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Wednesday, November 14 2007

Luke Bryan: Ill Stay Me

Country musician Luke Bryan has had some cuts redone by Travis Tritt, including “Honky Tonk History” but his new album is basically par for the new country course.

Tuesday, November 13 2007

Dan Wilson: Free Life

Often armed with just an acoustic guitar, Wilson crafts a lush, laid-back singer-songwriter album that caters to all his potential demographics.

Sightings: Through the Panama

The noise overwhelms the cues of traditional music, but not the senses.

Jacques Loussier: Plays Bach Encore!

Jazz renditions of J.S. Bach and cinematic classical originals on this double disc reissue from Jacques Loussier.

Pat Monahan: Last of Seven

On Last of Seven, Monahan actually does something a bit unexpected: he makes a record that doesn't sound like something he could've created within the confines of his band.

Papertrigger: Riot Lovers EP

This young Philly art rock band shows promise on their debut EP.

Monday, November 12 2007

The Black Ghosts: Any Way You Choose to Give It

The dude from Simian (of Justice vs. Simian fame) has a new electropop outfit -- and some good tunes, too.

Soldiers: End of Days

The ultimate select your own breakdown hardcore punk album.

Alejandro Franov: Khali

Alejandro Franov helps Juana Molina with her albums. On Khali he uses instruments that imitate the flowing sound of water, rain, or rivers.

The Birthday Massacre: Walking With Strangers

The Toronto-area group sounds like the perfect blend of Depeche Mode and The Cure.

Various Artists: Defected in the House Eivissa 2007

Defected’s double disc Eivissa 2007 offers up more than two hours of blissed out house music suitable for dancing the night away with hundreds of other revelers.

Sunday, November 11 2007

The Kim Philbys: Whir Whir Whir

Named after the British spy, The Kim Philbys aren’t exactly shadowy figures but they do paint some dark, yet memorable, music.

Intramural: This is a Landslide

Though Dalley is best known for his work with Conor Oberst and Desaparecidos, This Is a Landslide proves he has the ability to craft electronic soundscapes.

Phonograph: Hiawatha Talking Machine

Brooklyn-based crooners look to follow up on the success of their "stellar debut" with a new five-song EP.

Kottonmouth Kings: Cloud Nine

West Coast super crew keeps the room smoky and makes sure the party stays on fire.

Dirty Sound System: Dirty Space Disco

Disco lives! Who knew?

Thursday, November 8 2007

Tempo No Tempo: Repetition

If danceable, catchy songs are what you’re after than the Bay Area quartet should be an enticing prospect.

The Cops: Free Electricity

The Cops want to rock out.

Placebo: Extended Play 07

The veteran UK glam-rockers commemorate their appearance on the 2007 Projekt Revolution package tour with this unsatisfying grab bag EP.

Edward Petersen: Upward Spiral

Reissue of a quality live jazz album from 1989 shows the sax skills of Edward Peterson.

//Mixed media

Authenticity Issues and the New Intimacies

// Marginal Utility

"The social-media companies have largely succeeded in persuading users of their platforms' neutrality. What we fail to see is that these new identities are no less contingent and dictated to us then the ones circumscribed by tradition; only now the constraints are imposed by for-profit companies in explicit service of gain.

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