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Wednesday, October 31 2007

The High Water Marks: Polar

Sounding like a mix of XTC and Dinosaur Jr., The High Water Marks earn high marks for their new LP.

The Tambourines: Sally OGannon

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?

Saving Jane: One Girl Revolution

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 Disco Club: Black Devil in Dub

Black Devil in Dub looks to the past and present for the means to kill at discotheques.

Tuesday, October 30 2007

Puerto Plata: Mujer de Cabaret.

Not like the Cuban music familiar to Buena Vista fans but brisker, tangier, rougher, more earthy.

230 Divisadero: 230 Divisader

Cross-Atlantic pen pals -- Matt Shaw and Nick Grey -- join in an album of dream-like clarity and subtle, reticent epiphanies.

The Last Goodbye: Poison Kiss

Jazzy lounge-club instincts make for the most entertaining moments on Poison Kiss, which, otherwise, is drowned out in mid-tempo pop-rock drudgery.

Various Artists: Putumayo Presents Americana

It's is Americana the beautiful, indeed.

Touane: Figura

On his second full-length, Italian electronic artist Touane doesn't sonically embrace variety as the spice of life.

Monday, October 29 2007

Emily Jane White: Dark Undercoat

White's songs are quite good, but too often she sounds like singer/songwriters you've already heard.

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.

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Authenticity Issues and the New Intimacies

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"The social-media companies have largely succeeded in persuading users of their platforms' neutrality. What we fail to see is that these new identities are no less contingent and dictated to us then the ones circumscribed by tradition; only now the constraints are imposed by for-profit companies in explicit service of gain.

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