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Friday, October 13 2006

Van She: Van She EP

Van She represents everything that’s wrong with Modular. I’m sorry, I love the label that’s brought us the Avalanches and the Presets,


Greg Laswell: Through Toledo

Sad but not miserable, this bit of heartache is both moving and comforting in its murkiness.


Thursday, October 12 2006

Congress of Starlings: Albedo

Duo manages to actually bring something new to the female singer-songwriter table, and that's a welcome thing.


Defari: Street Music

Defari seems to be losing speed, as his newest album fails to break any new ground from his previous endeavors.


The Casualties: Under Attack

If your idea of fun is losing your mind and bouncing off walls for 30 rousing minutes, bon appetit!


System and Station: Here Is Now

This Portland outfit has been compared to everyone from Quasi to Built To Spill. And it’s a decent comparison when listening to the indie-meets-shoe-gazing “


Casper & The Cookies: The Optimists Club

I love cookies, and Casper wasn’t one of the ghosts on my enemy lists. So this band is a natural lock then, correct? Well,


Wednesday, October 11 2006

The Purrs: The Purrs

Oh, right. Now I remember why I get excited to try out new music. Its’ because, sometimes, that CD I took a chance on will


The Life Force Trio: Living Room

The Life Force Trio is the lifeblood of one Carlos Nino and some of his like-minded jazz / funk / fusion / pop comrades. And as a result,


Cale Parks: Illuminated Manuscript

The idea itself sounds like quite a bit of fun, but there's precious little humor to be found.


Fresh Mowed Lawn: Fresh Mowed Lawn

I wasn’t sure what to make of Fresh Mowed Lawn during the initial moments, but following a lush opening, the group hits its stride


Tuesday, October 10 2006

The Paper Chase: Now You Are One of Us

Strange, ominous, and engaging, the Paper Chase coufound and captivate.


Michael Zapruders Rain of Frogs: New Ways of Letting Go

It's a bit tedious, but Michael Zapruder's latest album is also very, very pretty.


Grave Digger: 25 to Live

A good performance is derailed somewhat by an inferior package.


With Throats as Fine as Needles: With Throats as Fine as Needles

Organic and grimy, yet noisily industrial, music from an abandoned bunker in New Zealand makes you look at the world a little bit differently.


Various Artists: Seven Dead Roses Vol. 1

Maybe these performers do some fine stuff on their own albums, but this sampler isn't ideal.


Monday, October 9 2006

The Citizens: Post Cro-Magnon Drift

The Citizens haven't done it yet, but they're about to hit their strange stride.


The Brass Kings: The Brass Kings

The Brass Kings conjure up a unique multicultural musical fusion, one that sounds like very little of what gets labeled "Americana". And thank goodness for that.


Massiv in Mensch: Klang der Unterblichkeit

The so-called "darkravers" do their scary darkravey-like thing for six tracks on this iTunes-exclusive EP.


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