Capsule Reviews

Tuesday, March 13 2007

Nanny Assis: Double Rainbow

Double Rainbow is an album of easygoing covers leavened with a few original compositions by Brazillian Nanny Assis and his friends.

The Cinematics: Break

Indie bands everywhere could be aping Molly Hatchet and Bad Co. instead of excellent '80s outfits like the Cure, Big Country, and the Chameleons UK.

Cloud Eleven: Sweet Happy Life

With his latest release, Rick Gallego has created an album that's as breezy and refreshing as a California afternoon.

Various Artists: Backwoodz Studioz presents Target Practice

A clever, if uneven, compilation designed to showcase a label's roster of talent.

Monday, March 12 2007

Lost in the Trees: Time Taunts Me

The sounds of indie rock and film scores mix and match on this debut LP.

Creeping Weeds: We Are All Part of a Dream You Are Having

The combination of dream-like surreality and blossoming indie pop is not a new one, but Philadelphia's Creeping Weeds get the mix of wistful dislocation, gentle melancholy, and jangling, enveloping melodies just right.

Anja Garbarek: Angel-A

Angel-A is the soundtrack to a Luc Besson film that has yet to make it over to this side of the Atlantic.  The film

Fair to Midland: The Drawn and Quartered EP

Will signing to Serj Tankian's label be the big break for local Texas faves Fair to Midland?

Jeremy: Made in France

Jeremy Morris is power pop. If you looked up in the dictionary for the term you would see him.

Sunday, March 11 2007

Do Make Say Think: You, Youre a History in Rust

Do Make Say Think's albums are full of glorious anthems to the inexplicable.

Woods: At Rear House

A musical ensemble must possess tremendous collective talent in order to sound rough and untutored without being trite or annoying. The new Woods CD, At

Politic Live: Adaptation

Why "preachy" works for some artists, and how a bumpin' album can make you feel like Don Cornelius.

Maps: Start Something

Based in Northampton, Maps is the one-man-band of one James Chapman, a fellow who writes pop songs with an electronic bent.  His press materials

Forty-Five: Poems by Frieda Hughes

Daughter of poets Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes faces midlife with art in Forty-Five.

Popup: Chinese Burn/Stagecoach

Far more hyper than Franz Ferdinand or Sons and Daughters, Popup have more in common with Arctic Monkeys.

Thursday, March 8 2007

Harlem Shakes: Burning Birthdays

This great EP promises even more from Brooklyn's Harlem Shakes in the near future. These guys are gonna be big.

Warm in the Wake: Gold Dust Trail

Atlanta band Warm in the Wake is a perfect cross of Wilco, The Shins and Sparklehorse.

Panda Bear / Excepter: Carrots / KKKKK split 12

Consider this an orange juice and mogadon cocktail.

Various Artists: Presence Under the Tree

Presence Under the Tree is a double-CD collection of starry-eyed, dreampoppy, vaguely folkish indie, one disc labelled Twilight (the more robust) and the other Starlight

This Unique Museum: A Collection of Short Stories

A collection of musical short stories combining acoustic guitar with electronic effects.

//Mixed media

Authenticity Issues and the New Intimacies

// Marginal Utility

"The social-media companies have largely succeeded in persuading users of their platforms' neutrality. What we fail to see is that these new identities are no less contingent and dictated to us then the ones circumscribed by tradition; only now the constraints are imposed by for-profit companies in explicit service of gain.

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