Capsule Reviews

Thursday, October 26 2006

Conservatize Me by John Moe

The idea behind John Moe’s Conservatize Me sounds too much like something Morgan Spurlock would come up with on an off-night for his 30 Days


Games and Sport in Everyday Life by Robert Perinbanayagam

If there’s a sociological study that would seem to have broad appeal, it’s one that looks at games and sport. Hunter College professor


Ecstatic Sunshine: Freckle Wars

Frantic and riff-packed instrumental guitar album with ideas and challenges for the adventurous listener.


The Asian Mystique by Sheridan Prasso

If ignorance breeds prejudice, then a well-informed, comprehensive survey of racial perceptions is a good antidote. This is certainly Sheridan Prasso’s intention with The


Hisato Higuchi: Dialogue

There's a delicacy here that you suspect would be violated by anything so vulgar as a lyric.


Benni Hemm Hemm: Benni Hemm Hemm

As a reminder of the intrepid, home-made spirit of much Icelandic music and the varied uses to which folk can be put, it's an interesting CD to have around.


Wednesday, October 25 2006

The Briggs: Back to Higher Ground

Pop-punk band treads familiar ground, but with enough skill and energy to have some highlights.


Westbound Train: Transitions

Ska-soul done well and done right is always a good time.


Sisters Euclid: Run Neil Run

Instrumental tribute to Neil Young displays a lot of talent, but maintains only a modicum of interest.


Band Ane: Anish Music

Ane Oestergaard is restless and inquisitive and can't leave things alone -- she's compelled to fiddle.


De Rosa: Mend

European pop band carries on the torch for the Delgados.


Tuesday, October 24 2006

La Pieta: Inside Out

La Pieta makes pleasant, literal indie pop with a female vocal and a limited musical appeal. The trio’s style is simple, building off acoustic-strummed


Parenthetical Girls: Safe as Houses

This is dark, challenging, ugly, pretty pop music.


Hella: Acoustics

Ready or not, here comes math-folk, with Hella killing you softly.


Monday, October 23 2006

The Avett Brothers: The Gleam

Though this release finds the band exploring quieter territory, there's a tangible intensity throughout many of these songs.


The Sadies: Tales of the Rat Fink

The Sadies have no interest in making exceptional music, which is, of course, how really fun records get made.


Maps of Norway: Sister Stations

Electro-pop and guitar rock merge in a powerful combination.


Beach House: Beach House

Baltimore duo spins soft vocals, electrified keyboards and mechanical percussion into pearlized fogs of melancholy pop.


Cat Scientist: Cicada

Fun and bouncy, it's great if punchy humor is to your tastes, but otherwise will seem overwhelmingly cutesy.


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


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