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Thursday, October 25 2007

Portal: Outré

The death metal peddled by Australia's Portal is truly friggin' terrifying.


Shir Khan: Maximize!

Shir Khan's Maximize! talks big in the first half, but it's ultimately a lover who doesn't deliver.


Feu Thérèse: Ça Va Cogner

Those of you pining for the reunion of obscure Canadian post-rock group Fly Pan Am can take solace in the new release for Feu Thérèse, Ça Va Cogner.


Various: Think Global: Women of Africa

Anyone who has had more than a passing acquaintance with the African part of their music store's World section is going to find most of this familiar territory.


June: Make It Blur

Chicago natives turn down the power, but sweetly turn up the pop on their latest effort.


Wednesday, October 24 2007

Die Mannequin: Slaughter Daughter

Toronto's Die Mannequin has been the beneficiary of some tremendous major label hype in Canada.


Dr. Horsemachine and the Moneynotes: This Year We Hunt

Dr. Horsemachine and the Moneynotes take crooning Dixieland-jazz vocals and stir in some Appalachian-roots-inspired country-punk abandon to strangely intoxicating effect, proving that there's still some fun to be found out there in indieworld.


Various: Caravan of Light

Mystic woodwind, sitars, Buddhist chants, Tibetans, yearning voices -- if it sounds like New Age territory, well, it is.


Twinemen: Twinetime

It's impossible not to reminisce about Morphine while listening to Twinetime, Twinemen's third album.


The Wellingtons: For Friends In Far Away Places

Emo-lite power pop full of youthful energy.


Tuesday, October 23 2007

Five O’Clock Heroes: Bend to the Breaks

This post-punk quartet likes to keep things raucous, jerky and button-tight. Catch them live!


Pale Young Gentlemen: Pale Young Gentlemen

Somewhere in Madison, Wisconsin, a five-piece called Pale Young Gentlemen is refining their narrative balladry, piling cello tracks and pleasing disorganized, hoot-and-holler backup vocals over


Judy Kuhn: Serious Playground

Judy Kuhn is a Broadway singer, three-time Tony Award nominee and winner of an Obie Award for her role in the off-Broadway musical “Eli’s Comin’”.


Angel and the Love Mongers: The Humanist Queen

Against the backdrop of the Smoky Mountains, Angel and the Love Mongers have recorded an album that brings the UK to mind.


Skipping Girl Vinegar: One Chance

This three-song EP from a fine Melbourne band has all the rootsy feel of a Steve Earle live performance. The title track is the keeper


Monday, October 22 2007

Various: The Rough Guide to Salsa Clandestina

Lesser-known, less commercial, more diverse Latin music that still holds to some traditions like the clave beat, but also bears the mark of more underground or alternative strains.


The Silver Seas: High Society

The opening notes of The Silver Seas’ album make one pine for James Taylor or Loggins and Messina.


Porn Sword Tobacco: New Exclusive Olympic Heights

New Exclusive Olympic Heights continues the Porn Sword Tobacco tradition of finding the beauty in found sounds amongst traditional electronic ambient compositions.


Pawnshop Roses: Let It Roll

It's with style and aplomb that Philly's Pawnshop Roses deliver the ten songs on Let It Roll.


Dimlite: This is Embracing

Dimlite hails from Switzerland, a country known for many things. Unfortunately, none of them are dope electronic beats.


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