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Monday, April 23 2007

John Reuben: Word of Mouth

Word of Mouth , the fifth studio project from Columbus, Ohio’s John Reuben, finds the rapper continuing on a path toward sonic maturity. Reuben has


Sunday, April 22 2007

Phonograph: Phonograph

Brooklyn, New York's Phonograph adeptly weave electronic sounds, ambient textures and fine layers of production together with a folk rock shuffle.


Justine Electra: Soft Rock

Australian-born, Berlin resident, Justine Electra has been a fixture on the German underground tek-house scene for the last few years.


Jenny Owen Youngs: Batten the Hatches

Jenny Owen Youngs has a different musical take on things, and it's a very refreshing one.


Frivolous: Midnight Black Indulgence

Seemingly as unsure of what it's trying to accomplish as we are of what to do with it.


Various Artists: Bargrooves Black Vol. 2

The second installment of the Bargrooves Black establishes early on an entirely conventional "groove" sound – soul-infused, low-tempo House seasoned with varying degrees of electro, disco, tech. You know, the usual.


Can Might Make Rights? by Jane Stromseth, David Wippman and Rosa Brooks

Critics love armchair quarterbacking the war on terrorism, but a new book shows just how hard it is to get it right the first time.


Thursday, April 19 2007

All Smiles: Ten Readings of a Warning

All Smiles' album stimulates something less like "all smiles" and more like "partial heartbreak".


The Saturday Knights: The Saturday Knights

Rumor has it there's a band in Seattle, Washington with a smooth hip-hop flow backed by face-melting guitars. Truth is, it's not just a rumor.


Escape the Floodwater Jug Band: Whiskey Will Fix It!

Iowa-based jug band go back to the banjo and washboard-driven music of the Hoover administration for inspiration on their debut.


Chateau Flight: Les Vampires

Even divorced from the images they accompany, this 40-minute work stands on its own remarkably well, smartly jettisoning aside the notions of both the pop song and tension-filled cinematic score to create a moody, distinct electronic work.


Tigers & Monkeys: Loose Mouth

When Tigers & Monkeys stick to their strengths, the album seems to breeze by rapidly.


Wednesday, April 18 2007

Alex Delivery: Star Destroyer

Alex Delivery's sonic melodies and space-age beats offer plenty of surprises and pleasant digressions; sort of like a more coherent Fiery Furnaces.


Manic: Floor Boards

Manic, a new L.A. band, show us their colours early on their debut EP, Floorboards.


Sounds Like Violence: With Blood On My Hands

Rarely has a band’s sound lived up to its name, but Sounds Like Violence churn out one frantic outburst after another that takes no prisoners or hostages.


Madina Lake: From Them, Through Us, to You

They'd be better off ditching the carefully-coiffed comb-overs, too, lest labelmate Zakk Wylde comes along and tear them a new one.


Brian Bromberg: Downright Upright

Efficient? Supremely so. Exciting? Well... but perfectly played!


Tuesday, April 17 2007

High Priest: Born Identity

Life post-Antipop Consortium has been a trudge through the underground for each member.


Autonym: Shall We Skip to Excessive Celebration?

This album is only 14:36 long so this review will be very short, it’d probably be longer if I had read the 200-page novel that


Lou Barlow: Mirror the Eye

The task of entering the Lou Barlow catalog over 20 years since it began seems as daunting and perilous as an assault on K2.


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