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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


Wednesday, May 16 2007

Eccodek: Voices Have Eyes

He's such a good electronic producer that he shouldn't need a day job


Royal American: Dont Waste Water

What happens when you mix Brooklyn and New Orleans? If Royal American is any indication, you get 22 minutes worth of good ole’ fashioned rock music


Israel Quellet: Oppressum

Oppressum is rabidly, proudly, pretentiously, and maddeningly anti-pop. As a “noise” composition, this debut full-length from Swiss-born experimenter Israel Quellet indulges in all manner of


Love in October: Words of Sound

Love in October craft radio-friendly power pop that is catchy, but ont infectious enough to distinguish them from the rest of their Fuse TV ilk.


Don DiLego: Photographs of 1971

Tender and thoughtful, DiLego has made a very good album of audible Polaroids.


Andy Narell: Tatoom

Supermarathon steel drum man x 22.


Monday, May 14 2007

Peel: Peel

Listening to Peel is like taking part in a high-speed pursuit through garageland at the height of summer with the Velvet Underground and Apples In Stereo on your tail.


TV on the Radio: Live at Amoeba Music

If it's so obvious from an artistic and commercial standpoint, it shouldn't be this hard to find.


The Alternate Routes: Good and Reckless and True

Audibly straining to please everyone and offend no-one it offers only bland platitudes and forgettable tunes to the extent that you really have to wonder why they bothered.


Ideal Free Distribution: Ideal Free Distribution

Ideal Free Distribution sound like they were reared obsessively on early albums by The Kinks.


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