Capsule Reviews

Tuesday, October 31 2006

Luomo: Paper Tigers

Vladislav Delay, a.k.a. Luomo, must be coming up on 30, but he continues to appear cutting-edge with his heavy, fractured dub. All the fuss


Monday, October 30 2006

Michelle Anthony: frozenstarpalace

A solid and varied release from an emerging talent.


DFA: Remixes: Chapter Two

These tracks seem only as long as the groove demands, but the groove demands long, long tracks.


Guther: Sundet

Pleasant and charming, it's a winning style that seems timeless.


Various Artists: Tiny Idols, Volume 2

Who knew decade-old, long-gone indie pop could sound so fresh?


Sunday, October 29 2006

Elanors: Movements

Elanors consists of some members of Judah Johnson, however they are quite different than that group. Spacy, atmospheric, and very consistent, this group creates very


Bola: Shapes

Context:  six years ago, IDM enthusiasts were perplexed and intrigued by an ultra-limited 300-copy triple vinyl release on Skam (original home of Boards of


Pepper: No Shame

The Hawaiian reggae-rockers try to lighten the national mood. For the most part, they succeed.


Diamonds in the Rough: Diamonds in the Rough

The Soundtrack of Our Lives are working on new material, so this will have to do until the next time that big teddy bear Ebbot,


Friday, October 27 2006

Awesome Color: Awesome Color

It's aggressive, energetic music, but also rather one-dimensional, nowhere near as colorful as the name implies.


Thursday, October 26 2006

Superhopper: Party Killers

Short but incredibly sweet, this slice of rock leaves you wanting only for more.


The Bamboo Kids: Feel Like Hell

Kicking punk garage follow-up from NYC's criminally underrated Bamboo Kids... this time with a political edge.


Over It: Step Outside Yourself

Despite some decent songwriting chops, too much of this California punk pop sounds bland.


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.


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