Sunday, November 25 2007
Sparse yet effective, powerful and poignant, American Hearts is a true singer-songwriter's record and is an apt barometer of Bondy's talent.
For being a 20-track collection of previously unreleased psych-rock songs from 1969-1974, Blow Your Cool sounds remarkably bland.
This quick three-song set from Born Ruffians shows off the bands off-center brand of indie pop.
As guitarist of Double Trouble, Stevie Ray Vaughn’s backing band, Mike Farris’ rock and roll credentials are fairly unimpeachable
Tuesday, November 20 2007
Snowfall is a lovely bit of crooning.
Hag's Christmas may be light on Christmas cheer, but it sure is pretty in its holiday loneliness.
Hair metal makes a Christmas-comeback on Monster Ballads Xmas, the latest disc in the Monster Ballads franchise, providing a fun, musically sound dose of hairsprayed holiday hijinx. Just keep your Aqua Net-ted locks away from your menorah or Yule log.
True to its title, this collection of easy listening pop-classics could be the soundtrack to your more sophisticated holiday dinner party.
Monday, November 19 2007
A decade before "I'll Take You There", the Chicago soul family released this spiritual gem.
A legendary voice combined with legendary songs of yuletide glee.
Well… This one'll put the kids to bed before Santa comes. And maybe Mom and Dad, too.
Stockings by the Fire is the Starbucks label's new holiday compilation and a sonic treat.
Sunday, November 18 2007
Roots music at its finest. To the sound of a galloping stand-up bass, blasts of mariachi horns and insistent pedal steel, Corb Lund's lesson in cavalry history pulls no punches and takes no prisoners.
This album, its mouthful of a title borrowed from Pablo Neruda, is a compilation of indie pop tracks from South and Central America.
This Tandy two-fer CD set reissues self-released albums from 2005 and 2006, revealing the night-and-day moods of songwriter Mike Ferrio.
Another dumpload of quality pop and electro from Darla Records... can you believe they've done 25 of these?
Thursday, November 15 2007
"It was easier not to make a record."
Spider, aka Jane Herships, breathes hushed meditations and delicate melodies on her debut album, but she's no shrinking violet. Her songs have a very tough, resilient core.
Another calm, assured and expertly curated set from Booka Shade.
If you’re a fan of bluesy folk along the lines of Be Good Tanyas then please seek out Tori Sparks.