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Tuesday, June 26 2007

Test Your Reflex: The Burning Hour

The band establishes a brand of '80s-inspired rock somewhere between the brooding charisma of Interpol and the populist appeal of The Killers.


The Destro: As the Coil Unwinds

Another band declare themselves outcasts of society and saviors of blasting, in-your-face metal.


Confederate Railroad: Cheap Thrills

An old band up to its old tricks.


Monday, June 25 2007

Little Aida: Mad Country

Little Aida's first release in over ten years is a beguiling mix of lysergic-country and ambient folk-melancholia. It's just a shame we had to wait so long.


Panther: Secret Lawns

On one song I think I hear him call his style "mechanic soul"; whether he does or doesn't, that description works.


The Little Heroes: Cinematic Americana

San Jose/L.A. band shoots for Document-era R.E.M., but actually reminds one of the Gin Blossoms.


Bunny: Play to My Own Tune

Bunny is at his best when he's the humble sad clown of Play My Own Tune's mesmerizing cover.


Voodoo Economics: Voodoo Economics

Promising debut from Philadelphia trio.


Sunday, June 24 2007

Graham Haynes: Full Circle

It’s the balanced songs that connect with the ear; the rest is just agitation or foreplay, depending on the taste.


Plants: Photosynthesis

Their odd, spooky-peaceful style of truly freaky new-folk music stretches out before our ears.


Swati: Small Gods

Even at its most perplexing, Small Gods is a fascinating listen and marks Swati as an artist to keep in sight.


Shape: Raised Near the Power Lines

Sick flows and ill production that'll be wicked with a little more direction.


Cap Pas Cap: Not Not Is Fine

Cap Pas Cap is a quirky, angular band with a bit more of a mainstream touch


Thursday, June 21 2007

Chris Bathgate: A Cork Tale Wake

Ann Arbor, Michigan's Chris Bathgate has the kind of distinctive, intimate voice that fans of acoustic indie-folk rock adore.


Hakan Lidbo: Dunka Dunka

Experiments heavily with dark beats and tweaks disco lines.


Black Attack & Butta Verses: Beats and Rhymes: Stereo Bytes Volume 1

With this double A-Side release, Beats and Rhymes fails to inject compelling hip-hop into the underground, a place where experimentation thrives.


The Magic Lantern: The Magic Lantern

With just two songs it’s a memorable and very pretty 20-minute effort.


Band Marino: The Sea And The Beas

The ebb and flow of the album is quite refreshing, making for a very good record from top to bottom.


Wednesday, June 20 2007

Slaraffenland: Private Cinema

Rock? Jazz? Post-rock? Improv? Danish band Slaraffenland is hard to categorize but easy to listen to.


Colin Hay: Are You Lookin at Me?

It's his best (and probably one of the year's best singer/songwriter discs).


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