Capsule Reviews

Thursday, May 3 2007

Barenaked Ladies: Barenaked Ladies Are Men

Barenaked Ladies Are Men, apparently.

Faber Drive: Seven Second Surgery

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.

Blind Singer Joes Blues by Robert Love Taylor

Lovely, lyrical Blind Singer Joe's Blues suggests music may come from misery.

Wednesday, May 2 2007

Cold Bleak Heat: Simitu

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.

Various Artists: Shifted Sounds Volume 1

A collection of acoustic or indie pop, full of acoustic guitars and tenor melodics.

Jonny Virgo: Devils Brew

Bottom's up! A funny cocktail based on the woes of inebriation.

The Voyces: Kissing Like Its Love

A very sweet, soft and fragile album in the best way possible.

The Donts: Inner El Camino

Ranging from rock to pop to splashes of jazz and ambient, the group thrives on challenging the listener.

Tuesday, May 1 2007

Thomas Lunch: Diagrams Without Instructions

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.

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.

//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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