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Sunday, June 17 2007

Spanking Charlene: Dismissed With A Kiss

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

Thursday, June 14 2007

Bruce Robison: It Came from San Antonio

The strange tale of Sir Douglas and more.

Thurisaz: Circadian Rhythm

Ok, they have weird names, but this is really good.

Eli Cook: Miss Blueses Child

Eli Cook is caught in some time warp, one which few artists of his age can capture.

40 Cal: Broken Safety 2

There seems to be little room for 40 Cal’s no-joke street rap with the spotlight on the more flamboyant Dipset antics.

Jason Lindner: Ab Aeterno

Highly praised composer comes off as a disappointment.

Wednesday, June 13 2007

Forro in the Dark: Asa Branca

None of the mixes are bad, none are exceptionally good, they're just sort of there.

Je Suis France: Afrikan Majik

Swelling to nine members, Je Sui France delivers a scattershot third effort of impressive ambition yet underwhelming impact.

Roman Revutsky: Incomplete

Roman Revutsky is reportedly from Siberia, but he hasn’t been isolated from music.

Steve Bug: Fuse Presents:

Technique can only take a mix so far; after that the material itself has to take over.

Ramona Cordova: The Boy Who Floated Freely

Ramona Cordova has crafted 11 songs that, while they might not quite come together as an album, are starkly beautiful nonetheless.

Tuesday, June 12 2007

Ras Myrhdak: Prince of Fyah, Vol: 1

Produced by Minor7Flat5 founder Andreas “Brotherman” Christophersen, Ras Myrhdak’s first album brings across the hybrid qualities of the label’s usual fare without

Kevin Hume: The Truth About Ants And Aphids

It’s not a record that is overly busy, just quite haunting, tender and pleasant.

New Years Day: My Dear

Someone over at TVT has been looking at Avril Lavigne's mini-comeback and thought to themselves, Here's an opportunity!

Raleigh: The House on Seedling Lane

The walls of The House On Seedling Lane reverberate to a heady mix of melodious, orchestral folk-pop and waltzing, carnivalesque whimsy that wears its influences proudly on paisley shirtsleeves.

Carrie: Honey Blue Star

A quiet girl singing in broken English about her cat's love for milk and tuna fish.

Monday, June 11 2007

The Pipettes: Your Kisses Are Wasted on Me

We may not still be talking about the Pipettes come years' end, but when you next hear their harmonic strains you probably won’t mind

Jonathan Wilson: Frankie Ray

An americana version of Nick Drake who likes spaghetti westerns.

Ultra Nate: Grime Silk Thunder

Ultra Nate continues her long career as a dance music diva with Grime Silk Thunder, her first album in six years.

Various Artists: Motown Remixed

This release unequivocally illustrates how the concept of remixing soul classics has hit a new low.

//Mixed media

Authenticity Issues and the New Intimacies

// Marginal Utility

"The social-media companies have largely succeeded in persuading users of their platforms' neutrality. What we fail to see is that these new identities are no less contingent and dictated to us then the ones circumscribed by tradition; only now the constraints are imposed by for-profit companies in explicit service of gain.

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