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Tuesday, February 20 2007

Four Letter Lie: Let Your Body Take Over

Four Letter Lie are intent on making sure that you know they are hardcore “emo”. How else to explain the Alexisonfire-by-numbers effort of “Full Tilt

Monday, February 19 2007

Cheeseburger: Cheeseburger

Cheeseburger's one of the more aptly-named bands out there right now.

Jan Jelinek: Tierbeobachtungen

More atmospheric complexity from Jan Jelinek

Geir Jenssen: Cho Oyu 8201m

Geir Jenssen, who also goes under the name of Biosphere, lives in a town in northern Norway and assembles soundscapes. The noises he uses in

Bob Margolin: In North Carolina

Bob Margolin likes playing blues (and did so as Muddy Waters’ longtime guitarist); he has a very attractive baritone voice, notable on a final track

Precious Fathers: Precious Fathers

This is a Vancouver band that plays instrumentals that supposedly are meant to inspire gazing at one’s shoes.

Evilsons: Cooking With… Evilsons

Evilsons are relaxed and laidback on the island-tinged, dubbed-accented pop of “Sneaky Men” that falls in the same category as bands like Maroon 5 and Jason

Sunday, February 18 2007

The Feeling: Four Stops and Home EP

No matter what superlatives NME spews in the Feeling's favour -- I think it was something along the lines of the band being the most exciting thing going in rock right now -- this band is squarely MOR.

Sunny Sweeney: Heartbreakers Hall of Fame

Sunny Sweeney is the real country deal.  With the voice of an east Texas honky-tonk angel that evokes the sassy confidence of Loretta Lynn,

River City Tanlines: Im Your Negative

Are you ready to rock?

Blinded Colony: Bedtime Prayers

Although the frozen north seems to be a beacon for hard rock and metal, not every band that emerges from the ice is listenable, much

Various Artists: Family Values Tour 2006

Why, oh why can't nu-metal just go away and die?

The Soul of John Black: The Good Girl Blues

The red-gloved lady on the liner front evokes the old sexist “when she’s bad, she’s wonderful” line rather than any conventional goodness. As

Thursday, February 15 2007

Various Artists: The Rough Guide to Latin-Arabia

A conversation. World Music Network Overlord, Phil Stanton: I am sad. Minions, gladden me. Minion no. 1: Latin-Arabian music will make you happy, O Lord. World

Delbert McClinton: Live from Austin, TX

Lubbock, Texas native Delbert McClinton has been serving up a steamy mess of soulful country blues since the ‘50s and still rocks out today. However

Amy Duncan: Pilgrimage

Amy Duncan won’t bowl you over with a strong voice, but there’s an almost jazzy quality in her British folk/singer-songwriter songs that

Tia Carrera: self-titled

When the best you can say for an album is that one track incorporates an organ, there's something wrong.

Various Artists: Rocky Balboa

Much like the fictional Rocky character, this movie music has staying power.

Wednesday, February 14 2007

Starless & Bible Black: Starless & Bible Black

Bridging British folk tradition, jazzy chord changes and electronic distortion, the debut album from this French/UK trio fluctuates between good and very good. 

Fats Domino: Live from Austin, TX

No one embodies that New Orleans rock and roll sound more than Fats Domino. He had his first hits way back in the early ‘50s

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Authenticity Issues and the New Intimacies

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"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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