Wednesday, October 24 2007
Emo-lite power pop full of youthful energy.
Tuesday, October 23 2007
This post-punk quartet likes to keep things raucous, jerky and button-tight. Catch them live!
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 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’”.
Against the backdrop of the Smoky Mountains, Angel and the Love Mongers have recorded an album that brings the UK to mind.
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
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 opening notes of The Silver Seas’ album make one pine for James Taylor or Loggins and Messina.
New Exclusive Olympic Heights continues the Porn Sword Tobacco tradition of finding the beauty in found sounds amongst traditional electronic ambient compositions.
It's with style and aplomb that Philly's Pawnshop Roses deliver the ten songs on Let It Roll.
Dimlite hails from Switzerland, a country known for many things. Unfortunately, none of them are dope electronic beats.
Sunday, October 21 2007
Indie Americana singer-songwriter's sophomore album hits the mark.
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.
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.