Sunday, August 12 2007
Big Old Life may be clean and composed, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t a fun listen.
The tandem of Reid Johnson and Kathyrn Johnson pull off harmonies that would fare well compared to the likes of Luna, as Schooner rarely straddles from what works.
On a High Note is an amalgamation of standards recorded by Maynard Ferguson’s Big Bop Nouveau over the past 15 years.
Thursday, August 9 2007
This sampler of the great jazz trumpeter's mid-1960s Blue Note hard-bop recordings is a good place for new listeners to dive in.
Relatively unknown, from cornfield, Indiana, JPLS shares much of the same aesthetic as his labelmates at M_nus records.
Taking the edge off some classic hits could be a double-edged sword, but Sexton Blake plays many of these songs with a passion that makes one think he’s sincere.
The spirit of the city street is alive and well on Casey Neill's latest release, Brooklyn Bridge.
Disposable pop from Sweden -- shared with everyone.
Wednesday, August 8 2007
Simple Kid's second album, conveniently titled 2, is a good example of a little record that charms despite genre limitations.
Helios rounds out an original work of beauty on par with his debut, Eingya -- voice and all.
They haven’t achieved the MegaMan rock-opera grandeur of the Protomen, but there’s a good chance that Yakuza Heart Attack might level up soon.
Les Petits have sweet, soft and memorably crafted tunes, but it’s too bad a handful of them aren’t fully realized or developed.
First single of post-Q and Not U poppers heralds big damn things to come.
Tuesday, August 7 2007
Exceptionally radiant strings, guitar loops, and cymbal crashes not only debunk the stigma still associated with recording in bedrooms, it makes it rather difficult to leave the comfort of your own.
A consistent and intimate first release from these bedroom popsters.
When crunk meets rock, partying "like a rock star" looks an awful lot like "partying like a rapper with guitars in the background".
Copper Kettle is a wonderful surprise from a most unlikely locale.
OXFAM (anti-famine charity) gets a cut from this CD's profits. Learn more about tango artists; feed the hungry too.
Monday, August 6 2007
Arizona should have a label, and wider distribution, for their sweet psych-folk.
Fallout Stations EP has five great songs that are nearly lost in extraneous "experimental" noise.