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Friday, May 11 2007

Skeletonwitch: Worship the Witch

Cleveland, Ohio's Skeletonwitch is hugely indebted to the classic European thrash metal of the late 1980s.


Lillydale: The Art Of Becoming Ones Own Shadow

Lillydale have returned with an album that is precious, sparse, gorgeous and damn near any other adjective that is positive.


Antennas to Heaven: The Line Between Myth and Reality Has Always Been in Finland

Here’s to a debut album that only wants to live up to its influences, which it does in spades.


Blue Line Highway: Life In A Minor Key

Rooted in folk yet with subtle pop overtones.


Wednesday, May 9 2007

Efterklang: Under Giant Trees

Gorgeous, minimal orchestral compositions from this sophisticated Danish group of musicians


Rob da Bank and Chris Coco: Listen Again

The hosts of BBC Radio's "The Blue Room" offer up a two-disc set of their favorite music. It's like getting a few great mixed CDs from your friend with the incredible record collection up the block.


Burbuja: Burbuja

A distant aural cousin to the scenes in the garden at the start of Blue Velvet.


The Lapdancers: The Ghost of Alcohol and Song

The album has remarkable pep and energy, even if the ballad-heavy last third drags a little.


Porter Block: Suburban Sprawl

These two can craft some well-rounded and refined pop songs but is so mired in this realm that it almost lulls one to sleep.


Florian Ross: Big Fish and Small Pond

Extremely attractive piano trio not unduly engrossed in its own inventions.


Tuesday, May 8 2007

Magic Bullets: A Child but in Life Yet a Doctor in Love

From the same line of poppy post-punk as Cold Watr Kids and Voxtrot.


Mise En Abyme: Do You Hear the Hum

Mise En Abyme, an arty electro-rock band from Portland, exist in the small band realm -- this is their third album, but they're making no great play for accessibility.


Static of the Gods: Cycles Follow Signs

Static of the Gods is a fairly run-of-the-mill power pop band with a vocalist that occasionally evokes Gwen Stefani, but is more comfortable mimicking post-Matrix Liz Phair.


Cynthia G. Mason: Quitters Claim

Smart and pretty, but without the variety to really say much.


Travis Mitchell Band: Forget Whats Wrong

The Travis Mitchell Band intertwines classic rock and Texas country on a debut full of potential. And there "Ain't nothin' Nashville about that".


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


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