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Friday, August 4 2006

The Rewinds: The Rewinds

It’s a long way to Tipperary, it’s a long way to go… oops, I mean it’s a long way from Alabama to


Various Artists: Graciously, A Gulf Relief Compilation

Even if it didn’t benefit a good cause, Graciously, A Gulf Relief Compilation contains enough interesting nuggets to be a worthwhile purchase no matter


Billy Martin & G. Calvin Weston: Live at Houston Hall

Live at Houston Hall is another recording from 2002, and pairs Martin with Lounge Lizards co-conspirator G. Calvin Weston for a celebration of the tenth anniversary


Billy Martin: Solo Live Tonic 2002

Drummer and multimedia artist extraordinaire Billy Martin—most well-known as a member of non-trad jazz trio Medeski, Martin & Wood—has two newish drum releases


Thursday, August 3 2006

The Class of 98: Touch This and Die

As a music reviewer, it’s hard to avoid preconceptions about a band as much as one may try to remain objective.  The Class


The Charade: A Real Life Drama

Writing the unofficial theme for Sweden’s team at the World Cup didn’t have its desired effect. But The Charade hasn’t stopped thankfully.


Sqad Up: We Do This

In an alternate universe, Sqad Up are triple-platinum on Cash Money Records.  We Do This is another release packed full of shit-talking New Orleans


The City Drive: Always Moving Never Stopping

Singer/guitarist Danny Smith grew up in Pickering, Ontario—one of the industrial suburban towns to which Toronto is but a beacon of lights in


The Happies: If We Were Really Here

Grazing press clips for Salt Lake City’s apparent finest, the Happies, I can agree with most writers on the owners of the footsteps the


Wednesday, August 2 2006

Vivian Linden: Watch the Light Fade

Backed by a seasoned horde of Seattle musicians, Vivian Linden paints a dark, dreary backdrop on several of these songs so she can draw you


Ted Wulfers: Cheap Liquor

Ted Wulfers lives in a hard drinkin’, hard lovin’, hard livin’ world—all of which comes out on his eight-song mini-album, Cheap Liquor. These are


Cordovan: Highway 10 Blues

Gil Evans incorporated electronic music into his work, following up a conviction that the rhythm of new jazz should be, and had always been, what


Tuesday, August 1 2006

Basement Boys: The Basement Boys Presents Mudfoot Jones

The music of the mythical Mudfoot Jones swings, boogies, rocks, and sways like a congregation ought to when it’s calling up the Spirit. 


Various Artists: This Is Crucial Reggae: Funk Party

Listening to these reggae artists covering American soul hits gives you insight into the evolution of Jamaican music. After all, many reggae pioneers were raised


Various Artists: Sur La Mer Samp-Le-Mer

Noise label 5 Rue Christine’s first sampler initially looks like a rarities collection, but the “exclusive tracks” come off more like a compilation of also-rans


Andre Williams and the Diplomats of Solid Sound: Aphrodisiac

Andre Williams always talked through his tunes more than sang ‘em, and he does the same here. The difference between this disc and the 70-year-old’


Monday, July 31 2006

Brookville: Life in the Shade

Opening with a great Coldplay knockoff called “Blue Morning”, Brookville’s second LP is nothing if not melodic.  However, the simple strings, warm synth


Vandalays: Happy Ever After

We’ll do this the obvious way: Once upon a time, there was an indie rock four-piece called the Vandalays, who released an enjoyable five-song


Baby Calendar: Gingerbread Dog

Sugar-coated pop is an acquired taste—you either like it or stick your tongue out at it as if you swallowed sour candy. Baby Calendar


Friday, July 28 2006

Skye: Mind How You Go

Skye was Morcheeba to some people, so it should come as no surprise that her solo album tends to stay with part of her past


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