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Friday, October 20 2006

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


Harper Lee: He Holds a Flame

He Holds a Flame is an EP that draws you in, wraps you in blankets, and serves you hot cocoa.


Judah Johnson: Be Where I Be

Recorded over a mere five days, Judah Johnson’s latest release is a tad more polished and refined than previous efforts. Songs like “Warm Air


Remote Islands: Smother Party

Owen Pate's one-man lo-fi orchestra concocts overstuffed, understructured ditties for half an album, then resolves into clarity near the end.


Monday, October 16 2006

Fandango, Duende y Taraf: Las Tres Orillas del Atlantico

This group of five musicians takes its inspiration from three kinds of music: Spanish (that’s the fandango part), Mexican (duende), and Moroccan (taraf). The


Under Byen: Samme Stof Some Stof

Danish dream pop group may be mysterious to North American ears, but is nonetheless gorgeous.


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