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Tuesday, April 10 2007

Greg Ashley: Painted Garden

This second solo album of loosely constructed, fragile psychedelic folk from the Gris Gris frontman evokes Mad Syd, Tyrannosaurus Rex and, especially, Satanic Majesties-era Stones.


Au Revoir Simone: The Bird of Music

With The Bird of Music, Au Revoir Simone continue their quest to make the prettiest music you've ever heard.


Loch Lomond: Lament for Children

Folk-based tracks about sinister, self-effacing, and downright creepy characters taking on love, loss, and damaging family histories all set in vaguely historical time periods.


New Atlantic: The Streets, the Sounds, and the Love

MTV emo's bastard children, a seriously boring rehash of old ideas from another in seemingly endless groups of guys in tight jeans.


The Poison Arrows: Straight Into The Drift

This four-song EP could go straight into the abyss, but is thankfully saved by a very smart and stylish approach from former Atombombpocketknife singer Justin Sinkovich.


Monday, April 9 2007

The Moog: Sold for Tomorrow

The Moog come roaring straight out of Budapest playing an infectious brand of catchy, garage rock.


The Papercuts: Cant Go Back

Jason Quever's brand of pop is timeless and oh so delightful.


Damero: Happy in Grey

Moody Berlin electro-pop singer's debut is a fine little album for soundtracking your mildly bummed-out day.


Blue Stone: Worlds Apart

Copping a feel from orchestral electronic masters E.S. Posthumus, the producers behind Blue Stone manage to build mid-tempo dance beats and liquid piano notes around an anonymous array of feather-voiced vixens


Buildings Breeding: Buildings Breeding

Good, but nothing to get your knickers in a boy scout knot over.


Grace (Eventually): Thoughts on Faith by Anne Lamott

Anne Lamott's quirky, intimate, outraged-liberal voice has been a breath of fresh air in the sometimes stuffy genre of modern Christian literature.


Sunday, April 8 2007

Plan B: Time 4 Plan B

His vision of England was one of forgotten, decaying sink estates overrun with crack and smack, teenage violence, underage sex and broken families.


Sur La Mer: Prelude to the Sea

Sur La Mer, the ambient instrumental project of musician Atsu Nagayama, give us a small introduction to their sound on Prelude to the Sea


Magenta Skycode: IIIII

Finnish goth/prog-rockers, Magenta Skycode's debut album IIIII is a mixed bag that offers moments of dazzling brilliance that shine amid stumbling blocks of monotony that show substantial promise for future efforts.


The Western States Motel: The Western States Motel

The Western States Motel’s self-titled debut present songs oriented around wandering melodies, shuffling guitars, and a slow yet steady sense of motion.


Blackhole: Blackhole

Utah’s own Blackhole can also claim that they have no guitars -- instead employing the use of two mighty bassists, to give the hard-rockers a deep, heavy sound that bleeds through on every track of their eponymous LP.


The Diary of Petr Ginz: 1941-1942 by Peter Ginz

A small story of everyday barbarity.


Thursday, April 5 2007

Jessie & Layla: Kinetic

Kinetic, the debut full-length from Irish sister duo Jessie & Layla, is one of the happiest little surprises of early 2007.


Backyard Tire Fire: Vagabonds and Hooligans

Backyard Tire Fire is one of those bands that you just hate. Not because they’re terrible, but because they’re a band so unique, distinct, amazing and talented that you get frustrated about them getting ignored by the mainstream again and again.


David Rovics: Halliburton Boardroom Massacre

This may be David Rovics' 14th album, but you'd be mistaken to think that the American protest singer and anti-war activist has lost any of his passion or fight.


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