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Tuesday, August 22 2006

The Lovekill: These Moments Are Momentum

The gritty, seedier side of power punk... straight out of Cleveland.


Monday, August 21 2006

Test Icicles: The Dig Your Own Grave EP

The epilogue to the band with the ridiculous name is an engaging enough remix EP.


Substance Abuse: Overproof

While Substance Abuse have something to say, they may need a little more than flow to do it right.


Prince Diabaté: Djerelon

Upbeat, but with a blue-toned soul, Prince Diabaté's latest CD is well worth hunting down.


The Dagons: Reverse

While a two-gendered duo might look suspiciously calculated at first glance, the Dagons have been plying their trade for the better part of a decade


The Mouse That Roared: Excommunicator

You have to love a band that would dub the first song on any album “Evil Knievel”, and The Mouse That Roared does just that.


Friday, August 18 2006

Justice: Waters Of Nazareth

‘Heavy metal disco’ may be a label that causes switch-off but wait a minute, this is the same Justice from Justice vs. Simian’s “Never


Russian Spy Camera: You Are a Vulture

This Athens, Georgia, group is the idea of Ryan White and his growing plethora of songs. As a result of this proflific streak, White has


RobinElla: Solace for the Lonely

You don’t have to be lonely to gain solace from this album. It is enveloping, it’s baby bathwater warm, sun on your cheek,


The Kickbacks: Motel Stars

Having opened for artists like Tim Easton, Robbie Fulks and Slobberbone, The Kickbacks know what Americana is all about. And they excel in that realm


Editors: Rarities

Editors try to keep the momentum up here, by repackaging a few B-sides and a track off the two-disc British limited edition version of their


Thursday, August 17 2006

Snakes & Music: Isabelle

I hate records that you can instantly get a feel for and sink your teeth into; they often leave you disappointed at the end. And


Root 70: Heaps Dub

On first tone, you’d think this was the Youngblood Brass Band. But the Root 70 jazz quartet’s sound grows much larger on Heaps Dub,


Rose Hill Drive: Rose Hill Drive EP

There’s an inherent problem with out-of-high-school bands—and that’s maturity.  Sometimes the artist will arrive both musically and lyrically loaded on the


Adam Gnade: Run Hide Retreat Surrender

“Singer” and “songwriter” Adam Gnade would like his “vocals” to be seen as resembling those of Lou Reed and the Hold Steady’s Craig Finn,


Bill Coon and Oliver Gannon: Two Much Guitar

These two premier Canadian guitarists (tendencies of Burrell, Montgomery, Kessel, etc.) have it sown up with retail sites that let you hear the first half


Wednesday, August 16 2006

Sila And The Afrofunk Experience: Funkiest Man In Africa

Funkiest Man In Africa is so glad to be alive, someone should start a cult around it.


ReKid: Made in Menorca

Rekid is supposedly Matt Edwards’ (aka Quiet Village, Radio Slave) more “underground” work and it proves an apt description. From the creepily crawling bass of


Hanne Hukkelberg: Do Not As I Do

This is at best a curio for the diehard fans only. For the rest of you, I urge you to seek out Little Things and hear what everyone else has been sleeping on for the past year.


The Good Luck Joes: What Do You Think of That Noise?

Confusing but despite that entertaining release from eclectic popsters.


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