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Tuesday, February 6 2007

The Penny Loafers: Quicksand

This may be it -- this may be the album that puts the Penny Loafers back on track toward some serious national recognition.


Siiri Nordin: Me Too

Competent but never thrilling release from ex-lead singer of Finnish pop band Killer.


The Gentle Rain: Moody

Before tricking out albums by Radiohead, Bjork, and David Bowie, British producer and arranger Nick Ingman cut his teeth orchestrating records for genteel pop personas


Ampline: Rosary

Ampline is primarily about instrumentals—spacey, weird, grand, large, and interesting instrumentals. After the “Your Tongue or Your Life” intro, the group settle into a


Monday, February 5 2007

Chicken on a Raft: Chicken on a Raft

A record titled Chicken on a Raft is hard to pass up—but come to find out, even harder to put down. This disc of


Tor Lundvall: Yule

Still juiced up from the holiday season? Is your blood pressure still running at about 240/150? Has the protruding vein in the middle of your forehead


Domino: Everyone Else Is Boring

Producer/DJ Mark Ronson, known for his sceney fashion and remixes full of funky beats and big horn sections, turns his attention to Domino Kirke


Diane and the Shell: 30.000 Feet Tarantella

When you have an album where three of your songs are called “\\\” (I hate finding that line on the keyboard), then you know that all


Sunday, February 4 2007

Mas Rapido!: Pity Party

Two mainstays of the Parasol label responsible for this rowdy, rootsy rock album.


Food: Forever Is a Dream

Food, a relatively obscure Chicago group who released their only album, Forever Is a Dream, in 1969, get the reissue treatment from Fallout


Massonix: Subtracks

UK producer Graham Massey’s resume should speak for itself.  He was a founding member of pioneering acid house outfit 808 State, has remixed artists


Moros Eros: I Saw the Devil Last Night and Now the Sun Shines Bright

Moros Eros went face to face with Prince of Darkness and now has a debut album that’s both grim and glorious.


Thursday, February 1 2007

Lucky Dragons: Widows

Widows, Luke Fischbeck’s new album as Lucky Dragons, starts with stringed instruments that almost make it seem like some sort of Americana album, except


Spit Baths by Greg Downs

Characters in Greg Downs' short stories have lost their way, with love elusive and hope nearly gone.


The Good Mornings: The Good Mornings

Despite promising elements, this Lansing band doesn't create enough of the atmosphere required of their Americana-meets-Mazzy Star sound.


Voafose: Voafose

Jeremy Simmonds is probably best known as one half of early Leaf Label signee Boymerang, but he’s been around for years, ducking in and


Daniel Isnt Talking by Marti Leimbach

The author's own experience with an autistic child clearly translates to her work.


Surveillance by Jonathan Raban

Surveillance explores real, imagined problems of homeland security.


Jenny Dalton: Fleur De Lily

Far better than coffeehouse folk, Jenny Dalton has some edge to her maudlin, melancholic-but-pretty songs.


Wednesday, January 31 2007

Tokyo Police Club: A Lesson In Crime

Seven songs in just over sixteen minutes. Sweet. TPC’s four members have been walking the line of mass critical acclaim lately as the tunes


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