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Monday, Nov 20, 2006
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Gertie Fox

Gertie Fox


 


“Gertie Fox is a group of four L.A. guys who channel the twang of The Band and The Byrds with the modern unkempt fortes of legends like Built to Spill and Archers of Loaf. In-fact, if the U.S. needs its own Wolf Parade, Gertie Fox may be able to take on that task, but there’s a certain sense of restraint and general comfort in the music that sets this quartet apart from the pack. If the sunny daydream haze of Grandaddy was your blanket at night, Gertie Fox’s An Imaginary Meeting in the Woods may help ease the mourning and introduce you to a new band of soothing string-pluckers that make laid-back pop for the college set.”—Fanatic Promotion

Keepin’ on Track [MP3]
Mansions [MP3]


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Monday, Nov 20, 2006
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Andy Partridge —"Sonic Boom "
From Fuzzy Warbles Collector’s Album on Ape House
The Fuzzy Warbles Collectors Album brings together over 100 songs from XTC frontman Andy Partridge’s songwriting archive. Recorded over the years, whilst Andy and XTC were signed to Virgin Records and later to the Idea and Ape labels, the material is spread across Eight Volumes featuring songs and alternate versions of many XTC favorites that never made it onto the respective final albums. There are also songs Andy never got to complete that he’s re-visited and finished off especially for this Fuzzy Warbles Series.


  Nellie McKay —"There You Are In Me"
From Pretty Little Head on Hungry Mouse/spinArt Records
On Halloween 2006, Nellie McKay released the self-produced Pretty Little Head as she originally intended: 23 songs on two discs with a 44-page color booklet of photos and lyrics through her own label, Hungry Mouse (distributed by spinART / Ryko).


The Curtains —"Go Lucky "
From Calamity on Asthmatic Kitty
On hiatus from Deerhoof’s busy touring schedule, Chris Cohen could not restrain himself from writing and recording the 13 songs on The CurtainsCalamity. Making a record in the wrong way (with no band and no label) at the wrong time (when juggling bands would have been impossible) was truly an uncalculated and quixotic move. But calamities are caused by the sudden release of latent energy when opposing forces collide, and that’s exactly where the name of The Curtains 4th album comes from.


Miho Hatori —"Barracuda"
From Ecdysis on Rykodisc
Miho Hatori loves words. As one half of the international pop phenomenon Cibo Matto, Hatori sang in French, Portuguese, Japanese and English, creating lyrics that made words dance and flow as sweetly as a stream of summer water slipping down a mountainside.


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Sunday, Nov 12, 2006
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Thursday, Nov 9, 2006
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Robert Pollard —"Supernatural Car Lover "
From Normal Happiness on Merge Records
On the heels of From a Compound Eye, Dayton, Ohio resident Robert Pollard‘s much-lauded first post-Guided By Voices effort, comes Normal Happiness, a stylistic hopscotch-jop from F.A.C.E., but no less coherent, fully-formed, and accomplished.


Johan—"Oceans"
From THX JHN on Excelsior Recordings
The use of superlatives in music is rarely justified, but in the case of Johan, it is an apt way to describe their sound. This is real music…plain and simple. It is popular music elevated to an art form. You can feel it in your bones when you hear Jacco De Greeuw sing. The melodies soar, and the emotions are worn on the sleeve.


South—"Up Close and Personal"
From Up Close and Personal on Young American Recordings
This fall, London’s indie rock heroes South returns with a career spanning double-disc DVD and CD package entitled Up Close and Personal. The DVD portion features over 60 minutes of live concert footage taken from their last tour, new music videos, and a slew of behind-the-scenes footage. The CD portion features new versions of some of their biggest singles, including OC favorite “Paint the Silence,” and “Loosen Your Hold.”


Summer Hymns—"Pity and Envy"
From Backward Masks on Misra Records
Fans will recognize Backward Masks as the Summer Hymns record you always thought they’d make, the one they’ve hinted at for many moons. It is a record that emerges as if fresh from the womb, untainted. The songs don’t hide behind reverb or elaborate production-in fact, it’s as if they’re pure enough that they wouldn’t even know to hide their real, raw beauty. Instead, subtle orchestration cradles simple, remarkable melodies so familiar and well-crafted they might be the sound at the end of the tunnel.


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Tuesday, Nov 7, 2006
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Somebody To LoveDarien Brockington
Somebody To Love
Hall Of Justus/ABB Records


“Darien Brockington’s full-length debut is a throwback to the days when R&B was about looking good AND sounding good. With club bangers like “More & More” and slow jams like “I Miss You,” D-Brock has all the bases covered.”—Hall Of Justus/ABB Records

Crazy
He Will Break Your Heart
Can We Fall In Love Again
Buy at iTunes Music Store
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ECIMCul De Sac
ECIM
Strange Attractors Audio House


“A crucial chapter in the development and actualization of the American avant rock underground, ECIM is proudly resuscitated.”—Strange Attractors

Death Kit Train
Nico’s Dream
Buy at iTunes Music Store


From the Soil To the SoulTommy Guerrero
From the Soil To the Soul
Quannum Projects


“Tommy Guerrero’s back with the tracks that pack a smack featuring Lyrics Born, Curumin and Bing Ji Ling.”—Quannum Projects

Salve
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