Monday, September 24 2007
Freezepop's previous delivery of bouncy, energetic synthpop is now more concerned with atmospheres and tones. The group's no less smart or quirky than they have been, but they're a little cooler now, which makes this disc a little less successful.
Take two members of the Hothouse Flowers and the former chanteuse from The Pogues and what do you have? Well, aside from a trio of talented musicians is a band consisting of three divorcees, Prenup.
This fund-raising CD brings together established musicians, socially committed actors, and currently, or previously, homeless musicians in a moving collection of songs and stories.
Slow, plodding and ambient: electronica artist Romain Turzi releases 13 tracks which don't have enough of the hooks and loops that make dance music interesting.
A band from Tel Aviv named Lebanon? Go figure. Well, whatever the band’s moniker, this group can certainly meld a lot of genres.
Sunday, September 23 2007
A rare lost gem thankfully resurrected, perfect for the headphones and the stereo stack.
Gene Watson’s latest album is further proof that he is one of the better country singers to emerge from Nashville’s heyday of the '70s and '80s.
The Lonely H may have graduated high school this year, but musically they're not much past the mid-'70s.
Celephais are some distance behind bands who have either broadened the palate or are erroneously termed metal: Jesu, Isis and Pelican come to mind.
Canadian singer-songwriter Dan Bryk isn’t so much folksy as he is poppy. Sounding like someone who might have fallen off the Matthew Sweet chuck wagon, Bryk brings a highbrow-pop verve to many of these seven songs.
Thursday, September 20 2007
While some may say that the banjo is nothing but a cornball instrument in these modern times, Josh Small is out to prove that the banjo has a beautiful, weeping soul.
LA singer-songwriter Peter Walker's new band, Eulogies, offers its self-titled debut.
More complex, ambient psychedelica from the Chicago trio.
San Diego shredders' fifth full-length splices math rock-ish time signatures to free jazz improvisation to the head-on adrenaline of punk rock. You'll be out of breath just listening.
Chicago quintet challenges the city’s ban on pub smoking and exhales five plumes that could reverse local law.
Wednesday, September 19 2007
I can think of no higher praise than to say that Ditherer is somehow the bastard spawn of a three-way orgy between Mountain Goats, 10cc and Tortoise.
At Your Service, the U.S. debut from Swedish dance-prompters Melody Club, never advances beyond pop’s staged and “of-the-moment” appeal.
British trio Free Diamonds sounds like a folksy, tamer version of The Fratellis if they were influenced more by rockabilly and Dylan records.
KEXP, the venerable non-commercial radio station, has released a third volume of live and in-studio recordings.
A brief taste of Toronto’s DJ Alibi and his ability to lure you into a kitchen that’s simmering with boom-bap, jazz, and soul.