Capsule Reviews

Wednesday, May 30 2007

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

Thursday, May 24 2007

Vintersorg: Solens Rötter

One of metal's busiest artists keeps the quality up.

Anders Ilar: Ludwijka (Extended Visit)

Anders Ilar, a veteran Swedish deep house/experimental producer, re-releases a previous vinyl-only EP with an additional 19-minute bonus track

The Free Zen Society: Free Zen Society

These recordings started life in 2003 as a jam session between three Downtown free-jazz and Improv stalwarts—bassist William Parker, pianist Matthew Shipp and harpist Zeena

John Platania: Blues, Waltzes And Badland Borders

John Platania has worked with a lot of people ranging from Van Morrison to Natalie Merchant. His latest album is a strong, quality-filled instrumental-oriented project

Ill Sleep When Im Dead: The Dirty Life and Times of Warren Zevon by Crystal Zevon

Warren Zevon's ex-wife portrays him as a genius -- and a tyrant.

Wednesday, May 23 2007

Bang! Bang!: The Dirt That Makes You Drown

"Goddam what I think we really need is love!"

Olvis: Bravado

When it works, the sheer excess of Bravado is impressive, even chest-rattling. Unfortunately, it doesn't work nearly as often as it could.

//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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