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Thursday, November 2 2006

Edie Carey: Another Kind of Fire

Carey really doesn’t have much to say. She’s earnest enough, and she’s not dumb. But she really doesn’t offer any great insights into the world in which we live.


Wednesday, November 1 2006

Mad Tea Party: Big Top Soda Pop

Mad Tea Party forgo the crumpets and dish up a plateful of whimsy, with attractive, ear-catching melodies and a determination to rescue the kazoo from pop music's instrumental toybox.


Stephanie McKay: Stephanie McKay [EP]

McKay preaches about life in the hood and rising above it. She tells her audience that each of them can better themselves in a passionate, dramatic voice.


Cities: Variations

Interpol/Bravery/Bloc Party also-rans get reworked by Ladytron and others on this new EP. The results, too, are mixed.


Dear Nora: There Is No Home

The last album from this Portland outfit is an eclectic bit of work that rarely leaves one bored. Whether it is the drone-ful “The Dream


Tuesday, October 31 2006

Shugo Tokumaru: L.S.T.

Tokumaru is a musical Philosopher's Stone; he transmutes even chickens into gold.


Steril: Realism

Apparently, the folks in Steril would prefer to forget their last couple albums ever existed.


Square: The Mike We Like Remixes

There are many of us who still enjoy listening to Michael Jackson. Unfortunately, this release doesn't accentuate what we like about his music.


Luomo: Paper Tigers

Vladislav Delay, a.k.a. Luomo, must be coming up on 30, but he continues to appear cutting-edge with his heavy, fractured dub. All the fuss


Monday, October 30 2006

Michelle Anthony: frozenstarpalace

A solid and varied release from an emerging talent.


DFA: Remixes: Chapter Two

These tracks seem only as long as the groove demands, but the groove demands long, long tracks.


Guther: Sundet

Pleasant and charming, it's a winning style that seems timeless.


Various Artists: Tiny Idols, Volume 2

Who knew decade-old, long-gone indie pop could sound so fresh?


Sunday, October 29 2006

Elanors: Movements

Elanors consists of some members of Judah Johnson, however they are quite different than that group. Spacy, atmospheric, and very consistent, this group creates very


Bola: Shapes

Context:  six years ago, IDM enthusiasts were perplexed and intrigued by an ultra-limited 300-copy triple vinyl release on Skam (original home of Boards of


Pepper: No Shame

The Hawaiian reggae-rockers try to lighten the national mood. For the most part, they succeed.


Diamonds in the Rough: Diamonds in the Rough

The Soundtrack of Our Lives are working on new material, so this will have to do until the next time that big teddy bear Ebbot,


Friday, October 27 2006

Awesome Color: Awesome Color

It's aggressive, energetic music, but also rather one-dimensional, nowhere near as colorful as the name implies.


Thursday, October 26 2006

Superhopper: Party Killers

Short but incredibly sweet, this slice of rock leaves you wanting only for more.


The Bamboo Kids: Feel Like Hell

Kicking punk garage follow-up from NYC's criminally underrated Bamboo Kids... this time with a political edge.


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