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Thursday, September 13 2007

Blake Rainey and His Demons: The Dangerous Summer

This Canadian band has some good chops, but it’s the sort of release that doesn’t really distinguish itself from others.


Wednesday, September 12 2007

Alina Simone: Placelessness

ALthough she echoes Chan Marshall, Alina Simone sounds determined to get her own thing going on Placelessness.


Nathaniel Mayer: Why Don’t You Give It to Me?

By the end of these 40 minutes you can almost smell the cigarette smoke, cheap scotch, cologne and sweat emanating from Mayer's powder-blue polyester suit.


Child Bite: Gold Thriller

Child Bite isn't bad, but without more of a distinctive hook their audience will likely remain primarily local.


Tenderhooks: Vidalia

With a feel for the earthy jangle of bands like REM and Son Volt, and a touch of country influence and melodic sensibilities that allow many of their hooks to take flight, this Knoxville, Tennessee quartet's first full length is a mostly winning combination of heartland and modern rock tones.


Grant Green: The Finest in Jazz: Grant Green

A great jazz guitarist in mostly a non-great sub-genre.


Tuesday, September 11 2007

A Hawk And A Hacksaw And The Hun Hangar Ensemble: A Hawk And A Hacksaw And The Hun Hangar Ensemble

A Hawk and a Hacksaw’s collaboration with The Hun Hangár Ensemble continues its journey into the musical forms of the Old World of Europe.


The Triangles: Seventy-Five Year Plan

For their second record with Half a Cow, Melbourne's the Triangles create a bright sort of suburban indie pop.


People Noise: Ordinary Ghosts

VHS or Beta's Zeke Buck's new duo lays down big anguished guitars next to synthy soundwashes... in a weird hybrid of the Cure and Nirvana.


Various Artists: Fairytales Can Come True: UK Popsike from the Late 60s

The 20-track collection from the Psychic Circle label boasts a slew of obscure British psych-pop from 1966-1969.


Birgit: True Stories I Made Up

Electronica and classical Chinese music don’t seem to be the blend of perfection.


Monday, September 10 2007

Jupiter Rising: Electropop

Who needs to break new ground when you're breakin' it down?


Jason Anderson: Tonight

Anderson drops the brooding act and throws a party on his new record.


Girl Nobody: Balaclava Casino Heist

With a whirl of rock, pop and electronic textures weaving in and out Girl Nobody fall somewhere between The Organ and Yeah Yeah Yeahs.


Attilio Art Mineo: Man in Space with Sounds

Mineo's orchestral offerings on Man in Space are spine-tingling at most points. Shrill noises and squeals peek around each slowly churning cello arrangement, as a great deal of machines lend a manic atmosphere to each piece.


Kristy Hanson: Already Gone

Singer Kristy Hanson has a sweet pop voice that’s terribly hard to separate from the likes of Natalie Merchant and Lisa Loeb, among others.


Sunday, September 9 2007

Picastro: Whore Luck

The third album from Toronto singer-songwriter Liz Hysen's group is experimental and darkly lovely in equal measure.


108: A New Beat From a Dead Heart

Despite a couple of missteps, 108 sounds alive and ready to take on the world once more.


Daniel Smith: The Swingin Bassoon

Bassoonist and jazzman, the remarkable synthesis that is Daniel Smith!


Bleach 03: The Head That Controls Both Right And Left Sides Eats Meat And Slobbers Even Today

Ferocious all-girl group from Japan gives us more thrashing, screaming, lovably cartoonish aggression.


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