Wednesday, February 21 2007
Now here's something to get excited about: a young flutist and saxophonist with a knack for enchanting compositions and a passion to inspire listeners.
A necessary, bittersweet compilation from the gone-too-soon power pop/punk kings of Portland.
On this five-song EP, British band the Heights inject a blunt, beefed-up, American sensibility to the indie rock animal created by the Libertines and Arctic Monkeys. Too bad the band are a year or two behind the curve.
These 14 tracks Sam Cooke recorded as lead singer with the Soul Stirrers preceded the great tenor’s forays into the pop arena, but the bulk
Electronic beats begin from down under and circle the globe, gaining speed with Melbourne maestro Faux Pas's first full length album.
Tuesday, February 20 2007
Started in Munich, Germany 13 years ago by Michael Reinboth, Compost Records quickly developed into what superstar DJ Gilles Peterson described as "the most consistent and forward thinking record label of continental Europe".
Fern Knight play a vibrant British-influenced folk that sounds like all their clocks stopped dead some time between 1972, when Scottish singer Shelagh McDonald became an
San Francisco-based Om Records has released a lot of quality downtempo electronica and chillout house music over the years, especially on its “Mushroom Jazz” and “
As far as live albums go, it’s fairly rare for a release to reach the status of a How the West Was Won or
Helsinki’s Stupido is an independent pop label with a roster of bands who perform in English and Finnish. On this sampler we get to
Four Letter Lie are intent on making sure that you know they are hardcore “emo”. How else to explain the Alexisonfire-by-numbers effort of “Full Tilt
"New Anger" traced to those '60s liberals in A Bee in the Mouth.
Monday, February 19 2007
Cheeseburger's one of the more aptly-named bands out there right now.
More atmospheric complexity from Jan Jelinek
Geir Jenssen, who also goes under the name of Biosphere, lives in a town in northern Norway and assembles soundscapes. The noises he uses in
Bob Margolin likes playing blues (and did so as Muddy Waters’ longtime guitarist); he has a very attractive baritone voice, notable on a final track
This is a Vancouver band that plays instrumentals that supposedly are meant to inspire gazing at one’s shoes.
Evilsons are relaxed and laidback on the island-tinged, dubbed-accented pop of “Sneaky Men” that falls in the same category as bands like Maroon 5 and Jason
Sunday, February 18 2007
No matter what superlatives NME spews in the Feeling's favour -- I think it was something along the lines of the band being the most exciting thing going in rock right now -- this band is squarely MOR.
Sunny Sweeney is the real country deal. With the voice of an east Texas honky-tonk angel that evokes the sassy confidence of Loretta Lynn,