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Monday, October 8 2007

Debbie Davis: Blues Blast

With help from Tab Benoit and Charlie Musselwhite, Debbie Davies brings the blues to life on a few occasions on Blues Blast.


Sunday, October 7 2007

Eric Copeland: Hermaphrodite

Black Dice member Eric Copeland's solo debut is a vivid spectrum of giddy delights.


Majesty Crush: I Love You in Other Cities

A welcome celebration of an atypical dream-pop band.


Patience Please: Fleeting Frequencies

Seattle band Patience Please has very little patience when it concerns lengthy, expansive rock songs. These tunes are crisp, short, almost terribly curt but terribly sweet at the same time


Someone Else: Pen Caps and Colored Pencils

The sonic equivalent of colored pencils, combined with sleek, modern, minimalist techno.


Lozen: Enemies Against Power

A two-piece tandem get bogged down in artisiness on this shoegaze-tinged effort.


Thursday, October 4 2007

Concentrick: Aluminum Lake

Tim Green steps aside from The Fucking Champs to release an underwhelming album as Concentrick.


California Snow Story: Close to the Ocean

This may resemble a vacation, but one where you spend much of it with your own thoughts.


Various: Add to Friends

Like a sweet little ant that you don't want to step on.


Tenniscoats: Totemo Aimasho

A nice, soft, warm bowl of heart food


Three Tenors of Soul: All the Way From Philadelphia

Philadelphia is well-known for its smooth soul grooves. The latest contribution to that genre can be found in the voices of the Three Tenors of


Wednesday, October 3 2007

Some Velvet Morning: Silence Will Kill You

On their all-too-middling debut, Silence Will Kill You, Brit-rock trio Some Velvet Morning should have limited the scope of their stylistic borrowings and turned up their trashy inner Franz Ferdinand.


Circo: Cursi

Cursi, the band's third album and their Sony debut, is one of those CDs that wants to be your best friend for a season and then give way to something else equally uplifting and ginseng-infused.


Arthur & Yu: In Cemera

Arthur & Yu deliver a Lee Hazlewood-invoking debut that is wonderful beyond any expectation.


Slope: Slope Is Dope

Over the last ten years Slope has been pioneering global electronica, fusing broken beat, hip hop, and house music with a little bit of soul. With Slope Is Dope, the band offers an odds’n’sods collection of remixes, exclusive tracks and collaborations not previously available in one place.


Filmic: Peacock People

Despite Filmic covering a range of styles the end result lacks coherence.


Tuesday, October 2 2007

Cut Off Your Hands: Shaky Hands EP

This new New Zealand post-punk outfit is an energetic tribute to influences, little more.


Ingrid Michaelson: Girls and Boys

Ingrid Michaelson has had several of her songs chosen to be played on the wildly popular Grey’s Anatomy TV show and, subsequently, her MySpace page is a huge hit.


Martin Eyerer & Oliver Klein: Movement

German techno continues in its ascetic, high-concept journey through the academics of sound with little regard for the fun-oriented music that has been getting so popular over here.


Sixx: A.M.: Heroin Diaries Soundtrack

Ah, to cash in on near death experiences.


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