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Tuesday, October 17 2006

Remote Islands: Smother Party

Owen Pate's one-man lo-fi orchestra concocts overstuffed, understructured ditties for half an album, then resolves into clarity near the end.


Monday, October 16 2006

Fandango, Duende y Taraf: Las Tres Orillas del Atlantico

This group of five musicians takes its inspiration from three kinds of music: Spanish (that’s the fandango part), Mexican (duende), and Moroccan (taraf). The


Under Byen: Samme Stof Some Stof

Danish dream pop group may be mysterious to North American ears, but is nonetheless gorgeous.


Bears: Bears

Cleveland may rock, but the musical Clevelanders known as Bears prefer to revel in pure pop goodness on their self-titled debut. The group’s blend


Rural Electric: The Road To Hell Is Paved

Maine, while famous for many things, has never been considered a hotbed of anything, except maybe potatoes. And lobster. So Maine is a hotbed of


Various Artists: Tiny Idols, Vol. 2

Snowglobe Records’ second attempt to bring back to light some of the lesser-known treasures of the ‘90s indie-label pop-rock scene is just as satisfying as


Sunday, October 15 2006

Goodbye Tomorrow: Goodbye Tomorrow

Short but sweet EP offers three promising earnest modern rock tunes.


Friday, October 13 2006

Ensemble: Ensemble

Ensemble elegantly bridges the divides between electronica, classical, folk, and indie-pop, effortlessly integrating all of these disparate genres into one lovely and unassuming sound.


Protokoll: Protokoll [EP]

Debut EP from Boston-based rock quartet is yet another entry in the ongoing renaissance of '80s disaffection.


Last Conservative: Pretty New Things

This band spent the past summer opening for the Goo Goo Dolls / Counting Crows co-headlining North American tour, as well as performing at the after-show


Thursday, October 12 2006

Van She: Van She EP

Van She represents everything that’s wrong with Modular. I’m sorry, I love the label that’s brought us the Avalanches and the Presets,


Greg Laswell: Through Toledo

Sad but not miserable, this bit of heartache is both moving and comforting in its murkiness.


Congress of Starlings: Albedo

Duo manages to actually bring something new to the female singer-songwriter table, and that's a welcome thing.


Defari: Street Music

Defari seems to be losing speed, as his newest album fails to break any new ground from his previous endeavors.


The Casualties: Under Attack

If your idea of fun is losing your mind and bouncing off walls for 30 rousing minutes, bon appetit!


System and Station: Here Is Now

This Portland outfit has been compared to everyone from Quasi to Built To Spill. And it’s a decent comparison when listening to the indie-meets-shoe-gazing “


Wednesday, October 11 2006

Casper & The Cookies: The Optimists Club

I love cookies, and Casper wasn’t one of the ghosts on my enemy lists. So this band is a natural lock then, correct? Well,


The Purrs: The Purrs

Oh, right. Now I remember why I get excited to try out new music. Its’ because, sometimes, that CD I took a chance on will


The Life Force Trio: Living Room

The Life Force Trio is the lifeblood of one Carlos Nino and some of his like-minded jazz / funk / fusion / pop comrades. And as a result,


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