Tuesday, August 14 2007
Green River Ordinance maintains a predominantly upbeat pop/rock sound, complete with huge hooks, sincere vocals and driving guitar passages.
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
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.
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's work is continuously chaotic, kinetic, and often volatile, no matter whether in the midst of a dramatic crescendo or a quiet fade.
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.
Jangly, '90s-style power-pop walks the fine line between annoying and endearing.
Sunday, August 12 2007
The Cape May's layered mood rock grows on you just about as slowly as its down-tempo selections trod on throughout this album.
I can see Nine Lucid Dreams playing in St*rb*cks and being enjoyed by people with less severely idiosyncratic taste than myself.
Big Old Life may be clean and composed, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t a fun listen.
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.
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
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.
Relatively unknown, from cornfield, Indiana, JPLS shares much of the same aesthetic as his labelmates at M_nus records.
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.
The spirit of the city street is alive and well on Casey Neill's latest release, Brooklyn Bridge.
Disposable pop from Sweden -- shared with everyone.
Wednesday, August 8 2007
Simple Kid's second album, conveniently titled 2, is a good example of a little record that charms despite genre limitations.
Helios rounds out an original work of beauty on par with his debut, Eingya -- voice and all.
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.