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Wednesday, August 8 2007

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.


Or, the Whale: Light Poles and Pines

A band with a weird name, from San Francisco, playing country. How cool is that?


Wolfgang Muthspiel and Brian Blade: Friendly Travelers

Friendly Travelers is an album of contrasts. Looped effects and speeding arpeggios add a needed grit to the album’s overall pleasant aura.


Potluck: Straight Outta Humboldt

Two guys with a passion for Mary Jane and a talent for deft flows and catchy hooks.


Sunday, August 5 2007

Danny!: Danny Is Dead

Danny Is Dead succinctly shows Danny Swain's art, but it lacks the amazingness of both what he's done and what he's likely to do.


Abernethy: College Grove

Floating, subtle folk music from this Canadian singer-songwriter.


Rahbi: Yes Sir Productions Presents Rahbi: The E.P.

Rahbi's effortless ability to emote and write songs indicates that this E.P. is only the beginning.


Spouse: Relocation Tactics

Spouse returns to the days when nimble, un-ironic rock songs flitted neon around the hearts and legwarmers of true believers.


The Carnivaleros: Lost In The Graveyard

If the Tom Waits-like “Lost In The Graveyard” is a yardstick, The Carnivaleros are a quirky outfit.


Thursday, August 2 2007

Benzos: Branches

Branches meanders between a myriad of different genres but still manages to craft very strong pop songs.


Luther Russell: Repair

Luther Russell's charming mix of Americana, blues, and downcast pop offers many small rewards to the attentive listener.


Josiah: No Time

The rock gods of the '70s are saluted on the back of an imitator... again.


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