Monday, August 20 2007
Ambitious, deliriously unfocused, and nowhere near as self-important and precious as you'd think, Orchard & Ire is nuts enough to work.
The Gaslight Anthem aren't the first band to hold up New Jersey's ultra-suburbanism with pop-punk pride.
Hard to pigeonhole but easy to appreciate, Through the Sparks are a bright star ready to shine for the right audience.
World Party fits in perfectly with Putumayo's canon and its commitment to multiculturalism.
This Brooklyn trio's songs are well-crafted and cleverly articulate thoughts on relationships, religion and regret.
Sunday, August 19 2007
Not terrible, but not very interesting either... the ex-Blake Baby and former Lemonheads drummer remains mired in the softer swamps of country pop.
Au's Luke Wyland seems to have the right idea, with his commitment to individuality and willingness to go where his muse takes him; regrettably, that muse isn't quite ready for prime time.
Repeat listens indicate that Lit By Your Phone is more than stylized God-sausage.
This jangly L.A. indie pop quintet's debut EP is quite a treat, promising greatness for the future.
Worth a few spins as a "mixtape", unfulfilling as an "album" -- but the bright side is Tame One is still quite far from "tame".
Thursday, August 16 2007
As enduringly popular as Miles Davis remains, it is something of a surprise to realize just how sparsely picked-over his catalog remains in terms of
On her own, Ray lets loose with a bit more rock rowdiness, always a hidden strong suit.
Holoscene has promise, but needs to develop their embryonic post-rock sound into something more distinctive.
Sospiri's principal architect, Nathan Phillips, draws on a unique blend of elements to create the achingly gorgeous atmosphere.
Spanish band Mus offer up an ambient and at times hypnotic release that has an aura of simplistic beauty about it.
Wednesday, August 15 2007
The Morning Pages' The Company You Keep is a bouncy blend of folksy, country-inflected indie rock that leaves the listener craving more than just the five-track smattering of songs on the EP.
Drummers for the post-rock outfit Tortoise, do nothing but groove on this offshoot, which crams 23 tracks into just over 30 minutes.
The Underpainting creates modest, honest folk-rock songs that have a certain understated power.
Don't let their math-rock band name fool you -- these Norwegians are all about '70s-style rock and roll.
While Good Idea offers a universal spread, with funk entries or percussive, glitchy techno -- the bonus disc’s riches are vast and plentiful.