Wednesday, October 31 2007
Sounding like a mix of XTC and Dinosaur Jr., The High Water Marks earn high marks for their new LP.
So what if the Tambourines sound a lot like a lot of British bands from ten years ago? Why does that have to be a bad thing?
If Saving Jane builds on what's unique and distinct about them, they have a world of potential. Until then, they have a record that hovers around being just average.
Black Devil in Dub looks to the past and present for the means to kill at discotheques.
Tuesday, October 30 2007
Not like the Cuban music familiar to Buena Vista fans but brisker, tangier, rougher, more earthy.
Cross-Atlantic pen pals -- Matt Shaw and Nick Grey -- join in an album of dream-like clarity and subtle, reticent epiphanies.
Jazzy lounge-club instincts make for the most entertaining moments on Poison Kiss, which, otherwise, is drowned out in mid-tempo pop-rock drudgery.
It's is Americana the beautiful, indeed.
On his second full-length, Italian electronic artist Touane doesn't sonically embrace variety as the spice of life.
Monday, October 29 2007
White's songs are quite good, but too often she sounds like singer/songwriters you've already heard.
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.
Deaverse Massive Vol. 1 is more fanservice than album proper.
A classy and mature, yet spirited soul album, the likes of which rarely get noticed these days.
Infectious rock, thunderous and powerful.
A quality mix worth checking out if you like house music.
Sunday, October 28 2007
Portland electronic composer Ethan Rose builds bright landscapes from discarded sounds and clanky musical machines.
A.R.E. Weapons' fourth full-length just sounds like something that would come from New York.
Roots-y, pedestrian-paced tunes for Holland.
Re-issue of Vladislav Delay's 2000 collection of 12-inches shows the artist's early promise.
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.