Friday, October 13 2006
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,
Sad but not miserable, this bit of heartache is both moving and comforting in its murkiness.
Thursday, October 12 2006
Duo manages to actually bring something new to the female singer-songwriter table, and that's a welcome thing.
Defari seems to be losing speed, as his newest album fails to break any new ground from his previous endeavors.
If your idea of fun is losing your mind and bouncing off walls for 30 rousing minutes, bon appetit!
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 “
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
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 is the lifeblood of one Carlos Nino and some of his like-minded jazz / funk / fusion / pop comrades. And as a result,
This tape is weak, but Shaq is back!
The idea itself sounds like quite a bit of fun, but there's precious little humor to be found.
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
Strange, ominous, and engaging, the Paper Chase coufound and captivate.
It's a bit tedious, but Michael Zapruder's latest album is also very, very pretty.
A good performance is derailed somewhat by an inferior package.
Organic and grimy, yet noisily industrial, music from an abandoned bunker in New Zealand makes you look at the world a little bit differently.
Maybe these performers do some fine stuff on their own albums, but this sampler isn't ideal.
Monday, October 9 2006
The Citizens haven't done it yet, but they're about to hit their strange stride.
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.
The so-called "darkravers" do their scary darkravey-like thing for six tracks on this iTunes-exclusive EP.