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Tuesday, February 20 2007

Various Artists: Om: Chilled

San Francisco-based Om Records has released a lot of quality downtempo electronica and chillout house music over the years, especially on its “Mushroom Jazz” and “


Dredg: Live at the Fillmore

As far as live albums go, it’s fairly rare for a release to reach the status of a How the West Was Won or


Various Artists: The Ultimate Stupido Sampler (Before the Next One)

Helsinki’s Stupido is an independent pop label with a roster of bands who perform in English and Finnish. On this sampler we get to


Four Letter Lie: Let Your Body Take Over

Four Letter Lie are intent on making sure that you know they are hardcore “emo”. How else to explain the Alexisonfire-by-numbers effort of “Full Tilt


Monday, February 19 2007

Cheeseburger: Cheeseburger

Cheeseburger's one of the more aptly-named bands out there right now.


Jan Jelinek: Tierbeobachtungen

More atmospheric complexity from Jan Jelinek


Geir Jenssen: Cho Oyu 8201m

Geir Jenssen, who also goes under the name of Biosphere, lives in a town in northern Norway and assembles soundscapes. The noises he uses in


Bob Margolin: In North Carolina

Bob Margolin likes playing blues (and did so as Muddy Waters’ longtime guitarist); he has a very attractive baritone voice, notable on a final track


Precious Fathers: Precious Fathers

This is a Vancouver band that plays instrumentals that supposedly are meant to inspire gazing at one’s shoes.


Evilsons: Cooking With… Evilsons

Evilsons are relaxed and laidback on the island-tinged, dubbed-accented pop of “Sneaky Men” that falls in the same category as bands like Maroon 5 and Jason


Sunday, February 18 2007

The Feeling: Four Stops and Home EP

No matter what superlatives NME spews in the Feeling's favour -- I think it was something along the lines of the band being the most exciting thing going in rock right now -- this band is squarely MOR.


Sunny Sweeney: Heartbreakers Hall of Fame

Sunny Sweeney is the real country deal.  With the voice of an east Texas honky-tonk angel that evokes the sassy confidence of Loretta Lynn,


River City Tanlines: Im Your Negative

Are you ready to rock?


Blinded Colony: Bedtime Prayers

Although the frozen north seems to be a beacon for hard rock and metal, not every band that emerges from the ice is listenable, much


Various Artists: Family Values Tour 2006

Why, oh why can't nu-metal just go away and die?


The Soul of John Black: The Good Girl Blues

The red-gloved lady on the liner front evokes the old sexist “when she’s bad, she’s wonderful” line rather than any conventional goodness. As


Thursday, February 15 2007

Various Artists: The Rough Guide to Latin-Arabia

A conversation. World Music Network Overlord, Phil Stanton: I am sad. Minions, gladden me. Minion no. 1: Latin-Arabian music will make you happy, O Lord. World


Delbert McClinton: Live from Austin, TX

Lubbock, Texas native Delbert McClinton has been serving up a steamy mess of soulful country blues since the ‘50s and still rocks out today. However


Amy Duncan: Pilgrimage

Amy Duncan won’t bowl you over with a strong voice, but there’s an almost jazzy quality in her British folk/singer-songwriter songs that


Tia Carrera: self-titled

When the best you can say for an album is that one track incorporates an organ, there's something wrong.


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