Wednesday, August 22 2007
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 good times are back in rock n roll, if you can imagine such a thing. Members of Toronto’s Holy Fields have been around
It's a short album but one which would leave one smiling in a happy stupor.
Members of the Mamas and the Papas and the Lovin' Spoonful play some pleasant pop folk music.
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
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'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, 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.
Warning: This is not a Valentine's Day album. This is about (some of) the ups and (most of) the downs of romance.
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
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 aren't the first band to hold up New Jersey's ultra-suburbanism with pop-punk pride.
Hard to pigeonhole but easy to appreciate, Through the Sparks are a bright star ready to shine for the right audience.
World Party fits in perfectly with Putumayo's canon and its commitment to multiculturalism.
This Brooklyn trio's songs are well-crafted and cleverly articulate thoughts on relationships, religion and regret.
Sunday, August 19 2007
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'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.
Repeat listens indicate that Lit By Your Phone is more than stylized God-sausage.
This jangly L.A. indie pop quintet's debut EP is quite a treat, promising greatness for the future.
Worth a few spins as a "mixtape", unfulfilling as an "album" -- but the bright side is Tame One is still quite far from "tame".