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Monday, August 20 2007

Breaking Laces: astronomy is my life, but i love you

This Brooklyn trio's songs are well-crafted and cleverly articulate thoughts on relationships, religion and regret.


Sunday, August 19 2007

John P. Strohm: Everyday Life

Not terrible, but not very interesting either... the ex-Blake Baby and former Lemonheads drummer remains mired in the softer swamps of country pop.


Au: Au

Au's Luke Wyland seems to have the right idea, with his commitment to individuality and willingness to go where his muse takes him; regrettably, that muse isn't quite ready for prime time.


The Quavers: Lit By Your Phone

Repeat listens indicate that Lit By Your Phone is more than stylized God-sausage.


The Airborne Toxic Event: The Airborne Toxic Event

This jangly L.A. indie pop quintet's debut EP is quite a treat, promising greatness for the future.


Tame One: The Grudge: Fuck the Industry

Worth a few spins as a "mixtape", unfulfilling as an "album" -- but the bright side is Tame One is still quite far from "tame".


Thursday, August 16 2007

Miles Davis: Evolution of the Groove EP

As enduringly popular as Miles Davis remains, it is something of a surprise to realize just how sparsely picked-over his catalog remains in terms of


Amy Ray and the Volunteers: Live from Knoxville

On her own, Ray lets loose with a bit more rock rowdiness, always a hidden strong suit.


Holocene: Nothing is the End of Everything

Holoscene has promise, but needs to develop their embryonic post-rock sound into something more distinctive.


The Winston Jazz Routine: Sospiri

Sospiri's principal architect, Nathan Phillips, draws on a unique blend of elements to create the achingly gorgeous atmosphere.


Mus: La Vida

Spanish band Mus offer up an ambient and at times hypnotic release that has an aura of simplistic beauty about it.


Wednesday, August 15 2007

The Morning Pages: The Company You Keep

The Morning Pages' The Company You Keep is a bouncy blend of folksy, country-inflected indie rock that leaves the listener craving more than just the five-track smattering of songs on the EP.


Bumps: Bumps

Drummers for the post-rock outfit Tortoise, do nothing but groove on this offshoot, which crams 23 tracks into just over 30 minutes.


The Underpainting: The Underpainting

The Underpainting creates modest, honest folk-rock songs that have a certain understated power.


Deleted Waveform Gatherings: Complicated View

Don't let their math-rock band name fool you -- these Norwegians are all about '70s-style rock and roll.


Phonique: Good Idea

While Good Idea offers a universal spread, with funk entries or percussive, glitchy techno -- the bonus disc’s riches are vast and plentiful.


Tuesday, August 14 2007

Percy Farm: The Ends in the Beginning

If you can’t imagine an inspired amalgamation of Bob Dylan’s “Rainy Day Women #12 & 35” and Wowee Zowee, then you can experience it on “


Edward Ka-Spel: Dream Logik Part One

Dream Logik Part One continues Edward Ka-Spel's prolific run of solo releases which began in 1984.


Amy Cooper: Mirrors

You can write from the heart. You can write from reflection. Amy Cooper writes from the heart of her reflection.


Green River Ordinance: The Beauty of Letting Go/Way Back Home

Green River Ordinance maintains a predominantly upbeat pop/rock sound, complete with huge hooks, sincere vocals and driving guitar passages.


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