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Sunday, June 24 2007

Cap Pas Cap: Not Not Is Fine

Cap Pas Cap is a quirky, angular band with a bit more of a mainstream touch


Thursday, June 21 2007

Chris Bathgate: A Cork Tale Wake

Ann Arbor, Michigan's Chris Bathgate has the kind of distinctive, intimate voice that fans of acoustic indie-folk rock adore.


Hakan Lidbo: Dunka Dunka

Experiments heavily with dark beats and tweaks disco lines.


Black Attack & Butta Verses: Beats and Rhymes: Stereo Bytes Volume 1

With this double A-Side release, Beats and Rhymes fails to inject compelling hip-hop into the underground, a place where experimentation thrives.


The Magic Lantern: The Magic Lantern

With just two songs it’s a memorable and very pretty 20-minute effort.


Band Marino: The Sea And The Beas

The ebb and flow of the album is quite refreshing, making for a very good record from top to bottom.


Wednesday, June 20 2007

Slaraffenland: Private Cinema

Rock? Jazz? Post-rock? Improv? Danish band Slaraffenland is hard to categorize but easy to listen to.


Colin Hay: Are You Lookin at Me?

It's his best (and probably one of the year's best singer/songwriter discs).


Walker Kong: Deliver Us From People

Consider the album a cry of help from our animal friends -- but with an arena-rock slant.


The Gilligans: Snoring With An Accent

Indie power pop supergroup falls a bit flat.


Hello Lovers: Vanity Fair

Hello Lovers could be your ray of sunshine…or the cause of a severe headache. In any case, they have an accordion.


Tuesday, June 19 2007

KTL: Two

Like the first KTL album, 2 is comprised of lengthy pieces that reward only the most patient of listeners.


Patrick Sweany: Every Hour Is a Dollar Gone

Every Hour Is a Dollar Gone captures the soulful drawl of this Rust Belt bluesman without losing any of his rock 'n' roll swagger.


Signal to Noise: Kodiak

Rock drenched in an upbeat stupor.


Oh No Not Stereo: Oh No Not Stereo

Emo band seeks to appeal to more current trends in music (see: Muse).


W.W. Lowman: Plain Songs

Lowman spent three years making this lush, orchestral pop album; and it sounds like it was well worth the wait.


Monday, June 18 2007

McCarthy Trenching: McCarthy Trenching

In a time when even former child stars and lingerie-hawking indie pinups have critics swooning over a few vocal twangs, it’s refreshing and reassuring


Various: Merdeka

Merdeka is a superior example of a charity comp; it doesn't leave you thinking that the compilers have tossed it carelessly together just to raise money.


Takeshi Nashimoto: Monologue

Thoughtful, theatrical and moody, Nishimoto follows a long line of guitarists such as Adrian Legg and Mark Knopfler with pin-point plucks of the acoustic guitar and enough room between the notes to create warm, adventurous pieces.


Sleeping in the Aviary: Oh, This Old Thing?

Wisconsin trio marry Buzzcocks-like punk-pop with Pavementy indie rock.


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