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Thursday, February 15 2007

Various Artists: Rocky Balboa

Much like the fictional Rocky character, this movie music has staying power.


Wednesday, February 14 2007

A Worldly Country: New Poems by John Ashbery

A poet with a gift for the odd and unique.


Starless & Bible Black: Starless & Bible Black

Bridging British folk tradition, jazzy chord changes and electronic distortion, the debut album from this French/UK trio fluctuates between good and very good. 


Fats Domino: Live from Austin, TX

No one embodies that New Orleans rock and roll sound more than Fats Domino. He had his first hits way back in the early ‘50s


Various Artists: Elaste Vol. 1: Slow Motion Disco

Aah, the good old, blissful nights spent dancing to the far-out electronic sounds at the Discoteca Cosmic on the Adriatic Coast of Italy in the


Tor Lundvall: Empty City

The predominant image that appears when listening to Empty City is that of a dark, blacklight-laden, smoke-filled apartment at 4:30 in the morning.


Sauce Boss: Florida Blues

A good word for this, stirring! Sauce Boss (Bill Wharton) plays and cooks with guitar and stove and voice. Is this a selection from various


Tuesday, February 13 2007

Softlightes: Heart Made of Sound EP

Softlightes may still be Modular’s '07 Big Hope, but last year’s digital-only EP Heart Made of Sound failed to gather the necessary momentum over in blogdom to generate a whole heap of buzz for their February debut long-player.


Dredd Foole: Daze on the Mounts

Ever pour liquid LSD directly into your ears?


Donal Clancy: Close to Home

Donal follows in the family tradition (the son of Liam) of performing marvelous acoustic Irish folk music. This Clancy plays acoustic guitar, an instrument not


Artist Unknown: Present

This German techno/dance/electro outfit hasn’t been heard from in a while, but this album, released through Datapunk member Anthony Rother’s label,


Memphis the Band: Radio

Scott Morgan, lead singer of Memphis the Band, has a voice pitched somewhere between the southern-rock inflection of Black Crows front man Chris Robinson and


The Polish Woman by Eva Mekler

Long-lost cousin, or impostor capitalizing on family's grief?


Monday, February 12 2007

Martha Berner: Ten Tiny Little Pieces

Martha Berner's latest EP is fantastically ordinary.


Michael Mayer: Immer 2

Don't give up on trance just yet. Michael Mayer's mix on Immer 2 will take you where you want to go.


Neotropic: Prestatyn

Ninja Tune alum Riz Maslen’s latest effort, three tracks of ambient pastoralism (pastoral ambiance?) that at 30 minutes are more than a stopgap but less


The Big Tease: Paper Symphony

This band’s six-song EP (five not counting the Panic! at the Disco-ish intro) is okay, but nothing that wouldn’t fall into the aforementioned


Cezanne: Breaking Bats for Jesus

Cezanne's John Daugherity took the DIY ethic to the max with his latest release.


Sunday, February 11 2007

Ed Pettersen: The New Punk Blues of Ed Pettersen

Don't call your album "The New Punk Blues" if you don't mean it -- this is alt.country.folk all the way.


Dead Voices on Air: From Labrador to Madagascar

Though discordance and dread are Dead Voices on Air trademarks, the best moments on From Labrador to Madagascar are the pretty ones.


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