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Monday, September 24 2007

Lebanon: Planet Rubble

A band from Tel Aviv named Lebanon? Go figure. Well, whatever the band’s moniker, this group can certainly meld a lot of genres.


Sunday, September 23 2007

The Dragons: BFI

A rare lost gem thankfully resurrected, perfect for the headphones and the stereo stack.


Gene Watson: In a Perfect World

Gene Watson’s latest album is further proof that he is one of the better country singers to emerge from Nashville’s heyday of the '70s and '80s.


The Lonely H: Hair

The Lonely H may have graduated high school this year, but musically they're not much past the mid-'70s.


Celephais: I Am Kuranes

Celephais are some distance behind bands who have either broadened the palate or are erroneously termed metal: Jesu, Isis and Pelican come to mind.


Dan Bryk: Discount Store

Canadian singer-songwriter Dan Bryk isn’t so much folksy as he is poppy. Sounding like someone who might have fallen off the Matthew Sweet chuck wagon, Bryk brings a highbrow-pop verve to many of these seven songs.


Thursday, September 20 2007

Josh Small: Tall

While some may say that the banjo is nothing but a cornball instrument in these modern times, Josh Small is out to prove that the banjo has a beautiful, weeping soul.


Eulogies: Eulogies

LA singer-songwriter Peter Walker's new band, Eulogies, offers its self-titled debut.


Zelienople: His/Hers

More complex, ambient psychedelica from the Chicago trio.


Upsilon Acrux: Galapagos Momentum

San Diego shredders' fifth full-length splices math rock-ish time signatures to free jazz improvisation to the head-on adrenaline of punk rock. You'll be out of breath just listening.


Cracklin Moth: My Heart Is Leaking

Chicago quintet challenges the city’s ban on pub smoking and exhales five plumes that could reverse local law.


Wednesday, September 19 2007

Fog: Ditherer

I can think of no higher praise than to say that Ditherer is somehow the bastard spawn of a three-way orgy between Mountain Goats, 10cc and Tortoise.


Melody Club: At Your Service

At Your Service, the U.S. debut from Swedish dance-prompters Melody Club, never advances beyond pop’s staged and “of-the-moment” appeal.


Free Diamonds: By The Sword

British trio Free Diamonds sounds like a folksy, tamer version of The Fratellis if they were influenced more by rockabilly and Dylan records.


Various Artists: Live at KEXP Volume Three

KEXP, the venerable non-commercial radio station, has released a third volume of live and in-studio recordings.


DJ Alibi: Lets Ride 12

A brief taste of Toronto’s DJ Alibi and his ability to lure you into a kitchen that’s simmering with boom-bap, jazz, and soul.


Tuesday, September 18 2007

Cloak/Dagger: We Are

This isn't essential listening, but if you're in dire need of a hardcore fix, Cloak/Dagger does nothing but satisfy.


Mystery of Two: Arrows Are All You Know

There's nothing revolutionary about what Mystery of Two does on this album but it's a great change-of-pace type record that showcases the potential this band has to carve out a distinct place for themselves in the independent scene.


Turbo Fruits: Turbo Fruits

Fast, fun, silly punk rock without a trace of civilizing influence...from the boys of Be Your Own Pet.


Various Artists: Sowing the Seeds

These days folk is a niche market, but these musicians still know how to captivate, educate, and entertain the listener.


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