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There were more albums released in 2010 than could fit on all the lists released in 2010. (And there were many lists.) With that in mind, and certain ’10 records still ringing in our ears, we put our heads together and thought about some of last year’s favorites that, for some reason or other, didn’t… More »

Extra Life’s Secular Works arrived unknown in our mailbox and quickly found its way into regular rotation. The New York group is fronted by guitarist/vocalist Charlie Looker, who spent six years in ZS, has played with Mick Barr, was a one-time member of Dirty Projectors (he performs on Rise Above), and has worked with Anthony… More »

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Extra Life – “First Song” Video

Dream Seeds is the new album from Extra Life, a New York band led by the elementary schoolteacher and noisy art-rock scene fixture Charlie Looker.
Tom Breihan | April 17, 2012 - 12:41 pm

Extra Life – “Righteous Seed”

Extra Life is a New York Band To Watch whose frontman, Charlie Looker, is an elementary school teacher with connections to Dirty Projectors, ZS, Mick…
Tom Breihan | February 1, 2012 - 4:22 pm

Laurel Halo Remixes Extra Life

Occasionally overlooked New York BTW Extra Life have trimmed down to a saxophone-free trio and are set to release a more electronic-leaning four-song vinyl/digital EP,…
brandon | February 25, 2011 - 1:23 pm

Extra Life – “Head Shrinker (Tyondai Braxton Remix)” (Stereogum Premiere)

In 2001, Extra Life leader Charlie Looker and Tyondai Braxton played in a band together (with Period's Mike Pride) called Antenna Terra. After that, Looker…
brandon | May 11, 2010 - 3:03 pm

Extra Life – “Head Shrinker” Video (Stereogum Premiere)

Charlie Looker busily collaborates to myriad projects that flirt with abrasive, experimental, and/or extreme sounds around the city, but it's BTW Extra Life that allows…
Amrit Singh | February 19, 2010 - 9:15 am

New Extra Life – “The Ladder” (Stereogum Premiere)

The first song that really stood out for me from incantatory BTW Extra Life was Secular Works's "Blackmail Blues," best described as a darker, heavier…
brandon | January 8, 2010 - 1:25 pm