Capsule Reviews

Sunday, April 15 2007

Milenasongs: Seven Sisters

Strange, ephemeral folk songs with a combination of age-yellowed instrumentation and modern electronic ornamentation.


The Biltmores: Same Story, Same Ending

Heavily indebted to Modest Mouse and Built to Spill, this indie rock quartet's debut sports enough good tracks to make for a worthwhile listen.


Messer Chups: Hyena Safari

If Quentin Tarantino ever decided to make a cinematic tribute to Ed Wood, he should seriously consider using the album Hyena Safari by Messer Chups


Woolly Leaves: Quiet Waters

Fans of Bright Eyes or a very pared down Calexico would also enjoy "Big City".


The Safes: Well, Well, Well

Surely this band of brothers will kill each other before they can improve upon the crunchy power pop they display on their second full-length, Well, Well, Well.


Thursday, April 12 2007

The Old Ceremony: Our One Mistake

The sleek, catchy, and often beautiful sounds of Our One Mistake make for an album with very few faults.


The Ditchflowers: Carried Away

No matter how you package it, good music is good music. We'll find it, even if you dress it up behind a little kid, a rabbit, and an eggshell.


Loren Dent: Empires and Milk

“Empire” has become a fashionable word these days, so much so that I found myself cringing at the sight of Loren Dent’s follow-up to


Ollo: The If If

The If If isn't about to blow any minds, but one gets the impression that that's not what Ollo set out to do.


Various Artists: Dorm Sessions Volume 4

It’s a disc that won’t change your life, but for a sampling of what college rock is doing now, it gets the Bic lighter waving proudly in the air.


Chris Corsano-Mick Flower Duo: The Radiant Mirror

The kids will call this jazz-baptized Lightning Bolt; elder statesmen will recall hearing Ascension or The Blue Humans for the first time.


Wednesday, April 11 2007

Karnivool: Themata

Karnivool emerge on Themata from the “apex of Western Australia” with a not quite hard-rock sound and a thinly veiled grand ambition: they want to break out in the US.


Drei Farben House: Any Kind of Feeling

Every beat, is in place, complemented easily by Siegle's dispassionate yet still distinctly human vocals.


Audubon Park: Teenage Horses

You have to imagine that David Nahm has a pretty big record collection. The debut record by the UNC law student's band, Audubon Park, is hard to pin down it's so musically diverse.


Lonesome Travelers: Lonesome Travelers

The Lonesome Travelers take the country-rock heritage of Gram Parsons and plain run with it on their eponymous debut.


The Bishops: The Only Place I Can Look is Down

The Bishops are doing nothing more than trying to re-write "Help!" over and over again.


Tuesday, April 10 2007

Greg Ashley: Painted Garden

This second solo album of loosely constructed, fragile psychedelic folk from the Gris Gris frontman evokes Mad Syd, Tyrannosaurus Rex and, especially, Satanic Majesties-era Stones.


Au Revoir Simone: The Bird of Music

With The Bird of Music, Au Revoir Simone continue their quest to make the prettiest music you've ever heard.


Loch Lomond: Lament for Children

Folk-based tracks about sinister, self-effacing, and downright creepy characters taking on love, loss, and damaging family histories all set in vaguely historical time periods.


New Atlantic: The Streets, the Sounds, and the Love

MTV emo's bastard children, a seriously boring rehash of old ideas from another in seemingly endless groups of guys in tight jeans.


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