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Monday, August 20 2007

Through the Sparks: Lazarus Beach

Hard to pigeonhole but easy to appreciate, Through the Sparks are a bright star ready to shine for the right audience.

Various Artists: Putumayo World Party

World Party fits in perfectly with Putumayo's canon and its commitment to multiculturalism.

Breaking Laces: astronomy is my life, but i love you

This Brooklyn trio's songs are well-crafted and cleverly articulate thoughts on relationships, religion and regret.

Sunday, August 19 2007

John P. Strohm: Everyday Life

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: Au

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.

The Quavers: Lit By Your Phone

Repeat listens indicate that Lit By Your Phone is more than stylized God-sausage.

The Airborne Toxic Event: The Airborne Toxic Event

This jangly L.A. indie pop quintet's debut EP is quite a treat, promising greatness for the future.

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.

//Mixed media

Authenticity Issues and the New Intimacies

// Marginal Utility

"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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