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Thursday, November 8 2007

The Cops: Free Electricity

The Cops want to rock out.


Placebo: Extended Play 07

The veteran UK glam-rockers commemorate their appearance on the 2007 Projekt Revolution package tour with this unsatisfying grab bag EP.


Edward Petersen: Upward Spiral

Reissue of a quality live jazz album from 1989 shows the sax skills of Edward Peterson.


Token Entry: The Re-Issues

Delivering considerable bang for the fans' buck, Token Entry re-issues two of their albums in a single-disc format. The result is solid starter kit for newer fans just discovering these forefathers of the NYC hardcore/punk scene, showcasing two different sides to the band.


Wednesday, November 7 2007

Imani Coppola: The Black & White Album

Coppola's The Black & White Album is a jaw-dropping explosion of colors, textures, and sardonic wit.


Rockfour: Memories Of The Never Happened

A very alluring and textured album from a band that produces anything but cookie-cutter rock and roll.


De Novo Dahl: Shout EP

Shout, De Novo Dahl's debut EP for Roadrunner, finds the Nashville band in a deconstructive mood


500 Miles to Memphis: Sunshine in a Shotglass

Ultimately a bit tough to categorize, the band sounds like nothing more than a country-western version of the Dropkick Murphys, and has produced a promising debut.


Rebuilding The Rights Of Statues: Cut Off!

This Beijing punk band has plenty to offer, revolving around sounds that bring to mind a collage of Iggy Pop, The Strokes and Bauhaus.


Tuesday, November 6 2007

Ryan Groff: People in the Midwest

With an incredibly distinct voice and the ability to mine relatively minimal instrumentation for sonic depth and richness, Elsinore frontman Ryan Groff turns in one of the best solo records of the year.


Hyperbubble: Airbrushed Alibis

When the end result is as fun as this, who really needs change anyway?


Jenny Hoyston: Isle Of

Erase Errata member Jenny Hoyston keeps herself busy with this latest album.


The Yellow Swans: Descension

Descension continues the duo's sonic exploration, this time wallowing in the bowels of noise rock.


Sleepy John Estes: On The Chicago Blues Scene

On The Chicago Blues Scene may be a novel juxtaposition for diehard blues devotees, but is likely to prove an uninspired workaday session for everyone else.


Monday, November 5 2007

White Shoes and the Couples Company: White Shoes and the Couples Company

White Shoes and the Couples Company are like six modern-day East Asian Burt Bacharachs, drowning their songs in woodwinds and strings, "doo-doos" and "ba-dahs".


Marmalade Souls: In Stereo

The inspired Beatles enthusiasts from Sweden never shy away from their influences, yet miraculously never sound dated either.


Michael Dracula: In the Red

Ohio-via-Glasgow's Emily MacLaren breathes an icy chill over dirty grooves, fuzzily realized blues vamps and metronomic post-punk basslines.


Iron & Wine: Boy with a Coin

Appreciating Iron & Wine is a little like conversing with somebody who whispers all the time; you must be ready to concentrate and listen intently, or else you'll miss everything.


Wrinkle Neck Mules: The Wicks Have Met

Richmond, Virginia's Wrinkle Neck Mules have returned with their third album, The Wicks Have Met -- thirteen songs that meld bluegrass and rock n' roll in country anthems and twangy, slow-burn ballads.


Sunday, November 4 2007

Lightspeed Champion: Galaxy of the Lost

Ex-Test Icicle Dev Hynes switches tack 180 degrees with his new project, a ragged and joyous indie-pop singalong.


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