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Tuesday, August 7 2007

Shop Boyz: Rockstar Mentality

When crunk meets rock, partying "like a rock star" looks an awful lot like "partying like a rapper with guitars in the background".


Copper Kettle: Coal Rabbit

Copper Kettle is a wonderful surprise from a most unlikely locale.


Various Tango Performers: Think Global Tango

OXFAM (anti-famine charity) gets a cut from this CD's profits. Learn more about tango artists; feed the hungry too.


Monday, August 6 2007

Arizona: Fameseeker and the Mono

Arizona should have a label, and wider distribution, for their sweet psych-folk.


The Foundry Field Recordings: Fallout Stations

Fallout Stations EP has five great songs that are nearly lost in extraneous "experimental" noise.


Or, the Whale: Light Poles and Pines

A band with a weird name, from San Francisco, playing country. How cool is that?


Wolfgang Muthspiel and Brian Blade: Friendly Travelers

Friendly Travelers is an album of contrasts. Looped effects and speeding arpeggios add a needed grit to the album’s overall pleasant aura.


Potluck: Straight Outta Humboldt

Two guys with a passion for Mary Jane and a talent for deft flows and catchy hooks.


Sunday, August 5 2007

Danny!: Danny Is Dead

Danny Is Dead succinctly shows Danny Swain's art, but it lacks the amazingness of both what he's done and what he's likely to do.


Abernethy: College Grove

Floating, subtle folk music from this Canadian singer-songwriter.


Rahbi: Yes Sir Productions Presents Rahbi: The E.P.

Rahbi's effortless ability to emote and write songs indicates that this E.P. is only the beginning.


Spouse: Relocation Tactics

Spouse returns to the days when nimble, un-ironic rock songs flitted neon around the hearts and legwarmers of true believers.


The Carnivaleros: Lost In The Graveyard

If the Tom Waits-like “Lost In The Graveyard” is a yardstick, The Carnivaleros are a quirky outfit.


Thursday, August 2 2007

Benzos: Branches

Branches meanders between a myriad of different genres but still manages to craft very strong pop songs.


Luther Russell: Repair

Luther Russell's charming mix of Americana, blues, and downcast pop offers many small rewards to the attentive listener.


Josiah: No Time

The rock gods of the '70s are saluted on the back of an imitator... again.


Amy Cook: The Sky Observers Guide

The Sky Observer's Guide, the sophomore project from folk songstress Amy Cook, embodies the old adage about everything being bigger in Texas.


Various Artists: Manoeuvres 1

Compiling a series of electronic tracks based solely on geography is a risky venture, especially when said locale is the relatively nameless Vancouver. Manoeuvres 1, put


Wednesday, August 1 2007

Nedelle: The Locksmith Cometh

Nedelle's simple singer-songwriter style invites us to put her in the company of other singer-songwriters who have sung simply.


Hannah Fury: Through The Gash

This isn’t a collection of songs so much as one interesting journey, with Hannah Fury rarely giving clues as to what will come next.


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