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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).


Walker Kong: Deliver Us From People

Consider the album a cry of help from our animal friends -- but with an arena-rock slant.


The Gilligans: Snoring With An Accent

Indie power pop supergroup falls a bit flat.


Hello Lovers: Vanity Fair

Hello Lovers could be your ray of sunshine…or the cause of a severe headache. In any case, they have an accordion.


Tuesday, June 19 2007

KTL: Two

Like the first KTL album, 2 is comprised of lengthy pieces that reward only the most patient of listeners.


Patrick Sweany: Every Hour Is a Dollar Gone

Every Hour Is a Dollar Gone captures the soulful drawl of this Rust Belt bluesman without losing any of his rock 'n' roll swagger.


Signal to Noise: Kodiak

Rock drenched in an upbeat stupor.


Oh No Not Stereo: Oh No Not Stereo

Emo band seeks to appeal to more current trends in music (see: Muse).


W.W. Lowman: Plain Songs

Lowman spent three years making this lush, orchestral pop album; and it sounds like it was well worth the wait.


Monday, June 18 2007

McCarthy Trenching: McCarthy Trenching

In a time when even former child stars and lingerie-hawking indie pinups have critics swooning over a few vocal twangs, it’s refreshing and reassuring


Various: Merdeka

Merdeka is a superior example of a charity comp; it doesn't leave you thinking that the compilers have tossed it carelessly together just to raise money.


Takeshi Nashimoto: Monologue

Thoughtful, theatrical and moody, Nishimoto follows a long line of guitarists such as Adrian Legg and Mark Knopfler with pin-point plucks of the acoustic guitar and enough room between the notes to create warm, adventurous pieces.


Sleeping in the Aviary: Oh, This Old Thing?

Wisconsin trio marry Buzzcocks-like punk-pop with Pavementy indie rock.


Capital Steps: Im Not Listening

A clumsy lob back to an early '90s sound.


Sunday, June 17 2007

Shout Out Louds: Tonight I Have to Leave It EP

Lead single from the band's new album, Our Ill Wills, shows them taking a decidedly more lush turn on their brand of pop, with very strong results.


Wintersleep: Untitled

Evoking the grandeur of Jeff Buckley in spots and the precision of Rush in other.


Nathan Oliver: Nathan Oliver

Due to its brevity, Nathan Oliver feels a bit like a lengthy, unedited EP, but the power of its best tracks offers a welcome punch.


Speaker Speaker: We Wont March

Speaker Speaker’s latest EP contains a lot of bounce and pop.


Spanking Charlene: Dismissed With A Kiss

Band combines attitude with ovaries to produce a completely ordinary debut album.


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