Capsule Reviews

Tuesday, May 8 2007

Travis Mitchell Band: Forget Whats Wrong

The Travis Mitchell Band intertwines classic rock and Texas country on a debut full of potential. And there "Ain't nothin' Nashville about that".


Sunday, May 6 2007

Xbxrx: Wars

Riff, time change, riff, time change, three-second drum solo, time change, riffriffriffriffriff, end.


Linda Draper: Keepsake

A cozy, charming, and cerebral set from a gifted storyteller.


Rope, Inc.: Songs Of Love & War

A seamless collection of not-quite-electronica, rather abstract, ambient, and interesting songs.


Emmure: Goodbye to the Gallows

...And hello to the slaughterhouse!


Mel Davis: Its About Time!

The inlay notes that Mel Davis endorses Hammond B-3 organs; he likes playing a lot of notes on the keyboard. The opener/title track is


Thursday, May 3 2007

Ral Partha Vogelbacher: Shrill Falcons

The San Francisco band have come into their own, abandoning tongue-in-cheek fantasy in favour of a more sombre and mature approach.


Infidel: I, Oathbreaker

Greece's Infidel emerge with a respectable doom debut that suggests the only direction they'll go is up - oh, and the apocalypse is on the horizon!


acid android: purification

Yukihiro Awaji is mostly known as yukihiro, the drummer for L’Arc-en-Ciel, the kick-ass Japanese band that has sold 30 million albums in its homeland. Last


Various Artists: 14 Songs in 28 Days

The only thing more satisfying is knowing that there are hundreds -- nay, thousands -- more excellent and fantastic songs out there. Perhaps the next one will be yours.


Barenaked Ladies: Barenaked Ladies Are Men

Barenaked Ladies Are Men, apparently.


Faber Drive: Seven Second Surgery

The debut from this Vancouver group has a shimmering, slick and glossy power pop/punk sound which is along the lines of Sum 41 and Simple Plan.


Blind Singer Joes Blues by Robert Love Taylor

Lovely, lyrical Blind Singer Joe's Blues suggests music may come from misery.


Wednesday, May 2 2007

Cold Bleak Heat: Simitu

Second album of improvised mayhem from four of free-jazz and out rock's most daringly skilled practictioners -- Paul Flaherty, Chris Corsano, Greg Kelley and Matt Heyner -- breaks for unexpected moments of tranquility.


Various Artists: Shifted Sounds Volume 1

A collection of acoustic or indie pop, full of acoustic guitars and tenor melodics.


Jonny Virgo: Devils Brew

Bottom's up! A funny cocktail based on the woes of inebriation.


The Voyces: Kissing Like Its Love

A very sweet, soft and fragile album in the best way possible.


The Donts: Inner El Camino

Ranging from rock to pop to splashes of jazz and ambient, the group thrives on challenging the listener.


Tuesday, May 1 2007

Thomas Lunch: Diagrams Without Instructions

Is there really a song here about tator tots and robots? Yes. And about Leonard Nimoy. And Greta Garbo. But it's all so good.


Noiseshaper: Real to Reel

On its third album, Real To Reel, Noiseshaper mixes and remixes material, both new and old. While Axel Hirn and Flo Fleischmann are skilled mix-masters,


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