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Wednesday, October 24 2007

The Wellingtons: For Friends In Far Away Places

Emo-lite power pop full of youthful energy.


Tuesday, October 23 2007

Five O’Clock Heroes: Bend to the Breaks

This post-punk quartet likes to keep things raucous, jerky and button-tight. Catch them live!


Pale Young Gentlemen: Pale Young Gentlemen

Somewhere in Madison, Wisconsin, a five-piece called Pale Young Gentlemen is refining their narrative balladry, piling cello tracks and pleasing disorganized, hoot-and-holler backup vocals over


Judy Kuhn: Serious Playground

Judy Kuhn is a Broadway singer, three-time Tony Award nominee and winner of an Obie Award for her role in the off-Broadway musical “Eli’s Comin’”.


Angel and the Love Mongers: The Humanist Queen

Against the backdrop of the Smoky Mountains, Angel and the Love Mongers have recorded an album that brings the UK to mind.


Skipping Girl Vinegar: One Chance

This three-song EP from a fine Melbourne band has all the rootsy feel of a Steve Earle live performance. The title track is the keeper


Monday, October 22 2007

Various: The Rough Guide to Salsa Clandestina

Lesser-known, less commercial, more diverse Latin music that still holds to some traditions like the clave beat, but also bears the mark of more underground or alternative strains.


The Silver Seas: High Society

The opening notes of The Silver Seas’ album make one pine for James Taylor or Loggins and Messina.


Porn Sword Tobacco: New Exclusive Olympic Heights

New Exclusive Olympic Heights continues the Porn Sword Tobacco tradition of finding the beauty in found sounds amongst traditional electronic ambient compositions.


Pawnshop Roses: Let It Roll

It's with style and aplomb that Philly's Pawnshop Roses deliver the ten songs on Let It Roll.


Dimlite: This is Embracing

Dimlite hails from Switzerland, a country known for many things. Unfortunately, none of them are dope electronic beats.


Sunday, October 21 2007

Leigh Marble: Red Tornado

Indie Americana singer-songwriter's sophomore album hits the mark.


Paper Tiger: Bright Dreams of Cold Revenge

Paper Tiger, a year-old quartet from San Francisco, gives us a debut EP that's four short songs of dirty and standard rock, little more.


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.


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