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Wednesday, October 17 2007

Various: The Rough Guide to Latino Nuevo

Music that is "exciting, innovative" and identifiably Latino.


Tesla: Real to Reel

The band from the '80s that should have been from the '70s makes an album in the '00s.


Mostly Bears: Only Child

Mostly Bears are mostly innocuous on this EP.


Tuesday, October 16 2007

Wayne Gorbeas Salsa Picante: Introducing Wayne Gorbeas Salsa Picante

In this compilation dedicated to the work of salsa pianist Wayne Gorbea, Salsa is the focus but there are also excursions into rumba and mambo.


The Bosch: Hurry Up

The Bosch seem intent on reviving Rock and Roll. When did it die again?


Donny Hue & the Colors: Folkmote

Brooklyn via DC mainstay Donny Hue draws friends from Nethers, Carlsonics and other Capital City bands into a gleeful, rainbow colored mélange of pop and psychedelic styles.


Inanna: Butterfly

An album's worth of soothing textures that would go over pretty well in the living room on a Sunday.


Candy Dulfer: Candy Store

It’s been ages since Candy Dulfer and Dave Stewart teamed up for the gorgeous instrumental “Lilly Was Here” but Dulfer has done very well for herself, thank you very much. And this album might be one of her best yet.


Monday, October 15 2007

Qui: Loves Miracle

Former Jesus Lizard vocalist David Yow lends his lunatic howls to Qui's sophomore outing.


The Izzys: The Violent Bear It Away

One of the few albums around where the “patience is bliss” adage works wonders.


Saba: Jidka

Saba Anglana's debut album is both a likeable set of songs and canny piece of Euro-Afro feelgoodery.


Musab: Slicks Box

Experience? Check. Humor? Check. Lyrical skill. Double check. Putting these ingredients together? Well, that's where the album falls short.


Port Royal: Afraid to Dance

Port Royal’s fourth release, Afraid to Dance, amounts to another stock product of that genre deeply hurting for an aesthetic revitalization: electronic.


Sunday, October 14 2007

Kenna: Make Sure They See My Face

Face remains a giddy, guilt-free taste of electro-pop that single-handedly renders Kenna as a force to be reckoned with.


Japanther: Skuffed Up My Huffy

The two-piece band Japanther have made the noisiest pop record of the year, using distortion not merely as effect, but as a way to challenge your expectations.


Various: Think Global: Salsa

Think Global: Salsa is a solid, reliable compilation for anyone who wants an album that will cheer them up and not ever sound like anything they don't already imagine salsa to be.


The Future Kings of Nowhere: The Future Kings of Nowhere

A promising debut from this North Carolina band of acoustic indie rockers.


Various Artists: Homecooking - Soulfood Served by Jazzanova and Friends

Operating on the theory that jazz and cooking aren’t so different, Alex Barck, one sixth of German downbeat collective Jazzanova, conceived Home Cooking.


Thursday, October 11 2007

Ed Askew: Little Eyes

This second album by folksinger Ed Askew was recorded in 1970, then stashed in a carton for more than 30 years. The CD reissue, following a 2002 vinyl-only version, captures an eccentric talent at his unfiltered best.


Prince Ali: Curb Side Service

A creative, sometimes experimental hip-hop set that reaches for "spectacular" but settles for "good".


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