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Tuesday, February 20 2007

Various Artists: Freshly Composted Vol. 2

Started in Munich, Germany 13 years ago by Michael Reinboth, Compost Records quickly developed into what superstar DJ Gilles Peterson described as "the most consistent and forward thinking record label of continental Europe".


Fern Knight: Music for Witches and Alchemists

Fern Knight play a vibrant British-influenced folk that sounds like all their clocks stopped dead some time between 1972, when Scottish singer Shelagh McDonald became an


Various Artists: Om: Chilled

San Francisco-based Om Records has released a lot of quality downtempo electronica and chillout house music over the years, especially on its “Mushroom Jazz” and “


Dredg: Live at the Fillmore

As far as live albums go, it’s fairly rare for a release to reach the status of a How the West Was Won or


Various Artists: The Ultimate Stupido Sampler (Before the Next One)

Helsinki’s Stupido is an independent pop label with a roster of bands who perform in English and Finnish. On this sampler we get to


Four Letter Lie: Let Your Body Take Over

Four Letter Lie are intent on making sure that you know they are hardcore “emo”. How else to explain the Alexisonfire-by-numbers effort of “Full Tilt


A Bee in the Mouth: Anger in America Now by Peter Wood

"New Anger" traced to those '60s liberals in A Bee in the Mouth.


Monday, February 19 2007

Cheeseburger: Cheeseburger

Cheeseburger's one of the more aptly-named bands out there right now.


Jan Jelinek: Tierbeobachtungen

More atmospheric complexity from Jan Jelinek


Geir Jenssen: Cho Oyu 8201m

Geir Jenssen, who also goes under the name of Biosphere, lives in a town in northern Norway and assembles soundscapes. The noises he uses in


Bob Margolin: In North Carolina

Bob Margolin likes playing blues (and did so as Muddy Waters’ longtime guitarist); he has a very attractive baritone voice, notable on a final track


Precious Fathers: Precious Fathers

This is a Vancouver band that plays instrumentals that supposedly are meant to inspire gazing at one’s shoes.


Evilsons: Cooking With… Evilsons

Evilsons are relaxed and laidback on the island-tinged, dubbed-accented pop of “Sneaky Men” that falls in the same category as bands like Maroon 5 and Jason


Sunday, February 18 2007

The Feeling: Four Stops and Home EP

No matter what superlatives NME spews in the Feeling's favour -- I think it was something along the lines of the band being the most exciting thing going in rock right now -- this band is squarely MOR.


Sunny Sweeney: Heartbreakers Hall of Fame

Sunny Sweeney is the real country deal.  With the voice of an east Texas honky-tonk angel that evokes the sassy confidence of Loretta Lynn,


River City Tanlines: Im Your Negative

Are you ready to rock?


Blinded Colony: Bedtime Prayers

Although the frozen north seems to be a beacon for hard rock and metal, not every band that emerges from the ice is listenable, much


Various Artists: Family Values Tour 2006

Why, oh why can't nu-metal just go away and die?


What Paul Meant by Garry Wills

Garry Wills' new book is a bold appraisal of the apostle.


The Soul of John Black: The Good Girl Blues

The red-gloved lady on the liner front evokes the old sexist “when she’s bad, she’s wonderful” line rather than any conventional goodness. As


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