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Thursday, October 11 2007

Prince Ali: Curb Side Service

A creative, sometimes experimental hip-hop set that reaches for "spectacular" but settles for "good".


Swivel Chairs: The Slow Transmission

When they don't rely solely on their formula, Swivel Chairs crafts some solidly hazy pop tunes.


The Pietasters: All day

Heavily influenced by soul-inflected early reggae and classic rocksteady, The Pietasters played it comparatively straight.


Club dElf: Perhapsody: Live 10.12.06

This evening of recorded music offers a welcome mix of dissonance and harmony, abstract subtraction, and wonderfully skilled improvisation.


Wednesday, October 10 2007

Zeitkratzer: Metal Machine Music

For those who want to hear what the far edges of pop music are like, then strap yourself in for another fine version of Mr. Reed’s Wild Ride.


Giant Bear: Giant Bear

Memphis, Tennessee's Giant Bear both laments country music yet works largely within its conventions, a paradoxical form that’s familiar to fans of Bobby Bare Jr. and the Drive-By Truckers.


Epica: The Divine Conspiracy

The Dutch symphonic metal band swings for the fences on its fourth album, delivering a convoluted, long-winded meditation on organized religion.


Splurge: The Cure For The Cure

Melbourne’s Splurge doesn’t splurge so much on big guitar riffs or over-the-top vocals. What they do overdose on is sophisticated pop melodies that have the listener’s attention from the onset.


David Bernabo: Assembly

Pittsburgh's David Bernabo is a jack of many musical trades and if his recent full length project Assembly gives accurate indication, a master of many.


Tuesday, October 9 2007

The Gunshy: Theres No Love In This War

An album inspired and based on 17 letters that Matt Arbogast’s grandfather wrote to his then-girlfriend in the Second World War.


The Hackensaw Boys: Look Out

Admire the Crooked Jades or Old Crow Medicine Show? The Hackensaw Boys are akin to a rough-hewn former and less-ambitious, but equally irreverent, latter. Look Out won't disappoint you, or any fan of spirited oldtime music.


Chris Kenner: Land of 1000 Dances

Chris Kenner made his name in the 1960s with two big hits. Thanks in part to drinking and jail time, Kenner became little more than a footnote in music history.


Carbon Dating Service: Polyentendrii

Gentle, folksy Saskatoon pop that likes to think big.


Dubfire: Taipei

Dubfire, also known as Ali Shirazinia, one half of the Grammy award winning duo Deep Dish, joined forces with Global Underground to release Dubfire Taipei,


Monday, October 8 2007

David Dondero: Simple Love

Simple Love is an accomplished singer-songwriter effort that mixes evocative lyrics, some nimble guitar playing, and a strong sense of personal history.


Burnt Friedman: First night Forever

Burnt Friedman is a prolific, well-respected, genre-defying, technically innovative artist who travels the world recording and performing with people I’ve never heard of.


Saturday Looks Good to Me: Cold Colors

A common approach: make the single stranger than the album it precedes, setting fans up to accept the new sound when they hear the album itself.


ATB: Trilogy

Trilogy is aimed at least as much at pop radio as it is at the dancefloor.


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.


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