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Tuesday, March 6 2007

The Elders: Racing the Tide

When people think of Celtic rock, they often think of the Waterboys or the Pogues. The Elders, with lead singer (and Irishman) Ian Bryne at


Riviera: Capital

Why do people say that two many cooks in the kitchen spoil the soup? I’d wager a guess, but people have been saying this


Monday, March 5 2007

The Morning Stars: You Cant Change The World

This Canadian outfit of brothers Mars and Michael Ivic concoct sweet ‘60s era pop on the cheerful Brit-tinged “Hearts for the Living”.


Damiera: M(US)IC

Damiera plays hyperkinetic, angular indie rock, echoing At the Drive-In, or Coheed & Cambria without the weird prog-rock tendencies.


Peter and the Wolf: Lightness

I've been putting this off for ages, after seeing Red Hunter's puzzling set at CMJ and feeling that there was already maybe one too many willfully eccentric freak folkers wending his costumed, ethnic-instrumented way through the cosmos.


Northern Alliance: For the Grains of Sand

The Scottish indie rock band apparently rarely plays live, but for the singing alone I would encourage them to do so.


Adrianne: Sweet Mistake

You may have heard Adrianne’s song in the Courtney Cox series Friends, er, I mean Dirt.


Sunday, March 4 2007

My Teenage Stride: Ears Like Golden Bats

A soft jangle of guitars, a hazy, New Zealand production sheen, the gently melancholy yet sort of humorous lyrics had me thinking I'd stumbled onto some lost Flying Nun outtake.


Love of Diagrams: Love of Diagrams

Once Love of Diagrams manage to unhinge their voices while keeping a lock down on the groove, their impact will be unnervingly devastating.


Partyline: Zombie Terrorist

Partyline’s florescent spunk rock is annoyingly repetitive and uses juvenile, rebellious lyrics to tackle overdone themes.


Sarandon: The Completists Library

English trio Sarandon's latest album is a sweeping 32-track affair compiling the band's four mini albums.


Qwel & Meaty Ogre: Freezerburner

As part of his series that coincides with the seasons, Chicago emcee Qwel is parceling out the beatsmith duties by rotating out Maker for Meaty


Thursday, March 1 2007

Kelly Pardekooper: Brand New Bag

Iowan Kelly Pardekooper sounds as if he's channeling The Dandy Warhols on the retro-rock, groovy title track that sets the album off on the right course.


Cake on Cake: I Guess I Was Daydreaming

There’s beauty in simplicity, in life and in music, and the truth of this is apparent on Cake on Cake’s I Guess I


Pas/Cal: Dear Sir

Over the past four years, Pas/Cal has been turning out an intriguing series of EPs.


Kerrier District: Kerrier District 2

Can anyone really keep up with all the Luke Vibert aliases?


Jupiter Rising: Go! Remix

This remix effort of "Go!", a song that has been getting play everywhere from the Disney Channel to NBC and Fox Sports, gets the royal galactic treatment here.


The Culture Code by Clotaire Rapaille

Code is easy to idolize because it provides an answer to the question "Who am I?" In a way, it is a new mythology for modern times.


Sacred Games by Vikram Chandra

It works on numerous levels, the most vibrant of which paints a realistic landscape of India and the intrinsic machinery that allows it to move forward.


The Conjurer by Cordelia Frances Biddle

The Conjurer mystery opens underbelly of Philadelphia society, 1842.


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