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Wednesday, August 22 2007

LadybiRdS: Regional Community Theatre

Tyler Pursel, keyboardist for the Gym Class Heroes indulges his love for Cyndi Lauper and the Postal Service with a sugar-coated, dance-happy album of electronic squiggles and bleeps.


The Holy Fields: The Holy Fields EP

The good times are back in rock n roll, if you can imagine such a thing. Members of Toronto’s Holy Fields have been around


Stuporhero: Last Star Shining

It's a short album but one which would leave one smiling in a happy stupor.


The Mugwumps: The Mugwumps

Members of the Mamas and the Papas and the Lovin' Spoonful play some pleasant pop folk music.


Chris Byars: Photos in Black, White and Gray

Though the CD bears his name, saxophonist Byars allows his quartet to solo, at length, on each of the album’s eight tracks. This could be an asset, but the musicians sound like they’re wandering through each instrument, trying to grab inspiration from the air.


Tuesday, August 21 2007

Joe Shithead Keithley: Band of Rebels

On his second solo album, D.O.A.'s Joe Shithead Keithley hammers the ol' punk mallet with a sense of style, humor, and crunching guitars, giving young whippersnappers half his age a clinic in how it's done.


Mobile: Tomorrow Starts Today

Mobile's polished brand of emotional rock music received accolades in their homeland of Canada, but now the band is stepping onto the international stage.


Eli Cook: Miss Blueses Child

Eli Cook, at the ripe old age of 20, delivers his first solo album, a bang-up blues fest in the old school vein of Robert Johnson and John Lee Hooker. While his guitar playing is bar none, Cook's vocals -- sounding four times his age -- are a little much.


Ariano: Music2BreakUp2

Warning: This is not a Valentine's Day album. This is about (some of) the ups and (most of) the downs of romance.


Malachi: Holy Music

Considered to be one of the original albums of the “psych-folk” movement, this reissue of the 1966 album is one you could probably do without.


Monday, August 20 2007

Wax Mannequin: Orchard & Ire

Ambitious, deliriously unfocused, and nowhere near as self-important and precious as you'd think, Orchard & Ire is nuts enough to work.


The Gaslight Anthem: Sink or Swim

The Gaslight Anthem aren't the first band to hold up New Jersey's ultra-suburbanism with pop-punk pride.


Through the Sparks: Lazarus Beach

Hard to pigeonhole but easy to appreciate, Through the Sparks are a bright star ready to shine for the right audience.


Various Artists: Putumayo World Party

World Party fits in perfectly with Putumayo's canon and its commitment to multiculturalism.


Breaking Laces: astronomy is my life, but i love you

This Brooklyn trio's songs are well-crafted and cleverly articulate thoughts on relationships, religion and regret.


Sunday, August 19 2007

John P. Strohm: Everyday Life

Not terrible, but not very interesting either... the ex-Blake Baby and former Lemonheads drummer remains mired in the softer swamps of country pop.


Au: Au

Au's Luke Wyland seems to have the right idea, with his commitment to individuality and willingness to go where his muse takes him; regrettably, that muse isn't quite ready for prime time.


The Quavers: Lit By Your Phone

Repeat listens indicate that Lit By Your Phone is more than stylized God-sausage.


The Airborne Toxic Event: The Airborne Toxic Event

This jangly L.A. indie pop quintet's debut EP is quite a treat, promising greatness for the future.


Tame One: The Grudge: Fuck the Industry

Worth a few spins as a "mixtape", unfulfilling as an "album" -- but the bright side is Tame One is still quite far from "tame".


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