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Tuesday, August 14 2007

Green River Ordinance: The Beauty of Letting Go/Way Back Home

Green River Ordinance maintains a predominantly upbeat pop/rock sound, complete with huge hooks, sincere vocals and driving guitar passages.


Nelson Bragg: Day Into Night

Nelson Bragg had a hand in the recent Brian Wilson album SMiLE, performing drums on the long-awaited masterpiece; now Bragg is venturing out from behind the skins to make his own music.


Monday, August 13 2007

Jason Holstrom: The Thieves of Kailua

A vacation in America's 50th state led to this Seattle indie rocker's obsession with ukuleles, slack key guitars and breezy harmonies...no word on whether he's performing in a grass skirt.


Speck Mountain: Summer Above

Part indie-rock, part Americana and with a dash of jazz to boot, Speck Mountain has a lot in common with The Jesus And Mary Chain without the signature fuzzed-out feedback.


Chase Pagan: Oh, Musica!

Chase Pagan's work is continuously chaotic, kinetic, and often volatile, no matter whether in the midst of a dramatic crescendo or a quiet fade.


Ozma: Pasadena

In all, it's more like Weezer's green self-titled album than anything, eager to live up to an ideal and doing a good job of it.


The Velcro Stars: Hiroshimas Revenge

Jangly, '90s-style power-pop walks the fine line between annoying and endearing.


Sunday, August 12 2007

The Cape May: Glass Mountain Roads

The Cape May's layered mood rock grows on you just about as slowly as its down-tempo selections trod on throughout this album.


Two Loons For Tea: Nine Lucid Dreams

I can see Nine Lucid Dreams playing in St*rb*cks and being enjoyed by people with less severely idiosyncratic taste than myself.


Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem: Big Old Life

Big Old Life may be clean and composed, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t a fun listen.


Schooner: Hold On Too Tight

The tandem of Reid Johnson and Kathyrn Johnson pull off harmonies that would fare well compared to the likes of Luna, as Schooner rarely straddles from what works.


Maynard Ferguson: On a High Note: The Best of the Concord Jazz Recordings

On a High Note is an amalgamation of standards recorded by Maynard Ferguson’s Big Bop Nouveau over the past 15 years.


Thursday, August 9 2007

Lee Morgan: The Finest in Jazz

This sampler of the great jazz trumpeter's mid-1960s Blue Note hard-bop recordings is a good place for new listeners to dive in.


JPLS: Twilite

Relatively unknown, from cornfield, Indiana, JPLS shares much of the same aesthetic as his labelmates at M_nus records.


Sexton Blake: Plays The Hits!

Taking the edge off some classic hits could be a double-edged sword, but Sexton Blake plays many of these songs with a passion that makes one think he’s sincere.


Casey Neill: Brooklyn Bridge

The spirit of the city street is alive and well on Casey Neill's latest release, Brooklyn Bridge.


Bedroom Eyes: Vacation Vacancy EP

Disposable pop from Sweden -- shared with everyone.


Wednesday, August 8 2007

Simple Kid: Two

Simple Kid's second album, conveniently titled 2, is a good example of a little record that charms despite genre limitations.


Helios: Ayres

Helios rounds out an original work of beauty on par with his debut, Eingya -- voice and all.


Yakuza Heart Attack: Yakuza Heart Attack

They haven’t achieved the MegaMan rock-opera grandeur of the Protomen, but there’s a good chance that Yakuza Heart Attack might level up soon.


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