Thursday, December 21 2006
Some welcome shock rock that doesn't take itself too seriously.
Dirty garage rock from the land of the rising sun, the Rodeo Carburettor bring the rawk in any language.
Wednesday, December 20 2006
Reissue of Stephen Stapleton's hallucinatory mid-1990s excursion into the rhythmic possibilities of hip-hop.
modest sampler, immodestly billed, not unique, a few of Basie's best Columbia records.
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),
Shilo has captured the rather fine line between tension and tedium.
Tuesday, December 19 2006
Cheesiness of the marketing aside, Rick Brockner’s Black Mountain Brew is a soothing, enjoyable, if not revolutionary acoustic folk record.
Americana and pop from post-Cracker laureatte and his winsome partner.
The Green Morning is about empty space, barren metallic wastelands, and post-nuclear landscapes.
Aerobicizing Nash’s songs may be your idea of heaven. It’s just not mine.
Monday, December 18 2006
The kind of spazzy hardcore that can send a room full of teenaged hardcore dancers into a spin-kicking frenzy in mere seconds.
Portland spazz-pop innovators slice genres, moods and soundscapes in a fractious beauty of an EP.
It's the sort of timeless music that the guys at university campus bars think sounds really good after chugging back some Labatt Ice.
Tripping the line between Americana and rockabilly swing, Shortstack are fun, but never inventive enough to truly impress.
Sunday, December 17 2006
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.
Middle of the road dance pop that never quite rises above.
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.
A nice piece of unassuming true school hip-hop.
Thursday, December 14 2006
The San Fransisco-based DJ showcases party-grade electro-house with a retro twist from his Grayhound label.
Not loud, not simple, not rebarbative, not monotonous, not short on linear, harmonic or textural imagination.