Swan Lake

Cry Cry Cry

Wolf Parade: Cry Cry Cry

I can’t remember how many years I’ve been listening to Wolf Parade, though it seems like forever. I look back on the 90s and think, “Yeah, of course I was heari...
The Bloody Hand

Frog Eyes: The Bloody Hand

I think this guy might be on drugs. Either that or he's been invaded by the spirit of some drunk, angry freak of a man. This music could seriously kill a person...
Kaputt

Destroyer: Kaputt

My reaction to this album was somewhat akin to my reaction the first time I heard Spoon's Girls Can Tell. It was a Spoon album, to be sure, but a Spoon album th...
Expo 86

Wolf Parade: Expo 86

This is certainly Wolf Parade's most straightforward album, less moaning and broken gears and almost hopeful in its vibrancy. Hell, the second track on the albu...
Draginslayer

Sunset Rubdown: Dragonslayer

There’s no hiding the fact I’m in love with this album. Krug amps up his inner Bowie and takes the orchestral, triumphant glory of emotional showy music to a cr...
Enemy Mine

Swan Lake: Enemy Mine

This album comes roaring out of the gates with “Spanish Gold, 2044,” one of my favorite songs of 2009, and must be a Mercer song based on its off-kilter approac...
Trouble In Dreams

Destroyer: Trouble in Dreams

Dan Bejar is never at a loss for words. He crams his songs full of ‘em. He packs them in tightly, makes ‘em tumble over one another in a cascade of nonsensical ...
Thief

Destroyer: Thief

If cabaret weren't self-indulgent garbage, it would sound like this. If showtunes were rock ‘n' roll and not fluff to get characters from one side of the stage ...
Beast Moans

Swan Lake: Beast Moans

Look, it's a Destroyer album! Psyche. There's no mistaking Dan Bejar's voice, and this album starts off with him strongly behind the mic. Despite his singing, t...