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Sunday, July 8 2007

Sarah Borges: Diamonds in the Dark

With her compelling sophomore album, this catchy, rock-country singer-songwriter shows why she should be a star.


Various Artists: CrystalTop Music Presents

This collection will likely inspire many listeners to dig deeper into the CrystalTop catalog.


Judith Owen: Happy This Way

Judith Owen creates quiet musical sweetness; her songs are generally solemn and meditative.


Various Artists: Gatecrasher: Live in Moscow

It's a fans-only affair, but we knew that going in -– so if you're all about with previous Lawrence mixes, you'll be on familiar territory.


Yellow 6: Painted Sky

Yellow 6 achieves much with moody ambiance.


Friday, July 6 2007

Shakes: Sister Self Doubt EP

Where do The Shakes sit on the strobe-light fence? From the sounds here, they’re sittin’ pretty.


Thee Fine Lines: Set You Straight

A second album of stripped-down rockers from the hard-charging Missouri garage trio brings tunes as rough and acrid as kerosene, and just as likely to catch fire.


The Low Miffs: Earl Grey / This Is The New

The Low Miffs will likely appeal to fans of Franz Ferdinand for their pop smarts.


Tiësto: Elements of Life

On Elements of Life, Tiësto goes straight for what he knows, with another set of techno-trance anthems designed to get the dancefloors bumping.


I Am the Pilot: Crashing Into Consciousness

Orginality? Paging all originality. You are needed in the I Am the Pilot recording studio.


Wednesday, July 4 2007

Lawrence: Lowlights From the Past and Future

Career-spanning primer collects the works of Hamburg minimal house maestro. A bit too pretty for some, but dreamy for most.


Graf Orlock: Destination Time Tomorrow

First off, this is, hands down, the coolest album art design we'll come across all year.


Tulsa Drone: Songs From A Mean Season

Tulsa Drone are intent on making memorable alt.country-leaning songs that seem to fall somewhere between Wilco on their more experimental side and a laidback Singapore Sling.


Watoo Watoo: La Fuite

Their songs have picked up a relaxed state of sophistication, like they've been listening to a lot of cocktail jazz and bossa nova, fancy cocktails in hand, letting the vibe seep into their songs.


Junkie XL: Music from SSX Blur

If you heard this as the soundtrack to the game SSX Blur, you probably wouldn't have any complaints


Monday, July 2 2007

Various Artists: Adam Freeland - Mexico City GU032

Who really cares about the mix when you're having so much fun?


Scharpling and Wurster: The Best of Scharpling and Wurster on The Best Show on WFMU Vol. 4

Although modern popular entertainment values the immediate and the visual, these three hours spent with only two voices are hilariously rewarding.


The Secret Handshake: Summer of 98 EP

Electro-emo is what? Brooding? Sad? How about dancable and fun? Surprisingly, the Secret Handshake does just that ...


Ca$his: The County Hound EP

New addition to the Shady Records roster is now formally introduced.


Opsvik & Jennings: Commuter Anthems

This modest, instrumental album melds a plethora of influences into a complex web of experimental pop


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