Capsule Reviews

Tuesday, March 27 2007

Eluvium: Copia

I can think of few musicians of any genre making instrumental music as involving as Matthew Cooper's ambient compositions under the name Eluvium.

Daníel Águst: Swallowed a Star

Daníel Águst, former singer for the Icelandic dance/trip-hop outfit Gus Gus, applies a different but no less quirky approach to his solo debut.

Holy Moses: Queen of Siam

It took some bravery and audacity for Holy Moses to promote their product in the most male-dominated genre in popular music.

Emily Grogan: At Sea

Grogan is not happy making radio-friendly polished pop, showing a far more soulful side.

Monday, March 26 2007

Lucky Soul: Aint Never Been Cool

1950s girl-group pop gets a modern-day reworking on the delightful title track of the UK pop group Lucky Soul's three-song Ain't Never Been Cool EP.

The One AM Radio: This Too Will Pass

While the songs feature even more organic instrumentation than before, they all exist in that tepid, midtempo, watery, emotional area that is being done much better by similar artists.

Dragon or Emperor: Dragon or Emperor

Dragon or Emperor's deft rage evokes the sound of a Pere Ubu v Back Door arm-wrestle.

Amiina: Seoul

Fragile, and twee to the point of nothingness, it’s sweet without being sugary, but unfortunately acts like a constant appetizer in a meal where the main dish never appears.

The Interview by King Hurley

Business thriller The Interview is a promising debut.

Young Galaxy: Swing Your Heartache

Young Galaxy is the latest signing of Toronto indie label Arts & Crafts, made well known now by their first signing, Broken Social Scene.

Sunday, March 25 2007

Wayne Hancock: Tulsa

Wayne "the Train" Hancock is back with a honky-tonk country stew that'll have you hoisting a cold one in joyous salute to the "King of Juke-Joint Swing".

The Exeter Popes: Snow, Mountain, Geisha

The second EP from Brooklyn, Nw York's the Exeter Popes is a study in maximizing opportunities.

Little Brazil: Tighten The Noose

Many of these songs hit all the right spots at exactly the right times.

Brian Groder: Torque

A superior set of contemporary jazz, blazing straight out of the long and unruly heritage of left-field explorations.

The Secret of Lost Things by Sheridan Hay

Bookish The Secret of Lost Things by Sheridan Hay keeps the pages turning.

Num9: The Glow-worms Resistance

I read the press kit and then listen to the CD and feel as if I'm missing something.

Thursday, March 22 2007

Goldrush: The Heart Is the Place

Britain's Goldrush newest release unveils inspiring orchestrations and a whole lot of talent.

The Black Watch: Tatterdemalion

If not for lack of quality, then simple lack of interest in the style.

Todd Carey: Watching Waiting

Carey’s pop rock comes off as being telegraphed a la Gavin DeGraw and Jason Mraz.

Blake Miller: Together With Cats

Although the press release wants you to believe that Blake Miller falls in line with Devendra Banhart and Grizzly Bear, you’d be hard pressed not to find someone like Ralph Stanley deep in the mix.

//Mixed media

Authenticity Issues and the New Intimacies

// Marginal Utility

"The social-media companies have largely succeeded in persuading users of their platforms' neutrality. What we fail to see is that these new identities are no less contingent and dictated to us then the ones circumscribed by tradition; only now the constraints are imposed by for-profit companies in explicit service of gain.

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