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Wednesday, January 3 2007

David Grumel: Bearivage

Written in both Iceland and his native France, musician David Grumel’s debut explores a musical palette that runs with the colours of cool jazz,


Daylights for the Birds: Trouble Everywhere

The seductive songs on Trouble Everywhere are closer to stargazing than any “indie shoegazing”.  Comparable to Camera Obscura, on their debut Daylight’s for


Swan Island: The Centre Will Hold

Double guitar'd girl punk from the Pacific NW... Sleater-Kinney is gone, but the Auteurs/Delta 5/Lora Logic lineage continues.


Tara Jane ONeil: In Circles

The latest album from Portland native Tara Jane O’Neil is barren, sparse, and quite precious. From the lullaby instrumental “Primer”, the musician moves into


Tuesday, January 2 2007

Various Artists: Fuzzy-Felt Folk

From instrumental themes of 1960s British kiddie shows to charming little ditties about elves and trolls, this loopy, endearing collection has been lovingly assembled by


Holy Shit: Stranded at Two Harbors

With a crackling collection of shambolic pop, Holy Shit prove as endearingly sophomoric as their name.


Sister Hazel: Absolutely

If you yearn for a return to the sensitive-guys-with-guitars movement of the late '90s, Absolutely is your ticket home.


Rafael Toral: Space

Portuguese electronic composer (and Rhys Chatham collaborator) Rafael Toral ponders the unpredictability of synthesized sound and the emptiness of deep space in three extended pieces.


Monday, January 1 2007

The Antiques: Nicknames and Natives

The Antiques are the musically serene country cousins of the raunchy Americana-fuelled folk-rock sound brought to the indie stage by bands like My Morning Jacket and the Kings of Leon.


Benjy Ferree: Leaving The Nest

Benjy Ferree has a style so fun that you can help but crack a grin. It’s terribly fabulous, criminally infectious, and so frickin’ simple


The DTs: Nice n Ruff

All the right elements, but without the proper mix this party seems a bit forced.


Rhapsody of Fire: Triumph or Agony

It's all so silly, but just admit it, you secretly kind of dig it.


Thursday, December 21 2006

The Aquarium: The Aquarium

All told, these 11 instrumental and vocal cuts form the type of innovative album that restores your faith in independent music.


Giant Squid: Metridium Fields

Both the sum of and a twist on their influences, Giant Squid brings the bombast.


Caroline Vinciguerra: Bored and Gorgeous

Before picking up a guitar last year and heading into Blacklodge Studios, Caroline Vinciguerra was a down-on-her-luck actress whose on-screen highlight came in 1993 when she


Wednesday 13: Fang Bang

Some welcome shock rock that doesn't take itself too seriously.


The Rodeo Carburettor: The Rodeo Carburettor

Dirty garage rock from the land of the rising sun, the Rodeo Carburettor bring the rawk in any language.


Wednesday, December 20 2006

Nurse with Wound: Rock N Roll Station

Reissue of Stephen Stapleton's hallucinatory mid-1990s excursion into the rhythmic possibilities of hip-hop.


Count Basie: One Oclock Jump: The Very Best of Count Basie

modest sampler, immodestly billed, not unique, a few of Basie's best Columbia records.


Turn Off the Stars: Turn Off the Stars

Thank you for existing, Turn Off the Stars.  In a wash of generic watered-down Keane and Coldplay knockoffs (which themselves were watered-down Radiohead knockoffs),


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