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Sunday, October 21 2007

Red Pony Clock: God Made Dirt

It’s an interesting combination, but the rather tired Brian Wilson-ish harmonies don’t measure up to snuff.


Luke Temple: Snowbeast

Where on the previous release, Hold a Match..., Luke Temple sounded humble and eager to please, he now sounds weary and wise.


Tinsley Ellis: Moment Of Truth

Longtime blues guitarist Tinsley Ellis has once again crafted an album that the elders of the genre would be proud of.


Thursday, October 18 2007

Median: Medians Relief

After tightening up his flows with guest appearances on his brethren’s albums, Median has finally released the smooth and glistening Median’s Relief.


Various: The Rough Guide to Latin Funk

The music on The Rough Guide to Latin Funk is, exactly as it says on the box, Latin Funk.


John Wolfington: American Dreamsicle

Solid songwriting, direct lyrics, un-flashy production, and minimal overdubs add up to a deceptively simple, wonderfully consistent, accessible record.


Bitter:Sweet: The Remix Game

Thievery Corporation, Fort Knox Five, and a host of others remix the trip-hop duo's Mating Game, at times improving slightly on the original.


Deathkiller: New England Is Sinking

Deathkiller breathes some new life into a stagnant genre, blending and embellishing the punishing sound of hardcore with a stripped-down melody and outspoken stance on the politics of punk.


Wednesday, October 17 2007

Wooden Shjips: Wooden Shjips

Plenty of lovely fuzz-drenched guitar, spaced-out production, and intense use of repetition.


The Bird and the Bee: Please Clap Your Hands

European jazz-pop keyboard duo releases an EP that sounds like their debut in every way: sound, style, and top-notch quality.


Various: The Rough Guide to Latino Nuevo

Music that is "exciting, innovative" and identifiably Latino.


Tesla: Real to Reel

The band from the '80s that should have been from the '70s makes an album in the '00s.


Mostly Bears: Only Child

Mostly Bears are mostly innocuous on this EP.


Tuesday, October 16 2007

Wayne Gorbeas Salsa Picante: Introducing Wayne Gorbeas Salsa Picante

In this compilation dedicated to the work of salsa pianist Wayne Gorbea, Salsa is the focus but there are also excursions into rumba and mambo.


The Bosch: Hurry Up

The Bosch seem intent on reviving Rock and Roll. When did it die again?


Donny Hue & the Colors: Folkmote

Brooklyn via DC mainstay Donny Hue draws friends from Nethers, Carlsonics and other Capital City bands into a gleeful, rainbow colored mélange of pop and psychedelic styles.


Inanna: Butterfly

An album's worth of soothing textures that would go over pretty well in the living room on a Sunday.


Candy Dulfer: Candy Store

It’s been ages since Candy Dulfer and Dave Stewart teamed up for the gorgeous instrumental “Lilly Was Here” but Dulfer has done very well for herself, thank you very much. And this album might be one of her best yet.


Monday, October 15 2007

Qui: Loves Miracle

Former Jesus Lizard vocalist David Yow lends his lunatic howls to Qui's sophomore outing.


The Izzys: The Violent Bear It Away

One of the few albums around where the “patience is bliss” adage works wonders.


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