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Monday, August 28 2006

The Matchheads: Backtracks 1980-1982 / The Matchheads Present The Mohawks, Lucky Strikes, The Gasser

The Matchheads were a punk rock band in the early ‘80s that are known only to a handful of people in San Francisco. But that


Aeon Grey: Primate Curriculum

Despite mixed results, this Iowa-based emcee is strong on ideas and concepts.


[The] Caseworker: When I Was a Young King

Dreamy but attention getting, [The] Caseworker is compromised of Conor Jonathan, Eimer Devlin, Will Waghorn, and Monte Vallier. And this quartet, led primarily by Jonathan


Friday, August 25 2006

Raydar Ellis: Late Pass

What would you do if your label gave you a wake up call to deliver your album before you were finished? Raydar Ellis shows you how to deliver the goods.


Sean Smith, Adam Snider and Matt Baldwin: Berkeley Guitar 2006

The Imaginational Anthem series that started by unearthing folk blues legends now focuses on upcoming West Coast stars in the Takoma finger-picking tradition.


Hezikiah Jones: Hezekiah Says Youre A-OK

A disturbingly nice record that is just so simple you suspect that there may be more to it than meets the eye.


The Eastern Stars: July 5, 1961

The Eastern Stars pick up where people like Beck and Low left off at some point in their careers. Led by Kaia Wong and Rob


The Haywards: Side One/One Side

David Enright, GD Mills, Jason Clohecy, and Lisa Walker are the Haywards, creating very barren pop that brings to mind Spoon in some respects, especially


Thursday, August 24 2006

Roisin Murphy: Ruby Blue

Why is this CD, the debut solo effort from UK group Moloko’s singer, essential? For one, it's one of the best examples of production shaping but not overwhelming the artist’s vision.


Planningtorock: Have It All

You want to know whether or not this album is any good, and, believe me, I want to be able to tell you. But we’


Sumo: The Danceband

The Danceband is the sound of a bunch of Swedes making Latin music... and it works.


The Jolenes: Get It To Go

Ah, where would the world be without bubble gum pop? Would the USSR have dissolved if bubble gum pop never existed? Think about it. In


Underground Orchestra: Active Ingredient

Jazz-fusion mush that is just ordinary.


Wednesday, August 23 2006

James Figurine: Mistake Mistake Mistake Mistake

Jimmy Tamborello, aka Dntel, takes Figurines techno-pop, the more laptop-lo-fi and intricate sensibilities of his Postal Service and minimal house-inspiration from a German trip to


Alan Singley and Pants Machine: Lovingkindness

"Nice" has just been redefined to also mean "visceral".


More Animals of the Arctic: An Appendix of Whaling Terms

A quirky, psychedelic affair full of hymns of outsider Americana.


The South Jersey Seashore Lifeguard Convention Band: Wave Goodbye

The South Jersey Seashore Lifeguard Convention Band’s new EP packs two weeks worth of vacation experience into less than 20 minutes. It’s got everything:


The Goldstars: Purple Girlfriend

When you think of Chicago, garage rock doesn’t come to mind, but the Goldstars mix a bit of soul and Booker T. into the


Tuesday, August 22 2006

Drift Yellow Swans: Drift Yellow Swans

Bay Area noise duo Yellow Swans’ latest is, as ever, released under a new band name in their ongoing attempt to confound record store attempts


Over The Atlantic: Junica

New Zealand laptop/guitar pop duo craft Postal Service-like ballads that flow a little too smoothly by


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