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Thursday, January 25 2007

Thomas Hardy: The Time-Torn Man by Claire Tomalin

Thomas Hardy's history, contradictions, now seem less obscure.


New Rally-X

New Rally-X continues Namco's self-cribbing of the collect-junk-in-a-maze template.


Justin Rutledge: The Devil on a Bench in Stanley Park

With help from some of the finer Canadian roots rock/alt. country artists behind him (members of Blue Rodeo and Oh Susanna), Justin Rutledge seems


Wednesday, January 24 2007

DJ Jazzy Jeff: Hip Hop Forever, Vol. 3

One of hip-hop's favorite deejays mixes a winner.


French Toast: Ingleside Terrace

Between the two of them, French Toast founders Jerry Busher and James Canty have been in a half dozen highly regarded DC post punk bands,


Hall of Justus: Soldiers Of Fortune

Hall of Justus, otherwise known as the Justus League, is a team of up-and-coming rappers and producers from North Carolina who have been lingering on


Skylight Confessions by Alice Hoffman

A troubled family struggles toward redemption in Alice Hoffman's 'Skylight Confessions'.


Turn Off The Stars: Turn Off The Stars

Don’t let the cover or the photo on the back fool you, these guys wouldn’t know emo rock if they tripped over it.


Tuesday, January 23 2007

Gescom: MiniDisc

MiniDisc finally hits CD. Confusion ensues.


Clara Hill: All I Can Provide

The album wants to move you. But first, it's gotta connect.


Various Artists: Globalista Radio: Sensual Sonores

This compilation features “Ethno Dance/Lounge Culture music” from New York City nightclubs. Sensual electronic effects bathe the dozen recordings. These beats accent a multitude


Cobra Starship: When the City Sleeps, We Rule the St

The song titles are almost as bad as the tunes themselves.


Monday, January 22 2007

Jon Oliva’s Pain: Maniacal Renderings

On his second solo record, the Savatage frontman shows signs of returning to the glory days.


Sally Doherty & The Sumacs: Edge of Spring

Sally Doherty’s gift to the world is the lovely clarity of her voice. There’s no sign of strain when she sings, it’s


Circle II Circle: Burden of Truth

Listening to so much middling power metal in 2006, it comes as an enormous relief to finally hear from a band that knows how to do


New Years Day: New Years Day

Getting the attention of Fall Out Boy’s label and Motion City Soundtrack never hurts in getting your name out. But fortunately the buzz about


Sunday, January 21 2007

Anthropia: The Ereyn Chronicles, Part I: The Journey of Beginnings

When a CD is accompanied by a booklet containing a lengthy, meticulously detailed story to serve as a mere introduction to the whopping, 68-minute album,


aMute: The Seahorse Limbo

The comparisons with Fennesz go so far, as do those with Tim Hecker. But on his second album, Jerome Deuson (a.k.a aMute) expands


The National Gallery: Performing Musical Interpretations Of The Paintings Of Paul Klee

Stay with me here, please. In 1968, Chuck Mangione and Roger Karshner are in Cleveland. There they decide to give “musical interpretations” to the paintings of


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