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Friday, September 15 2006

Persephones Bees: Notes from the Underground

A sugared pop rock (the musical genre not the exploding candy) confection of a major label debut for a quirky band fronted by a beautiful voice.


Kerosene Kondors: New American Standards

Rock-solid second outing for Northern California's finest all-purpose blues/country/folk/jug band.


The Finals: Plan Your Getaway

If there's room for a straight-up rock band in this genrefied age, the Finals are a good choice for taking on that role.


Metallic Falcons: Desert Doughnuts

Remember that Western movie with Sharon Stone as the gunslinger riding into the dusty desert town to blow things apart with lead and vengeance? Can


Manual: Bajamar

More great coastline tidal ambience from a man who's made it his stock in trade.


Lady & Bird: Lady & Bird

Twee angst from a French-Icelandic duo manages to be just interesting enough to avoid saccharine over-indulgence.


Andy Stott: Merciless

Andy Stott’s debut, Merciless, opens quietly, building a minimal-aquatic aesthetic—warm synths, hi-hat and simple snare, strings in the background. This is minimal dub,


Thursday, September 14 2006

Rasmus Møbius: Medicine Walk

Rasmus Møbius sets out on his own to create a pure album, unfettered by guest appearances, of his own brand of cut-up dub-hop.


Meg & Dia: Something Real

More sisterly tween-pop from literary-minded Salt Lake City gals.


5ive: Versus

Guitars and drums. No bass. No keyboards. No strings. No brass. Just six strings, two drumsticks and the volume knobs cranked to 10. The instrumental and


Brothers and Sisters: Brothers and Sisters

Ah, California dreaming on such a summer’s day. Brothers and Sisters effectively wrangle up the laid-back sunshine vibe of 1970s California AM radio pop/


Amor Fati: Love Fate

“I would have wanted more collaborators,” writes Amaury Perez, “but everyone is busy so DIY.” For an almost one-man outfit (he has help from a


Wednesday, September 13 2006

Josephine Foster: A Wolf in Sheeps Clothing

A free folk release that transcends even that label to acheive true freedom.


Helios: Eingya

Acheiving that fleeting balance between prettiness and interest, Helios delivers a lush instrumental that actually engages the heart.


Gomma Workshop: Cantina Tapes

Italian Surrealist Cartoon Music for the Soul.


Good Riddance: My Republic

Punk band hasn't changed much in a decade, for better and worse.


David Kimbrough Jr.: Shell-Shocked

At question is whether a musician can extend things in this or that direction, and very possibly the performer of "Shell Shocked" can.


Tuesday, September 12 2006

Messer für Frau Müller: Triangle, Dot & Devil

Russian neo-lounge act's camp and kitsch belies its complex sampling and arrangements.


The Husbands: Theres Nothing Id Like More Than To See You Dead

YOU try telling these primal r'n'r gals that women can't be Husbands.


Silent Civilian: Rebirth of the Temple

Spineshank is to Fear Factory as Silent Civilian is to...


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