Wednesday, October 17 2007
Music that is "exciting, innovative" and identifiably Latino.
The band from the '80s that should have been from the '70s makes an album in the '00s.
Mostly Bears are mostly innocuous on this EP.
Tuesday, October 16 2007
In this compilation dedicated to the work of salsa pianist Wayne Gorbea, Salsa is the focus but there are also excursions into rumba and mambo.
The Bosch seem intent on reviving Rock and Roll. When did it die again?
Brooklyn via DC mainstay Donny Hue draws friends from Nethers, Carlsonics and other Capital City bands into a gleeful, rainbow colored mélange of pop and psychedelic styles.
An album's worth of soothing textures that would go over pretty well in the living room on a Sunday.
It’s been ages since Candy Dulfer and Dave Stewart teamed up for the gorgeous instrumental “Lilly Was Here” but Dulfer has done very well for herself, thank you very much. And this album might be one of her best yet.
Monday, October 15 2007
Former Jesus Lizard vocalist David Yow lends his lunatic howls to Qui's sophomore outing.
One of the few albums around where the “patience is bliss” adage works wonders.
Saba Anglana's debut album is both a likeable set of songs and canny piece of Euro-Afro feelgoodery.
Experience? Check. Humor? Check. Lyrical skill. Double check. Putting these ingredients together? Well, that's where the album falls short.
Port Royal’s fourth release, Afraid to Dance, amounts to another stock product of that genre deeply hurting for an aesthetic revitalization: electronic.
Sunday, October 14 2007
Face remains a giddy, guilt-free taste of electro-pop that single-handedly renders Kenna as a force to be reckoned with.
The two-piece band Japanther have made the noisiest pop record of the year, using distortion not merely as effect, but as a way to challenge your expectations.
Think Global: Salsa is a solid, reliable compilation for anyone who wants an album that will cheer them up and not ever sound like anything they don't already imagine salsa to be.
A promising debut from this North Carolina band of acoustic indie rockers.
Operating on the theory that jazz and cooking aren’t so different, Alex Barck, one sixth of German downbeat collective Jazzanova, conceived Home Cooking.
Thursday, October 11 2007
This second album by folksinger Ed Askew was recorded in 1970, then stashed in a carton for more than 30 years. The CD reissue, following a 2002 vinyl-only version, captures an eccentric talent at his unfiltered best.
A creative, sometimes experimental hip-hop set that reaches for "spectacular" but settles for "good".