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Tuesday, September 19 2006

Kad: Société

You can thake the French ex-pat out of his home, but you can't take the home out of his music.


Pants Yell!: Recent Drama

Sweet pop angst-turned-apathy with just enough tongue in cheek to charm.


Pretty Flowers: Pretty Flowers

Garage punk band has some skills, but they're buried under murky production.


Monday, September 18 2006

Earlymay: Little Answers

Even this slight jump forward doesn't give Earlymay enough of an identity to really make an impact.


Russian Circles: Enter

A massively heavy instrumental album that packs more sonic oomph into one song than most bands can muster in a career


Sound Advice: Play Anything

Yeah, it's intriguing to hear Sam Cooke blend into the Bangles, but it's not the best way to spend an hour.


Eux Autres: Hell Is Eux Autres

Reissue gives brilliantly hooky pop band a second crack at a larger audience, and it's well worth it.


Various Artists: Irie Reggae Hits: Best of Dancehall

Document of a near-dead genre, this is a timecapsule at most.


Maneja Beto: Accidentes de Longitud y Latitud

Manejo Beto proves that too many ideas can wind up being too much of a potentially good thing.


Stutter: Stutter

Glam-pop for the summertime 1980s retro-waver.


Friday, September 15 2006

Persephones Bees: Notes from the Underground

A sugared pop rock (the musical genre not the exploding candy) confection of a major label debut for a quirky band fronted by a beautiful voice.


Kerosene Kondors: New American Standards

Rock-solid second outing for Northern California's finest all-purpose blues/country/folk/jug band.


The Finals: Plan Your Getaway

If there's room for a straight-up rock band in this genrefied age, the Finals are a good choice for taking on that role.


Metallic Falcons: Desert Doughnuts

Remember that Western movie with Sharon Stone as the gunslinger riding into the dusty desert town to blow things apart with lead and vengeance? Can


Manual: Bajamar

More great coastline tidal ambience from a man who's made it his stock in trade.


Lady & Bird: Lady & Bird

Twee angst from a French-Icelandic duo manages to be just interesting enough to avoid saccharine over-indulgence.


Andy Stott: Merciless

Andy Stott’s debut, Merciless, opens quietly, building a minimal-aquatic aesthetic—warm synths, hi-hat and simple snare, strings in the background. This is minimal dub,


Thursday, September 14 2006

Rasmus Møbius: Medicine Walk

Rasmus Møbius sets out on his own to create a pure album, unfettered by guest appearances, of his own brand of cut-up dub-hop.


Meg & Dia: Something Real

More sisterly tween-pop from literary-minded Salt Lake City gals.


5ive: Versus

Guitars and drums. No bass. No keyboards. No strings. No brass. Just six strings, two drumsticks and the volume knobs cranked to 10. The instrumental and


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