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Monday, December 18 2006

Shortstack: The History of Cut Nails in America

Tripping the line between Americana and rockabilly swing, Shortstack are fun, but never inventive enough to truly impress.


Sunday, December 17 2006

Nicole Atkins: Bleeding Diamonds

On this very promising debut EP, New Jersey singer-songwriter Nicole Atkins and her backing band the Sea craft pop music that is both sophisticated, sweet, magical, and pretty darn cool, as well.


Librarians: Alright Easy Candy Stranger

Middle of the road dance pop that never quite rises above.


Trainwreck Riders: Lonely Road Revival

If you can still remember how great an imperfect country/rock record made by a band dripping with potential and energy can be, then Lonely Road Revival is a refreshing slap in the face.


Kidz in the Hall: School Was My Hustle

A nice piece of unassuming true school hip-hop.


Thursday, December 14 2006

Garth: Unleash the Hound

The San Fransisco-based DJ showcases party-grade electro-house with a retro twist from his Grayhound label.


Stephan Crump: Rosetta

Not loud, not simple, not rebarbative, not monotonous, not short on linear, harmonic or textural imagination.


Paolo Nutini: Live Sessions

To look at the impossibly cute nineteen year old singer-songwriter Paolo Nutini, you’d think he would sound like a choirboy. Instead, his voice is


Parkway Drive: Killing With a Smile

Please, we have too many bad metalcore bands in America to have to deal with Australian ones, too.


Wednesday, December 13 2006

Lewis & Clarke: Live On WPRB

There’s a new digital turntable console out there that will read your vinyl records with perfect exactitude, as well as set you back about 15


Manowar: The Sons of Odin

Killing with power, again and again...


Roses Pawn Shop: The Arsonist

Rose's Pawn Shop successfully push a bluegrass/old-timey sound onto the bar band stage with the quite fine The Arsonist.


Rose Hill Drive: Rose Hill Drive

Don’t say I didn’t warn ya.  Having listened to the promo EP from Rose Hill Drive earlier in the year, the band


Tuesday, December 12 2006

The Disco Students: I Beg to Differ

When’s the last time you picked up a double-disc CD retrospective of a band that’s been around for a quarter of a century


Michael Powers: Prodigal Son

A ready roughness, no lack of vigour or talent, a bit rushed. Genre: early Rolling Stones with Brian Jones.


Mute Math: Mute Math

Mute Math could make a huge, epic record, but all they've done here is show us they're capable of that without completely delivering.


JJ Baron: Brand New Stranger

JJ Baron is a consummate storyteller who weaves his tales around shimmering pedal steel and six-string acoustic.  The singer’s debut album, Brand New


Monday, December 11 2006

WonderGround: Become Water

Languid lo-fi pop from some LA drifters.


Form of Rocket: Men

The guitarist of death-punk outfit Form of Rocket is named Peter Makowski.  There is a song at the end of the album titled “Peter


Landon Pigg: LP

Landon Pigg’s debut album is not at all what I expected from this former kiddie-music singer (his credits include a pair of Ronald McDonald


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