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Friday, September 8 2006

Rebecca Hart: Crash & Strum

Sometimes funky, sometimes forumlaic, this female singer-songwriter reminds you of her forebears, but still manages the occasional item of interest.


Watermelon Slim and the Workers: Watermelon Slim and the Workers

Another gem of an album from one of the most exciting blues artists to come along in years.


Thursday, September 7 2006

Josie Cotton: Movie Disaster Music

Return of one of the original new wave valley girls is intriguingly skewed, but slight.


Nicki Jaine: Live

Cabaret vocalist mixes up sultry, surreal modernity with traditional numbers for great effect.


The Holy Fire: In the Name of the World

As soon as they break free of past-worn territory, the Holy Fire just might become something great in their own right.


Chris Stills: When the Pain Dies Down: Live in Paris

Singer-songwriter fare so light that it's weightless.


Boys Like Girls: Boys Like Girls

Something borrowed, nothing new.


Wednesday, September 6 2006

Open Door: So Close to Beautiful

The house that Open Door builds if filled with different textures bleeding into one domicile.


Peter Wright: Red Lion

With limited appeal, this drone journey requires a certain frame of mind to truly enjoy.


Flourescent Grey: Lying on the floor mingling with god in a Tijuana motel room next door to a veteri

Fluorescent Grey challenges the distinction between sound and music, crafting found sounds into textures that may or may not be songs, but are consistently interesting.


Dust Poets: Lovesick Town

Canadian indie folk-pop band returns with a set of weird, sentimental tales that hit just so.


2UP: Teenage Mondo Crash

2UP makes the most out of tiny timeframes and maximum chaos.


Tuesday, September 5 2006

Nethers: In Fields We Will Lie

DC's Carlsonics find true calling in freak folk reveries and dark rural pop


Malachi Constant: Pride

Direct from Minnesota come Malachi Constant, a group that has continued to evolve over the course of its three albums and eight years as a


Orbit Service: Songs of Eta Carinae

Songs of Eta Carinae tempers a large helping of dark psychedelia with enough catharsis to keep it from becoming tedious.


Various Artists: The Sensitive Guys Guide to Groovy Music

Label comp for the Portland, Oregon indie imprint Paisley Pop collects 24 songs from 24 artists I've never heard of.


Bombadil: Bombadil

Bombadil is nothing earth-shattering, but it's a very happy way to spend 20 minutes of your time.


Friday, September 1 2006

Ensemble: Disown, Delete

The electronic recording project Ensemble is, ironically, helmed by just one man, Olivier Alary. If you possess an encyclopedic memory of liner notes, you’ll


Joe Good: Hi, May I Help You?

Who knew there was so much talent in Kansas City? Joe Good and partner Mac Lethal set the record straight.


Astropop 3: Life

If an indie alternative to Lilly Allen sounds pretty good about now, Astropop 3 might just provide you with all the catchy summer pop hooks you require.


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