Capsule Reviews

Wednesday, May 16 2007

Don DiLego: Photographs of 1971

Tender and thoughtful, DiLego has made a very good album of audible Polaroids.


Andy Narell: Tatoom

Supermarathon steel drum man x 22.


28 Stories of AIDS in Africa by Stephanie Nolen

28 Stories personalizes tragedy of AIDS in Africa.


Monday, May 14 2007

Peel: Peel

Listening to Peel is like taking part in a high-speed pursuit through garageland at the height of summer with the Velvet Underground and Apples In Stereo on your tail.


TV on the Radio: Live at Amoeba Music

If it's so obvious from an artistic and commercial standpoint, it shouldn't be this hard to find.


The Alternate Routes: Good and Reckless and True

Audibly straining to please everyone and offend no-one it offers only bland platitudes and forgettable tunes to the extent that you really have to wonder why they bothered.


Ideal Free Distribution: Ideal Free Distribution

Ideal Free Distribution sound like they were reared obsessively on early albums by The Kinks.


Idiots!: Spring Is Here

The album can get a little same-sounding the further you dig in, but there are also some genuine pop gems lying about.


The Agency: Turn

Coming from the same launching pad as Seville and Dashboard Confessional, The Agency is open for business on the power punk of “Walking Disaster”.


Sunday, May 13 2007

Big Quarters: Cost of Living

Question: How can hip-hop artists "take it to the old school" but still sound fresh? The answer from Big Quarters: "Like This."


Mess Up The Mess: You Remind Me of Summer Vacation

Mess Up the Mess sound like a band whose charm would win followers in a live setting; unfortunately that energy just doesn't translate to this disc.


Lavender Diamond: Calvary of Light

A modestly unlikely Matador signing, Lavender Diamond debut with a humbly humdrum introduction.


American Bhangra: American Bhangra

The title is an overstatement and the cover design is ordinary but underneath the clumsy packaging thumps the heart of a very good debut bhangra album.


Déclassé: Remain Still

Déclassé's Remain Still, an experimental mix of electronic dance, new wave, emo-tinted goth rock. While an intriguing blend, the disc suffers a few pitfalls, but a diamond in the rough shines through.


Big D and the Kids Table: Strictly Rude

Ska, ska and more ska is the theme for Beantown-based Big D & The Kids Table.


Friday, May 11 2007

The New Rags: Take Jennie to Brooklyn

The "ragtime" influence may be a bit of a hoax, but that doesn't stop the New Rags from crafting some energetic pop.


Adult.: Why Bother?

An aptly titled new electronica album from the Detroit duo, Adult.


Skeletonwitch: Worship the Witch

Cleveland, Ohio's Skeletonwitch is hugely indebted to the classic European thrash metal of the late 1980s.


Lillydale: The Art Of Becoming Ones Own Shadow

Lillydale have returned with an album that is precious, sparse, gorgeous and damn near any other adjective that is positive.


Antennas to Heaven: The Line Between Myth and Reality Has Always Been in Finland

Here’s to a debut album that only wants to live up to its influences, which it does in spades.


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