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Thursday, March 1 2007

Pas/Cal: Dear Sir

Over the past four years, Pas/Cal has been turning out an intriguing series of EPs.


Kerrier District: Kerrier District 2

Can anyone really keep up with all the Luke Vibert aliases?


Jupiter Rising: Go! Remix

This remix effort of "Go!", a song that has been getting play everywhere from the Disney Channel to NBC and Fox Sports, gets the royal galactic treatment here.


The Culture Code by Clotaire Rapaille

Code is easy to idolize because it provides an answer to the question "Who am I?" In a way, it is a new mythology for modern times.


Sacred Games by Vikram Chandra

It works on numerous levels, the most vibrant of which paints a realistic landscape of India and the intrinsic machinery that allows it to move forward.


The Conjurer by Cordelia Frances Biddle

The Conjurer mystery opens underbelly of Philadelphia society, 1842.


Wednesday, February 28 2007

Six Parts Seven: Casually Smashed to Pieces

These are songs for folks who find isolation comforting.


Sin: Team Invasion, DJ Kurupt & DJ Scream Present: Sizzerb Mixtape Vol. 3, Opium Garden

For the third installment of his Sizzerb mixtape series, Serbian-born artist Sin recruited mixtape circuit legend DJ Kurupt to host the festivities.


The Big Cats: On Tomorrow

Not quite the “emo” the band’s Burt Taggart had pioneered years ago, the record is filled with tight, power pop songs.


Tall Firs: Tall Firs

Eschewing any taint of the term "freak", New York trio Tall Firs are forging a different take on contemporary folk.


The Machines: After My Misspent Youth

The Machines are a tight rock group from Kitchener, Ontario -- one that has no problem dishing out catchy rock gems.


Tuesday, February 27 2007

Josh Rouse and Paz Suay: Shes Spanish, Im American

She’s Spanish, I’m American stands as a breezy pop flirtation between Rouse and Suay.  Rouse has perfected the art of smooth, dreamy


Anton Barbeau: In the Village of the Apple Sun

Anton Barbeau’s tenth album is plastered with sounds, styles and arrangements that makes you want to dust off the Beatles albums post Sgt. Pepper.


The Hermit Crabs: Feel Good Factor EP

The Hermit Crabs is a Glasgow band that plays whispery, loving twee-pop.


Pink Nasty: Mold the Gold

Sara Beck is asking a lot of any listener. First they have to get through the unpleasantness of her performing name, Pink Nasty, and then they have to contend with some willfully divergent shifts in style.


Lloyd Price: Specialty Profiles

Lloyd Price’s earliest recorded material was for the Specialty label. Back in 1952 while Price was still a teenager, he had a big hit record


Monday, February 26 2007

Autumn Shade: Ezra Moon

An extraordinary mix of folk, rock and classical influences, the songs are minimally couched and passionately sung against a backdrop of piano and violin.


Z: Mikabe

It's the music of fits and starts: a grunt, a strum, a scream, a honk, a hoot, an eruption into noise, a retreat into guitar-whine.


Dora Flood: We Live Now

The latest album from heady, groovy, psychedelic-tinged rockers Dora Flood has them again in a head space few bands can match and most should appreciate.


Terry Ohms: Terry Ohms Plays Wes McDonald

Ohms skillfully bashes out songs on his guitar that bring to mind a punk Townes Van Zandt.


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