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Tuesday, September 4 2007

Tammy Cochran: Where I Am

Love and heartbreak in a neat, adorable package.


Save Pluto: Age of Lowered Expectations

Save Pluto offer a course in Power Pop 101 on their debut.


Arti & Mestieri: First Live In Japan

Arti & Mestieri’s jazz-cum-rock is a distinct relative of Zappa (Frank, not Moon Unit) with its winding feel, tempo-changes and fine musicianship.


Monday, September 3 2007

Patrick Cleandenim: Baby Comes Home

Patrick Cleandenim loves Scott Walker. That much is clear from the rich, poppy orchestrations of his '60s gazing tunes.


Suzy Bogguss: Sweet Danger

While old fans may be disappointed, this should find Bogguss a new audience that enjoys sophisticated tunes that would seem at home in classy nightclub.


Code Pie: The Most Trusted Name in Yous

Code Pie's second album deserves any confectionary descriptors it might get, but it's not the usual sort of sugary pop.


Dephazz: Days of Twang

Days of Twang revisits familiar terrain with Pit Baumgartner’s trademark mix of laidback electronica, jazz, and soul.


Kleveland: Kleveland

Portland riff-rockin' trio turn in a solid sophomore album.


Thursday, August 30 2007

Heidi Mortenson: Dont Lonely Me

Sultry, silly, soulful, playful, gender-bending, pop experimentalist... Heidi Mortenson is all this and more.


Ezra Furman & the Harpoons: Banging Down the Doors

Ezra Furman is precocious and energetic, but he can also write one hell of a song.


Little Name: How to Swin and Live

I don't think I've made it through Little Name's debut record once without thinking for at least a second that I was listening to Tigermilk or The Boy with the Arab Strap.


Monument: Decades

Some bands are accused of being watered-down versions of their big-name influences; if Monument continues at this rate, they'll wind up being more water than band.


Led Bib: Sizewell Tea

If a man you despise loves smuuuthe jazz, buy him this and give him the needle, musically.


Wednesday, August 29 2007

The Loves: Technicolour

This new pop collective from Cardiff, Wales has a deep, abiding love for the most sugary, candy-coated concoctions from the '60s.


Asylum Street Spankers: Mommy Says No!

The usually bawdy folk/rockabilly/country/neo-ragtime balladeers, the Asylum Street Spankers toss off another theme album -- this one a children's record.


Look Mexico: This Is Animal Music

Tallahassee indie quartet's debut mixes mathy rhythms with catchy melodies and jazzy, Pavement-esque phrasings on their winning debut.


Ferry Corsten: Ferry Corsten presents Passport United States of America

Another disappointing trance mix from a DJ whose lack of innovation's becoming a chore.


Aeroplane Pageant: Wave to the Moon

Vibrant and lovely from start to finish, Wave to the Moon is the ultimately mesmerizing first full-length from New York collective Aeroplane Pageant.


Tuesday, August 28 2007

Oh No! Oh My!: Between the Devil and the Sea

Oh No! Oh My! can write a hook, but they can't get out of their own jokey way.


Various: World Hits

It's the album you'd buy if you were around in the '80s and found yourself yearning to hear "Lambada" again.


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