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Wednesday, October 3 2007

Filmic: Peacock People

Despite Filmic covering a range of styles the end result lacks coherence.


Tuesday, October 2 2007

Cut Off Your Hands: Shaky Hands EP

This new New Zealand post-punk outfit is an energetic tribute to influences, little more.


Ingrid Michaelson: Girls and Boys

Ingrid Michaelson has had several of her songs chosen to be played on the wildly popular Grey’s Anatomy TV show and, subsequently, her MySpace page is a huge hit.


Martin Eyerer & Oliver Klein: Movement

German techno continues in its ascetic, high-concept journey through the academics of sound with little regard for the fun-oriented music that has been getting so popular over here.


Sixx: A.M.: Heroin Diaries Soundtrack

Ah, to cash in on near death experiences.


Andrew Violette: Rave

Ext-rave-rt modern music with roots -- in late nineteenth century symphonic traditions.


Monday, October 1 2007

Janelle Monae: Metropolis

Janelle Monáe is bringing back the art of the album listening experience with Metropolis, a genre-bending conceptual piece that will be unveiled over the course of four separate suites with deluxe packaging and illustrations.


Murcof: Cosmos

Fernando Corona, the Barcelona-based Mexican electronic composer, continues to impress with his third albm as Murcof, Cosmos.


Trencher: When Dracula Thinks Look At Me

Punishing and brooding London grindcore band Trencher is noisy, quick to the point and, well, noisy.


Dukes of Windsor: The Others

This young Melbourne group has had considerable success with a remix of their big single, but can they sustain that over the length of a whole album?


These Modern Socks: These Modern Socks

This debut release from Minneapolis quintet These Modern Socks can pull at your heart and wrap around your brain.


Sunday, September 30 2007

Speck Mountain: Summer Above

Speck Mountain give us a good half of an album before succumbing to self-indulgence.


Various Artists: This is Next

The world is better for every new pair of ears that gets turned on to Of Montreal and Ted Leo. The only real question is this: do you really need this album to begin with?


Luca: Fractions

This record finds Nick Luca branching out from his days working with Neko Case, Calexico and Howie Gelb and heading towards a “full-blown four-piece rock juggernaut”.


The Three 4 Tens: Down the Way

Philadelphia's psychedelic throwbacks return with a third album that's altogether darker and as catchy as hell.


The Ants: Ideabreaker

Utilizing elements of lo-fi indie pop, classic rock, jazz and country in pursuit of their strange and wonderful musical ideals, the group both excels at and seems to revel in their ability to marry unexpected changes in arrangement, rhythm and structure with some pretty catchy tunes.


Thursday, September 27 2007

Vieux Farka Touré: Remixed

These new versions of songs from Vieux Farka Touré's excellent self-titled debut shine with the inspiration of their source material and cohere nicely as an album of world beat electronica.


Shepherdess: Shepherdess

Shepherdess are a nice throwback to the late '90s heyday of Boston's college rock scene.


The Aggrolites: Reggae Hit L.A.

Unless you're a die-hard devotee of the band, The Aggrolite's latest offering skips around too much to be truly satisfying, flitting from one sound to another and floundering for a definite identity.


Lee Rocker: Black Cat Bone

Picking up exactly where he left off with the high quality of Racin’ The Devil, Lee Rocker brings this collection of songs together with a signature rockabilly feel.


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