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Tuesday, December 12 2006

The Disco Students: I Beg to Differ

When’s the last time you picked up a double-disc CD retrospective of a band that’s been around for a quarter of a century


Michael Powers: Prodigal Son

A ready roughness, no lack of vigour or talent, a bit rushed. Genre: early Rolling Stones with Brian Jones.


Mute Math: Mute Math

Mute Math could make a huge, epic record, but all they've done here is show us they're capable of that without completely delivering.


JJ Baron: Brand New Stranger

JJ Baron is a consummate storyteller who weaves his tales around shimmering pedal steel and six-string acoustic.  The singer’s debut album, Brand New


Monday, December 11 2006

WonderGround: Become Water

Languid lo-fi pop from some LA drifters.


Form of Rocket: Men

The guitarist of death-punk outfit Form of Rocket is named Peter Makowski.  There is a song at the end of the album titled “Peter


Landon Pigg: LP

Landon Pigg’s debut album is not at all what I expected from this former kiddie-music singer (his credits include a pair of Ronald McDonald


Rediscover: Call Me When You Get This

At times, this is rather painful dance rock to listen to, going nowhere fast.


Sunday, December 10 2006

Some Action: The Band That Sucked the Life Out of Rock n Roll and Killed Itself in the Process

NYC punk rockers want to be your Joey Ramone... but fare best when they take things down a notch.


The Inner Banks: The Inner Banks

The Inner Banks have crafted a gorgeous, warm, gently winding debut worth returning to again and again.


Phonophani: Phonophani

After receiving a limited edition release in 1998, the self-titled album by Phonophani eventually became one of the most critically acclaimed electronic records ever to come


The Comfies: Close to Me

The Comfies are comfortable, almost too comfortable on some of these songs.


Thursday, December 7 2006

Sprites: Modern Gameplay

Even if they write interesting lyrics, pop musicians will be destined for insignificance if their music is no good. Fortunately, Sprites demonstrate melodic gifts and


Copeland: Eat, Sleep, Repeat

Which “Co” do you like better: Coldplay or Copeland?  You’ll probably say the former, ‘cos you may not have heard of the latter,


Roy Milton: Specialty Profiles: Roy Milton

Jump blues-jazz, very accomplished, solidly bejewelled with Camille Howard's boogie piano, good jazz solos, and Milton sang well.


A Shameful Act: The Armenian Genocide and the Question of Turkish Responsibility by Taner Akcam

To put it bluntly: In those dying days, Ottoman leaders killed most of Turkey's Christians, just as Nazi Germany would kill most of its Jews.


Jake Stigers: No Vacancy

Soulful guitar rock with a Southern-fried charm.


Wednesday, December 6 2006

Fresh Maggots: Fresh Maggots… Hatched

In any other year, Fresh Maggots… Hatched would easily have claimed the title of best maggot-themed album of the year. Released in 1971, it will instead


Hamilton de Holanda Quintet: Brasilianos

Hamilton de Holanda plays a 10-string mandolin. He plays it really really well.


One Good Turn by Kate Atkinson

Yes, Virginia, there is another mystery writer in Scotland besides Ian Rankin.


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