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Thursday, February 15 2007

Delbert McClinton: Live from Austin, TX

Lubbock, Texas native Delbert McClinton has been serving up a steamy mess of soulful country blues since the ‘50s and still rocks out today. However


Steal This Music by Joanna Demers

Music has presented copyright challenges nearly from the start, according to Demers, in part because the law has generally lagged behind technology.


Amy Duncan: Pilgrimage

Amy Duncan won’t bowl you over with a strong voice, but there’s an almost jazzy quality in her British folk/singer-songwriter songs that


Tia Carrera: self-titled

When the best you can say for an album is that one track incorporates an organ, there's something wrong.


Bad Blood by Linda Fairstein

Going underground in New York.


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.


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