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Sunday, November 4 2007

Nathan Lawr And The Minotaurs: A Sea Of Tiny Lights

Having worked with Canadian rock bands such as FemBots and Royal City, Nathan Lawr could also have graduated from the Blue Rodeo Canadian College of Roots Music.


Pamela Wyn Shannon: Courting Autumn

Folksinger Pamela Wyn Shannon hails the onset of autumn with traditionally-rooted compositions that are burnished like apples, flickering like firelight and rustling like fallen leaves.


DJ Alibi: One Day

Despite all of the weapons in his own arsenal, it's made clear on One Day that Alibi shines brightest in his collaborations.


Betty: Handful

A rare album from 1971 is reissued and still doesn't live up to the hype.


Thursday, November 1 2007

Richard Youngs: Autumn Response

Richard Youngs’ vast discography, frequent collaborations, and restless experimentation cannot disguise his continued devotion to the pursuit of electro-hymnal magic.


Chris Robley: Drunken Dance of Modern Man in Love

Chris Robley's second solo outing proves there will always be room for one more inventive multi-instrumentalist with a passion for telling tales from the dark side of life.


Alberta Cross: The Thief & The Heartbreaker

Country rock never will go out of style. Alberta Cross just wants to drive that point home.


Paul Anka: Classic Songs, My Way

Paul Anka gives his big band interpretations of radio hits a whole lot of sincere skill.


Death Before Dishonor: Count Me In

Boston's Death Before Dishonor dish out standard, cliché-laden hardcore fare, following the formula to the letter, with a few notable exceptions along the way.


Wednesday, October 31 2007

Zookeeper: Zookeeper

Former Gloria Record main man's first solo EP gets a proper release.


The High Water Marks: Polar

Sounding like a mix of XTC and Dinosaur Jr., The High Water Marks earn high marks for their new LP.


The Tambourines: Sally OGannon

So what if the Tambourines sound a lot like a lot of British bands from ten years ago? Why does that have to be a bad thing?


Saving Jane: One Girl Revolution

If Saving Jane builds on what's unique and distinct about them, they have a world of potential. Until then, they have a record that hovers around being just average.


Black Devil Disco Club: Black Devil in Dub

Black Devil in Dub looks to the past and present for the means to kill at discotheques.


Tuesday, October 30 2007

Puerto Plata: Mujer de Cabaret.

Not like the Cuban music familiar to Buena Vista fans but brisker, tangier, rougher, more earthy.


230 Divisadero: 230 Divisader

Cross-Atlantic pen pals -- Matt Shaw and Nick Grey -- join in an album of dream-like clarity and subtle, reticent epiphanies.


The Last Goodbye: Poison Kiss

Jazzy lounge-club instincts make for the most entertaining moments on Poison Kiss, which, otherwise, is drowned out in mid-tempo pop-rock drudgery.


Various Artists: Putumayo Presents Americana

It's is Americana the beautiful, indeed.


Touane: Figura

On his second full-length, Italian electronic artist Touane doesn't sonically embrace variety as the spice of life.


Monday, October 29 2007

Emily Jane White: Dark Undercoat

White's songs are quite good, but too often she sounds like singer/songwriters you've already heard.


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