Capsule Reviews

Sunday, April 8 2007

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.


Baby Teeth: The Simp

"The Birds Are Crying" is a lot like Foreigner's "Double Vision". But with more dancing.


Various Artists: Ame… Mixing

With skillful mixes of pioneers, such as Coldcut, and to the more obscure, such as, Dutch wave band New Musik, the album isn’t for glow stick weekend superstars.


Wednesday, April 4 2007

The Bloody Hollies: Who to Trust, Who to Kill, Who to Love

The Bloody Hollies are a bass-less, blues-drenched riff monster fronted by a powerfully hoarse singer-guitarist, and they will turn your ears and limbs to jelly if you let them, which you should.


Julie Dexter & Khari Simmons: Moon Bossa

Her voice is smoother than a tropical breeze. He's a master of the bass. Together, they are dynamic.


Rankin Scroo: Godfada

The self-proclaimed founder and originator of "Jawaiian" music goes solo with Godfada, an album that not only reinforces Rankin' Scroo's image of himself as a pioneer but also serves to introduce audiences to "Urban Reggae".


The Giant Skyflower Band: Blood of the Sunworm

This side project from a founding member of the Skygreen Leopards creates a hazy marijuana-fuelled atmosphere on their debut record.


Arthur Dodge: The Perfect Face

Dodge sounds like he’s been reared on Neil Young’s soft, thoughtful acoustic albums.


The Blackest Bird: A Novel of Murder in Nineteenth-Century New York by Joel Rose

Edgar Allan Poe stars in a 19th-century murder mystery.


Tuesday, April 3 2007

The Trucks: The Trucks

The all-female, electro-punk quartet the Trucks don't want to "sit nice and be quiet" on their self-titled debut. Damn right!


Samamidon: But This Chicken Proved Falsehearted

Sam Amidon, once of laid-back Brattleboro, VT and now of busy Brooklyn, has crafted a gentle, unobtrusive album of country folk.


Naked: Lets Get Naked…and Start a Revolution

Naked: the Firehouse of the 21st century.


Joy: Sailing Days

Sailing Days is an EP made specifically for listening while on a back porch with nothing to do.


Love Me Destroyer: The Things Around Us Burn

If you were to put on an early album by Sum 41 and then listen to “Choked and Charmed”, the first song on this album by Love Me Destroyer, you would believe you were in some time warp.


Then We Came to the End by Joshua Ferris

Joshua Ferris's novel feels like a readymade classic of the Great American Office Novel genre.


Monday, April 2 2007

Rafter: Music for Total Chickens

Jumbling together elements of folk, psychedelic pop, electronica, jazz, and even bossa nova, Rafter's songs seem almost like tripped out ads for his unique brand of musical invention.


Minmae: 835

835 pushes songwriter Sean Brooks' cheeky sense of humor farther to the front than it's ever been before.


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