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Sunday, July 29 2007

Minus: Nothing Much, Something More

The result is a hard-hitting blend of the best electro tracks currently on the scene, so good that you may agree with Hawtin and recognize that this is no lazy DJ's mix CD.


Brandon Schott: Golden State

Brandon Schott’s first release in a couple of years could almost put one to sleep, but not in the boring sense.


The Nightingales: Whats Not To Love?

The Nightingales traffic in the sort of angular, discordant indie rock produced by The Fall, though without the intensity or anti-charisma of Mark E. Smith.


Kurt Hagardorn: Ten Singles

This former member of Gumption recorded these ten singles over roughly six years.


Various Artists: Characters of Jazz

This is a solid collection of modern jazz with a British accent.


Thursday, July 26 2007

Oreskaband: Oreskaband

As if half of Morning Musume had decided to pick up trombones and start covering Toots and the Maytals.


Son de la Frontera: Cal

Here, fusion spritzes flamenco without changing it in any fundamental way.


Joe Rathbone: Under The Scorpio Moon

Joe Rathbone’s latest album has him plopping himself into some radio-friendly rock and roll.


Black Tie Revue: Code Fun

Think Weezer with less cerebral self-loathing or American Hi-Fi without the pandering to radio programmers.


Various Artists: Toolroom Knights, Vol. 1

This two-CD set is broken down into one disc that features Martijn Ten Velden’s mixes, and the other made up of Paul Harris’ work.


Wednesday, July 25 2007

Southerly: Storyteller and the Gossip Columnist

DIY home-recorder Krist Krueger enlists an orchestra of friends for second album, a lush, elaborately realized, but not quite satisfying excursion into country pop.


Lay Low: Please Dont Hate Me

The dainty chanteuse plays a stripped-down blues/folk that has the acoustic appeal of Cat Power and, at times, approaches the adorably squeamish tendencies of Joanna Newsome.


Tokyo Rose: The Promise in Compromise

New Jersey rock trio follows up a stellar, underrated sophomore set with an album that throws most of their budding promise away.


Baby Guts: Gasoline

Laura Larson's rage-filled shrieks fill Gasoline with dirty garage band angst.


Kelt: Tomorrow Is Another Day

The Australian band Kelt have a dreamy pop sensibility about them.


Tuesday, July 24 2007

Bodies of Water: Ears Will Pop & Eyes Will Blink

From indie folk-pop underpinnings to Polyphonic Spree-like grandiosity, the debut full-length from this L.A. girl-boy band is definitely on the right track.


The Little Ones: Lovers Who Uncover EP

A tight piece of indie pop -- and some remixes -- from this new LA group.


The Death of a Party: The Rise and Fall of Scarlet City

Like how Ozma imitates Weezer, the Death of a Party wants to be the Blood Brothers. They should stop trying.


Green Lizard: Las Armas Del Silencio

A commanding, guitar-driven presence, embodying the spirit and aesthetic of punk.


Gerald Collier: How Can There Be Another Day?

Jenks Miller created this album as a means of cathartically dealing with his OCD; and it often makes one feel uncomfortable or unnerved, but in a good way.


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