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Monday, October 23 2006

Ryan Scott: Five OClock News

Slow, soulful and somewhat bittersweet, Ryan Scott’s first effort is the lovable title track that sounds a bit like The Twilight Singers, John Mayer


Sunday, October 22 2006

Astronautalis: Mighty Ocean and Nine Dark Theaters

Astronautalis continues to keep one foot in hip-hop and one in indie, as he searches for meaning in an alien world.


Colour Revolt: Colour Revolt EP

Colour Revolt, a new band out of Oxford, Mississippi, get a re-release of their debut EP through Tiny Evil after a limited release at the


Friday, October 20 2006

Myra Melford: The Image of Your Body

If you like a little hard-hitting adventure in your jazz, this album is artful and intelligent. And, oh yes, it definitely swings.


Devastations: Coal

Devastations, a band of Australians living in Berlin, attempt the depth of the Dirty Three and Liars on their sophomore album, Coal—and end up


Branches: Grown In You

As the name implies, this band's tree has many roots and varied shoots.


Theo Angell: Dearly Beloved

Hall of Fame founder Theo Angell mines deep lodes of folk, blues and spiritual music in this eccentrically powerful solo album.


Thursday, October 19 2006

The Drugstore Cowboys: Chapter 3006

Electroclash or industrial, either way, there's a little too much drugstore and not enough cowboy here.


Lindstrom: Its a Feedelity Affair

It’s hard to believe this is Lindstrom’s debut; but then again, it’s really a collection of previously released vinyl singles. Nice to


Miss Violetta Beauregarde: Odi Profanum Vulgus Et Arceo

I love you Miss Violetta Beauregarde! Even though you probably don’t love me because you are an Italian punk rocker electronic yelling girl who


The Anderson Council: The Fall Parade

Superlative paisley pop with swirling guitars, buoyant bass lines and sunny vocal harmonies...the only thing different is that the girls wearing go-go boots are killers.


Wordburglar: Burglaritis

If nothing else, the boy's got spunk.


Wednesday, October 18 2006

Beaten Awake: Lets Get Simplified

Indie collaboration group mixes it up for mostly good results.


Dan Melchior: Fire Breathing Clones on Cellular Phones

Billy Childish collaborator Dan Melchior rips the world another one with scorching blues rock vamps and lacerating lyrics.


12twelve: LUnivers

The Spanish jazz/post-rock quartet delivers one of the year's most interesting -- and rewarding -- albums.


New Salem Witch Hunters: New Salem Witch Hunters

Back in the garage with their bullshit detectors! 1986 Ohio classic reissued for 20th anniversary.


Tierra Santa: Mejor Morir en Pie

Tierra Santa is the top metal group in Spain. This is their eighth album, and it apparently puts a much higher emphasis on melody than


Tuesday, October 17 2006

White Rat by Gayl Jones

Because Jones has already created such a definitive image of black identity through dialect, she forces the reader to question the underlying assumptions behind the way language identifies us.


The Mercy Killers: Bloodlove

Decent release by a decent punk band that amounts to some decent music.


Pop Levi: Blue Honey

Pop Levi has had a stint in Ladytron, but Ladytron wouldn’t be caught dead doing this low-fi, primal, boogie-fied blues rock Mr. Pop has


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