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Sunday, January 7 2007

Tiny Dancers: Lions And Tigers And Lions

Country-flecked psychedelic pop anthems from Yorkshire.


Die Princess Die: Lions Eat Lions

If listeners let go of their expectations and embrace the band's blistering sonic assault, they will find the album to be cathartic and strangely catchy.


Goat: Twisted Heart

Goat is just a generic, okay voice, drained of every last drop of personality, and it fits the clean, flawless music perfectly.


Giddy Motors: Do Easy

Middle of the road hard rock has its ups and downs, but its share of fun along the way.


The Strangers in the House by Georges Simenon

Simenon is best known, at least in the Anglophone world, for his Inspector Maigret mysteries, but The Strangers in the House is not really a crime novel.


Thursday, January 4 2007

Boduf Songs: Lion Devours the Sun

In the follow-up to last year's highly regarded EP, home recorder Mat Sweet crafts minimalist acoustic reveries of whispered menace and unsettling grace.


Alternadad by Neal Pollack

What happens when hipsters have kids? More importantly, what happens when formerly funny hipsters have kids?


Julie Loyd: All That You Ask For

Although there is an aspect of dorm room naiveté to her lyrics, there are moments of honesty that are both genuine and revealing.


Monopoly by Philip E. Orbanes

Orbanes' passion for the game and devotion to its legendary status shines forth from every word and every page.


Various Artists: Paz e Futebol

Upon seeing the cover of the new compilation CD by Jazzanova, Paz e Futebol, listeners might assume that the album is just a ploy to


Wednesday, January 3 2007

David Grumel: Bearivage

Written in both Iceland and his native France, musician David Grumel’s debut explores a musical palette that runs with the colours of cool jazz,


Daylights for the Birds: Trouble Everywhere

The seductive songs on Trouble Everywhere are closer to stargazing than any “indie shoegazing”.  Comparable to Camera Obscura, on their debut Daylight’s for


Swan Island: The Centre Will Hold

Double guitar'd girl punk from the Pacific NW... Sleater-Kinney is gone, but the Auteurs/Delta 5/Lora Logic lineage continues.


Tara Jane ONeil: In Circles

The latest album from Portland native Tara Jane O’Neil is barren, sparse, and quite precious. From the lullaby instrumental “Primer”, the musician moves into


Tuesday, January 2 2007

Various Artists: Fuzzy-Felt Folk

From instrumental themes of 1960s British kiddie shows to charming little ditties about elves and trolls, this loopy, endearing collection has been lovingly assembled by


Holy Shit: Stranded at Two Harbors

With a crackling collection of shambolic pop, Holy Shit prove as endearingly sophomoric as their name.


Sister Hazel: Absolutely

If you yearn for a return to the sensitive-guys-with-guitars movement of the late '90s, Absolutely is your ticket home.


Rafael Toral: Space

Portuguese electronic composer (and Rhys Chatham collaborator) Rafael Toral ponders the unpredictability of synthesized sound and the emptiness of deep space in three extended pieces.


The Old Way: A Story of the First People by Elizabeth Marshall Thomas

The dominance of modern technological life is driving more than animal species to extinction. And imbecilic notions of superiority are not restricted to western nations.


Monday, January 1 2007

The Antiques: Nicknames and Natives

The Antiques are the musically serene country cousins of the raunchy Americana-fuelled folk-rock sound brought to the indie stage by bands like My Morning Jacket and the Kings of Leon.


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