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Sunday, March 25 2007

Wayne Hancock: Tulsa

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".

The Exeter Popes: Snow, Mountain, Geisha

The second EP from Brooklyn, Nw York's the Exeter Popes is a study in maximizing opportunities.

Little Brazil: Tighten The Noose

Many of these songs hit all the right spots at exactly the right times.

Brian Groder: Torque

A superior set of contemporary jazz, blazing straight out of the long and unruly heritage of left-field explorations.

Num9: The Glow-worms Resistance

I read the press kit and then listen to the CD and feel as if I'm missing something.

Thursday, March 22 2007

Goldrush: The Heart Is the Place

Britain's Goldrush newest release unveils inspiring orchestrations and a whole lot of talent.

The Black Watch: Tatterdemalion

If not for lack of quality, then simple lack of interest in the style.

Todd Carey: Watching Waiting

Carey’s pop rock comes off as being telegraphed a la Gavin DeGraw and Jason Mraz.

Blake Miller: Together With Cats

Although the press release wants you to believe that Blake Miller falls in line with Devendra Banhart and Grizzly Bear, you’d be hard pressed not to find someone like Ralph Stanley deep in the mix.

Phil Angotti: East Side Soul

At times Phil Angotti can be a great power pop artist, but for the opening number on his new album he channels Bob Dylan for “East Side Soul #27”.

Wednesday, March 21 2007

Grand Champeen: Dial T for This

Grand Champeen does a nice job of maintaining excitement without ever letting themselves go over the top, resulting in some basic but strong rock 'n' roll.

Shedding: What God Doesnt Bless, You Wont Love; What You Dont Love, The Child Wont Know

The artwork has more to say than the album contained within.

Christina Rosenvinge: Continental 62

Like many singer-songwriters, she has misgivings about love and partnerships.

Complicated Shirt: Compromising Compositions

Complicated Shirt are a blending of post-rock and indie rock.

Bob Egan: The Glorious Decline

Bob Egan has played with Wilco and Blue Rodeo, which to most people are the distant cousins of the same musical landscapes.

Tuesday, March 20 2007

The Postmarks: The Postmarks

This wistful, indie chamber pop trio from Miami have been getting a good deal of early buzz.

Blanche: What This Town Needs

Alt-country weirdoes Blanche seem to have lost access to their time machine.

Die! Die! Die!: Die! Die! Die!

The predictable, SXSW-fueled enthusiasm for this band'll probably write itself: expect "fierce", "brutal", "blasting".

Breadfoot feat. Anne Phoebe: Tea with Leo

New York-based Breadfoot picks at his banjo and six-strong Dobro like a country boy.

Zoodrive: Not Fully Medicated

Zoodrive makes rock music, and Not Fully Medicated is an EP full of rock songs.

//Mixed media

Authenticity Issues and the New Intimacies

// Marginal Utility

"The social-media companies have largely succeeded in persuading users of their platforms' neutrality. What we fail to see is that these new identities are no less contingent and dictated to us then the ones circumscribed by tradition; only now the constraints are imposed by for-profit companies in explicit service of gain.

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