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Tuesday, January 30 2007

Tom Carter and Robert Horton: Steeljaguar Rocket

While riddled with its share of tedious episodes, Steeljaguar Rocket holds up far better than most other limited-edition improvised rock sessions.


Young Love: Too Young to Fight It

Young Love shows glimmers of an innovation, but there's plenty of room to grow, too


Jaques Loussier Trio: Bach: The Brandenburgs

French pianist Jacques Loussier has been interpreting the work of Bach for his jazz trio for five decades, and this latest release shows no signs


Monday, January 29 2007

Fat Freddys Drop: Based on a True Story

One day at work, a Kiwi colleague told us that he was going to play us something we’d like, and this was the album


Rub-N-Tug: Fabric 30

Fabric gives NYC underground act Rub-N-Tug their big break with the opportunity to contribute to the venerable Fabric mix series. And for the most part,


The Finches: Human Like a House

As restricted as it is by genre, this small-scale release offers some charming moments


Brandon Pfeiffer: Nothing Short of Now

Mixing equal parts of rock and Americana, Brandon Pfeiffer’s six-song effort is pretty good. Falling somewhere along the lines of an indie rock version


Sunday, January 28 2007

The Octopus Project and Black Moth Super Rainbow: The House of Apples and Eyeballs

The Octopus Project and Black Moth Super Rainbow don’t immediately seem like natural collaborators.  The former deal in thick, catchy post-rock instrumentals propelled


The Television Personalities: My Dark Places Remixes

Dan Treacy and his Television Personalities made a welcome comeback in 2006 with My Dark Places, but how many people, really, have been waiting with bated


Sven Väth: In the Mix: The Sound of the Seventh Season

Another entry in Sven Vath's long-running In the Mix series


Birch Book: Fortune & Folly

When I was in junior high I remember flipping through my older sister’s high school yearbooks (especially at the seniors), every town’s stereotypical


Thursday, January 25 2007

The Trolleyvox: Present the Karaoke Meltdowns

The Trolleyvox, a band of Philly mainstays now three albums into their power pop run, cut achingly sweet power pop with muscle and intelligence. They


Paleo: Paleos Song Diary

If your MP3 player needs padding, you can’t do better than take a stroll through indie songster Paleo’s website, and his project to


Damn Arms: Patterns EP

Snap! Crakk!, now reincarnated and relocated (from Melbourne to Sydney) as Damn Arms, fits so easily into the Klaxons-led punk-dance scene you may suspect a


Justin Rutledge: The Devil on a Bench in Stanley Park

With help from some of the finer Canadian roots rock/alt. country artists behind him (members of Blue Rodeo and Oh Susanna), Justin Rutledge seems


Wednesday, January 24 2007

DJ Jazzy Jeff: Hip Hop Forever, Vol. 3

One of hip-hop's favorite deejays mixes a winner.


French Toast: Ingleside Terrace

Between the two of them, French Toast founders Jerry Busher and James Canty have been in a half dozen highly regarded DC post punk bands,


Hall of Justus: Soldiers Of Fortune

Hall of Justus, otherwise known as the Justus League, is a team of up-and-coming rappers and producers from North Carolina who have been lingering on


Turn Off The Stars: Turn Off The Stars

Don’t let the cover or the photo on the back fool you, these guys wouldn’t know emo rock if they tripped over it.


Tuesday, January 23 2007

Gescom: MiniDisc

MiniDisc finally hits CD. Confusion ensues.


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