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Monday, September 3 2007

Suzy Bogguss: Sweet Danger

While old fans may be disappointed, this should find Bogguss a new audience that enjoys sophisticated tunes that would seem at home in classy nightclub.


Code Pie: The Most Trusted Name in Yous

Code Pie's second album deserves any confectionary descriptors it might get, but it's not the usual sort of sugary pop.


Dephazz: Days of Twang

Days of Twang revisits familiar terrain with Pit Baumgartner’s trademark mix of laidback electronica, jazz, and soul.


Kleveland: Kleveland

Portland riff-rockin' trio turn in a solid sophomore album.


Thursday, August 30 2007

Heidi Mortenson: Dont Lonely Me

Sultry, silly, soulful, playful, gender-bending, pop experimentalist... Heidi Mortenson is all this and more.


Ezra Furman & the Harpoons: Banging Down the Doors

Ezra Furman is precocious and energetic, but he can also write one hell of a song.


Little Name: How to Swin and Live

I don't think I've made it through Little Name's debut record once without thinking for at least a second that I was listening to Tigermilk or The Boy with the Arab Strap.


Monument: Decades

Some bands are accused of being watered-down versions of their big-name influences; if Monument continues at this rate, they'll wind up being more water than band.


Led Bib: Sizewell Tea

If a man you despise loves smuuuthe jazz, buy him this and give him the needle, musically.


Wednesday, August 29 2007

The Loves: Technicolour

This new pop collective from Cardiff, Wales has a deep, abiding love for the most sugary, candy-coated concoctions from the '60s.


Asylum Street Spankers: Mommy Says No!

The usually bawdy folk/rockabilly/country/neo-ragtime balladeers, the Asylum Street Spankers toss off another theme album -- this one a children's record.


Look Mexico: This Is Animal Music

Tallahassee indie quartet's debut mixes mathy rhythms with catchy melodies and jazzy, Pavement-esque phrasings on their winning debut.


Ferry Corsten: Ferry Corsten presents Passport United States of America

Another disappointing trance mix from a DJ whose lack of innovation's becoming a chore.


Aeroplane Pageant: Wave to the Moon

Vibrant and lovely from start to finish, Wave to the Moon is the ultimately mesmerizing first full-length from New York collective Aeroplane Pageant.


Tuesday, August 28 2007

Oh No! Oh My!: Between the Devil and the Sea

Oh No! Oh My! can write a hook, but they can't get out of their own jokey way.


Various: World Hits

It's the album you'd buy if you were around in the '80s and found yourself yearning to hear "Lambada" again.


Jeanne Cherhal: Leau

Under the simple set up of piano, drums, bass and guitar, Cherhal floods the album with wry observations, underwater dreams and a sense of purpose.


Job For a Cowboy: Genesis

Job For a Cowboy undoubtedly has the chops, but a musical identity is nonexistent. If there's one good thing about Genesis, it's that it will continue to turn on young metalcore fans on to more traditional death metal.


Joel Frahm: We Used to Dance

A young tenor saxophonist of emotional range, with Kenny Barron in rhythm that can't be improved on.


Monday, August 27 2007

Aly Bain and Ale Möller: Beyond the Stacks

Like many sequels, it gives you more of the same but you don't mind at all because you enjoyed everything so much the first time around that you didn't really want it to change.


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