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Monday, October 1 2007

Trencher: When Dracula Thinks Look At Me

Punishing and brooding London grindcore band Trencher is noisy, quick to the point and, well, noisy.

Dukes of Windsor: The Others

This young Melbourne group has had considerable success with a remix of their big single, but can they sustain that over the length of a whole album?

These Modern Socks: These Modern Socks

This debut release from Minneapolis quintet These Modern Socks can pull at your heart and wrap around your brain.

Sunday, September 30 2007

Speck Mountain: Summer Above

Speck Mountain give us a good half of an album before succumbing to self-indulgence.

Various Artists: This is Next

The world is better for every new pair of ears that gets turned on to Of Montreal and Ted Leo. The only real question is this: do you really need this album to begin with?

Luca: Fractions

This record finds Nick Luca branching out from his days working with Neko Case, Calexico and Howie Gelb and heading towards a “full-blown four-piece rock juggernaut”.

The Three 4 Tens: Down the Way

Philadelphia's psychedelic throwbacks return with a third album that's altogether darker and as catchy as hell.

The Ants: Ideabreaker

Utilizing elements of lo-fi indie pop, classic rock, jazz and country in pursuit of their strange and wonderful musical ideals, the group both excels at and seems to revel in their ability to marry unexpected changes in arrangement, rhythm and structure with some pretty catchy tunes.

Thursday, September 27 2007

Vieux Farka Touré: Remixed

These new versions of songs from Vieux Farka Touré's excellent self-titled debut shine with the inspiration of their source material and cohere nicely as an album of world beat electronica.

Shepherdess: Shepherdess

Shepherdess are a nice throwback to the late '90s heyday of Boston's college rock scene.

The Aggrolites: Reggae Hit L.A.

Unless you're a die-hard devotee of the band, The Aggrolite's latest offering skips around too much to be truly satisfying, flitting from one sound to another and floundering for a definite identity.

Lee Rocker: Black Cat Bone

Picking up exactly where he left off with the high quality of Racin’ The Devil, Lee Rocker brings this collection of songs together with a signature rockabilly feel.

Luis Salinas: Solo Guitarra

Brilliant young Argentinian guitarist who likes to caress, to evoke a range of beautiful sounds from his instrument.

Tuesday, September 25 2007

Brother Reade: Rap Music

The duo, consisting of emcee Jimmy Jamz and producer Bobby Evans, soar through 15 tracks of dankly thick beats and poetic rhymes that transcend the banality of typical party stompers.

Samantha James: Rise

Smooth, sexy dance-pop from Om's most commercial-leaning release yet.

Mem Shannon: Live: A Night At Tipitinas

Recorded in his hometown of New Orleans, Mem Shannon is trying to bring the blues back to a town that has had more than its fair share of troubles.

No Age: Weirdo Rippers

Swirling static and shimmer into pulses of riotous pleasure, Weirdo Rippers positions No Age as one of the most buzz-worthy and buzz-inducing bands of the year.

Taylor Mills: Lullagoodbye

With her country charm and honest lyrics Taylor Mills proves a refreshing change from pop tarts such as Britney Spears.

Monday, September 24 2007

Freezepop: Future Future Future Perfect

Freezepop's previous delivery of bouncy, energetic synthpop is now more concerned with atmospheres and tones. The group's no less smart or quirky than they have been, but they're a little cooler now, which makes this disc a little less successful.

Prenup: Hell To Pay

Take two members of the Hothouse Flowers and the former chanteuse from The Pogues and what do you have? Well, aside from a trio of talented musicians is a band consisting of three divorcees, Prenup.

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