Monday, December 18 2006
Portland spazz-pop innovators slice genres, moods and soundscapes in a fractious beauty of an EP.
It's the sort of timeless music that the guys at university campus bars think sounds really good after chugging back some Labatt Ice.
Tripping the line between Americana and rockabilly swing, Shortstack are fun, but never inventive enough to truly impress.
Sunday, December 17 2006
On this very promising debut EP, New Jersey singer-songwriter Nicole Atkins and her backing band the Sea craft pop music that is both sophisticated, sweet, magical, and pretty darn cool, as well.
Middle of the road dance pop that never quite rises above.
If you can still remember how great an imperfect country/rock record made by a band dripping with potential and energy can be, then Lonely Road Revival is a refreshing slap in the face.
A nice piece of unassuming true school hip-hop.
Thursday, December 14 2006
The San Fransisco-based DJ showcases party-grade electro-house with a retro twist from his Grayhound label.
Not loud, not simple, not rebarbative, not monotonous, not short on linear, harmonic or textural imagination.
There can be little doubt, looking across the horizons of contemporary society and assuming any objective measure, that the notion of godlessness has reached a nadir.
To look at the impossibly cute nineteen year old singer-songwriter Paolo Nutini, you’d think he would sound like a choirboy. Instead, his voice is
The emphasis here is less on action than on character and motivation, and the tempo overall is mostly andante moderato, not allegro vivace.
Please, we have too many bad metalcore bands in America to have to deal with Australian ones, too.
Wednesday, December 13 2006
There’s a new digital turntable console out there that will read your vinyl records with perfect exactitude, as well as set you back about 15
Killing with power, again and again...
Rose's Pawn Shop successfully push a bluegrass/old-timey sound onto the bar band stage with the quite fine The Arsonist.
In Richard Powers' world, where technology and humanity are inexorably fused, memory is a mashed-up maelstrom that's random and repetitive, elusive and deceptive.
Don’t say I didn’t warn ya. Having listened to the promo EP from Rose Hill Drive earlier in the year, the band
Tuesday, December 12 2006
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
A ready roughness, no lack of vigour or talent, a bit rushed. Genre: early Rolling Stones with Brian Jones.