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Sunday, May 6 2007

Xbxrx: Wars

Riff, time change, riff, time change, three-second drum solo, time change, riffriffriffriffriff, end.


Linda Draper: Keepsake

A cozy, charming, and cerebral set from a gifted storyteller.


Rope, Inc.: Songs Of Love & War

A seamless collection of not-quite-electronica, rather abstract, ambient, and interesting songs.


Emmure: Goodbye to the Gallows

...And hello to the slaughterhouse!


Mel Davis: Its About Time!

The inlay notes that Mel Davis endorses Hammond B-3 organs; he likes playing a lot of notes on the keyboard. The opener/title track is


Thursday, May 3 2007

Ral Partha Vogelbacher: Shrill Falcons

The San Francisco band have come into their own, abandoning tongue-in-cheek fantasy in favour of a more sombre and mature approach.


Infidel: I, Oathbreaker

Greece's Infidel emerge with a respectable doom debut that suggests the only direction they'll go is up - oh, and the apocalypse is on the horizon!


acid android: purification

Yukihiro Awaji is mostly known as yukihiro, the drummer for L’Arc-en-Ciel, the kick-ass Japanese band that has sold 30 million albums in its homeland. Last


Various Artists: 14 Songs in 28 Days

The only thing more satisfying is knowing that there are hundreds -- nay, thousands -- more excellent and fantastic songs out there. Perhaps the next one will be yours.


Barenaked Ladies: Barenaked Ladies Are Men

Barenaked Ladies Are Men, apparently.


Faber Drive: Seven Second Surgery

The debut from this Vancouver group has a shimmering, slick and glossy power pop/punk sound which is along the lines of Sum 41 and Simple Plan.


Wednesday, May 2 2007

Cold Bleak Heat: Simitu

Second album of improvised mayhem from four of free-jazz and out rock's most daringly skilled practictioners -- Paul Flaherty, Chris Corsano, Greg Kelley and Matt Heyner -- breaks for unexpected moments of tranquility.


Various Artists: Shifted Sounds Volume 1

A collection of acoustic or indie pop, full of acoustic guitars and tenor melodics.


Jonny Virgo: Devils Brew

Bottom's up! A funny cocktail based on the woes of inebriation.


The Voyces: Kissing Like Its Love

A very sweet, soft and fragile album in the best way possible.


The Donts: Inner El Camino

Ranging from rock to pop to splashes of jazz and ambient, the group thrives on challenging the listener.


Tuesday, May 1 2007

Thomas Lunch: Diagrams Without Instructions

Is there really a song here about tator tots and robots? Yes. And about Leonard Nimoy. And Greta Garbo. But it's all so good.


Noiseshaper: Real to Reel

On its third album, Real To Reel, Noiseshaper mixes and remixes material, both new and old. While Axel Hirn and Flo Fleischmann are skilled mix-masters,


Cassette: Beautiful California

A 35-song effort that is 35 minutes in length results in something that is very odd, very short, and very interesting at times.


Kilo: Kilo

Kilo's latest album is a largely quiet, humble masterpiece of misleading expectations.


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