Thursday, August 30 2007
Ezra Furman is precocious and energetic, but he can also write one hell of a song.
I don't think I've made it through Little Name's debut record once without thinking for at least a second that I was listening to Tigermilk or The Boy with the Arab Strap.
Some bands are accused of being watered-down versions of their big-name influences; if Monument continues at this rate, they'll wind up being more water than band.
If a man you despise loves smuuuthe jazz, buy him this and give him the needle, musically.
Wednesday, August 29 2007
This new pop collective from Cardiff, Wales has a deep, abiding love for the most sugary, candy-coated concoctions from the '60s.
The usually bawdy folk/rockabilly/country/neo-ragtime balladeers, the Asylum Street Spankers toss off another theme album -- this one a children's record.
Tallahassee indie quartet's debut mixes mathy rhythms with catchy melodies and jazzy, Pavement-esque phrasings on their winning debut.
Another disappointing trance mix from a DJ whose lack of innovation's becoming a chore.
Vibrant and lovely from start to finish, Wave to the Moon is the ultimately mesmerizing first full-length from New York collective Aeroplane Pageant.
Tuesday, August 28 2007
Oh No! Oh My! can write a hook, but they can't get out of their own jokey way.
It's the album you'd buy if you were around in the '80s and found yourself yearning to hear "Lambada" again.
Under the simple set up of piano, drums, bass and guitar, Cherhal floods the album with wry observations, underwater dreams and a sense of purpose.
Job For a Cowboy undoubtedly has the chops, but a musical identity is nonexistent. If there's one good thing about Genesis, it's that it will continue to turn on young metalcore fans on to more traditional death metal.
A young tenor saxophonist of emotional range, with Kenny Barron in rhythm that can't be improved on.
Monday, August 27 2007
Like many sequels, it gives you more of the same but you don't mind at all because you enjoyed everything so much the first time around that you didn't really want it to change.
Francoise Hardy is as famous a French singer as you can get. Growing up in the spotlight, Francoise has released numerous albums, and achieved
Small-scale but intensely personal indie folk-rock from Lawrence, Kansas.
Chicago duo pushes the boundaries of hip hop through the vortex of laptops and interplanetary lyrical flow.
The Gecko Club work around a format where guitar power pop is king and all should genuflect to it.
Sunday, August 26 2007
Hillstomp avoid the superfluous refinement which distances white blues conservationists from earlier performers. Bravo!