Thursday, November 30 2006
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.
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,
Raw post-punk from Japanese/American group is, almost, compelling.
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 occupies a space of the experimental electronic spectrum somewhere between the eight-bit screech of Dat Politic (with whom they’ve appeared on old
Remember? This shit should be fun.
Despite some highlights, the mix never really takes off
An intense, beautifully dark rock album that evokes the Pretenders and PJ Harvey.
This group has much to say, but lacks the right words to say it all.
One musician's method for converting the ladies and curing heavy metal loneliness.
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.
Could we really have been expecting them to top the Buddha Machine?
Tuesday, November 28 2006
You need more than just dub to differentiate yourself from the host of Australian hip hoppers making CDs in their b-e-drooms.
An all too lightweight release from a so-called supergroup.
The Horrors formula is ridiculously simple: they’re simply a modern update of the weird “96 Tears” crooners ? & the Mysterians. A little bit of
Ex-Cocteau Twin follows up his recent solo album with four more lush instrumentals that sound just like his old band without the words.
Two Five couldn't out-rap my grandma.
Monday, November 27 2006
The Close used to sound like a band anxious to be discovered, but on Sun, Burn, they sound a little like one that hasn't been.
Jason Darling grew up around Woodstock. Yes, the older Woodstock, not the “mud people” NIN-memorable version. But don’t let that fool you, there’s
O’Donnell was a significant part of the Cure until his unceremonious ouster by Robert Smith in 2005; he created synthesizer textures, as well as contributed