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Monday, October 29 2007

Kyte: Planet (Single)

The one-two punch of Kyte's first single "Planet" and its AA-side "Secular Ventures" (Maps remix) makes for an alternately contrasting and unified listen.


Dälek: Deadverse Massive Vol. 1

Deaverse Massive Vol. 1 is more fanservice than album proper.


Ann Nesby: This Is Love

A classy and mature, yet spirited soul album, the likes of which rarely get noticed these days.


Switches: Heart Tuned to D.E.A.D.

Infectious rock, thunderous and powerful.


DJ Diz: From Home With Love

A quality mix worth checking out if you like house music.


Sunday, October 28 2007

Ethan Rose: Spinning Pieces

Portland electronic composer Ethan Rose builds bright landscapes from discarded sounds and clanky musical machines.


A.R.E. Weapons: Modern Mayhem

A.R.E. Weapons' fourth full-length just sounds like something that would come from New York.


Racoon: Another Day

Roots-y, pedestrian-paced tunes for Holland.


Vladislav Delay: Multila

Re-issue of Vladislav Delay's 2000 collection of 12-inches shows the artist's early promise.


The Evil Queens: Lovesong Werewolves

On their third disc, The Evil Queens make due with unexpected touches of kicky instrumentation to their dirty, groove-heavy brand of bar band rock.


The New Loud: Me (Secrets) You

Toss Flock of Seagulls into a blender with Weezer, a touch of emo, and bouncy disco-rock and you've got the intriguing (and shamelessly catchy) first offering from The New Loud.


Thursday, October 25 2007

Portal: Outré

The death metal peddled by Australia's Portal is truly friggin' terrifying.


Shir Khan: Maximize!

Shir Khan's Maximize! talks big in the first half, but it's ultimately a lover who doesn't deliver.


Feu Thérèse: Ça Va Cogner

Those of you pining for the reunion of obscure Canadian post-rock group Fly Pan Am can take solace in the new release for Feu Thérèse, Ça Va Cogner.


Various: Think Global: Women of Africa

Anyone who has had more than a passing acquaintance with the African part of their music store's World section is going to find most of this familiar territory.


June: Make It Blur

Chicago natives turn down the power, but sweetly turn up the pop on their latest effort.


Wednesday, October 24 2007

Die Mannequin: Slaughter Daughter

Toronto's Die Mannequin has been the beneficiary of some tremendous major label hype in Canada.


Dr. Horsemachine and the Moneynotes: This Year We Hunt

Dr. Horsemachine and the Moneynotes take crooning Dixieland-jazz vocals and stir in some Appalachian-roots-inspired country-punk abandon to strangely intoxicating effect, proving that there's still some fun to be found out there in indieworld.


Various: Caravan of Light

Mystic woodwind, sitars, Buddhist chants, Tibetans, yearning voices -- if it sounds like New Age territory, well, it is.


Twinemen: Twinetime

It's impossible not to reminisce about Morphine while listening to Twinetime, Twinemen's third album.


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