Wednesday, May 16 2007
What happens when you mix Brooklyn and New Orleans? If Royal American is any indication, you get 22 minutes worth of good ole’ fashioned rock music
Oppressum is rabidly, proudly, pretentiously, and maddeningly anti-pop. As a “noise” composition, this debut full-length from Swiss-born experimenter Israel Quellet indulges in all manner of
Love in October craft radio-friendly power pop that is catchy, but ont infectious enough to distinguish them from the rest of their Fuse TV ilk.
Tender and thoughtful, DiLego has made a very good album of audible Polaroids.
Supermarathon steel drum man x 22.
28 Stories personalizes tragedy of AIDS in Africa.
Monday, May 14 2007
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.
If it's so obvious from an artistic and commercial standpoint, it shouldn't be this hard to find.
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 sound like they were reared obsessively on early albums by The Kinks.
The album can get a little same-sounding the further you dig in, but there are also some genuine pop gems lying about.
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
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 sound like a band whose charm would win followers in a live setting; unfortunately that energy just doesn't translate to this disc.
A modestly unlikely Matador signing, Lavender Diamond debut with a humbly humdrum introduction.
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'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.
Ska, ska and more ska is the theme for Beantown-based Big D & The Kids Table.
Friday, May 11 2007
The "ragtime" influence may be a bit of a hoax, but that doesn't stop the New Rags from crafting some energetic pop.
An aptly titled new electronica album from the Detroit duo, Adult.