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Monday, July 16 2007

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

Crack City Rockers: The Good Life

The Crack City Rockers revamp '80s pop/alternative for a new generation on The Good Life.

Wednesday, July 11 2007

Hopewell: Beautiful Targets

Mercury Rev keyboardist Jason Russo has lots of wisdom to share with his new band. For example, life is like a tree.

Twilight Revival: Twilight Revival

By dipping into the rich musical palette of 1980s college rock, the foursome add an enticing dimension to today's Americana sound.

The Little Heroes: Cinematic Americana

While most would place it in the category of Americana, The Little Heroes have a highbrow pop feel throughout.

The Huxtables: A Touch Of Wonder

Sitcom-sampling quartet's album falls a bit flat.

Fred Thomas: Sink Like a Symphony

Phil Spector-like maestro picks up a guitar and rambles.

Tuesday, July 10 2007

The Angelic Process: Weighing Souls with Sand

Bands like Jesu and Cult of Luna might be attracting the most attention with their distortion-drenched melodies, dubbed “metalgaze” by the perpetually pigeonholing music media,

Kids On TV: Mixing Business With Pleasure

The gayest album this side of the Scissor Sisters; in this case, it's not a good thing.

Juba Dance: Orange

With touches of blues, jazz, hip-hop and experimental electronica, Juba Dance has created a genre of its own.

Ferraby Lionheart: Ferraby Lionheart

If these six songs are any indication, Lionheart is one adorable name we're going to be hearing a lot more of.

//Mixed media

Authenticity Issues and the New Intimacies

// Marginal Utility

"The social-media companies have largely succeeded in persuading users of their platforms' neutrality. What we fail to see is that these new identities are no less contingent and dictated to us then the ones circumscribed by tradition; only now the constraints are imposed by for-profit companies in explicit service of gain.

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