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Wednesday, February 14 2007

Various Artists: Elaste Vol. 1: Slow Motion Disco

Aah, the good old, blissful nights spent dancing to the far-out electronic sounds at the Discoteca Cosmic on the Adriatic Coast of Italy in the

Tor Lundvall: Empty City

The predominant image that appears when listening to Empty City is that of a dark, blacklight-laden, smoke-filled apartment at 4:30 in the morning.

Sauce Boss: Florida Blues

A good word for this, stirring! Sauce Boss (Bill Wharton) plays and cooks with guitar and stove and voice. Is this a selection from various

Tuesday, February 13 2007

Softlightes: Heart Made of Sound EP

Softlightes may still be Modular’s '07 Big Hope, but last year’s digital-only EP Heart Made of Sound failed to gather the necessary momentum over in blogdom to generate a whole heap of buzz for their February debut long-player.

Dredd Foole: Daze on the Mounts

Ever pour liquid LSD directly into your ears?

Donal Clancy: Close to Home

Donal follows in the family tradition (the son of Liam) of performing marvelous acoustic Irish folk music. This Clancy plays acoustic guitar, an instrument not

Artist Unknown: Present

This German techno/dance/electro outfit hasn’t been heard from in a while, but this album, released through Datapunk member Anthony Rother’s label,

Memphis the Band: Radio

Scott Morgan, lead singer of Memphis the Band, has a voice pitched somewhere between the southern-rock inflection of Black Crows front man Chris Robinson and

Monday, February 12 2007

Martha Berner: Ten Tiny Little Pieces

Martha Berner's latest EP is fantastically ordinary.

Michael Mayer: Immer 2

Don't give up on trance just yet. Michael Mayer's mix on Immer 2 will take you where you want to go.

Neotropic: Prestatyn

Ninja Tune alum Riz Maslen’s latest effort, three tracks of ambient pastoralism (pastoral ambiance?) that at 30 minutes are more than a stopgap but less

The Big Tease: Paper Symphony

This band’s six-song EP (five not counting the Panic! at the Disco-ish intro) is okay, but nothing that wouldn’t fall into the aforementioned

Cezanne: Breaking Bats for Jesus

Cezanne's John Daugherity took the DIY ethic to the max with his latest release.

Sunday, February 11 2007

Ed Pettersen: The New Punk Blues of Ed Pettersen

Don't call your album "The New Punk Blues" if you don't mean it -- this is all the way.

Dead Voices on Air: From Labrador to Madagascar

Though discordance and dread are Dead Voices on Air trademarks, the best moments on From Labrador to Madagascar are the pretty ones.

Can Joann: Hurt People Hurt People

An album of cool grooves partly created and recorded in a 19th century North Carolina farmhouse.

Angra: Aurora Consurgens

If there’s one place that continues to have an insatiable hunger for ‘80s metal 20 years after the fact, it’s Brazil, something we can

Greg Friedman: Souls of Passing Feet

Baltimore resident Greg Friedman is a singer-songwriter. There isn’t much sense in him trying to be something he’s not. Think of him as

Thursday, February 8 2007

The Lovely Sparrows: Pulling Up Floors, Pouring on (New) Paint

The Lovely Sparrows seem to be another (potentially) great band that's taking the one-toe-in-the-water-at-a-time approach to recording.

Piebald: Accidental Gentleman

Piebald plays a jocular brand of power-pop full of faux-rock riffs and adorable lyrics. The band exploded onto the emo-punk scene in 1999 with their memorably-titled

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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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