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Sunday, October 7 2007

Someone Else: Pen Caps and Colored Pencils

The sonic equivalent of colored pencils, combined with sleek, modern, minimalist techno.


Lozen: Enemies Against Power

A two-piece tandem get bogged down in artisiness on this shoegaze-tinged effort.


Thursday, October 4 2007

Concentrick: Aluminum Lake

Tim Green steps aside from The Fucking Champs to release an underwhelming album as Concentrick.


California Snow Story: Close to the Ocean

This may resemble a vacation, but one where you spend much of it with your own thoughts.


Various: Add to Friends

Like a sweet little ant that you don't want to step on.


Tenniscoats: Totemo Aimasho

A nice, soft, warm bowl of heart food


Three Tenors of Soul: All the Way From Philadelphia

Philadelphia is well-known for its smooth soul grooves. The latest contribution to that genre can be found in the voices of the Three Tenors of


Wednesday, October 3 2007

Some Velvet Morning: Silence Will Kill You

On their all-too-middling debut, Silence Will Kill You, Brit-rock trio Some Velvet Morning should have limited the scope of their stylistic borrowings and turned up their trashy inner Franz Ferdinand.


Circo: Cursi

Cursi, the band's third album and their Sony debut, is one of those CDs that wants to be your best friend for a season and then give way to something else equally uplifting and ginseng-infused.


Arthur & Yu: In Cemera

Arthur & Yu deliver a Lee Hazlewood-invoking debut that is wonderful beyond any expectation.


Slope: Slope Is Dope

Over the last ten years Slope has been pioneering global electronica, fusing broken beat, hip hop, and house music with a little bit of soul. With Slope Is Dope, the band offers an odds’n’sods collection of remixes, exclusive tracks and collaborations not previously available in one place.


Filmic: Peacock People

Despite Filmic covering a range of styles the end result lacks coherence.


Tuesday, October 2 2007

Cut Off Your Hands: Shaky Hands EP

This new New Zealand post-punk outfit is an energetic tribute to influences, little more.


Ingrid Michaelson: Girls and Boys

Ingrid Michaelson has had several of her songs chosen to be played on the wildly popular Grey’s Anatomy TV show and, subsequently, her MySpace page is a huge hit.


Martin Eyerer & Oliver Klein: Movement

German techno continues in its ascetic, high-concept journey through the academics of sound with little regard for the fun-oriented music that has been getting so popular over here.


Sixx: A.M.: Heroin Diaries Soundtrack

Ah, to cash in on near death experiences.


Andrew Violette: Rave

Ext-rave-rt modern music with roots -- in late nineteenth century symphonic traditions.


Monday, October 1 2007

Janelle Monae: Metropolis

Janelle Monáe is bringing back the art of the album listening experience with Metropolis, a genre-bending conceptual piece that will be unveiled over the course of four separate suites with deluxe packaging and illustrations.


Murcof: Cosmos

Fernando Corona, the Barcelona-based Mexican electronic composer, continues to impress with his third albm as Murcof, Cosmos.


Trencher: When Dracula Thinks Look At Me

Punishing and brooding London grindcore band Trencher is noisy, quick to the point and, well, noisy.


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