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Wednesday, September 13 2006

Helios: Eingya

Acheiving that fleeting balance between prettiness and interest, Helios delivers a lush instrumental that actually engages the heart.


Gomma Workshop: Cantina Tapes

Italian Surrealist Cartoon Music for the Soul.


Good Riddance: My Republic

Punk band hasn't changed much in a decade, for better and worse.


David Kimbrough Jr.: Shell-Shocked

At question is whether a musician can extend things in this or that direction, and very possibly the performer of "Shell Shocked" can.


Tuesday, September 12 2006

Messer für Frau Müller: Triangle, Dot & Devil

Russian neo-lounge act's camp and kitsch belies its complex sampling and arrangements.


The Husbands: Theres Nothing Id Like More Than To See You Dead

YOU try telling these primal r'n'r gals that women can't be Husbands.


Silent Civilian: Rebirth of the Temple

Spineshank is to Fear Factory as Silent Civilian is to...


Mint: Magnetism

Belgian group's second album is full of college radio-friendly charming pop.


New Buffalo: New Buffalo EP

As with so many stopgap EPs, it's an eclectic, so-so afair of questionable re-release value.


Monday, September 11 2006

Nat Baldwin: Enter the Winter

Freeform musician continues to surprise in ability to be accessible and push boundaries.


Tom Lellis: Avenue of the Americas

Very nice jazz singer with a relaxed, quiet, light baritone delivery, and something of an all-round musician.


Logan Square: Pessimism & Satire

Same old heartbreak song and dance, done yet again.


The Little Ones: Sing Song EP

The Little Ones prove to be impressive without being overly distinctive, trading challenges for talented execution.


The Picture: Connect

Predictable and conventional, nothing here is quite ready to actually connect.


Friday, September 8 2006

I Love You But Ive Chosen Darkness: According to Plan

Even more gothic 'Dear John' letters.


The Mae Shi / Rapider Than Horsepower: Do Not Ignore the Potential

The dangers of bi-focal split-LPs are many, but these two acts make it fun, regardless of the innevitable judgment of which is the better band.


Marion Meadows: Dressed to Chill

Sax virtuoso continues to deliver a range of riches and cool jazz grooves.


Various Artists: Free the P

Consciousness rap goes international in a effort to spotlight the plight of Palestine.


Rebecca Hart: Crash & Strum

Sometimes funky, sometimes forumlaic, this female singer-songwriter reminds you of her forebears, but still manages the occasional item of interest.


Watermelon Slim and the Workers: Watermelon Slim and the Workers

Another gem of an album from one of the most exciting blues artists to come along in years.


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