Thursday, March 29 2007
The Makes Nice sound as if they’ve been listening to early British records by the Kinks and decided to mash them up with some Keith Moon drum rolls.
Something About Violins is a beguiling lo-fi debut from a singer-songwriter whose lyrics can become strangely upsetting at times.
Yes, yes, y'all. And it don't stop. Chicago, Illinois, is in the house with a load of fresh rhymes and beats. And it goes a lil' somethin' like this…
A fans-only disc, this album might not make much commercial headway, but the fact that Kuehnemund and her mates are having a blast starting from scratch makes Live and Learn all the more appealing, despite its shortcomings.
Wednesday, March 28 2007
Yndi Halda has woven a beautiful tapestry with their debut.
This is a monstrously loud, utterly enjoyable slab of melodic metal.
The Canadian indie pop singer returns with a fine little EP of "misfit songs".
The Fratellis are the musical equivalent of Andy Millman's When the Whistle Blows: broad, catchphrase-based, and utterly demoralizing
Even in this supposed global information era there's still music of stature and depth being made in other countries without our knowledge.
Tuesday, March 27 2007
Cupid has five arrows, and one of them just might be for you.
I can think of few musicians of any genre making instrumental music as involving as Matthew Cooper's ambient compositions under the name Eluvium.
Daníel Águst, former singer for the Icelandic dance/trip-hop outfit Gus Gus, applies a different but no less quirky approach to his solo debut.
It took some bravery and audacity for Holy Moses to promote their product in the most male-dominated genre in popular music.
Grogan is not happy making radio-friendly polished pop, showing a far more soulful side.
Monday, March 26 2007
1950s girl-group pop gets a modern-day reworking on the delightful title track of the UK pop group Lucky Soul's three-song Ain't Never Been Cool EP.
While the songs feature even more organic instrumentation than before, they all exist in that tepid, midtempo, watery, emotional area that is being done much better by similar artists.
Dragon or Emperor's deft rage evokes the sound of a Pere Ubu v Back Door arm-wrestle.
Fragile, and twee to the point of nothingness, it’s sweet without being sugary, but unfortunately acts like a constant appetizer in a meal where the main dish never appears.
Young Galaxy is the latest signing of Toronto indie label Arts & Crafts, made well known now by their first signing, Broken Social Scene.
Sunday, March 25 2007
Wayne "the Train" Hancock is back with a honky-tonk country stew that'll have you hoisting a cold one in joyous salute to the "King of Juke-Joint Swing".