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Monday, June 11 2007

Jonathan Wilson: Frankie Ray

An americana version of Nick Drake who likes spaghetti westerns.


Ultra Nate: Grime Silk Thunder

Ultra Nate continues her long career as a dance music diva with Grime Silk Thunder, her first album in six years.


Various Artists: Motown Remixed

This release unequivocally illustrates how the concept of remixing soul classics has hit a new low.


Bloke: Tears of the Broken Warrior

Bloke arranges perfectly serviceable melodic drill'n'bass circa 1997, but brings absolutely nothing of his own to the table.


Sunday, June 10 2007

Arve Henriksen: Strjon

A collection of beautiful and often engrossing instrumental compositions that hum with the places and feelings of the desolate environment of Henriksen's youth


My Sister Klaus: Chateau Rouge

Chateau Rouge has the kind of underground attitude that leaves an album vibrating with its own buzzy kick, but here the buzz never consolidates itself in a climax.


Stuart Robertson: World Figured Out

While themes of darkness are evident, each song is done in such a way as to bring some hope.


The Poison Dart: Get Hot

From the opening strains of "I Was Not Made to Reproduce" through the extended outro of closer "Crazy Horce", each of the album's fourteen songs serve as connective tissue in the creation of a consistent quality of sound.


The April Skies: How It All Played Out

Quality mid-western rock that you will most likely play out or wear out.


Thursday, June 7 2007

Clorox Girls: JAime Les Filles

This reconfigured Left Coast trio churns out happy, boppy, sub-two-minute punk songs... one of them in French!


The Elastik Band: The Elastik Band

A chance for a band to reclaim a reputation that, where it exists at all, is based solely on THAT song.


Parker Longbough: Commander Comatose

Longbough can churn out lovely little indie pop/rock nuggets.


Paul Collins Beat: Flying High

Casual but excellent power pop on new wave veteran Paul Collins's first album in 12 years.


Sylvain Luc: Joko

Another example of really classy jazz musicians doing the lighter thing -- very classily!


Wednesday, June 6 2007

Custom Made: Truth Be Told EP

Custom Made use East coast elements to craft their angry, energetic brand of West coast hip-hop.


Coffinberry: God Damn Dogs

Coffinberry's power pop makes me wish it 1996... maybe a little too much.


Olympia: Emergencies

Juvenile party rock makes a stand.


Foreverinmotion: The Beautiful Unknown

Dreamy, confessional melodrama.


Questions in Dialect: The Ghost Wishes to Speak

Questions in Dialect is content with ‘70s era mediocrity.


Low Low Low La La La Love Love Love: Ends of June

The fragile bedroom pop on the band’s second album is relaxed, compelling, and down-to-earth -- no freak in this folk.


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