Monday, September 18 2006
Reissue gives brilliantly hooky pop band a second crack at a larger audience, and it's well worth it.
Document of a near-dead genre, this is a timecapsule at most.
Sunday, September 17 2006
Manejo Beto proves that too many ideas can wind up being too much of a potentially good thing.
Glam-pop for the summertime 1980s retro-waver.
Friday, September 15 2006
A sugared pop rock (the musical genre not the exploding candy) confection of a major label debut for a quirky band fronted by a beautiful voice.
Rock-solid second outing for Northern California's finest all-purpose blues/country/folk/jug band.
If there's room for a straight-up rock band in this genrefied age, the Finals are a good choice for taking on that role.
Remember that Western movie with Sharon Stone as the gunslinger riding into the dusty desert town to blow things apart with lead and vengeance? Can
More great coastline tidal ambience from a man who's made it his stock in trade.
Twee angst from a French-Icelandic duo manages to be just interesting enough to avoid saccharine over-indulgence.
Thursday, September 14 2006
Andy Stott’s debut, Merciless, opens quietly, building a minimal-aquatic aesthetic—warm synths, hi-hat and simple snare, strings in the background. This is minimal dub,
Rasmus Møbius sets out on his own to create a pure album, unfettered by guest appearances, of his own brand of cut-up dub-hop.
More sisterly tween-pop from literary-minded Salt Lake City gals.
Guitars and drums. No bass. No keyboards. No strings. No brass. Just six strings, two drumsticks and the volume knobs cranked to 10. The instrumental and
Ah, California dreaming on such a summer’s day. Brothers and Sisters effectively wrangle up the laid-back sunshine vibe of 1970s California AM radio pop/
Wednesday, September 13 2006
“I would have wanted more collaborators,” writes Amaury Perez, “but everyone is busy so DIY.” For an almost one-man outfit (he has help from a
A free folk release that transcends even that label to acheive true freedom.
Acheiving that fleeting balance between prettiness and interest, Helios delivers a lush instrumental that actually engages the heart.
Italian Surrealist Cartoon Music for the Soul.
Punk band hasn't changed much in a decade, for better and worse.