Capsule Reviews

Thursday, May 31 2007

Copy: Hair Guitar

Libman can do the squiggle synths and hand clapping with the best of them.

Tim Kinsella: Field Recordings of Dreams

I’m probably one of the few critics left who still believes Kinsella has some great stuff still instead him, but he is losing the goodwill of both critics and fans by releasing tossed off projects like this.

Steven Mark: Racing Grey

As if “Stars Are Blind” didn’t make it absolutely, incontrovertibly clear that there’s no good way to write a song about Paris Hilton,

Lloyd: Street Love

“Long hair, don’t care” is the missed catch-phrase of the year. It’s said by guest rapper Lil’ Wayne at the end of “You”,

Wednesday, May 30 2007

Lewis & Clarke: Blasts of Holy Birth

The compositions are thoughtfully and carefully arranged folk mini-symphonies.

Through the Sparks: Lazarus Beach

Through the Sparks are multi-instrumentalists who temper their fondness for prog rock with swathes of barrelhouse piano, grandiose harmonies and sweet southern-soul horns.

Fulborn Teversham: Count Herbert II

It’s no exaggeration to say that drummer Seb Rochford has played a major part in transforming the British jazz world in the last few years.

Stalkers: Yesterday Is No Tomorrow

New York band Stalkers are a good, gritty garage rock band that cut through their title track with a Strokes-ian vivacity.

Noctorum: Offer the Light

Offer the Light is a well-produced, well-performed set from an obvious veteran of the industry.

Tuesday, May 29 2007

Astrid Swan: Poverina

The first Finnish female songstress?

Various Artists: Go Commando with JDH & Dave P

Tour of recent electro-house indie hits from the boys behind NYC's Fixed parties

Yvat: Chroma

Yvat's new EP Chroma sounds at least as "designed" as it does composed.

Various Artists: Afterhours 3

Yet another uninspired downtempo compilation. Ho hum.

Cosm: 6 Song EP

As if Aphex Twin was hired to write music to play overhead at Starbucks.

Monday, May 28 2007

Tobias Thomas: Please Please Please

The final CD in a trilogy of DJ mixes by one of Cologne’s premier techno producers, Please Please Please skirts the invisible boundaries of

Mêlée: Devils & Angels

"Cos this is real, and this is good, it warms the inside just like it should..."

Siberian: Hey Celestial!

Possessed by a dynamic energy which infuses each of the 23 minutes of their debut EP, the members of Seattle quartet Siberian produce a vibrant sound

Marte Wulff: Safety Pins

Marte Wulff’s music isn’t as soft or serene as one might anticipate coming from Norway. The singer has the gentle pipes to nail

Various Artists: Putumayo Presents: A New Groove

Quick! Pack your bags (and headphones) and let DJ Putumayo lead the way around a world full of upstart emcees and velvet-tongued divas.

The Making of Star Wars: The Definitive Story behind the Original Film by Jonathan W. Rinzler

A hefty, and pricy, art book crammed with newly unearthed interviews

//Mixed media

Authenticity Issues and the New Intimacies

// Marginal Utility

"The social-media companies have largely succeeded in persuading users of their platforms' neutrality. What we fail to see is that these new identities are no less contingent and dictated to us then the ones circumscribed by tradition; only now the constraints are imposed by for-profit companies in explicit service of gain.

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