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Monday, December 4 2006

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.

Wednesday, November 29 2006

Team Doyobi: The Kphanapic Fragments

Team Doyobi occupies a space of the experimental electronic spectrum somewhere between the eight-bit screech of Dat Politic (with whom they’ve appeared on old

Various Artists: Trampled: The Elefant Traks Remix Album

Despite some highlights, the mix never really takes off

Scanners: Violence Is Golden

An intense, beautifully dark rock album that evokes the Pretenders and PJ Harvey.

Cute Is What We Aim For: The Same Old Blood Rush With A New Touch

This group has much to say, but lacks the right words to say it all.

Hugo of Anthropia: A My Favourite Things Short Take: Iron Maiden for Maidens

One musician's method for converting the ladies and curing heavy metal loneliness.

The Awkward Stage: Heaven Is for Easy Girls

With smart lyrics, thoughtful arrangements, lots of hooks, and an early autumn mood, Heaven Is for Easy Girls is a sure winner for lovers of indie pop everywhere.

FM3 and Dou Wei: Hou Guan Yin

Could we really have been expecting them to top the Buddha Machine?

//Mixed media

Authenticity Issues and the New Intimacies

// Marginal Utility

"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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