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Tuesday, September 25 2007

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.


Various Artists: Give Us Your Poor

This fund-raising CD brings together established musicians, socially committed actors, and currently, or previously, homeless musicians in a moving collection of songs and stories.


Turzi: A

Slow, plodding and ambient: electronica artist Romain Turzi releases 13 tracks which don't have enough of the hooks and loops that make dance music interesting.


Lebanon: Planet Rubble

A band from Tel Aviv named Lebanon? Go figure. Well, whatever the band’s moniker, this group can certainly meld a lot of genres.


Sunday, September 23 2007

The Dragons: BFI

A rare lost gem thankfully resurrected, perfect for the headphones and the stereo stack.


Gene Watson: In a Perfect World

Gene Watson’s latest album is further proof that he is one of the better country singers to emerge from Nashville’s heyday of the '70s and '80s.


The Lonely H: Hair

The Lonely H may have graduated high school this year, but musically they're not much past the mid-'70s.


Celephais: I Am Kuranes

Celephais are some distance behind bands who have either broadened the palate or are erroneously termed metal: Jesu, Isis and Pelican come to mind.


Dan Bryk: Discount Store

Canadian singer-songwriter Dan Bryk isn’t so much folksy as he is poppy. Sounding like someone who might have fallen off the Matthew Sweet chuck wagon, Bryk brings a highbrow-pop verve to many of these seven songs.


Thursday, September 20 2007

Josh Small: Tall

While some may say that the banjo is nothing but a cornball instrument in these modern times, Josh Small is out to prove that the banjo has a beautiful, weeping soul.


Eulogies: Eulogies

LA singer-songwriter Peter Walker's new band, Eulogies, offers its self-titled debut.


Zelienople: His/Hers

More complex, ambient psychedelica from the Chicago trio.


Upsilon Acrux: Galapagos Momentum

San Diego shredders' fifth full-length splices math rock-ish time signatures to free jazz improvisation to the head-on adrenaline of punk rock. You'll be out of breath just listening.


Cracklin Moth: My Heart Is Leaking

Chicago quintet challenges the city’s ban on pub smoking and exhales five plumes that could reverse local law.


Wednesday, September 19 2007

Fog: Ditherer

I can think of no higher praise than to say that Ditherer is somehow the bastard spawn of a three-way orgy between Mountain Goats, 10cc and Tortoise.


Melody Club: At Your Service

At Your Service, the U.S. debut from Swedish dance-prompters Melody Club, never advances beyond pop’s staged and “of-the-moment” appeal.


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