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Wednesday, June 6 2007

Foreverinmotion: The Beautiful Unknown

Dreamy, confessional melodrama.


Questions in Dialect: The Ghost Wishes to Speak

Questions in Dialect is content with ‘70s era mediocrity.


Low Low Low La La La Love Love Love: Ends of June

The fragile bedroom pop on the band’s second album is relaxed, compelling, and down-to-earth -- no freak in this folk.


Somi: Red Soil in My Eyes

Red Soil is worth checking out, even if soft jazz is not usually your thing.


Filthy Thieving Bastards: Im a Son of a Gun

A California band with a distinctly Dublin sound.


Graig Markel: Via Novella

Graig Markel’s latest album is a layered affair but isn’t too rich for one’s palette.


Satanicpornocultshop: .aiff Skull

The .aiff Skull EP is little more than a vaguely interesting means to a massive headache.


Monday, June 4 2007

Mystery Jets: Diamonds in the Dark

This single feels like a grab at mainstream from a band that promises more than that.


Priestbird: In Your Time

It’s almost too easy to dismiss Priestbird as being too eclectic for its own good. After all, the band formerly known as Tarantula A


Poison: Poisond

Poison'd finds Poison taking the time-honored covers route.


Che Arthur: Iron

There is no questioning the passion and possibility which lies in Arthur's work; however, with little space ceded to balance and nuance, Iron certainly leaves room to hone, polish and find improvement.


Danny Flowers: Tools For The Soul

Singer-songwriter Danny Flowers has quite the guest performer on the opening title track. Emmylou Harris adds a warm feel to the rather straightforward folksy ditty.


Sunday, June 3 2007

Mark Olson: The Salvation Blues

Olson's way is never trendy or trail-blazing, but so steeped in classic American song that his body of work seems to exist out of time.


The Red Button: Shes About to Cross My Mind

The Los Angeles duo display some top notch songwriting, but might love the Beatles a little too much for their own good.


Chuck Ragan: Los Feliz

A very interesting collection of songs with a roots rock feel.


Various Artists: PURE FIRE!

Gilles Peterson is let loose on one of the most iconic of all jazz catalogues, the Impulse label.


Mira Mira: Midnight For You

Sun-drenched indie-pop meets avant-garde instrumentalism on Mira Mira's assured yet eclectic debut.


Thursday, May 31 2007

Zaman 8 & Hafez Modir: Suryaghati EP 2

Its groovy yet sedate mix of diverse, international styles is bound to please the "planeterized" listener.


Copy: Hair Guitar

Libman can do the squiggle synths and hand clapping with the best of them.


Tim Kinsella: Field Recordings of Dreams

I’m probably one of the few critics left who still believes Kinsella has some great stuff still instead him, but he is losing the goodwill of both critics and fans by releasing tossed off projects like this.


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