Category Archives: Post 2000

Manu Katché : Manu Katché

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Eponymously-titled album from Manu Katché. On his fourth ECM disc, Manu’s unique drumming sets the scene and direction, with compositions and arrangements radiating outward from its rhythm-patterns. His strongly propulsive yet relaxed groove is unlike any other drummer’s, and it lifts up the soloists. Personnel in the ever-changing Katché band currently includes Norwegians Nils Pettter Molvær and Tore Brunborg, first… Read more »

Christian Scott : Yesterday You Said Tomorrow

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Like Anthem, Christian Scott’s 2007 post-Katrina meditation, Yesterday You Said Tomorrow is more than a collection of tunes; it’s a statement. Scott, who was 26 at the time of this album’s release, spells out his intention in the liner notes, where he explains that — and he cites the 1960s work of Coltrane, Miles, Hendrix, Dylan, and Mingus as reference… Read more »

Radiohead : A Moon Shaped Pool

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A cursory glance at A Moon Shaped Pool may suggest a certain measure of indifference on the part of Radiohead. Its 11 songs are sequenced in alphabetical order — a stunt befitting a Pixies concert or perhaps a Frank Black box set, not a proper album — and many of these tunes are of an older vintage: the group began… Read more »

The Afghan Whigs : “In Spades”

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With their second album since reuniting in 2012, it’s clear that Afghan Whigs leader Greg Dulli has decided to give the band’s sound an overhaul that’s likely to be permanent. One of the more puzzling things about the Whigs’ 2014 comeback LP, Do to the Beast, was that it didn’t sound an awful lot like the band’s best-known work, and… Read more »

Death Cab for Cutie : “Narrow Stairs”

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After spending the better part of a decade in the musical minor leagues, Death Cab for Cutie went pro with 2005′s Plans, a record whose optimism and bright, Technicolor sound gave the band enough leverage to enter the mainstream. “Soul Meets Body” became their biggest rock single to date, but it was Ben Gibbard’s delicate love song, “I Will Follow… Read more »

Interpol : “El Pintor”

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As the titular anagram of Interpols name suggests, El Pintor refocuses and realigns the fundamentals of the bands music. Where their 2010 self-titled album split the difference between back-to-basics post-punk and lavish experiments, on their fifth album and first without former bassist Carlos Dengler Paul Banks, Daniel Kessler, and Sam Fogarino hone things even further. El Pintor is Interpols shortest… Read more »