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Tuesday, May 22 2007

At Dusk: You Can Know Danger

Third album from the Portland post-punk trio puts serrated edges and lattice-like complexity onto jittery pop songs.


The Hard Lessons: Hard Lessons

Michigan garage band the Hard Lessons discover that sometimes it pays to acknowledge your heroes.


Various Artists: Off The Clock Vol. 1: Up And Coming Artists From Starbucks

If you're buying music at the same time as you buy your coffee, you deserve what you get.


The American Plague: God Bless The American Plague

The American Plague breaks out again with their sophomore effort, blending various genres of rock to create a unique sound and an impressive disc that clocks in at little over a half an hour and packs some seriously infectious tunes.


Worms: Worms

Artcore punk comes up from the Portland underground with a new sound made by worms.


Monday, May 21 2007

Miracle Fortress: Five Roses

Mixing Sigur Rós' dramatic scope with Brian Wilson's summery melodies, Miracle Fortress' debut is a thing of rare beauty.


The Shake: Kick It

With all they’ve got going for them, who wouldn’t want to kick it with The Shake?


Jeff Lorber: He Had a Hat

Pleasant’s not an inapt word for this one, which does give some indication of how prettily and maybe even exquisitely Lorber can play piano,


Various Artists: Late Night with Groove Junkies

Average mix album of funkified disco from the LA duo


Rara Avis: Shaktified EP 1

This guitarist and laptopper's download-only EP sounds dated and dippy.


Sunday, May 20 2007

E-Dro: From My Hood to Your Hood

Which sounds more titillating -- politics or a lap dance? Well, I'd normally go with "lap dance" but, in this case, I'll take politics all day long.


The Roadside Graves: No One Will Know Where Youve Been

The Roadside Graves's third album proves that you don't have to come from deep in the pines to play gut-wrenching folk 'n' country.


Joseph Jarman: As If It Were the Seasons

Three saxophones, flute, oboe, trumpet, and trombone blur into one terrifying mass during the piece's most gratifying moments.


The Gomorrans: The Gomorran Social Aid And Pleasure Club

The band blends jazz, Balkan brass, pop, and some Latin touches for an interesting if odd result.


Robin English: Robin English

Country newcomer Robin English seems to fall in line with other female roots-oriented musicians like Patty Griffin. But there is also a slickness to some


Thursday, May 17 2007

Various Artists: The Road Mix: Music from the Television Series One Tree Hill, Vol. 3

Music for a trip from Carolina to Texas and back again. Play this CD 32 times straight and say, "There's no place like Tree Hill…There's no place like Tree Hill…"


Various Artists: Folk Music for the End of the World

If today was the end, you could do worse to listen to this compilation.


Muhal Richard Abrams / George Lewis / Roscoe Mitchell: Streaming

Most music—even the most liberated improv—relies on signposts, points of reference by which the listener can navigate their way through the sound and


Two Cow Garage: III

Two Cow Garage unfortunately remains a mostly one-trick pony in their energetic but mostly monotonous third album.


Mighty Fairly: Perfectly Good Airplanes

Sunny California pop, say hello to catchy Midwestern rock! This trio from Minneapolis has ample chops and a knack for creating shimmering pop songs that


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