Tuesday, September 19 2006
You can thake the French ex-pat out of his home, but you can't take the home out of his music.
Sweet pop angst-turned-apathy with just enough tongue in cheek to charm.
Garage punk band has some skills, but they're buried under murky production.
Monday, September 18 2006
Even this slight jump forward doesn't give Earlymay enough of an identity to really make an impact.
A massively heavy instrumental album that packs more sonic oomph into one song than most bands can muster in a career
Yeah, it's intriguing to hear Sam Cooke blend into the Bangles, but it's not the best way to spend an hour.
Reissue gives brilliantly hooky pop band a second crack at a larger audience, and it's well worth it.
Document of a near-dead genre, this is a timecapsule at most.
Manejo Beto proves that too many ideas can wind up being too much of a potentially good thing.
Glam-pop for the summertime 1980s retro-waver.
Friday, September 15 2006
A sugared pop rock (the musical genre not the exploding candy) confection of a major label debut for a quirky band fronted by a beautiful voice.
Rock-solid second outing for Northern California's finest all-purpose blues/country/folk/jug band.
If there's room for a straight-up rock band in this genrefied age, the Finals are a good choice for taking on that role.
Remember that Western movie with Sharon Stone as the gunslinger riding into the dusty desert town to blow things apart with lead and vengeance? Can
More great coastline tidal ambience from a man who's made it his stock in trade.
Twee angst from a French-Icelandic duo manages to be just interesting enough to avoid saccharine over-indulgence.
Andy Stott’s debut, Merciless, opens quietly, building a minimal-aquatic aesthetic—warm synths, hi-hat and simple snare, strings in the background. This is minimal dub,
Thursday, September 14 2006
Rasmus Møbius sets out on his own to create a pure album, unfettered by guest appearances, of his own brand of cut-up dub-hop.
More sisterly tween-pop from literary-minded Salt Lake City gals.
Guitars and drums. No bass. No keyboards. No strings. No brass. Just six strings, two drumsticks and the volume knobs cranked to 10. The instrumental and