Capsule Reviews

Tuesday, May 1 2007

Noiseshaper: Real to Reel

On its third album, Real To Reel, Noiseshaper mixes and remixes material, both new and old. While Axel Hirn and Flo Fleischmann are skilled mix-masters,

Cassette: Beautiful California

A 35-song effort that is 35 minutes in length results in something that is very odd, very short, and very interesting at times.

Kilo: Kilo

Kilo's latest album is a largely quiet, humble masterpiece of misleading expectations.

Optional 2: Moment of Truth

On its debut album, Moment of Truth, the Goucher College-based duo displays a wide musical palette, infectious energy, and a sense of humor.

Peter Primamore: Grancia

Light music, sometimes ambitious in conception.

Monday, April 30 2007

Radio Moscow: Radio Moscow

Two dudes from Ames, Iowa have a psychedelic-garage-punk-blues-rock band.

Sacha Perry: Not Brand X

Jazz standards -- a lesson in individuality when approaching classic material.

Auto Interiors: Lets Agree to Deceive Our Best Friends

Let’s Agree to Deceive Our Best Friends may be the holy grail of power pop albums.

Okkervil River: The Presidents Dead

Okkervil River provides a focused and complex pair of songs using unexpected colors and surprising tones.

Veda Hille: Return of the Kildeer

An album that lives up to a rich, highbrow, and solid expectations.

Ernie Halter: Congress Hotel

While he possesses enough chops to get these songs across, Ernie Halter has found a haven on MySpace with tour van cameras and live shows.

Sunday, April 29 2007

No Luck Club: Prosperity 2.0

The best-laid plans of Vancouver, Canada's instrumental hip-hop trio are often triumphant.

The Attorneys: Stereocracy

With just guitar, bass and drums, how exactly are you meant to save rock 'n' roll?

Temple of Brutality: Lethal Agenda

The collective members of Temple of Brutality give the band a very impressive pedigree, as it features former members of Megadeth, W.A.S.P.,

Various Artists: Desert Roses 4

It's a compilation from the World Music Middle East rather than the wholly Middle Eastern Middle East.

The Sirens: More Is More

The Sirens are pure glam rock for the new millennium, but there is nothing to get your underpants in a twist over.

Midnight Movies: Patient Eye / Golden Hair

There’s nothing wrong with exchanging sunshine boom for indie gloom, but as a teaser EP, collectors need only apply.

Thursday, April 26 2007

Mic Harrison and The High Score: Push Me On Home

Push Me on Home represents a long overdue opportunity for a larger audience to recognize what those in and around the Knoxville, Tennessee music scene

Ben Weaver: Paper Sky

Weaver shines on his rustic, assured fifth album.

Terminal Sound System: Compressor

Terminal Sound System, the project of Australian artist Skye Klein, does a number on the sounds of drum 'n' bass and emerges as something closer to the skittish patterings of garage.

//Mixed media

Authenticity Issues and the New Intimacies

// Marginal Utility

"The social-media companies have largely succeeded in persuading users of their platforms' neutrality. What we fail to see is that these new identities are no less contingent and dictated to us then the ones circumscribed by tradition; only now the constraints are imposed by for-profit companies in explicit service of gain.

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