Wednesday, May 9 2007
The hosts of BBC Radio's "The Blue Room" offer up a two-disc set of their favorite music. It's like getting a few great mixed CDs from your friend with the incredible record collection up the block.
A distant aural cousin to the scenes in the garden at the start of Blue Velvet.
The album has remarkable pep and energy, even if the ballad-heavy last third drags a little.
These two can craft some well-rounded and refined pop songs but is so mired in this realm that it almost lulls one to sleep.
Extremely attractive piano trio not unduly engrossed in its own inventions.
Tuesday, May 8 2007
From the same line of poppy post-punk as Cold Watr Kids and Voxtrot.
Mise En Abyme, an arty electro-rock band from Portland, exist in the small band realm -- this is their third album, but they're making no great play for accessibility.
Static of the Gods is a fairly run-of-the-mill power pop band with a vocalist that occasionally evokes Gwen Stefani, but is more comfortable mimicking post-Matrix Liz Phair.
Smart and pretty, but without the variety to really say much.
The Travis Mitchell Band intertwines classic rock and Texas country on a debut full of potential. And there "Ain't nothin' Nashville about that".
Sunday, May 6 2007
Riff, time change, riff, time change, three-second drum solo, time change, riffriffriffriffriff, end.
A cozy, charming, and cerebral set from a gifted storyteller.
A seamless collection of not-quite-electronica, rather abstract, ambient, and interesting songs.
...And hello to the slaughterhouse!
The inlay notes that Mel Davis endorses Hammond B-3 organs; he likes playing a lot of notes on the keyboard. The opener/title track is
Thursday, May 3 2007
The San Francisco band have come into their own, abandoning tongue-in-cheek fantasy in favour of a more sombre and mature approach.
Greece's Infidel emerge with a respectable doom debut that suggests the only direction they'll go is up - oh, and the apocalypse is on the horizon!
Yukihiro Awaji is mostly known as yukihiro, the drummer for L’Arc-en-Ciel, the kick-ass Japanese band that has sold 30 million albums in its homeland. Last
The only thing more satisfying is knowing that there are hundreds -- nay, thousands -- more excellent and fantastic songs out there. Perhaps the next one will be yours.
Barenaked Ladies Are Men, apparently.