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Wednesday, December 13 2006

Lewis & Clarke: Live On WPRB

There’s a new digital turntable console out there that will read your vinyl records with perfect exactitude, as well as set you back about 15


Manowar: The Sons of Odin

Killing with power, again and again...


Roses Pawn Shop: The Arsonist

Rose's Pawn Shop successfully push a bluegrass/old-timey sound onto the bar band stage with the quite fine The Arsonist.


The Echo Maker: A Novel by Richard Powers

In Richard Powers' world, where technology and humanity are inexorably fused, memory is a mashed-up maelstrom that's random and repetitive, elusive and deceptive.


Rose Hill Drive: Rose Hill Drive

Don’t say I didn’t warn ya.  Having listened to the promo EP from Rose Hill Drive earlier in the year, the band


Tuesday, December 12 2006

The Disco Students: I Beg to Differ

When’s the last time you picked up a double-disc CD retrospective of a band that’s been around for a quarter of a century


Michael Powers: Prodigal Son

A ready roughness, no lack of vigour or talent, a bit rushed. Genre: early Rolling Stones with Brian Jones.


Mute Math: Mute Math

Mute Math could make a huge, epic record, but all they've done here is show us they're capable of that without completely delivering.


JJ Baron: Brand New Stranger

JJ Baron is a consummate storyteller who weaves his tales around shimmering pedal steel and six-string acoustic.  The singer’s debut album, Brand New


Monday, December 11 2006

WonderGround: Become Water

Languid lo-fi pop from some LA drifters.


Form of Rocket: Men

The guitarist of death-punk outfit Form of Rocket is named Peter Makowski.  There is a song at the end of the album titled “Peter


Landon Pigg: LP

Landon Pigg’s debut album is not at all what I expected from this former kiddie-music singer (his credits include a pair of Ronald McDonald


Rediscover: Call Me When You Get This

At times, this is rather painful dance rock to listen to, going nowhere fast.


Sunday, December 10 2006

Some Action: The Band That Sucked the Life Out of Rock n Roll and Killed Itself in the Process

NYC punk rockers want to be your Joey Ramone... but fare best when they take things down a notch.


The Inner Banks: The Inner Banks

The Inner Banks have crafted a gorgeous, warm, gently winding debut worth returning to again and again.


Phonophani: Phonophani

After receiving a limited edition release in 1998, the self-titled album by Phonophani eventually became one of the most critically acclaimed electronic records ever to come


The Comfies: Close to Me

The Comfies are comfortable, almost too comfortable on some of these songs.


Thursday, December 7 2006

Sprites: Modern Gameplay

Even if they write interesting lyrics, pop musicians will be destined for insignificance if their music is no good. Fortunately, Sprites demonstrate melodic gifts and


Copeland: Eat, Sleep, Repeat

Which “Co” do you like better: Coldplay or Copeland?  You’ll probably say the former, ‘cos you may not have heard of the latter,


Roy Milton: Specialty Profiles: Roy Milton

Jump blues-jazz, very accomplished, solidly bejewelled with Camille Howard's boogie piano, good jazz solos, and Milton sang well.


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