Tuesday, April 17 2007
Brandon Butler has seemingly grown up a bit, ditching the wails for the jangles of roots rock tunes that could be found on any decent Mellencamp album.
This record would only be of interest for those with a particular affection for early '60s popular folk or Balin fanatics.
Monday, April 16 2007
Deerhunter's aptly titled Kranky debut Cryptograms earns its name moving from murky swamps of feedback and delay into shimmering swirls of crystalline hooks.
Golden era emcees meet new school funk band.
Mando Diao definitely have something going for them with a grab bag of garage rock and tight Brit-pop on the head-bobbing title track of this single.
Krypteria are followers, and third, even fourth-rate ones at that.
Seasoned Nashville studio musician and respected songwriter Spady Brannan steps up to the mic to record his debut after only 30 years in the business.
Sunday, April 15 2007
A new genre is emerging that is as perplexing as it is fascinating: Indie Children's Music.
Strange, ephemeral folk songs with a combination of age-yellowed instrumentation and modern electronic ornamentation.
Heavily indebted to Modest Mouse and Built to Spill, this indie rock quartet's debut sports enough good tracks to make for a worthwhile listen.
If Quentin Tarantino ever decided to make a cinematic tribute to Ed Wood, he should seriously consider using the album Hyena Safari by Messer Chups
Fans of Bright Eyes or a very pared down Calexico would also enjoy "Big City".
Surely this band of brothers will kill each other before they can improve upon the crunchy power pop they display on their second full-length, Well, Well, Well.
Thursday, April 12 2007
The sleek, catchy, and often beautiful sounds of Our One Mistake make for an album with very few faults.
No matter how you package it, good music is good music. We'll find it, even if you dress it up behind a little kid, a rabbit, and an eggshell.
“Empire” has become a fashionable word these days, so much so that I found myself cringing at the sight of Loren Dent’s follow-up to
The If If isn't about to blow any minds, but one gets the impression that that's not what Ollo set out to do.
It’s a disc that won’t change your life, but for a sampling of what college rock is doing now, it gets the Bic lighter waving proudly in the air.
The kids will call this jazz-baptized Lightning Bolt; elder statesmen will recall hearing Ascension or The Blue Humans for the first time.
Wednesday, April 11 2007
Karnivool emerge on Themata from the “apex of Western Australia” with a not quite hard-rock sound and a thinly veiled grand ambition: they want to break out in the US.