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Favorite tracks chosen by the index worldwide team of music editors

 

 
Tenniscoats
Please Lemon
MP3
Live Wanderus 2005
Chapter Music

Japanese psychedelic pop band The Tenniscoats have been compared to the San Francisco noise-punk ensemble Deerhoof but their music is dreamier and more experimental. Takashi Ueno twists electronic and classical instruments over and around each other in a strange erotic symphony that Saya, the band’s ethereal singer, elevates to magical innocence. Even the most hardened heart recognizes and yearns for what The Tenniscoats have found.

Camilla Padgitt-Coles

 

 
 
Hot Lava
JPG in the Sun
MP3
Lavalogy 2008
Bar/None

This infectious pop tune delves into the nerdy realm of graphic design and Photoshop to pull out metaphors for love and life. Singer Allison Apperson delivers lines with effortless sincerity, while the rest of the band provides a mix of fitting electronic embellishments and spot-on instrumentation.

John Ruscher

 

 

 
Ekkehard Ehlers
Strange Things MP3
A Life Without Fear
2006
Staubgold

Using the blues as material for laptop manipulation in his latest album, A Life Without Fear, German artist Ekkehard Ehlers strikes a quiet balance between artifact and innovation. In this sparse and haunted track, distorted guitars hum in and out of audibility over a crackling vocal borrowed from Charles Haffer Jr., the little-known American early electric blues musician.
Bob Hammond

 

 
 
Unagi
If You Wanna MP3
It Came From Beneath the SFC
2008
442

Unheralded San Francisco hip-hop producer Unagi has reinvented cheesy baby-making music. “If You Wanna” is on a funky gangsta-love vibe that reminds me of Tupac's moments of sweet serenade (think "Thug Passion").
- Bob Hammond

 

 

 
The Shivers
Beaks to the Moon MP3
Beaks to the Moon
2008
Whiskey and Applies

The band’s name is totally apropos; they do indeed send shivers down your spine with hazy, whispering vocals and quiet, slow-burning melodies. The duo alternates on the lead, Keith Zarrielo’s threadbare delivery and Jo Schornikow’s comforting, unaffected voice accompanied fittingly by just a smoky piano and subtle guitar.
—Molly Kincaid

 

 

Albert Maysles talks about his 30-year project, In Transit.
AUG 2009

Greg Van der Veer and Elisa da Prato chat with filmmaker Cory Mcabee at his local pub
NOV 2008

Seasick, chats with Chiara Barzini.
JULY 2009

 

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