Tuesday, October 10 2006
It's a bit tedious, but Michael Zapruder's latest album is also very, very pretty.
A good performance is derailed somewhat by an inferior package.
Organic and grimy, yet noisily industrial, music from an abandoned bunker in New Zealand makes you look at the world a little bit differently.
Maybe these performers do some fine stuff on their own albums, but this sampler isn't ideal.
Monday, October 9 2006
The Citizens haven't done it yet, but they're about to hit their strange stride.
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.
The so-called "darkravers" do their scary darkravey-like thing for six tracks on this iTunes-exclusive EP.
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.
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
Norwegian singer-songwriter makes good with New York City.
Bored indie rockers never take flight on debut.
Neither itchy, uncomfortable, nor R.E.M., this EP is a solid if middle of the road mix of '80s influences.
Another solid, if not groundbreaking, dose of jazzy/soulful house from Ben Sowton and Co.
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
Leave it to a Texan to bring back dirty, industrial-edged, boot-stompin' techno.
Ex-Pavement drummer seeks ecstasy in whiskey, weed, sunshine, God, and fuzzy guitars... but never loses his sense of humor about it.
To be fair, a remix disc isn't perhaps the best introduction to an electronic musician's work.
Good things on the horizon from rap's refugee camp.
It’s a hit and miss album though, with “Pussy Titty” and “Pussy Heaven” futile attempts at comedy.
Wednesday, October 4 2006
Motion Man excels by expanding his boundaries without throwing them out entirely.