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Monday, January 22 2007

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


Griddle: Klimty Favela

Griddle’s third album, Klimty Favela is exactly what one might expect from an album that comes with a comic book—colorful, sprawling, and adventurous.


Thursday, January 18 2007

Scissors for Lefty: Scissors for Lefty EP

Despite widespread acclaim in the blogoshpere, this elusive San Francisco quintet has only been available through Rough Trade Records from outside the U.S. This


Bunalim: Bunalim

So there you are, wondering which of the last 12 months’ Turkish 1970s re-releases you should lavish your hard-earned on. Edip Akbayram, for the paisley groaning?


Hecker: Recordings for Rephlex

Certainly not to be confused with Tim Hecker and the scratchy, overdriven beauty of Harmony in Ultraviolet, this is the new album from Vienna noise


Valencia: This Could Be a Possibility

It’s a general policy of mine to hate any and all emo/pop/punk bands. The utter lack of originality in this genre has


Wednesday, January 17 2007

KTL: KTL

Stephen O’Malley has developed into a rewarding, continually evolving by demonstrating that there are in fact many, many ways to build slate-toned, inch-per-hour monolithic


No Luck Club: Prosperity

Cinematic flair and historical sensitivity are only two of the assets that distinguish No Luck Club from its instrumental hip-hop peers. The group’s latest


Darien Brockington: Somebody to Love

The underground soul movement, which, as inconsequential and absurd as it may sound in relation to its mainstream counterpart, allows its categorized artists to put


Medical Apartheid by

Exploring America's history of 'scientific racism'.


Army of Anyone: Army of Anyone

The type of rocking Army of Anyone (comprised of former Filter and Stone Temple Pilots members) does on their debut is fairly by-the-numbers Audioslave-esque post-grunge,


Tuesday, January 16 2007

Cedars: Another Season EP

At a time when “indie rock” is becoming as trite and trite can be, give credit to Washington, DC’s Cedars for thinking on a


The Music Lovers: The Music Lovers Guide for Young People

The Music Lovers’ majestic chamber pop, at turns impassioned and discrete, is arranged in various guises on the band’s second full-length, The Music Lovers’


Beat Beat Beat: Living in the Future

Tight punk rock that is the odd time angular, Beat Beat Beat hit the ground running, running, running. Whether it is the pleasing kick arse


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