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Tuesday, October 16 2007

Candy Dulfer: Candy Store

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

Qui: Loves Miracle

Former Jesus Lizard vocalist David Yow lends his lunatic howls to Qui's sophomore outing.

The Izzys: The Violent Bear It Away

One of the few albums around where the “patience is bliss” adage works wonders.

Saba: Jidka

Saba Anglana's debut album is both a likeable set of songs and canny piece of Euro-Afro feelgoodery.

Musab: Slicks Box

Experience? Check. Humor? Check. Lyrical skill. Double check. Putting these ingredients together? Well, that's where the album falls short.

Port Royal: Afraid to Dance

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

Kenna: Make Sure They See My Face

Face remains a giddy, guilt-free taste of electro-pop that single-handedly renders Kenna as a force to be reckoned with.

Japanther: Skuffed Up My Huffy

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.

Various: Think Global: Salsa

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.

The Future Kings of Nowhere: The Future Kings of Nowhere

A promising debut from this North Carolina band of acoustic indie rockers.

Various Artists: Homecooking - Soulfood Served by Jazzanova and Friends

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

Ed Askew: Little Eyes

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.

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.

//Mixed media

Authenticity Issues and the New Intimacies

// Marginal Utility

"The social-media companies have largely succeeded in persuading users of their platforms' neutrality. What we fail to see is that these new identities are no less contingent and dictated to us then the ones circumscribed by tradition; only now the constraints are imposed by for-profit companies in explicit service of gain.

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