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Thursday, May 24 2007

Vintersorg: Solens Rötter

One of metal's busiest artists keeps the quality up.


Anders Ilar: Ludwijka (Extended Visit)

Anders Ilar, a veteran Swedish deep house/experimental producer, re-releases a previous vinyl-only EP with an additional 19-minute bonus track


The Free Zen Society: Free Zen Society

These recordings started life in 2003 as a jam session between three Downtown free-jazz and Improv stalwarts—bassist William Parker, pianist Matthew Shipp and harpist Zeena


John Platania: Blues, Waltzes And Badland Borders

John Platania has worked with a lot of people ranging from Van Morrison to Natalie Merchant. His latest album is a strong, quality-filled instrumental-oriented project


Wednesday, May 23 2007

Bang! Bang!: The Dirt That Makes You Drown

"Goddam what I think we really need is love!"


Olvis: Bravado

When it works, the sheer excess of Bravado is impressive, even chest-rattling. Unfortunately, it doesn't work nearly as often as it could.


Minibar: Desert After Rain

With a sound less rambunctious than Old 97’s, vocalist Simon Petty fills these moody tunes with a likeable longing.


JT And The Clouds: The Citys Hot Yeah The Citys Hot

Touring with bands like The Be Good Tanyas and Jolie Holland has made JT & The Clouds come off like come rustic version of a Motown doo-wop group.


Omar Sosa and Greg Landau: DO

Collage music, but not quite the African-American/African concerto the blurb suggests.


Tuesday, May 22 2007

At Dusk: You Can Know Danger

Third album from the Portland post-punk trio puts serrated edges and lattice-like complexity onto jittery pop songs.


The Hard Lessons: Hard Lessons

Michigan garage band the Hard Lessons discover that sometimes it pays to acknowledge your heroes.


Various Artists: Off The Clock Vol. 1: Up And Coming Artists From Starbucks

If you're buying music at the same time as you buy your coffee, you deserve what you get.


The American Plague: God Bless The American Plague

The American Plague breaks out again with their sophomore effort, blending various genres of rock to create a unique sound and an impressive disc that clocks in at little over a half an hour and packs some seriously infectious tunes.


Worms: Worms

Artcore punk comes up from the Portland underground with a new sound made by worms.


Monday, May 21 2007

Miracle Fortress: Five Roses

Mixing Sigur Rós' dramatic scope with Brian Wilson's summery melodies, Miracle Fortress' debut is a thing of rare beauty.


The Shake: Kick It

With all they’ve got going for them, who wouldn’t want to kick it with The Shake?


Jeff Lorber: He Had a Hat

Pleasant’s not an inapt word for this one, which does give some indication of how prettily and maybe even exquisitely Lorber can play piano,


Various Artists: Late Night with Groove Junkies

Average mix album of funkified disco from the LA duo


Rara Avis: Shaktified EP 1

This guitarist and laptopper's download-only EP sounds dated and dippy.


Sunday, May 20 2007

E-Dro: From My Hood to Your Hood

Which sounds more titillating -- politics or a lap dance? Well, I'd normally go with "lap dance" but, in this case, I'll take politics all day long.


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