Tuesday, May 29 2007
Yvat's new EP Chroma sounds at least as "designed" as it does composed.
Yet another uninspired downtempo compilation. Ho hum.
As if Aphex Twin was hired to write music to play overhead at Starbucks.
Monday, May 28 2007
The final CD in a trilogy of DJ mixes by one of Cologne’s premier techno producers, Please Please Please skirts the invisible boundaries of
"Cos this is real, and this is good, it warms the inside just like it should..."
Possessed by a dynamic energy which infuses each of the 23 minutes of their debut EP, the members of Seattle quartet Siberian produce a vibrant sound
Marte Wulff’s music isn’t as soft or serene as one might anticipate coming from Norway. The singer has the gentle pipes to nail
Quick! Pack your bags (and headphones) and let DJ Putumayo lead the way around a world full of upstart emcees and velvet-tongued divas.
Thursday, May 24 2007
One of metal's busiest artists keeps the quality up.
Anders Ilar, a veteran Swedish deep house/experimental producer, re-releases a previous vinyl-only EP with an additional 19-minute bonus track
These recordings started life in 2003 as a jam session between three Downtown free-jazz and Improv stalwarts—bassist William Parker, pianist Matthew Shipp and harpist Zeena
John Platania has worked with a lot of people ranging from Van Morrison to Natalie Merchant. His latest album is a strong, quality-filled instrumental-oriented project
Wednesday, May 23 2007
"Goddam what I think we really need is love!"
When it works, the sheer excess of Bravado is impressive, even chest-rattling. Unfortunately, it doesn't work nearly as often as it could.
With a sound less rambunctious than Old 97’s, vocalist Simon Petty fills these moody tunes with a likeable longing.
Touring with bands like The Be Good Tanyas and Jolie Holland has made JT & The Clouds come off like come rustic version of a Motown doo-wop group.
Collage music, but not quite the African-American/African concerto the blurb suggests.
Tuesday, May 22 2007
Third album from the Portland post-punk trio puts serrated edges and lattice-like complexity onto jittery pop songs.
Michigan garage band the Hard Lessons discover that sometimes it pays to acknowledge your heroes.
If you're buying music at the same time as you buy your coffee, you deserve what you get.