnaud Fleurent-Didier

ARNAUD FLEURENT-DIDIERLa Reproduction(Columbia/Sony Music)If you're a lover of chanson-tinged pop and you found Benjamin Biolay's recent double-LP a letdown, then there's bittersweet relief to...

Snap Sounds: Silk Flowers

SILK FLOWERSLtd. Form(PPM)There's something endearingly ungainly about Aviram Cohen's singing, but Silk Flowers is most successful in instrumental mode, and the majority of Ltd....

Snap Sounds: Beach Fossils

BEACH FOSSILSWhat a Pleasure(Captured Tracks)Beach Fossils' music possesses a brisk energy that -- while sonically akin to great '80s records on labels such as...

Snap Sounds: Peter Gordon

PETER GORDONLove of Life Orchestra(DFA)With Arthur Russell duly sainted, the New York City avant-disco revival turns to this extensive, expansive studio project and its...

Snap Sounds: Forest Swords — and the spirit of Aaliyah

FOREST SWORDSDagger Paths E.P.(No Pain in Pop/Olde English Spelling Bee)High on the "Ideas I Wish I Had" list is Forest Swords' cover of Aaliyah's...

Snap Sounds: Prefab Sprout

PREFAB SPROUTLet's Change the World With Music(Tompkins Square)Strange world we live in, where the likes of Björk and Stephin Merritt have written musicals, but...

Snap Sounds: Darwin Deez

DARWIN DEEZDarwin Deez(Lucky Number)Phoenix is the most obvious reference for Darwin Deez's crisp, clean, and commercial tunefulness, with occasional traces of El Guincho --...

Snap Sounds: Demdike Stare

DEMDIKE STARETryptych(Modern Love)There is the fraud that is witch house, and then there is the musical spell cast by Demdike Stare, a duo that...

Snap Sounds: Charanjit Singh

CHARANJIT SINGH10 Ragas to a Disco Beat(Bombay Connection)Pure zaniness: acid house from 1982 -- up to four years before the genre was invented --...

Snap Sounds: James Blake

JAMES BLAKEJames Blake(Atlas)This is probably the most-anticipated album of 2011, thanks to the promise of Blake's lavishly praised EPs, which have conjured the ghost...

Snap Sounds: Bill Orcutt

BILL ORCUTTA New Way to Pay Old Debts(Editions Mego)Recorded at 24th and York in SF in the early summer months of 2009, these 14...

Snap Sounds: Deerhoof

DEERHOOFDeerhoof vs. Evil(Polyvinyl)Why "vs." evil, Deerhoof? Wouldn't Deerhoof is Evil be more challenging? No matter, while navigating familiar territory, the 12 songs here show...

Snap Sounds: Reuber

REUBERRing(Staubgold)This is the most characterful techno album in a long, long while. Instead of obeying minimalist trends, Reuber goes for something epic — Ring...

Snap Sounds: Munly and the Lupercalians

MUNLY AND THE LUPERCALIANS Petr and the Wulf (Alternative Tentacles) Munly J. Munly has long been one of the most enigmatic yet prolific figures...

Snap Sounds: Wovenhand

WOVENHANDThe Threshingfloor (Sounds Familyre)Whether it be the western plains or the Appalachian highlands, David Eugene Edwards of Wovenhand has long looked to the American...

Snap Sounds: La Plebe

LA PLEBEBrazo en Brazo (Kool Arrow, 2010)Don’t be fooled by the melancholy acoustic guitar that opens the new La Plebe album, Brazo en Brazo,...

Snap Sounds: Clubroot

CLUBROOTII MMX(LoDubs, 2010)Purposely constructed anonymity as a reaction to this supposed Internet Age of Information is by now pretty passe in music circles (cf....

Snap Sounds: The Walkmen

By Landon MobladTHE WALKMENLisbon(Fat Possum)You & Me, the Walkmen’s excellent 2008 album, showcased how strong the band could be while working within a mellower,...

Snap Sounds: The Books

By Landon MobladTHE BOOKSThe Way Out(Temporary Residence)During the far too long half-decade wait between albums, it became easy to wonder if maybe Nick Zammuto...

Snap Sounds: Björk and Dirty Projectors

BJÖRK AND DIRTY PROJECTORSMount Wittenberg OrcaMount Wittenberg Orca is neither the first nor last time Björk sings about oceans, mothers, and plant life (re:...

Snap Sounds: Wavves

WAVVESKing of the Beach(Fat Possum)With King of the Beach, Nathan Williams, Billy Hayes, and Stephen Pope have finally stopped adding “v”s to their name....