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Monday, June 16 2014

Various Artists: The Rough Guide to Latin Rare Groove

Customer satisfaction almost universal on this one.

Eyelids: Seagulls Into Submission

Eyelids has a wealth of experience to draw from, but on the band's first release, the players use all that history not to borrow but to shape that experience into a new, fresh sound.

Friday, June 13 2014

Dirty Aces: Sinnin’ ‘Gainst Me

New EP from the revamped Dirty Aces a raucous and loud success.

Tom the Lion: Sleep

Limp, insipid melodies, listless vocal performances, and impossibly precise arrangements make for a dreadfully dull listen.

Bad Cop/Bad Cop: Boss Lady

Bad Cop/Bad Cop charges through these four songs with a combination of punk fury and pop sweetness.

Tunde Olaniran: Yung Archetype EP

There is no standout track on Yung Archetype. They're all standouts in their own way, as individual as their creator.

Thursday, June 12 2014

The Donkeys: Ride the Black Wave

The best parts of Ride the Black Wave uses the band's experimental streak and easy charisma to create internal tensions in otherwise breezy tunes.

Anansy Cissé: Mali Overdrive

Execution is king here.

Camera Obscura: 4AD Session

There simply isn't enough to make this installment in the 4AD Session series more than just a mild curiosity.

Mount Carmel: Get Pure

No-nonsense three-piece kicks out the jams.

Wednesday, June 11 2014

Greys: If Anything

The best trick on the debut album from Toronto's Greys is the way the band can strip away the howling vocals and chunky guitars to show a sneaky pop sensibility behind these songs.

Tuesday, June 10 2014

Louis Prima Jr. & The Witnesses: Blow

Younger Prima steps back into his old man’s shoes with mixed results.

Edie Carey and Sarah Sample: ‘Til the Morning: Lullabies and Songs of Comfort

This is simply a very, very pretty collection of low key songs that you can use to lull your children to sleep.

Andrew Jackson Jihad: Christmas Island

On Christmas Island, the band's version of buzzing, barbed folk-pop gets a slight bit more polish, and in turn the dose becomes more potent, though its effect is uneven.

Pilgrim: Void Worship

Rhode Island doomsters aren't interested in pushing the envelope.

Friday, June 6 2014

Bored Games: Who Killed Colonel Mustard

Released in 1982 on Flying Nun, this defiant, catchy, and all-too-brief EP delivers its angst with tense fury.

Pharmakos: Nude

One cold, sensual slab of synth rock.

Eyes, Wings and Many Other Things: Rural Pain

Dallas-based experimental group explores its appropriately atmospheric aural palette on Rural Pain.

Cahalen Morrison & Eli West: I’ll Swing My Hammer With Both My Hands

Duo presents another great album of gutsy folk.

Wednesday, June 4 2014

Wooden Wand: Farmer’s Corner

Wooden Wand’s bread and butter: elliptical, leisurely paced gothic folk-rock, custom-made for slate-gray Sunday afternoons.

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