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Wednesday, July 18 2007

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.


Joell Ortiz: The Brick: Bodega Chronicles

The Brock: Bodega Chronicles works as an independent teaser for his upcoming full-length.


Putumayo: Women of the World

Despite the different springs feeding into these women's inspirational homes, the album is successful at uniting these unique, accomplished musicians.


Stirling: The Fall Of The Winter Palace

Fans of Brit pop should cherish a band and an album as terrific as this.


Monday, July 16 2007

Marmoset: Florist Fired

Marmoset has created an album of Velvet Underground-inspired pop dirges for the ADD set.


Thilges: La Double Absence

La Double Absence is a lovely approximation of Persian and Afghan songcraft, with surprisingly subtle bits of electronics mixed in.


B for Brontosaurus: A Thousand Times Yes

B is for Brontosaurus, and O is definitely for obnoxious.


Various Artists: Up and Dance! Updated

This various artist CD presents the Ostgut label’s attempt to combine modern electronic music with classic ballet.


Daniel Higgs: Atomic Yggdrasil Tarot

For Daniel Higgs to release such “music” to a global population is head-scratching and, at times, utterly bizarre.


Sunday, July 15 2007

Cyrus: From the Shadows

From the Shadows is grim, sluggish dubstep, at times fitting what's become an inadequate broad description of the genre.


Gui Boratto: Chromophobia

Those looking for a little more evocative (obvious) emotion with their techno should definitely check out Boratto’s colorscapes.


Sound the Alarm: Stay Inside

Pennsylvania pop rockers show promise on debut effort.


The New Yorker: s/t

Acid may yet complete its comeback, but it's going to take a lot more than this.


Todd Fritsch: Sawdust

Country homogenization claims another victim on this predictable album.


Thursday, July 12 2007

Archipelago: Images of Popular Deities

In the spirit of Jackie-O Motherfucker, Pelt, and Sunburned Hand of the Man, comes Images of Popular Deities. Usually, at each Archipelago session, no one


Tin Cup Prophette: Liar and the Thief

Liar and the Thief proves Kapousouz a performer with much to offer fans of subtly poignant indie pop.


Taxi Taxi: Maps and Legends

New York's Taxi Taxi seems content to be the poor man's Long Winters, but a few genuine gems hint at something much bigger lurking behind the scenes.


The Gnomes: II

The Gnomes' second self-released CD, aptly titled II, shows us a band at ease with its middle age


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