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Monday, April 2 2007

Minmae: 835

835 pushes songwriter Sean Brooks' cheeky sense of humor farther to the front than it's ever been before.


Treeball: I Dream of Eclectic Sheep

In the time it would take to watch a typical sitcom, you get something that may not change your life, but just might leave a smile on your face.


Chris Garneau: Music For Tourists

Chris Garneau attempts to emulate Elliot Smith with a debut album of dreary piano pop.


Peter Elkas: Wall of Fire

Fans of Sexsmith would lap up most of these songs, especially the roots-y “Sweet Nancy”.


Sunday, April 1 2007

Robert Pollard: Silverfish Trivia

Uncle Bob is back, err, still around with Silverfish Trivia, his new, mostly disposable mini-LP.


Uncut: Modern Currencies

A forerunner to bands like Tokyo Police Club, Uncut weaves pretty songs like "Dark Horse" with a darker, indie-rock rhythm.


Robbers on High Street: The Fatalist and Friends

This four-song teaser EP shows us there's still some life left in these guys.


Valorie Miller: Folk Star

Folk Star serves as the perfect reminder that you can never underestimate the power of an original voice.


Post Industrial Boys: Trauma

This is the music of a brave new world, where emotion is eliminated and only structure remains.


Thursday, March 29 2007

Ferocious Eagle: The Sea Anemone Inside of Me Is Mighty

Apparently, the members of Ferocious Eagle can’t decide whether or not to be sonic minimalists. Sometimes, they seem to be focused on making bare-bones


The Makes Nice: Candy Wrapper and Twelve Other Songs

The Makes Nice sound as if they’ve been listening to early British records by the Kinks and decided to mash them up with some Keith Moon drum rolls.


Julie Sokolow: Something About Violins

Something About Violins is a beguiling lo-fi debut from a singer-songwriter whose lyrics can become strangely upsetting at times.


Various Artists: EV Records presents: Everything

Yes, yes, y'all. And it don't stop. Chicago, Illinois, is in the house with a load of fresh rhymes and beats. And it goes a lil' somethin' like this…


Vixen: Live and Learn

A fans-only disc, this album might not make much commercial headway, but the fact that Kuehnemund and her mates are having a blast starting from scratch makes Live and Learn all the more appealing, despite its shortcomings.


Wednesday, March 28 2007

Yndi Halda: Enjoy Eternal Bliss

Yndi Halda has woven a beautiful tapestry with their debut.


Zozobra: Harmonic Tremors

This is a monstrously loud, utterly enjoyable slab of melodic metal.


Lily Frost: Flights of Fancy

The Canadian indie pop singer returns with a fine little EP of "misfit songs".


The Fratellis: The Flathead EP

The Fratellis are the musical equivalent of Andy Millman's When the Whistle Blows: broad, catchphrase-based, and utterly demoralizing


Various Artists: International Sad Hits

Even in this supposed global information era there's still music of stature and depth being made in other countries without our knowledge.


Tuesday, March 27 2007

Unagi: For Lovers

Cupid has five arrows, and one of them just might be for you.


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