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Tuesday, April 17 2007

Lou Barlow: Mirror the Eye

The task of entering the Lou Barlow catalog over 20 years since it began seems as daunting and perilous as an assault on K2.


The Snake The Cross The Crown: Cotton Teeth

The Snake The Cross The Crown is a talented group, but Cotton Teeth just doesn't have the musical depth it needs to compete in an oversaturated indie market.


Brandon Butler: Lucky Thumbs

Brandon Butler has seemingly grown up a bit, ditching the wails for the jangles of roots rock tunes that could be found on any decent Mellencamp album.


The Town Criers: Live in San Francisco

This record would only be of interest for those with a particular affection for early '60s popular folk or Balin fanatics.


Monday, April 16 2007

Deerhunter: Fluorescent Grey

Deerhunter's aptly titled Kranky debut Cryptograms earns its name moving from murky swamps of feedback and delay into shimmering swirls of crystalline hooks.


Mando Diao: Long Before Rock N Roll

Mando Diao definitely have something going for them with a grab bag of garage rock and tight Brit-pop on the head-bobbing title track of this single.


Krypteria: Bloodangels Cry

Krypteria are followers, and third, even fourth-rate ones at that.


Spady Brannan: Spady

Seasoned Nashville studio musician and respected songwriter Spady Brannan steps up to the mic to record his debut after only 30 years in the business.


Sunday, April 15 2007

Various Artists: Play

A new genre is emerging that is as perplexing as it is fascinating: Indie Children's Music.


Milenasongs: Seven Sisters

Strange, ephemeral folk songs with a combination of age-yellowed instrumentation and modern electronic ornamentation.


The Biltmores: Same Story, Same Ending

Heavily indebted to Modest Mouse and Built to Spill, this indie rock quartet's debut sports enough good tracks to make for a worthwhile listen.


Messer Chups: Hyena Safari

If Quentin Tarantino ever decided to make a cinematic tribute to Ed Wood, he should seriously consider using the album Hyena Safari by Messer Chups


Woolly Leaves: Quiet Waters

Fans of Bright Eyes or a very pared down Calexico would also enjoy "Big City".


The Safes: Well, Well, Well

Surely this band of brothers will kill each other before they can improve upon the crunchy power pop they display on their second full-length, Well, Well, Well.


Thursday, April 12 2007

The Old Ceremony: Our One Mistake

The sleek, catchy, and often beautiful sounds of Our One Mistake make for an album with very few faults.


The Ditchflowers: Carried Away

No matter how you package it, good music is good music. We'll find it, even if you dress it up behind a little kid, a rabbit, and an eggshell.


Loren Dent: Empires and Milk

“Empire” has become a fashionable word these days, so much so that I found myself cringing at the sight of Loren Dent’s follow-up to


Ollo: The If If

The If If isn't about to blow any minds, but one gets the impression that that's not what Ollo set out to do.


Various Artists: Dorm Sessions Volume 4

It’s a disc that won’t change your life, but for a sampling of what college rock is doing now, it gets the Bic lighter waving proudly in the air.


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