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New This Week: Beck, Spoon, Naomi Punk, Bear in Heaven & More

By Wondering Sound Staff, Contributor

Spoon, They Want My Soul: Britt Daniel and co.'s latest is a postmodern refinement of all that came before. Marc Hogan says: They Want My Soul, Spoon's most generous album so far, has plenty of definitively "Spoon" moments. The title track — remarkably, the first in Spoon's catalog — bristles with their trademark recalcitrance (the lyrics even reference the brutish title character from "Jonathan Fisk," off of 2002's Kill the Moonlight). Crisp drums, crunchy guitars, raspily… more »

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Classical Music For A Modern World

By Seth Colter Walls, Contributor

Sure, we play Bach, Beethoven and Mozart -- though we also dig the early music of Tallis, chance works by Cage, arias from Verdi and John Adams, as well as the composers on New Amsterdam records. Everything here was released after 2008, too, which is another way of declaring that notes written down on paper are still some of the most exciting ones to hear in all of contemporary music. more »

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