Thursday, May 3 2007
Barenaked Ladies Are Men, apparently.
The debut from this Vancouver group has a shimmering, slick and glossy power pop/punk sound which is along the lines of Sum 41 and Simple Plan.
Lovely, lyrical Blind Singer Joe's Blues suggests music may come from misery.
Wednesday, May 2 2007
Second album of improvised mayhem from four of free-jazz and out rock's most daringly skilled practictioners -- Paul Flaherty, Chris Corsano, Greg Kelley and Matt Heyner -- breaks for unexpected moments of tranquility.
A collection of acoustic or indie pop, full of acoustic guitars and tenor melodics.
Bottom's up! A funny cocktail based on the woes of inebriation.
A very sweet, soft and fragile album in the best way possible.
Ranging from rock to pop to splashes of jazz and ambient, the group thrives on challenging the listener.
Tuesday, May 1 2007
Is there really a song here about tator tots and robots? Yes. And about Leonard Nimoy. And Greta Garbo. But it's all so good.
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,
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's latest album is a largely quiet, humble masterpiece of misleading expectations.
On its debut album, Moment of Truth, the Goucher College-based duo displays a wide musical palette, infectious energy, and a sense of humor.
Light music, sometimes ambitious in conception.
Monday, April 30 2007
Two dudes from Ames, Iowa have a psychedelic-garage-punk-blues-rock band.
Jazz standards -- a lesson in individuality when approaching classic material.
Let’s Agree to Deceive Our Best Friends may be the holy grail of power pop albums.
Okkervil River provides a focused and complex pair of songs using unexpected colors and surprising tones.
An album that lives up to a rich, highbrow, and solid expectations.
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.