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Monday, July 23 2007

The Masons: Let You Down Easy

The Masons reel off one precious piece of pop rock after another


Loden: Valeen Hope

Proving that electronically-augmented shoegaze need not be clinically clean.


Tim Love Lee: Coming Home

Lee has been described as an at ease hippie, and it’s easy to see why hippies can relax to this non-abrasive music.


Sunday, July 22 2007

Driver of the Year: Driver of the Year Will Destroy You

Indie-rock for porn films. But hey -- even Francis Ford Copppola started out that way!


The Dead Betties: Nightmare Sequence

The very fact that “art noise” and “punk” aren’t really thrown around as band descriptives so much these days should be enough to garner


The Conformists: Three Hundred

Although recorded by Steve Albini, there’s not a lot here that one should get their knickers in a knot over.


Guitar: Dealin with Signal and Noise

The most rewarding tracks on Dealin with Signal and Noise are the noisiest ones.


Joey Youngman: Franchise Player 02

Youngman spins frenetic, '90s-influenced house, barely letting you up for air in the process.


Thursday, July 19 2007

Two Gallants: The Scenery Of Farewell

Coming off their infamous taser-inducing performance last year in Austin Texas, the Delta Blues folk duo Two Gallants release a stellar EP of raspy, no frills redneck blues from the Dirty South.


The North Sea: Exquisite Idols

Though more fanciful than functional, Exquisite Idols is a bold step in a strange and exciting direction.


Various Artists: Pickadolls Mixed by John Dahlback

'90s trance compilation for established fans only.


Distance: My Demons

Heavy on the noir ambiance of rain-streaked nocturnal streets, and relatively low on actual content.


Various Artists: On The Brink

The kind of CD you can picture Mike Meyers grooving to during one of his Austin Powers movies.


Wednesday, July 18 2007

Z-Trip: All Pro

DJ Z-Trip must just be playing around for this video game soundtrack.


The Wildbirds: Suzanne

The Wildbirds' debut EP is the kind of record that sounds better and better the drunker and louder things get.


Lunabee: Prenez Garde Aux Flots Bleus

A small, unexplained, perhaps inexplicable object.


The Krinkles: 3: The Mordorlorff Collection

If The Krinkles could just add a bit more raggedness to these pop songs, they would be far better off.


Jandek: The Ruins of Adventure

One of the most insular and prolific artists ever returns with another unnervingly fascinating work.


Tuesday, July 17 2007

Rob Crow: I Hate You, Rob Crow

The first single from Living Well is good enough to convince any Pinback fans who were on the fence about Crow's solo work.


Vladislav Delay: Whistleblower

Whistleblower sounds like a concept album, a charting of an insular submarine world where the lapping synths and burbling sub bass from outside are balanced against a clatter of mechanical and human presence.


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