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Built To Spill

  • You In Reverse

    You in Reverse finds idaho's Built to Spill in a familiar groove: Recorded after the band spent months woodshedding in leader/guitar guy Doug Martsch's garage, the album is a dog-eared collection of front-porch melodies and buzzy guitar jams, with Neil Young and Frank Black as spiritual godfathers. Seven of the ten songs on You in […]

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  • There Is No Enemy

    Built to Spill CEO Doug Martsch is alt-rock's Thomas Pynchon, holed up in a remote studio (Boise, Idaho) and issuing immaculate artworks when he damnwell pleases. His latest is classic latter-day BTS, a crystal palace ofrefracting guitar tones and textures, walls rising majestically above hissweet, nasal mewl. What's on Martsch's mind? What you'd expect from […]

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  • All Tomorrow's Parties: My Bloody Valentine Rock the Catskills

    Right now, indie rock fans are milling about Kutsher's Country Club in Monticello, New York at All Tomorrow's Parties New York, a three-day event with load of loud, arty (and several very good) guitar bands that culminates in a set by My Bloody Valentine, who curated Sunday's program. Kutsher's is an old Borscht Belt resort […]

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  • Albert Hammond Jr: 'I'm Down With Built To Spill'

    The Strokes guitarist confesses love for the 'You in Reverse' outfit

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  • Live

    Recorded during Built to Spill's 1999 U.S. tour, Live captures this inventive Boise, Idaho, trio in full creative bloom, mixing Spartan rock structures with marathons of searching guitar solos and exploratory jams. Some songs are given a new tone: "The Plan" has a more desperate edge than it did on last year's Keep It Like […]

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  • Keep It Like A Secret

    As a songwriter and guitarist, Built to Spill's Doug Martsch has "a firm background in remembering," as he sings in "Bad Light," on the band's beguiling new album, Keep It Like a Secret. Martsch's zigging, zagging vocal melodies and explosive, loud-soft-loud hook dynamics are right out of the Pixies and Husker Du song manuals. There […]

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  • Ancient Melodies Of The Future

    Despite their indie-punk roots, Built to Spill are your basic cornfed American power trio, representing Idaho with a host of tricks learned from classic-rock radio. Indeed, their finest song ever, "You Were Right," on 1999's Keep It Like a Secret, was composed of quotes from bygone heartland rockers such as Bob Seger, John Cougar and […]

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  • Perfect From Now On

    Did progressive rock get a bad rap from the post-punk generation? Lately, everyone from instrumental outfits such as Tortoise to four-track whiz kids such as Olivia Tremor Control has been reinvestigating the world of the epic song suite and the mind-twisting tempo change – with a vigor that suggests that maybe Rick Wakeman was right […]

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