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Thursday, April 19 2007

All Smiles: Ten Readings of a Warning

All Smiles' album stimulates something less like "all smiles" and more like "partial heartbreak".


The Saturday Knights: The Saturday Knights

Rumor has it there's a band in Seattle, Washington with a smooth hip-hop flow backed by face-melting guitars. Truth is, it's not just a rumor.


Escape the Floodwater Jug Band: Whiskey Will Fix It!

Iowa-based jug band go back to the banjo and washboard-driven music of the Hoover administration for inspiration on their debut.


Chateau Flight: Les Vampires

Even divorced from the images they accompany, this 40-minute work stands on its own remarkably well, smartly jettisoning aside the notions of both the pop song and tension-filled cinematic score to create a moody, distinct electronic work.


Tigers & Monkeys: Loose Mouth

When Tigers & Monkeys stick to their strengths, the album seems to breeze by rapidly.


Wednesday, April 18 2007

Alex Delivery: Star Destroyer

Alex Delivery's sonic melodies and space-age beats offer plenty of surprises and pleasant digressions; sort of like a more coherent Fiery Furnaces.


Manic: Floor Boards

Manic, a new L.A. band, show us their colours early on their debut EP, Floorboards.


Sounds Like Violence: With Blood On My Hands

Rarely has a band’s sound lived up to its name, but Sounds Like Violence churn out one frantic outburst after another that takes no prisoners or hostages.


Madina Lake: From Them, Through Us, to You

They'd be better off ditching the carefully-coiffed comb-overs, too, lest labelmate Zakk Wylde comes along and tear them a new one.


Brian Bromberg: Downright Upright

Efficient? Supremely so. Exciting? Well... but perfectly played!


Tuesday, April 17 2007

High Priest: Born Identity

Life post-Antipop Consortium has been a trudge through the underground for each member.


Autonym: Shall We Skip to Excessive Celebration?

This album is only 14:36 long so this review will be very short, it’d probably be longer if I had read the 200-page novel that


Lou Barlow: Mirror the Eye

The task of entering the Lou Barlow catalog over 20 years since it began seems as daunting and perilous as an assault on K2.


The Snake The Cross The Crown: Cotton Teeth

The Snake The Cross The Crown is a talented group, but Cotton Teeth just doesn't have the musical depth it needs to compete in an oversaturated indie market.


Brandon Butler: Lucky Thumbs

Brandon Butler has seemingly grown up a bit, ditching the wails for the jangles of roots rock tunes that could be found on any decent Mellencamp album.


The Town Criers: Live in San Francisco

This record would only be of interest for those with a particular affection for early '60s popular folk or Balin fanatics.


Monday, April 16 2007

Deerhunter: Fluorescent Grey

Deerhunter's aptly titled Kranky debut Cryptograms earns its name moving from murky swamps of feedback and delay into shimmering swirls of crystalline hooks.


Mando Diao: Long Before Rock N Roll

Mando Diao definitely have something going for them with a grab bag of garage rock and tight Brit-pop on the head-bobbing title track of this single.


Krypteria: Bloodangels Cry

Krypteria are followers, and third, even fourth-rate ones at that.


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