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Wednesday, October 18 2006

Dan Melchior: Fire Breathing Clones on Cellular Phones

Billy Childish collaborator Dan Melchior rips the world another one with scorching blues rock vamps and lacerating lyrics.


12twelve: LUnivers

The Spanish jazz/post-rock quartet delivers one of the year's most interesting -- and rewarding -- albums.


New Salem Witch Hunters: New Salem Witch Hunters

Back in the garage with their bullshit detectors! 1986 Ohio classic reissued for 20th anniversary.


Tierra Santa: Mejor Morir en Pie

Tierra Santa is the top metal group in Spain. This is their eighth album, and it apparently puts a much higher emphasis on melody than


White Rat by Gayl Jones

Because Jones has already created such a definitive image of black identity through dialect, she forces the reader to question the underlying assumptions behind the way language identifies us.


The Mercy Killers: Bloodlove

Decent release by a decent punk band that amounts to some decent music.


Tuesday, October 17 2006

Pop Levi: Blue Honey

Pop Levi has had a stint in Ladytron, but Ladytron wouldn’t be caught dead doing this low-fi, primal, boogie-fied blues rock Mr. Pop has


Harper Lee: He Holds a Flame

He Holds a Flame is an EP that draws you in, wraps you in blankets, and serves you hot cocoa.


Judah Johnson: Be Where I Be

Recorded over a mere five days, Judah Johnson’s latest release is a tad more polished and refined than previous efforts. Songs like “Warm Air


Remote Islands: Smother Party

Owen Pate's one-man lo-fi orchestra concocts overstuffed, understructured ditties for half an album, then resolves into clarity near the end.


Fandango, Duende y Taraf: Las Tres Orillas del Atlantico

This group of five musicians takes its inspiration from three kinds of music: Spanish (that’s the fandango part), Mexican (duende), and Moroccan (taraf). The


Monday, October 16 2006

Under Byen: Samme Stof Some Stof

Danish dream pop group may be mysterious to North American ears, but is nonetheless gorgeous.


Bears: Bears

Cleveland may rock, but the musical Clevelanders known as Bears prefer to revel in pure pop goodness on their self-titled debut. The group’s blend


Rural Electric: The Road To Hell Is Paved

Maine, while famous for many things, has never been considered a hotbed of anything, except maybe potatoes. And lobster. So Maine is a hotbed of


Various Artists: Tiny Idols, Vol. 2

Snowglobe Records’ second attempt to bring back to light some of the lesser-known treasures of the ‘90s indie-label pop-rock scene is just as satisfying as


Goodbye Tomorrow: Goodbye Tomorrow

Short but sweet EP offers three promising earnest modern rock tunes.


Friday, October 13 2006

Ensemble: Ensemble

Ensemble elegantly bridges the divides between electronica, classical, folk, and indie-pop, effortlessly integrating all of these disparate genres into one lovely and unassuming sound.


Protokoll: Protokoll [EP]

Debut EP from Boston-based rock quartet is yet another entry in the ongoing renaissance of '80s disaffection.


Last Conservative: Pretty New Things

This band spent the past summer opening for the Goo Goo Dolls / Counting Crows co-headlining North American tour, as well as performing at the after-show


Autobiography of My Hand by Kurt S. Olsson

The first poem in Bright Hill Press’ 2005 Poetry Chapbook winner, “Grace”, begins: They are here to teach him about power, a gang of ten-year-olds. Hands


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