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Sunday, August 19 2007

Tame One: The Grudge: Fuck the Industry

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

Miles Davis: Evolution of the Groove EP

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

Amy Ray and the Volunteers: Live from Knoxville

On her own, Ray lets loose with a bit more rock rowdiness, always a hidden strong suit.

Holocene: Nothing is the End of Everything

Holoscene has promise, but needs to develop their embryonic post-rock sound into something more distinctive.

The Winston Jazz Routine: Sospiri

Sospiri's principal architect, Nathan Phillips, draws on a unique blend of elements to create the achingly gorgeous atmosphere.

Mus: La Vida

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

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.

Bumps: Bumps

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: The Underpainting

The Underpainting creates modest, honest folk-rock songs that have a certain understated power.

Deleted Waveform Gatherings: Complicated View

Don't let their math-rock band name fool you -- these Norwegians are all about '70s-style rock and roll.

Phonique: Good Idea

While Good Idea offers a universal spread, with funk entries or percussive, glitchy techno -- the bonus disc’s riches are vast and plentiful.

Tuesday, August 14 2007

Percy Farm: The Ends in the Beginning

If you can’t imagine an inspired amalgamation of Bob Dylan’s “Rainy Day Women #12 & 35” and Wowee Zowee, then you can experience it on “

Edward Ka-Spel: Dream Logik Part One

Dream Logik Part One continues Edward Ka-Spel's prolific run of solo releases which began in 1984.

Amy Cooper: Mirrors

You can write from the heart. You can write from reflection. Amy Cooper writes from the heart of her reflection.

Green River Ordinance: The Beauty of Letting Go/Way Back Home

Green River Ordinance maintains a predominantly upbeat pop/rock sound, complete with huge hooks, sincere vocals and driving guitar passages.

Nelson Bragg: Day Into Night

Nelson Bragg had a hand in the recent Brian Wilson album SMiLE, performing drums on the long-awaited masterpiece; now Bragg is venturing out from behind the skins to make his own music.

Monday, August 13 2007

Jason Holstrom: The Thieves of Kailua

A vacation in America's 50th state led to this Seattle indie rocker's obsession with ukuleles, slack key guitars and breezy word on whether he's performing in a grass skirt.

Speck Mountain: Summer Above

Part indie-rock, part Americana and with a dash of jazz to boot, Speck Mountain has a lot in common with The Jesus And Mary Chain without the signature fuzzed-out feedback.

Chase Pagan: Oh, Musica!

Chase Pagan's work is continuously chaotic, kinetic, and often volatile, no matter whether in the midst of a dramatic crescendo or a quiet fade.

Ozma: Pasadena

In all, it's more like Weezer's green self-titled album than anything, eager to live up to an ideal and doing a good job of it.

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Authenticity Issues and the New Intimacies

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"The social-media companies have largely succeeded in persuading users of their platforms' neutrality. What we fail to see is that these new identities are no less contingent and dictated to us then the ones circumscribed by tradition; only now the constraints are imposed by for-profit companies in explicit service of gain.

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