Capsule Reviews

Tuesday, February 13 2007

Donal Clancy: Close to Home

Donal follows in the family tradition (the son of Liam) of performing marvelous acoustic Irish folk music. This Clancy plays acoustic guitar, an instrument not


Artist Unknown: Present

This German techno/dance/electro outfit hasn’t been heard from in a while, but this album, released through Datapunk member Anthony Rother’s label,


Memphis the Band: Radio

Scott Morgan, lead singer of Memphis the Band, has a voice pitched somewhere between the southern-rock inflection of Black Crows front man Chris Robinson and


The Polish Woman by Eva Mekler

Long-lost cousin, or impostor capitalizing on family's grief?


Monday, February 12 2007

Martha Berner: Ten Tiny Little Pieces

Martha Berner's latest EP is fantastically ordinary.


Michael Mayer: Immer 2

Don't give up on trance just yet. Michael Mayer's mix on Immer 2 will take you where you want to go.


Neotropic: Prestatyn

Ninja Tune alum Riz Maslen’s latest effort, three tracks of ambient pastoralism (pastoral ambiance?) that at 30 minutes are more than a stopgap but less


The Big Tease: Paper Symphony

This band’s six-song EP (five not counting the Panic! at the Disco-ish intro) is okay, but nothing that wouldn’t fall into the aforementioned


Cezanne: Breaking Bats for Jesus

Cezanne's John Daugherity took the DIY ethic to the max with his latest release.


Sunday, February 11 2007

Ed Pettersen: The New Punk Blues of Ed Pettersen

Don't call your album "The New Punk Blues" if you don't mean it -- this is alt.country.folk all the way.


Dead Voices on Air: From Labrador to Madagascar

Though discordance and dread are Dead Voices on Air trademarks, the best moments on From Labrador to Madagascar are the pretty ones.


Can Joann: Hurt People Hurt People

An album of cool grooves partly created and recorded in a 19th century North Carolina farmhouse.


Angra: Aurora Consurgens

If there’s one place that continues to have an insatiable hunger for ‘80s metal 20 years after the fact, it’s Brazil, something we can


Greg Friedman: Souls of Passing Feet

Baltimore resident Greg Friedman is a singer-songwriter. There isn’t much sense in him trying to be something he’s not. Think of him as


Thursday, February 8 2007

The Lovely Sparrows: Pulling Up Floors, Pouring on (New) Paint

The Lovely Sparrows seem to be another (potentially) great band that's taking the one-toe-in-the-water-at-a-time approach to recording.


Piebald: Accidental Gentleman

Piebald plays a jocular brand of power-pop full of faux-rock riffs and adorable lyrics. The band exploded onto the emo-punk scene in 1999 with their memorably-titled


The Twilight Singers: A Stitch in Time

Greg Dulli and Mark Lanegan fans waiting for the duo’s Gutter Twins release get a little teaser on A Stitch in Time. A lead-off


Once in a Promised Land by Laila Halaby

9/11 attacks serve as backdrop for Once in a Promised Land about an Arab couple.


Gaming by Alexander R. Galloway

Galloway should be commended for his work.


Ben Bowen King: Sidewalk Saints

My resident layman is American, and this is unmistakably an American album, so I turned to him for advice. “What do you think?” I asked


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