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Wednesday, November 8 2006

Popup: Lucy, What You Trying To Say?

The Glasgow pop/art/rock band offers a two-track teaser.


Sol’Jibe: Marinero

Do not write these guys off just because they are a world music jam-band from Las Vegas; they are actually really good, quite ambitious, and


The Carolina Chocolate Drops: Dona Got a Ramblin Mind

This young trio is dedicated to carrying on the traditions of the African-American fiddle and banjo music that hails, as they do, from the piedmont of North Carolina.


Tuesday, November 7 2006

Isis + Aereogramme: In The Fishtank 14

In their ongoing In the Fishtank series, the good people at Konkurrent have once again brought together two unlikely bands for a collaborative recording. In


Chamellows: Rat Hearts

It's the sound of decay, and of deliberate destruction; it's the musical equivalent of those artworks for which the artist draws a picture and then scribbles over it, or piles up an assemblage of rubbish and branches.


The Defectors: Give In And Creep Out With The Defectors

If you own the Defectors’ 2004 release, Turn Me On!, you’d be forgiven for thinking you were experienceing deja vu while reading about Give In


Ronnie Day: The Album

Ronnie Day’s second album is along the lines of fellow younger musicians like Teddy Geiger. But it doesn’t distract from the fact he


The Bird and the Bee: Again and Again and Again and Again

Gorgeous and easy female-vocal pop debut EP bodes well for the 2007 full-length.


Monday, November 6 2006

Feathers: Synchromy

This mixture of solid groove and irregular sounds almost becomes as good as it keeps suggesting it could be.


Various Artists: Live at the Cedar

All of the tracks were recorded at Cedar concerts and none of them sound as if they've been thrown in just to get a famous name on the cover.


Buffalo Killers: Buffalo Killers

Buffalo Killers' music is mired in a style that makes you think there is something wrong with the speed of the album.


Yip-Yip: In the Reptile House

The goggled wonders actually put out a CD that has memorable style and memorable music!


MSTRKRFT: The Looks

The Canadian Daft Punk won't be topping Discovery anytime soon.


Dirty Projectors: New Attitude EP

The seven new attitudes on display here seem to maintain a vague veneer of folk, but also lurch between electronic blip accompaniment, noisy backup vocal arrangements, sudden falsetto, oozing cello drone, scratchy keys-and-flute jams, and operatic orchestration reminiscent of the last full-length.


Sunday, November 5 2006

The Channel: Tales From the Two Hill Heart / Sibylline Machine

In the absence of the Elephant 6 collective, the Channel turn out to be pretty likable.


Ellegarden: Riot On The Grill

A very good album from a band that you probably never heard of.


Brent Gorton: Brent Gorton

Typical lo-fi fare given just enough edge by a dose of innovation.


Friday, November 3 2006

Steffen Basho-Junghans: Late Summer Morning

German painter and fingerpicker spins sunny landscapes on steel-string guitar, drawing on folk, blues and raga styles.


Fuckpony: Children of Love

The most exciting thing about Fuckpony is its name.


Four Hours Sleep: Love Specifics

Four Hours Sleep is a very capable Australian outfit that makes very crisp and credible adult contemporary pop. A song like “I Know I Shouldn’


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