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Monday, January 1 2007

Pathfinders: A Global History of Exploration by Felipe Fernandez-Armesto

Fernandez-Armesto's lively mind, pithy phrasing, and stunningly thorough and diverse knowledge are a constant pleasure.


Thursday, December 21 2006

The Aquarium: The Aquarium

All told, these 11 instrumental and vocal cuts form the type of innovative album that restores your faith in independent music.


Giant Squid: Metridium Fields

Both the sum of and a twist on their influences, Giant Squid brings the bombast.


Caroline Vinciguerra: Bored and Gorgeous

Before picking up a guitar last year and heading into Blacklodge Studios, Caroline Vinciguerra was a down-on-her-luck actress whose on-screen highlight came in 1993 when she


Wednesday 13: Fang Bang

Some welcome shock rock that doesn't take itself too seriously.


The Rodeo Carburettor: The Rodeo Carburettor

Dirty garage rock from the land of the rising sun, the Rodeo Carburettor bring the rawk in any language.


Wednesday, December 20 2006

Nurse with Wound: Rock N Roll Station

Reissue of Stephen Stapleton's hallucinatory mid-1990s excursion into the rhythmic possibilities of hip-hop.


Count Basie: One Oclock Jump: The Very Best of Count Basie

modest sampler, immodestly billed, not unique, a few of Basie's best Columbia records.


Turn Off the Stars: Turn Off the Stars

Thank you for existing, Turn Off the Stars.  In a wash of generic watered-down Keane and Coldplay knockoffs (which themselves were watered-down Radiohead knockoffs),


J.P. Shilo: As Happy As Sad Is Blue

Shilo has captured the rather fine line between tension and tedium.


The Trouble with Physics by Lee Smolin

The rise of string theory began a period filled with tantalizing near-miss formulations that continues until today.


Tuesday, December 19 2006

Rick Brockner: Black Mountain Brew

Cheesiness of the marketing aside, Rick Brockner’s Black Mountain Brew is a soothing, enjoyable, if not revolutionary acoustic folk record.


Steve Almaas and Ali Smith: You Showed Me

Americana and pop from post-Cracker laureatte and his winsome partner.


Seht: The Green Morning

The Green Morning is about empty space, barren metallic wastelands, and post-nuclear landscapes.


Leigh Nash: Leigh Nash Remix Project

Aerobicizing Nash’s songs may be your idea of heaven. It’s just not mine.


Monday, December 18 2006

Ultra Dolphins: Mar

The kind of spazzy hardcore that can send a room full of teenaged hardcore dancers into a spin-kicking frenzy in mere seconds.


31 Knots: Polemics

Portland spazz-pop innovators slice genres, moods and soundscapes in a fractious beauty of an EP.


Matt Mays & El Torpedo: Matt Mays & El Torpedo

It's the sort of timeless music that the guys at university campus bars think sounds really good after chugging back some Labatt Ice.


Shortstack: The History of Cut Nails in America

Tripping the line between Americana and rockabilly swing, Shortstack are fun, but never inventive enough to truly impress.


Sunday, December 17 2006

Nicole Atkins: Bleeding Diamonds

On this very promising debut EP, New Jersey singer-songwriter Nicole Atkins and her backing band the Sea craft pop music that is both sophisticated, sweet, magical, and pretty darn cool, as well.


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