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Thursday, June 7 2007

Clorox Girls: JAime Les Filles

This reconfigured Left Coast trio churns out happy, boppy, sub-two-minute punk songs... one of them in French!


The Elastik Band: The Elastik Band

A chance for a band to reclaim a reputation that, where it exists at all, is based solely on THAT song.


Parker Longbough: Commander Comatose

Longbough can churn out lovely little indie pop/rock nuggets.


Paul Collins Beat: Flying High

Casual but excellent power pop on new wave veteran Paul Collins's first album in 12 years.


Sylvain Luc: Joko

Another example of really classy jazz musicians doing the lighter thing -- very classily!


Wednesday, June 6 2007

Custom Made: Truth Be Told EP

Custom Made use East coast elements to craft their angry, energetic brand of West coast hip-hop.


Coffinberry: God Damn Dogs

Coffinberry's power pop makes me wish it 1996... maybe a little too much.


Olympia: Emergencies

Juvenile party rock makes a stand.


Foreverinmotion: The Beautiful Unknown

Dreamy, confessional melodrama.


Questions in Dialect: The Ghost Wishes to Speak

Questions in Dialect is content with ‘70s era mediocrity.


Low Low Low La La La Love Love Love: Ends of June

The fragile bedroom pop on the band’s second album is relaxed, compelling, and down-to-earth -- no freak in this folk.


Somi: Red Soil in My Eyes

Red Soil is worth checking out, even if soft jazz is not usually your thing.


Filthy Thieving Bastards: Im a Son of a Gun

A California band with a distinctly Dublin sound.


Graig Markel: Via Novella

Graig Markel’s latest album is a layered affair but isn’t too rich for one’s palette.


Satanicpornocultshop: .aiff Skull

The .aiff Skull EP is little more than a vaguely interesting means to a massive headache.


Monday, June 4 2007

Mystery Jets: Diamonds in the Dark

This single feels like a grab at mainstream from a band that promises more than that.


Priestbird: In Your Time

It’s almost too easy to dismiss Priestbird as being too eclectic for its own good. After all, the band formerly known as Tarantula A


Poison: Poisond

Poison'd finds Poison taking the time-honored covers route.


Che Arthur: Iron

There is no questioning the passion and possibility which lies in Arthur's work; however, with little space ceded to balance and nuance, Iron certainly leaves room to hone, polish and find improvement.


Danny Flowers: Tools For The Soul

Singer-songwriter Danny Flowers has quite the guest performer on the opening title track. Emmylou Harris adds a warm feel to the rather straightforward folksy ditty.


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