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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.


Amy Cook: The Sky Observers Guide

The Sky Observer's Guide, the sophomore project from folk songstress Amy Cook, embodies the old adage about everything being bigger in Texas.


Various Artists: Manoeuvres 1

Compiling a series of electronic tracks based solely on geography is a risky venture, especially when said locale is the relatively nameless Vancouver. Manoeuvres 1, put


Wednesday, August 1 2007

Nedelle: The Locksmith Cometh

Nedelle's simple singer-songwriter style invites us to put her in the company of other singer-songwriters who have sung simply.


Hannah Fury: Through The Gash

This isn’t a collection of songs so much as one interesting journey, with Hannah Fury rarely giving clues as to what will come next.


TME: Worlds Collide

Vintersorg guitarist Mattias Marklund raises some serious horns with his side project


Clara Moreno: Meu Samba Torto

Clara Moreno’s style is smooth jazz pure and simple with a healthy touch of bossa nova thrown in for good measure.


Gary Moore: Close As You Get

One of the most consistent blues guitarists around churns out another album of dirty blues rock.


Tuesday, July 31 2007

Bowerbirds: Hymns for a Dark Horse

Bowerbirds are getting some mileage out of being John Darnielle's "favorite new band in forever", but however they get the attention, they deserve it.


Helen Money: Helen Money

This cellist might have a pun in her stage name, but there's nothing funny about music this good.


Veil Veil Vanish: Into a New Mausoleum

Sure, Veil Veil Vanish sounds like the Cure, but at least they do a good job at it.


The Lift: It Is What It Is

The Lift's rather routine feel doesn’t have much bite or verve to it.


Butterfly Assassins: Butterfly Assassins EP

Young group tries too hard to be Muse, making better inroads as Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Jr.


Monday, July 30 2007

Moka Only: Vermilion

Ask Moka Only, and he'll tell you that this is the album he "wanted" to make.


Protest Hill: The City Echoes Our Hearts

Protest Hill skillfully achieves a nuanced blend of moods, tonal colors and styles.


27: Holding On For Brighter Days

Coming from a label which produces mostly death metal acts, 27 catches the listener off guard with their ambient, ethereal tone.


Various Artists: New Arrivals: Volume 1 / New Arrivals Voume 2

These two CDs of relatively unknown musicians were compiled by MPress Records’ founder Rachael Sage.


I Walk The Line: Desolation Street

Given their name, I Walk The Line could be a Johnny Cash tribute band; but they have much more in common with someone like Mike Ness.


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