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Tuesday, October 10 2006

Michael Zapruders Rain of Frogs: New Ways of Letting Go

It's a bit tedious, but Michael Zapruder's latest album is also very, very pretty.


Grave Digger: 25 to Live

A good performance is derailed somewhat by an inferior package.


With Throats as Fine as Needles: With Throats as Fine as Needles

Organic and grimy, yet noisily industrial, music from an abandoned bunker in New Zealand makes you look at the world a little bit differently.


Various Artists: Seven Dead Roses Vol. 1

Maybe these performers do some fine stuff on their own albums, but this sampler isn't ideal.


Monday, October 9 2006

The Citizens: Post Cro-Magnon Drift

The Citizens haven't done it yet, but they're about to hit their strange stride.


The Brass Kings: The Brass Kings

The Brass Kings conjure up a unique multicultural musical fusion, one that sounds like very little of what gets labeled "Americana". And thank goodness for that.


Massiv in Mensch: Klang der Unterblichkeit

The so-called "darkravers" do their scary darkravey-like thing for six tracks on this iTunes-exclusive EP.


Halifax: The Inevitablility of a Strange World

Never before in my years of being a music critic have I walked away from an album with not a single track to recommend. Congratulations Halifax: you're the first.


Hour of the Wolf: Power of the Wolf

The Hour of the Wolf’s EP isn’t an hour long, rather a third of that duration. Nonetheless, they do have some power over


Friday, October 6 2006

Thomas Dybdahl: One Day Youll Dance For Me, New York City

Norwegian singer-songwriter makes good with New York City.


Black Helicopter: Invisible Jet

Bored indie rockers never take flight on debut.


Hairshirt: Lover Politician

Neither itchy, uncomfortable, nor R.E.M., this EP is a solid if middle of the road mix of '80s influences.


Various Artists: Bargrooves Citrus

Another solid, if not groundbreaking, dose of jazzy/soulful house from Ben Sowton and Co.


Before the Dawn: The Ghost

Death metal isn’t really my cup of tea, but if it’s done properly, it can even cause some minor, occasional, sporadic head-banging on


Thursday, October 5 2006

Land Shark: Land Shark

Leave it to a Texan to bring back dirty, industrial-edged, boot-stompin' techno.


Marble Valley: Wild Yams

Ex-Pavement drummer seeks ecstasy in whiskey, weed, sunshine, God, and fuzzy guitars... but never loses his sense of humor about it.


Cepia: Atlantic Blood

To be fair, a remix disc isn't perhaps the best introduction to an electronic musician's work.


DJ Kurupt: Koch Records: Summer Heat - The Mixtape

Good things on the horizon from rap's refugee camp.


Dan Reeder: Sweetheart

It’s a hit and miss album though, with “Pussy Titty” and “Pussy Heaven” futile attempts at comedy.


Wednesday, October 4 2006

Motion Man: Pablitos Way

Motion Man excels by expanding his boundaries without throwing them out entirely.


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