Monday, August 13 2007
Part indie-rock, part Americana and with a dash of jazz to boot, Speck Mountain has a lot in common with The Jesus And Mary Chain without the signature fuzzed-out feedback.
Chase Pagan's work is continuously chaotic, kinetic, and often volatile, no matter whether in the midst of a dramatic crescendo or a quiet fade.
In all, it's more like Weezer's green self-titled album than anything, eager to live up to an ideal and doing a good job of it.
Jangly, '90s-style power-pop walks the fine line between annoying and endearing.
Sunday, August 12 2007
The Cape May's layered mood rock grows on you just about as slowly as its down-tempo selections trod on throughout this album.
I can see Nine Lucid Dreams playing in St*rb*cks and being enjoyed by people with less severely idiosyncratic taste than myself.
Big Old Life may be clean and composed, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t a fun listen.
The tandem of Reid Johnson and Kathyrn Johnson pull off harmonies that would fare well compared to the likes of Luna, as Schooner rarely straddles from what works.
On a High Note is an amalgamation of standards recorded by Maynard Ferguson’s Big Bop Nouveau over the past 15 years.
Thursday, August 9 2007
This sampler of the great jazz trumpeter's mid-1960s Blue Note hard-bop recordings is a good place for new listeners to dive in.
Relatively unknown, from cornfield, Indiana, JPLS shares much of the same aesthetic as his labelmates at M_nus records.
Taking the edge off some classic hits could be a double-edged sword, but Sexton Blake plays many of these songs with a passion that makes one think he’s sincere.
The spirit of the city street is alive and well on Casey Neill's latest release, Brooklyn Bridge.
Disposable pop from Sweden -- shared with everyone.
Wednesday, August 8 2007
Simple Kid's second album, conveniently titled 2, is a good example of a little record that charms despite genre limitations.
Helios rounds out an original work of beauty on par with his debut, Eingya -- voice and all.
They haven’t achieved the MegaMan rock-opera grandeur of the Protomen, but there’s a good chance that Yakuza Heart Attack might level up soon.
Les Petits have sweet, soft and memorably crafted tunes, but it’s too bad a handful of them aren’t fully realized or developed.
First single of post-Q and Not U poppers heralds big damn things to come.
Tuesday, August 7 2007
Exceptionally radiant strings, guitar loops, and cymbal crashes not only debunk the stigma still associated with recording in bedrooms, it makes it rather difficult to leave the comfort of your own.