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Sunday, November 12 2006

Sven Libaek: Inner Space: The Lost Film Music of Sven Libaek

There's a lightness of touch and a breezy, jazzy atmosphere to these 12 Sven Libaek Australian film-score compositions from the '60s and '70s.


Dig Dug

Dig Dug further cements Namco's image as fortunate sons of context and circumstance.


Counterclockwise

Like the light cycles in Tron, you're in control of futuristic vehicles that leave solid walls in their wakes.


Starlit Zone Fighter

You're a disembodied head spitting fruit at all manner of monsters. Any questions?


Ira: The Body And The Soil

Germany's Ira is a group that wants to rock out, but ends up plodding along.


Friday, November 10 2006

Tim Hecker: Harmony in Ultraviolet

While “Whitecaps of White Noise” is in fact the title of a standout two-part suite for static and disintegrating synthesizer from Tim Hecker’s latest


Thursday, November 9 2006

Red Sparowes: Every Red Heart Shines Towards the Red Sun

The Red Sparowes’ Every Red Heart Shines Towards the Red Sun contains elements that are driving building to elements that are fast, and the resultant


Dr. Dog: Takers and Leavers

Five guys and six songs equals 23½ minutes of rambling, lo-fidelity pop. The EP is fun in a goofy way.


Zea: Insert Parallel Universe

Copious quirk and a sense of humor. What's not to like?


Bryan Estepa: All The Bells And Whistles

Aussie artist Bryan Estepa sounds like he's grown up on a healthy dose of The Jayhawks and Uncle Tupelo.


Dark Globe: Nostalgia for the Future

Many people claim that the members of Dark Globe created the first breakbeat album when they released Mondo Scurro, but on their latest record, Nostalgia


Wednesday, November 8 2006

Inquiet: Yé-Yé Bears

Which genre does this belong to? Naif-noise?


No Wait Wait: About You

The dark About You is at its best when it mixes fragile country-rock in with the bigger pop-rock sound.


Popup: Lucy, What You Trying To Say?

The Glasgow pop/art/rock band offers a two-track teaser.


Sol’Jibe: Marinero

Do not write these guys off just because they are a world music jam-band from Las Vegas; they are actually really good, quite ambitious, and


The Carolina Chocolate Drops: Dona Got a Ramblin Mind

This young trio is dedicated to carrying on the traditions of the African-American fiddle and banjo music that hails, as they do, from the piedmont of North Carolina.


Tuesday, November 7 2006

Isis + Aereogramme: In The Fishtank 14

In their ongoing In the Fishtank series, the good people at Konkurrent have once again brought together two unlikely bands for a collaborative recording. In


Chamellows: Rat Hearts

It's the sound of decay, and of deliberate destruction; it's the musical equivalent of those artworks for which the artist draws a picture and then scribbles over it, or piles up an assemblage of rubbish and branches.


The Defectors: Give In And Creep Out With The Defectors

If you own the Defectors’ 2004 release, Turn Me On!, you’d be forgiven for thinking you were experienceing deja vu while reading about Give In


Ronnie Day: The Album

Ronnie Day’s second album is along the lines of fellow younger musicians like Teddy Geiger. But it doesn’t distract from the fact he


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