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Thursday, September 20 2007

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.


The Get Quick: See You in the Crossfire

Philly's glam pop outfit, Get Quick, kick out clever puns and killer riffs on a 1960s-redolent, but 00s-relevant second full-length.


Monday, September 17 2007

Sir Richard Bishop: Polytheistic Fragments

Mixing the odor of Jimmy Page and the missing link between Brian Eno’s Another Green World and mid-period Pink Floyd,Polytheistic Fragments is a veritable treat for fans of guitar music from yesterday, today and tomorrow.


The Sharp Things: A Moveable Feast

The third album from New York's 11-piece symphonic-pop ensemble serves up an eclectic banquet of darkly atmospheric chamber-pop and cool lounge-swing to an often dazzling effect.


The Dilettantes: 101 Tambourines

The Dilettantes are a band whose rock and roll ideal is often expressed in the language of Byrds-ian guitar jangle, driving drumbeats and psychedelic pop landscapes.


Suzy Callahan: Freedom Party For Insects

Callahan veers between Brit-folk and coffeehouse singer-songwriter on this pop-saturating album.


Sister Hazel: Bam Vol. 1

Sister Hazel treat fans to B-sides collection, bore others.


Sunday, September 16 2007

Jeremy Fisher: Goodbye Blue Monday

Jeremy Fisher’s folk-pop works best when it's pop-folk.


Testa Rosa: Testa Rosa

Testa Rosa has all the spit and polish of bands like The Pretenders and Blondie with its tight melodies and terribly infectious pop rock.


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