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Thursday, August 30 2007

Ezra Furman & the Harpoons: Banging Down the Doors

Ezra Furman is precocious and energetic, but he can also write one hell of a song.


Little Name: How to Swin and Live

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.


Monument: Decades

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.


Led Bib: Sizewell Tea

If a man you despise loves smuuuthe jazz, buy him this and give him the needle, musically.


Wednesday, August 29 2007

The Loves: Technicolour

This new pop collective from Cardiff, Wales has a deep, abiding love for the most sugary, candy-coated concoctions from the '60s.


Asylum Street Spankers: Mommy Says No!

The usually bawdy folk/rockabilly/country/neo-ragtime balladeers, the Asylum Street Spankers toss off another theme album -- this one a children's record.


Look Mexico: This Is Animal Music

Tallahassee indie quartet's debut mixes mathy rhythms with catchy melodies and jazzy, Pavement-esque phrasings on their winning debut.


Ferry Corsten: Ferry Corsten presents Passport United States of America

Another disappointing trance mix from a DJ whose lack of innovation's becoming a chore.


Aeroplane Pageant: Wave to the Moon

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!: Between the Devil and the Sea

Oh No! Oh My! can write a hook, but they can't get out of their own jokey way.


Various: World Hits

It's the album you'd buy if you were around in the '80s and found yourself yearning to hear "Lambada" again.


Jeanne Cherhal: Leau

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: Genesis

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.


Joel Frahm: We Used to Dance

A young tenor saxophonist of emotional range, with Kenny Barron in rhythm that can't be improved on.


Monday, August 27 2007

Aly Bain and Ale Möller: Beyond the Stacks

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: Parentheses

Francoise Hardy is as famous a French singer as you can get.  Growing up in the spotlight, Francoise has released numerous albums, and achieved


Fourth of July: Fourth of July on the Plains

Small-scale but intensely personal indie folk-rock from Lawrence, Kansas.


Yea Big/Kid Static: The Heavy 7 Inch

Chicago duo pushes the boundaries of hip hop through the vortex of laptops and interplanetary lyrical flow.


The Gecko Club: Evergreen

The Gecko Club work around a format where guitar power pop is king and all should genuflect to it.


Sunday, August 26 2007

Hillstomp: After Two but Before Five

Hillstomp avoid the superfluous refinement which distances white blues conservationists from earlier performers. Bravo!


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