the eighth nerve
the eighth nerve
the eighth nerve
  1. cranial nerve that transmits messages from the inner ear to the brain; the auditory nerve
  2. a monthly online music magazine featuring new album reviews, entertaining playlists, music news and trivia, and links to some of your new favorite music sites.

Featured Review

National - Boxer
The National
[Beggars Banquet; ]
alt-rock, indie, rock,
The album is able to reconcile, even at times relish the way life can simultaneously offer beauty and a beating while in the end leaving you wanting another shot. [Added Mar 13]

The List: The Integrity List

Ranging from blindly reverent to heavily qualified, these are the artists whose personae, politics, mythology and - most importantly - music have established an artistic integrity that will keep me coming back in good times and bad. [Added Apr 29]

News: Jay Bennett, Rest in Peace

In a bit of very sad news Jay Bennett died in his sleep Sunday morning, May 24. Most fans will remember Bennett as the dread-locked multi-instrumentalist central to Wilco's success from 1994 - 2001. He helped the band craft some of its most memorable music with "Being There," "Summerteeth" and "Yankee Hotel Foxtrot," as well as the "Mermaid Avenue" sessions with Billy Bragg. Unfortunately his career with the band will forever be tagged by a few heavy footnotes including his acrimonious dismissal immediately following "YHF," his vilification in the Wilco documentary "I Am Trying to Break Your Heart" and the... [Added May 26]

Quick Reviews

My Morning Jacket - Evil Urges
My Morning Jacket
Evil Urges
[Ato Records / Red; ]
alt-country, americana, indie, soul, southern fried,
...influences which range from CSN&Y folk harmonies and Carole King's rootsy portraiture to Prince's sex-drenched pop... as well as the obvious Allman Brothers southern jams for which they are most easily recognized. [Added Nov 6]
Black Keys - Attack & Release
The Black Keys
Attack and Release
[Nonesuch; ]
alt-rock, blues, soul,
...electric blues duo extraordinaire have found success playing in a pretty small sandbox... This time around they invite producer Danger Mouse in to play, and as one might expect [he] brings his own toys. [Added Apr 10]
Deerhunter - Cryptograms
[Kranky; ]
alt-rock, atmospheric, indie, noise-pop, post-rock, spacerock,
indie space prog and droning, circular atmospherics... flecked occasionally with... noise-chants and hints of hysteria... [Added Apr 10]
Bon Iver - For Emma, Forever Ago
Bon Iver
For Emma, Forever Ago
[Jagjaguwar; ]
acoustic, alt-country, folk, indie, neo-folk,
Beautifully haunted and heartbreaking... [Added Mar 27]