Thursday, February 8 2007
My resident layman is American, and this is unmistakably an American album, so I turned to him for advice. “What do you think?” I asked
Formed in 1993 and disbanding just before the decade mark in 2002, Botch unfortunately met their demise just a few short years before metal would re-enter the
Wednesday, February 7 2007
Musicians love to sing about (and sell) shoes! Skateboard hip-hop collective The Pack ride their debut EP right into the cement side of the hyphy, dirty, snappy, half pipe.
Lovedrug is frustrating to a critic, because they’re really hard to categorize. They can wear the emo-rock mask as well as the Brit-born
Francine Boucher is going to be regarded as a metal goddess before long, which is no surprise, considering how the French Canadian-born singer happens to
The first full-length album from the brothers Bell—Jared and Michael—is ambient, expressive, emotional, and thoughtful without one word being spoken. Whether it is
Tuesday, February 6 2007
This may be it -- this may be the album that puts the Penny Loafers back on track toward some serious national recognition.
Competent but never thrilling release from ex-lead singer of Finnish pop band Killer.
Before tricking out albums by Radiohead, Bjork, and David Bowie, British producer and arranger Nick Ingman cut his teeth orchestrating records for genteel pop personas
Ampline is primarily about instrumentals—spacey, weird, grand, large, and interesting instrumentals. After the “Your Tongue or Your Life” intro, the group settle into a
Monday, February 5 2007
A record titled Chicken on a Raft is hard to pass up—but come to find out, even harder to put down. This disc of
Still juiced up from the holiday season? Is your blood pressure still running at about 240/150? Has the protruding vein in the middle of your forehead
Producer/DJ Mark Ronson, known for his sceney fashion and remixes full of funky beats and big horn sections, turns his attention to Domino Kirke
When you have an album where three of your songs are called “\\\” (I hate finding that line on the keyboard), then you know that all
Sunday, February 4 2007
Two mainstays of the Parasol label responsible for this rowdy, rootsy rock album.
Food, a relatively obscure Chicago group who released their only album, Forever Is a Dream, in 1969, get the reissue treatment from Fallout
UK producer Graham Massey’s resume should speak for itself. He was a founding member of pioneering acid house outfit 808 State, has remixed artists
Moros Eros went face to face with Prince of Darkness and now has a debut album that’s both grim and glorious.
Thursday, February 1 2007
Widows, Luke Fischbeck’s new album as Lucky Dragons, starts with stringed instruments that almost make it seem like some sort of Americana album, except
Characters in Greg Downs' short stories have lost their way, with love elusive and hope nearly gone.