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Wednesday, December 6 2006

Hamilton de Holanda Quintet: Brasilianos

Hamilton de Holanda plays a 10-string mandolin. He plays it really really well.

The Tongue: Bad Education EP

New Aussie hip-hop fails to add much to a soon-to-be-bloated scene.

AG: Get Dirty Radio

Still enough of a giant.

Tuesday, December 5 2006

Ronee Blakley: Welcome

She may have played a bigger country star in Nashville than she ever became in the actual music industry, but Ronee Blakley’s largely forgotten

ActionReaction: 3 Is the Magic Number

Emocore has lost another soul to the allure of indie rock.  Jason Gleason, ex-frontman for Further Seems Forever, has joined forces with old friends,

Pattern Is Movement: Canonic

Tiny Telephone engineer Scott Solter re-interprets the fractious avant pop of Pattern Is Movement

That Handsome Devil: That Handsome Devil

A jazzy, spacey kind of specimen that plods along with some crazy but great arrangement behind it.

Monday, December 4 2006

Susanna and the Magic Orchestra: Melody Mountain

Norwegian songstress and Jaga Jazzist vet spin songwriting straw (and a few classics) into strange and luminous gold

M Coast: Say It in Slang

M Coast continues where Marshmallow Coast left off, which is just fine.

The Beautiful Girls: Water

A follow-up to the US debut of earlier this year, Water collects 11 tracks from the Beautiful Girls’ three Australian releases pre-We’re Already Gone. The

James Cooper: Second Season

With a string of musical influences that run from Richard Hawley to Dylan to the Waifs and Crowded House, James Cooper knows what makes a

Sunday, December 3 2006

Shiny Toy Guns: We Are Pilots

Shiny Toy Guns revel in being retro-pop, so it should come as no surprise that the inviting and punchy “You Are the One” is a

Black Devil Disco Club: 28 After

Disco isn’t dead; it’s just been hanging out in the underworld for a while. In 2004, the album Disco Club by Black Devil, which

Hammock: Raising Your Voice…Trying to Stop an Echo

This band got some ink and some ears tuned into them thanks to having some of their work used during the Torino Olympic Games coverage by NBC.

Adrian Klumpes: Be Still

Complex, restive minimalism from an Australian avant-jazz musicians

Thursday, November 30 2006

Kill the Vultures: The Careless Flame

When Kill the Vultures frontman Alexei Casselle, a.k.a. MC Crescent Moon, sings that moonshine “goes down rough, but it’s good for your

Mustafa Ozkent: Gençlik Ile Elele

Ozkent was a nationalist, but he blends his Turkish folk influences so perfectly into the modernity of the psyche-jazz-funk that you might not even notice them.

Two If By Sea: Safety

Baltimore’s Two If by Sea have more in common with bands across the big ocean than they do anyone in their own city. Rich,

Dmonstrations: Dmonstrations EP

Raw post-punk from Japanese/American group is, almost, compelling.

All India Radio: Each Other

The music possesses a brittle, crystal clarity that evokes being alone on deserts of sand or a distant planet with an oxygen free atmosphere.

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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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