Tuesday, May 8 2007
From the same line of poppy post-punk as Cold Watr Kids and Voxtrot.
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 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.
Smart and pretty, but without the variety to really say much.
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
Riff, time change, riff, time change, three-second drum solo, time change, riffriffriffriffriff, end.
A cozy, charming, and cerebral set from a gifted storyteller.
A seamless collection of not-quite-electronica, rather abstract, ambient, and interesting songs.
...And hello to the slaughterhouse!
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
Thursday, May 3 2007
The San Francisco band have come into their own, abandoning tongue-in-cheek fantasy in favour of a more sombre and mature approach.
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.