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Thursday, September 6 2007

Rainman: Bigga Than Life

Southern gangsta rap takes a soggy nose dive into crunk cliché via limp and lagging Biggie Smalls poses.


Wednesday, September 5 2007

Alamo Race Track: Black Cat John Brown

Getting a track on Grey’s Anatomy doesn’t generally make one think that a band is going to be particularly interesting. There’s no


Infinito 2017 & Unagi: You and Eye

Excellent hip-hop that merges a California beat technician with an Illinois lyricist. Brevity is its only flaw.


Project Jenny, Project Jan: XOXOXOXOXO

More pop music should have this much fun.


Blake Rainey and His Demons: The Dangerous Summer

Roots-oriented singer-songwriter Blake Rainey has been known in smaller circles around Georgia, but hopefully this record makes him break out into bigger circles.


The Cult Inside My Head: Stalking Horse

The whole thing comes off like Iggy Pop trying to make a John Frusciante solo album and failing miserably.


Tuesday, September 4 2007

Ferraby Lionheart: Catch The Brass Ring

Lionheart has definitely nabbed the Brass Ring with this release.


Donavon Frankenreiter: Recycled Recipes

The latest from the bearded surfie troubadour is a good old covers EP.


Tammy Cochran: Where I Am

Love and heartbreak in a neat, adorable package.


Save Pluto: Age of Lowered Expectations

Save Pluto offer a course in Power Pop 101 on their debut.


Arti & Mestieri: First Live In Japan

Arti & Mestieri’s jazz-cum-rock is a distinct relative of Zappa (Frank, not Moon Unit) with its winding feel, tempo-changes and fine musicianship.


Monday, September 3 2007

Patrick Cleandenim: Baby Comes Home

Patrick Cleandenim loves Scott Walker. That much is clear from the rich, poppy orchestrations of his '60s gazing tunes.


Suzy Bogguss: Sweet Danger

While old fans may be disappointed, this should find Bogguss a new audience that enjoys sophisticated tunes that would seem at home in classy nightclub.


Code Pie: The Most Trusted Name in Yous

Code Pie's second album deserves any confectionary descriptors it might get, but it's not the usual sort of sugary pop.


Dephazz: Days of Twang

Days of Twang revisits familiar terrain with Pit Baumgartner’s trademark mix of laidback electronica, jazz, and soul.


Kleveland: Kleveland

Portland riff-rockin' trio turn in a solid sophomore album.


Thursday, August 30 2007

Heidi Mortenson: Dont Lonely Me

Sultry, silly, soulful, playful, gender-bending, pop experimentalist... Heidi Mortenson is all this and more.


Ezra Furman & the Harpoons: Banging Down the Doors

Ezra Furman is precocious and energetic, but he can also write one hell of a song.


Little Name: How to Swin and Live

I don't think I've made it through Little Name's debut record once without thinking for at least a second that I was listening to Tigermilk or The Boy with the Arab Strap.


Monument: Decades

Some bands are accused of being watered-down versions of their big-name influences; if Monument continues at this rate, they'll wind up being more water than band.


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