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Monday, August 21 2006

The Mouse That Roared: Excommunicator

You have to love a band that would dub the first song on any album “Evil Knievel”, and The Mouse That Roared does just that.


Friday, August 18 2006

Justice: Waters Of Nazareth

‘Heavy metal disco’ may be a label that causes switch-off but wait a minute, this is the same Justice from Justice vs. Simian’s “Never


Russian Spy Camera: You Are a Vulture

This Athens, Georgia, group is the idea of Ryan White and his growing plethora of songs. As a result of this proflific streak, White has


RobinElla: Solace for the Lonely

You don’t have to be lonely to gain solace from this album. It is enveloping, it’s baby bathwater warm, sun on your cheek,


The Kickbacks: Motel Stars

Having opened for artists like Tim Easton, Robbie Fulks and Slobberbone, The Kickbacks know what Americana is all about. And they excel in that realm


Editors: Rarities

Editors try to keep the momentum up here, by repackaging a few B-sides and a track off the two-disc British limited edition version of their


Thursday, August 17 2006

Snakes & Music: Isabelle

I hate records that you can instantly get a feel for and sink your teeth into; they often leave you disappointed at the end. And


Root 70: Heaps Dub

On first tone, you’d think this was the Youngblood Brass Band. But the Root 70 jazz quartet’s sound grows much larger on Heaps Dub,


Rose Hill Drive: Rose Hill Drive EP

There’s an inherent problem with out-of-high-school bands—and that’s maturity.  Sometimes the artist will arrive both musically and lyrically loaded on the


Adam Gnade: Run Hide Retreat Surrender

“Singer” and “songwriter” Adam Gnade would like his “vocals” to be seen as resembling those of Lou Reed and the Hold Steady’s Craig Finn,


Bill Coon and Oliver Gannon: Two Much Guitar

These two premier Canadian guitarists (tendencies of Burrell, Montgomery, Kessel, etc.) have it sown up with retail sites that let you hear the first half


Wednesday, August 16 2006

Sila And The Afrofunk Experience: Funkiest Man In Africa

Funkiest Man In Africa is so glad to be alive, someone should start a cult around it.


ReKid: Made in Menorca

Rekid is supposedly Matt Edwards’ (aka Quiet Village, Radio Slave) more “underground” work and it proves an apt description. From the creepily crawling bass of


Hanne Hukkelberg: Do Not As I Do

This is at best a curio for the diehard fans only. For the rest of you, I urge you to seek out Little Things and hear what everyone else has been sleeping on for the past year.


The Good Luck Joes: What Do You Think of That Noise?

Confusing but despite that entertaining release from eclectic popsters.


The Mutiny: The Mutiny

This three-song effort is from a band that has got the attention of some notable people across the pond, including that Alan McGee fellow and


Tuesday, August 15 2006

Unagi: It Came From Beneath the SFC

When Unagi gets behind the boards, it's delightfully difficult to predict his content, but it's safe to bet on the quality of his work.


The Rosewood Thieves: From the Decker House

The Rosewood Thieves are a NYC band just pining for the simple things—a country house, a fire against the cold, etc. Their debut EP,


Electric Lights Flashing Very Fast: Let There Be Lights EP

Electric Lights Flashing Very Fast is a talented group of thunderers, well able to wind up their music and send it bursting over you in jellied, semi-psychedelic waves.


Monsters Are Waiting: Fascination

Updated '80s-style mall-goth, done right.


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