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Thursday, October 26 2006

Over It: Step Outside Yourself

Despite some decent songwriting chops, too much of this California punk pop sounds bland.


Ecstatic Sunshine: Freckle Wars

Frantic and riff-packed instrumental guitar album with ideas and challenges for the adventurous listener.


Hisato Higuchi: Dialogue

There's a delicacy here that you suspect would be violated by anything so vulgar as a lyric.


Benni Hemm Hemm: Benni Hemm Hemm

As a reminder of the intrepid, home-made spirit of much Icelandic music and the varied uses to which folk can be put, it's an interesting CD to have around.


Wednesday, October 25 2006

The Briggs: Back to Higher Ground

Pop-punk band treads familiar ground, but with enough skill and energy to have some highlights.


Westbound Train: Transitions

Ska-soul done well and done right is always a good time.


Sisters Euclid: Run Neil Run

Instrumental tribute to Neil Young displays a lot of talent, but maintains only a modicum of interest.


Band Ane: Anish Music

Ane Oestergaard is restless and inquisitive and can't leave things alone -- she's compelled to fiddle.


De Rosa: Mend

European pop band carries on the torch for the Delgados.


Tuesday, October 24 2006

La Pieta: Inside Out

La Pieta makes pleasant, literal indie pop with a female vocal and a limited musical appeal. The trio’s style is simple, building off acoustic-strummed


Parenthetical Girls: Safe as Houses

This is dark, challenging, ugly, pretty pop music.


Hella: Acoustics

Ready or not, here comes math-folk, with Hella killing you softly.


Monday, October 23 2006

The Avett Brothers: The Gleam

Though this release finds the band exploring quieter territory, there's a tangible intensity throughout many of these songs.


The Sadies: Tales of the Rat Fink

The Sadies have no interest in making exceptional music, which is, of course, how really fun records get made.


Maps of Norway: Sister Stations

Electro-pop and guitar rock merge in a powerful combination.


Beach House: Beach House

Baltimore duo spins soft vocals, electrified keyboards and mechanical percussion into pearlized fogs of melancholy pop.


Cat Scientist: Cicada

Fun and bouncy, it's great if punchy humor is to your tastes, but otherwise will seem overwhelmingly cutesy.


Ryan Scott: Five OClock News

Slow, soulful and somewhat bittersweet, Ryan Scott’s first effort is the lovable title track that sounds a bit like The Twilight Singers, John Mayer


Sunday, October 22 2006

Astronautalis: Mighty Ocean and Nine Dark Theaters

Astronautalis continues to keep one foot in hip-hop and one in indie, as he searches for meaning in an alien world.


Colour Revolt: Colour Revolt EP

Colour Revolt, a new band out of Oxford, Mississippi, get a re-release of their debut EP through Tiny Evil after a limited release at the


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