Sunday, August 19 2007
Worth a few spins as a "mixtape", unfulfilling as an "album" -- but the bright side is Tame One is still quite far from "tame".
Thursday, August 16 2007
As enduringly popular as Miles Davis remains, it is something of a surprise to realize just how sparsely picked-over his catalog remains in terms of
On her own, Ray lets loose with a bit more rock rowdiness, always a hidden strong suit.
Holoscene has promise, but needs to develop their embryonic post-rock sound into something more distinctive.
Sospiri's principal architect, Nathan Phillips, draws on a unique blend of elements to create the achingly gorgeous atmosphere.
Spanish band Mus offer up an ambient and at times hypnotic release that has an aura of simplistic beauty about it.
Wednesday, August 15 2007
The Morning Pages' The Company You Keep is a bouncy blend of folksy, country-inflected indie rock that leaves the listener craving more than just the five-track smattering of songs on the EP.
Drummers for the post-rock outfit Tortoise, do nothing but groove on this offshoot, which crams 23 tracks into just over 30 minutes.
The Underpainting creates modest, honest folk-rock songs that have a certain understated power.
Don't let their math-rock band name fool you -- these Norwegians are all about '70s-style rock and roll.
While Good Idea offers a universal spread, with funk entries or percussive, glitchy techno -- the bonus disc’s riches are vast and plentiful.
Tuesday, August 14 2007
If you can’t imagine an inspired amalgamation of Bob Dylan’s “Rainy Day Women #12 & 35” and Wowee Zowee, then you can experience it on “
Dream Logik Part One continues Edward Ka-Spel's prolific run of solo releases which began in 1984.
You can write from the heart. You can write from reflection. Amy Cooper writes from the heart of her reflection.
Green River Ordinance maintains a predominantly upbeat pop/rock sound, complete with huge hooks, sincere vocals and driving guitar passages.
Nelson Bragg had a hand in the recent Brian Wilson album SMiLE, performing drums on the long-awaited masterpiece; now Bragg is venturing out from behind the skins to make his own music.
Monday, August 13 2007
A vacation in America's 50th state led to this Seattle indie rocker's obsession with ukuleles, slack key guitars and breezy harmonies...no word on whether he's performing in a grass skirt.
Part indie-rock, part Americana and with a dash of jazz to boot, Speck Mountain has a lot in common with The Jesus And Mary Chain without the signature fuzzed-out feedback.
Chase Pagan's work is continuously chaotic, kinetic, and often volatile, no matter whether in the midst of a dramatic crescendo or a quiet fade.
In all, it's more like Weezer's green self-titled album than anything, eager to live up to an ideal and doing a good job of it.