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Thursday, October 4 2007

Three Tenors of Soul: All the Way From Philadelphia

Philadelphia is well-known for its smooth soul grooves. The latest contribution to that genre can be found in the voices of the Three Tenors of

Wednesday, October 3 2007

Some Velvet Morning: Silence Will Kill You

On their all-too-middling debut, Silence Will Kill You, Brit-rock trio Some Velvet Morning should have limited the scope of their stylistic borrowings and turned up their trashy inner Franz Ferdinand.

Circo: Cursi

Cursi, the band's third album and their Sony debut, is one of those CDs that wants to be your best friend for a season and then give way to something else equally uplifting and ginseng-infused.

Arthur & Yu: In Cemera

Arthur & Yu deliver a Lee Hazlewood-invoking debut that is wonderful beyond any expectation.

Slope: Slope Is Dope

Over the last ten years Slope has been pioneering global electronica, fusing broken beat, hip hop, and house music with a little bit of soul. With Slope Is Dope, the band offers an odds’n’sods collection of remixes, exclusive tracks and collaborations not previously available in one place.

Filmic: Peacock People

Despite Filmic covering a range of styles the end result lacks coherence.

Tuesday, October 2 2007

Cut Off Your Hands: Shaky Hands EP

This new New Zealand post-punk outfit is an energetic tribute to influences, little more.

Ingrid Michaelson: Girls and Boys

Ingrid Michaelson has had several of her songs chosen to be played on the wildly popular Grey’s Anatomy TV show and, subsequently, her MySpace page is a huge hit.

Martin Eyerer & Oliver Klein: Movement

German techno continues in its ascetic, high-concept journey through the academics of sound with little regard for the fun-oriented music that has been getting so popular over here.

Sixx: A.M.: Heroin Diaries Soundtrack

Ah, to cash in on near death experiences.

Andrew Violette: Rave

Ext-rave-rt modern music with roots -- in late nineteenth century symphonic traditions.

Monday, October 1 2007

Janelle Monae: Metropolis

Janelle Monáe is bringing back the art of the album listening experience with Metropolis, a genre-bending conceptual piece that will be unveiled over the course of four separate suites with deluxe packaging and illustrations.

Murcof: Cosmos

Fernando Corona, the Barcelona-based Mexican electronic composer, continues to impress with his third albm as Murcof, Cosmos.

Trencher: When Dracula Thinks Look At Me

Punishing and brooding London grindcore band Trencher is noisy, quick to the point and, well, noisy.

Dukes of Windsor: The Others

This young Melbourne group has had considerable success with a remix of their big single, but can they sustain that over the length of a whole album?

These Modern Socks: These Modern Socks

This debut release from Minneapolis quintet These Modern Socks can pull at your heart and wrap around your brain.

Sunday, September 30 2007

Speck Mountain: Summer Above

Speck Mountain give us a good half of an album before succumbing to self-indulgence.

Various Artists: This is Next

The world is better for every new pair of ears that gets turned on to Of Montreal and Ted Leo. The only real question is this: do you really need this album to begin with?

Luca: Fractions

This record finds Nick Luca branching out from his days working with Neko Case, Calexico and Howie Gelb and heading towards a “full-blown four-piece rock juggernaut”.

The Three 4 Tens: Down the Way

Philadelphia's psychedelic throwbacks return with a third album that's altogether darker and as catchy as hell.

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Authenticity Issues and the New Intimacies

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"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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