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Monday, June 18 2007

Takeshi Nashimoto: Monologue

Thoughtful, theatrical and moody, Nishimoto follows a long line of guitarists such as Adrian Legg and Mark Knopfler with pin-point plucks of the acoustic guitar and enough room between the notes to create warm, adventurous pieces.


Sleeping in the Aviary: Oh, This Old Thing?

Wisconsin trio marry Buzzcocks-like punk-pop with Pavementy indie rock.


Capital Steps: Im Not Listening

A clumsy lob back to an early '90s sound.


Sunday, June 17 2007

Shout Out Louds: Tonight I Have to Leave It EP

Lead single from the band's new album, Our Ill Wills, shows them taking a decidedly more lush turn on their brand of pop, with very strong results.


Wintersleep: Untitled

Evoking the grandeur of Jeff Buckley in spots and the precision of Rush in other.


Nathan Oliver: Nathan Oliver

Due to its brevity, Nathan Oliver feels a bit like a lengthy, unedited EP, but the power of its best tracks offers a welcome punch.


Speaker Speaker: We Wont March

Speaker Speaker’s latest EP contains a lot of bounce and pop.


Spanking Charlene: Dismissed With A Kiss

Band combines attitude with ovaries to produce a completely ordinary debut album.


Thursday, June 14 2007

Bruce Robison: It Came from San Antonio

The strange tale of Sir Douglas and more.


Thurisaz: Circadian Rhythm

Ok, they have weird names, but this is really good.


Eli Cook: Miss Blueses Child

Eli Cook is caught in some time warp, one which few artists of his age can capture.


40 Cal: Broken Safety 2

There seems to be little room for 40 Cal’s no-joke street rap with the spotlight on the more flamboyant Dipset antics.


Jason Lindner: Ab Aeterno

Highly praised composer comes off as a disappointment.


Wednesday, June 13 2007

Forro in the Dark: Asa Branca

None of the mixes are bad, none are exceptionally good, they're just sort of there.


Je Suis France: Afrikan Majik

Swelling to nine members, Je Sui France delivers a scattershot third effort of impressive ambition yet underwhelming impact.


Roman Revutsky: Incomplete

Roman Revutsky is reportedly from Siberia, but he hasn’t been isolated from music.


Steve Bug: Fuse Presents:

Technique can only take a mix so far; after that the material itself has to take over.


Ramona Cordova: The Boy Who Floated Freely

Ramona Cordova has crafted 11 songs that, while they might not quite come together as an album, are starkly beautiful nonetheless.


Tuesday, June 12 2007

Ras Myrhdak: Prince of Fyah, Vol: 1

Produced by Minor7Flat5 founder Andreas “Brotherman” Christophersen, Ras Myrhdak’s first album brings across the hybrid qualities of the label’s usual fare without


Kevin Hume: The Truth About Ants And Aphids

It’s not a record that is overly busy, just quite haunting, tender and pleasant.


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