Tuesday, August 29 2006
A faded fin de siècle sunniness sustained by a wall of spangled keyboard hum and series of ascending chords and notes that wash over you in waves.
Australian blues-rock band treads worn ground, showing some promise but never really delivering anything of lasting interest.
Consisting of two sets of brothers from Seattle, Sneaky Thieves commence this album with a quasi-hymnal instrumental aptly titled “Elegy”. At times eerie, the group
Allien on downers for a session of ego preaching.
Monday, August 28 2006
Dancemakers attempts an uplifting mishmash of hip-hop beats and groovy vibes over a world-music pastiche. It fails spectacularly.
Panda & Angel, a soft-core band from Seattle, don’t quite know what to do with their guitars on their self-titled debut EP. Alternating between
The Matchheads: Backtracks 1980-1982 / The Matchheads Present The Mohawks, Lucky Strikes, The Gasser
The Matchheads were a punk rock band in the early ‘80s that are known only to a handful of people in San Francisco. But that
Despite mixed results, this Iowa-based emcee is strong on ideas and concepts.
Dreamy but attention getting, [The] Caseworker is compromised of Conor Jonathan, Eimer Devlin, Will Waghorn, and Monte Vallier. And this quartet, led primarily by Jonathan
Friday, August 25 2006
What would you do if your label gave you a wake up call to deliver your album before you were finished? Raydar Ellis shows you how to deliver the goods.
The Imaginational Anthem series that started by unearthing folk blues legends now focuses on upcoming West Coast stars in the Takoma finger-picking tradition.
A disturbingly nice record that is just so simple you suspect that there may be more to it than meets the eye.
The Eastern Stars pick up where people like Beck and Low left off at some point in their careers. Led by Kaia Wong and Rob
David Enright, GD Mills, Jason Clohecy, and Lisa Walker are the Haywards, creating very barren pop that brings to mind Spoon in some respects, especially
Thursday, August 24 2006
Why is this CD, the debut solo effort from UK group Moloko’s singer, essential? For one, it's one of the best examples of production shaping but not overwhelming the artist’s vision.
You want to know whether or not this album is any good, and, believe me, I want to be able to tell you. But we’
The Danceband is the sound of a bunch of Swedes making Latin music... and it works.
Ah, where would the world be without bubble gum pop? Would the USSR have dissolved if bubble gum pop never existed? Think about it. In
Jazz-fusion mush that is just ordinary.
Wednesday, August 23 2006
Jimmy Tamborello, aka Dntel, takes Figurines techno-pop, the more laptop-lo-fi and intricate sensibilities of his Postal Service and minimal house-inspiration from a German trip to