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Wednesday, January 31 2007

Eddie: The Eddie Lockjaw Davis Cookbook, Vol. 1

Tenor saxophonist Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis, at various times a sideman for Louis Armstrong and Count Basie, made his Prestige debut as bandleader on 1958’s The


Aiden: Rain In Hell

AFI’s downward slide into irrelevance with their latest album Decemberunderground has thankfully not been equalled by imitators Aiden, who follow up last year’s


Mayday Parade: Tales Told by Dead Friends

The combination of two Florida area bands makes up Mayday Parade, and this six-song EP is ringing with earnest melodies and Emo 101 trademarks judging by “


Tuesday, January 30 2007

Zera Vaughan: Back to the Roots

Is there anything in the world less inspiriting than New Age electro-pop smoothed over with backwash fuzz and lyrics about feelin’ how you wanna feel?


Tom Carter and Robert Horton: Steeljaguar Rocket

While riddled with its share of tedious episodes, Steeljaguar Rocket holds up far better than most other limited-edition improvised rock sessions.


Young Love: Too Young to Fight It

Young Love shows glimmers of an innovation, but there's plenty of room to grow, too


Jaques Loussier Trio: Bach: The Brandenburgs

French pianist Jacques Loussier has been interpreting the work of Bach for his jazz trio for five decades, and this latest release shows no signs


Monday, January 29 2007

Fat Freddys Drop: Based on a True Story

One day at work, a Kiwi colleague told us that he was going to play us something we’d like, and this was the album


Rub-N-Tug: Fabric 30

Fabric gives NYC underground act Rub-N-Tug their big break with the opportunity to contribute to the venerable Fabric mix series. And for the most part,


The Finches: Human Like a House

As restricted as it is by genre, this small-scale release offers some charming moments


Brandon Pfeiffer: Nothing Short of Now

Mixing equal parts of rock and Americana, Brandon Pfeiffer’s six-song effort is pretty good. Falling somewhere along the lines of an indie rock version


Sunday, January 28 2007

The Octopus Project and Black Moth Super Rainbow: The House of Apples and Eyeballs

The Octopus Project and Black Moth Super Rainbow don’t immediately seem like natural collaborators.  The former deal in thick, catchy post-rock instrumentals propelled


The Television Personalities: My Dark Places Remixes

Dan Treacy and his Television Personalities made a welcome comeback in 2006 with My Dark Places, but how many people, really, have been waiting with bated


Sven Väth: In the Mix: The Sound of the Seventh Season

Another entry in Sven Vath's long-running In the Mix series


Birch Book: Fortune & Folly

When I was in junior high I remember flipping through my older sister’s high school yearbooks (especially at the seniors), every town’s stereotypical


Thursday, January 25 2007

The Trolleyvox: Present the Karaoke Meltdowns

The Trolleyvox, a band of Philly mainstays now three albums into their power pop run, cut achingly sweet power pop with muscle and intelligence. They


Streets of Rage Remake

To the homebrew hall of fame we can now add Streets of Rage Remake.


Paleo: Paleos Song Diary

If your MP3 player needs padding, you can’t do better than take a stroll through indie songster Paleo’s website, and his project to


Damn Arms: Patterns EP

Snap! Crakk!, now reincarnated and relocated (from Melbourne to Sydney) as Damn Arms, fits so easily into the Klaxons-led punk-dance scene you may suspect a


Ikachan

Pixel's fantastic (if short) squid game gets a new translation.


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