Capsule Reviews

Wednesday, May 23 2007

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?

Jeff Lorber: He Had a Hat

Pleasant’s not an inapt word for this one, which does give some indication of how prettily and maybe even exquisitely Lorber can play piano,

Various Artists: Late Night with Groove Junkies

Average mix album of funkified disco from the LA duo

Rara Avis: Shaktified EP 1

This guitarist and laptopper's download-only EP sounds dated and dippy.

Sunday, May 20 2007

E-Dro: From My Hood to Your Hood

Which sounds more titillating -- politics or a lap dance? Well, I'd normally go with "lap dance" but, in this case, I'll take politics all day long.

The Roadside Graves: No One Will Know Where Youve Been

The Roadside Graves's third album proves that you don't have to come from deep in the pines to play gut-wrenching folk 'n' country.

Joseph Jarman: As If It Were the Seasons

Three saxophones, flute, oboe, trumpet, and trombone blur into one terrifying mass during the piece's most gratifying moments.

The Gomorrans: The Gomorran Social Aid And Pleasure Club

The band blends jazz, Balkan brass, pop, and some Latin touches for an interesting if odd result.

Robin English: Robin English

Country newcomer Robin English seems to fall in line with other female roots-oriented musicians like Patty Griffin. But there is also a slickness to some

//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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