Sunday, October 21 2007
It’s an interesting combination, but the rather tired Brian Wilson-ish harmonies don’t measure up to snuff.
Where on the previous release, Hold a Match..., Luke Temple sounded humble and eager to please, he now sounds weary and wise.
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
After tightening up his flows with guest appearances on his brethren’s albums, Median has finally released the smooth and glistening Median’s Relief.
The music on The Rough Guide to Latin Funk is, exactly as it says on the box, Latin Funk.
Solid songwriting, direct lyrics, un-flashy production, and minimal overdubs add up to a deceptively simple, wonderfully consistent, accessible record.
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 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
Plenty of lovely fuzz-drenched guitar, spaced-out production, and intense use of repetition.
European jazz-pop keyboard duo releases an EP that sounds like their debut in every way: sound, style, and top-notch quality.
Music that is "exciting, innovative" and identifiably Latino.
The band from the '80s that should have been from the '70s makes an album in the '00s.
Mostly Bears are mostly innocuous on this EP.
Tuesday, October 16 2007
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 seem intent on reviving Rock and Roll. When did it die again?
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.
An album's worth of soothing textures that would go over pretty well in the living room on a Sunday.
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
Former Jesus Lizard vocalist David Yow lends his lunatic howls to Qui's sophomore outing.
One of the few albums around where the “patience is bliss” adage works wonders.