Tuesday, September 4 2007
Love and heartbreak in a neat, adorable package.
Save Pluto offer a course in Power Pop 101 on their debut.
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 loves Scott Walker. That much is clear from the rich, poppy orchestrations of his '60s gazing tunes.
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's second album deserves any confectionary descriptors it might get, but it's not the usual sort of sugary pop.
Days of Twang revisits familiar terrain with Pit Baumgartner’s trademark mix of laidback electronica, jazz, and soul.
Portland riff-rockin' trio turn in a solid sophomore album.
Thursday, August 30 2007
Sultry, silly, soulful, playful, gender-bending, pop experimentalist... Heidi Mortenson is all this and more.
Ezra Furman is precocious and energetic, but he can also write one hell of a song.
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.
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.
If a man you despise loves smuuuthe jazz, buy him this and give him the needle, musically.
Wednesday, August 29 2007
This new pop collective from Cardiff, Wales has a deep, abiding love for the most sugary, candy-coated concoctions from the '60s.
The usually bawdy folk/rockabilly/country/neo-ragtime balladeers, the Asylum Street Spankers toss off another theme album -- this one a children's record.
Tallahassee indie quartet's debut mixes mathy rhythms with catchy melodies and jazzy, Pavement-esque phrasings on their winning debut.
Another disappointing trance mix from a DJ whose lack of innovation's becoming a chore.
Vibrant and lovely from start to finish, Wave to the Moon is the ultimately mesmerizing first full-length from New York collective Aeroplane Pageant.
Tuesday, August 28 2007
Oh No! Oh My! can write a hook, but they can't get out of their own jokey way.
It's the album you'd buy if you were around in the '80s and found yourself yearning to hear "Lambada" again.