Thursday, May 3 2007
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!
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
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 Are Men, apparently.
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
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.
A collection of acoustic or indie pop, full of acoustic guitars and tenor melodics.
Bottom's up! A funny cocktail based on the woes of inebriation.
A very sweet, soft and fragile album in the best way possible.
Ranging from rock to pop to splashes of jazz and ambient, the group thrives on challenging the listener.
Tuesday, May 1 2007
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.
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,
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's latest album is a largely quiet, humble masterpiece of misleading expectations.
On its debut album, Moment of Truth, the Goucher College-based duo displays a wide musical palette, infectious energy, and a sense of humor.
Light music, sometimes ambitious in conception.
Monday, April 30 2007
Two dudes from Ames, Iowa have a psychedelic-garage-punk-blues-rock band.
Jazz standards -- a lesson in individuality when approaching classic material.
Let’s Agree to Deceive Our Best Friends may be the holy grail of power pop albums.
Okkervil River provides a focused and complex pair of songs using unexpected colors and surprising tones.