Capsule Reviews

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.

Minibar: Desert After Rain

With a sound less rambunctious than Old 97’s, vocalist Simon Petty fills these moody tunes with a likeable longing.

JT And The Clouds: The Citys Hot Yeah The Citys Hot

Touring with bands like The Be Good Tanyas and Jolie Holland has made JT & The Clouds come off like come rustic version of a Motown doo-wop group.

Omar Sosa and Greg Landau: DO

Collage music, but not quite the African-American/African concerto the blurb suggests.

The Lizard Cage by Karen Connelly

Noble story of imprisoned dissident, young orphan fills The Lizard Cage.

Tuesday, May 22 2007

At Dusk: You Can Know Danger

Third album from the Portland post-punk trio puts serrated edges and lattice-like complexity onto jittery pop songs.

The Hard Lessons: Hard Lessons

Michigan garage band the Hard Lessons discover that sometimes it pays to acknowledge your heroes.

Various Artists: Off The Clock Vol. 1: Up And Coming Artists From Starbucks

If you're buying music at the same time as you buy your coffee, you deserve what you get.

The American Plague: God Bless The American Plague

The American Plague breaks out again with their sophomore effort, blending various genres of rock to create a unique sound and an impressive disc that clocks in at little over a half an hour and packs some seriously infectious tunes.

Worms: Worms

Artcore punk comes up from the Portland underground with a new sound made by worms.

The Mistresss Daughter by A.M. Homes

Adoptee finds she suddenly needs truth when past surfaces in The Mistress's Daughter by A.M. Homes.

The Sushi Economy: Globalization and the Making of a Modern Delicacy by Sasha Issenberg

Author goes beyond the refrigerator case for the raw story about tuna industry.

Monday, May 21 2007

Miracle Fortress: Five Roses

Mixing Sigur Rós' dramatic scope with Brian Wilson's summery melodies, Miracle Fortress' debut is a thing of rare beauty.

The Shake: Kick It

With all they’ve got going for them, who wouldn’t want to kick it with The Shake?

//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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