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Sunday, August 12 2007

Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem: Big Old Life

Big Old Life may be clean and composed, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t a fun listen.


Schooner: Hold On Too Tight

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.


Maynard Ferguson: On a High Note: The Best of the Concord Jazz Recordings

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

Lee Morgan: The Finest in Jazz

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.


JPLS: Twilite

Relatively unknown, from cornfield, Indiana, JPLS shares much of the same aesthetic as his labelmates at M_nus records.


Sexton Blake: Plays The Hits!

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.


Casey Neill: Brooklyn Bridge

The spirit of the city street is alive and well on Casey Neill's latest release, Brooklyn Bridge.


Bedroom Eyes: Vacation Vacancy EP

Disposable pop from Sweden -- shared with everyone.


Wednesday, August 8 2007

Simple Kid: Two

Simple Kid's second album, conveniently titled 2, is a good example of a little record that charms despite genre limitations.


Helios: Ayres

Helios rounds out an original work of beauty on par with his debut, Eingya -- voice and all.


Yakuza Heart Attack: Yakuza Heart Attack

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: The Mighty Antlers Of Song EPs

Les Petits have sweet, soft and memorably crafted tunes, but it’s too bad a handful of them aren’t fully realized or developed.


Georgie James: Need Your Needs

First single of post-Q and Not U poppers heralds big damn things to come.


Tuesday, August 7 2007

The World on Higher Downs: Land Patterns

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.


Virgin of the Birds: Mixed Choir

A consistent and intimate first release from these bedroom popsters.


Shop Boyz: Rockstar Mentality

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: Coal Rabbit

Copper Kettle is a wonderful surprise from a most unlikely locale.


Various Tango Performers: Think Global Tango

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: Fameseeker and the Mono

Arizona should have a label, and wider distribution, for their sweet psych-folk.


The Foundry Field Recordings: Fallout Stations

Fallout Stations EP has five great songs that are nearly lost in extraneous "experimental" noise.


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