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Thursday, November 16 2006

Earl Greyhound: Soft Targets

Calling out T. Rex, Slade and especially Led Zeppelin, this NYC trio splices monster hooks and thunderous drums to catchy glam-rocking choruses.


Eglantine Gouzy: Boamaster

Boamaster feels like an enticing pre-sexual tease, centred on cocoons, secrecy, and a dark, faintly threatening, aura of childishness.


I:Cube: Live at the Planetarium

French producer I:Cube (Nicolas Chaix) offers this set recorded live at the Planetarium de La Villette in Paris during the StarBall festival last year.


Dexter Romweber: piano

Short programme, late Romantic post-Liszt piano music, freshly composed and freshly played con amore.


Verbal Kent: Move With the Walls

In the rap world, a brush with death can be the necessary fodder to turn heads, as the chart-dazzled 50 Cent and Cam’Ron have discovered


Wednesday, November 15 2006

Lily Frost: Ciné-Magique

The fourth album from Canadian alt-pop singer-songwriter Lily Frost is an addictive delight.


Billie Holiday: God Bless the Child: The Very Best of Billie Holiday

Another insufficiently bargain-priced, too short selection from Billie Holiday's happiest years.


The You: For the Masses

The You is rough around the edges and stylistically all over the place, but Josh Verbanets' debut points to a bright future.


Daniel Santiago: On the Way

This 27-year-old Brazilian guitarist has chops to spare and some very talented friends; if it wasn’t only 35 minutes long, one could well describe On


Trentemoller: Always Something Better

Trentemoller, big man of 2005 house, gives us a taste of his forthcoming long-player in the form of a single and some remixes. “Always Something Better”


Tuesday, November 14 2006

The Places: Songs for Creeps

Singer-songwriter Amy Annelle's songs are creepy on the surface, but the good stuff lies below.


Miles Davis: Cool & Collected

While this collection is definitely cool, its primary purpose is to acquaint newbies with the legend of Miles Davis.


One Ring Zero: Wake Them Up

The concept is really intriguing, but the reality is undenaibly disappointing.


Dead Poetic: Vices

Dead Poetic is not quite a cookie-cutter rock band, mainly because there’s no blood-curdling wail in the opening minutes. Dead Poetic relies on strong


Cassy: Panorama Bar 01

Berlin and minimalism is almost a cliché at this point but the truth is, Cassy pulls it off with flair on this satisfying mix.


Monday, November 13 2006

National Eye: Roomful of Lions

Was it one of the city’s weekly papers that called National Eye Philadelphia’s version of Radiohead? Not so fast… Though National Eye have


Malena Pérez: Stars

Stars is a celebratory album, and also a happy one. Singing, "What if I told you that you're beautiful? / Would you believe?" Pérez sounds sincerely interested in the answer.


David Mallett: Midnight On The Water

Like maple syrup, a little bit of Mallett can go a long way, but this disc provides some welcome sweetness.


Autovaughn: Space

Autovaughn's Space is like modern rock radio, except indie-er.


The Ratchets: Glory Bound

On their second album, the Ratchets serve up meat and potatoes punk rock with a pinch of reggae. Unsurprisingly, they sound the Clash circa 1978.


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