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Wednesday, November 22 2006

Born Ruffians: Born Ruffians

Promising start from charming (if young) Toronto indie-rock Brock-worshippers.

Born Ruffians: Born Ruffians

Warp Records continue to dip their toes into decidedly un-electronic waters, with their latest signing, Born Ruffians. Hailing from Toronto, this trio unleash short, crisp

Eric Chenaux: Dull Lights

Desolation never tasted so sweet.

New London Fire: I Sing the Body Holographic

Electro-pop with a combination of Depeche Mode aesthetics and Oasis sensibilities.

Tuesday, November 21 2006

The Low Lows: Fire on the Bright Sky

On their final album, the duo of Parker & Lily recorded a ballad called “The Low Lows”, all shivery keyboards, barely breathed, slumberous vocals and

MXPX: Let’s Rock

MXPX rocks hard, and sometimes hardly rocks.

Third Wheel: On Account of the Atmosphere

Chicago’s Third Wheel was founded by two life-long friends, Jeremy Babcock and Shawn Schlag, who’ve been performing under that moniker for over a

Inca Ore: The Birds in the Bushes

Inca Ore and Lemon Bear get together and put on a clinic in difficult listening.

Monday, November 20 2006

El Michels Affair: The PJs

Chef Raekwon gets the live treatment.

Sunday, November 19 2006

Daughters: Hell Songs

In which our heroes learn that one doesn't have to be screaming all the time to make great grindcore.

Zombie Nation: Black Toys

Zombie Nation's new disc almost finds a place between indie-centric heavy metal disco and more commercial minded electro.

Hotspur: Beta

This is a debut? Somebody sign these guys already!

The Weird Weeds: Weird Feelings

Rarely does an album with as little sound as Weird Feelings by the Weird Weeds require so much effort from listeners. Actually, few albums have

Natalie: Everything New

If you like disposable Top 40 R&B pop, Natalie's Everything New will satisfy your sweet tooth.

Thursday, November 16 2006

Songs of Green Pheasant: Aerial Days

Collection of home recordings and rare tracks is intermittently beautiful, but not a cohesive entry point for non-fans of Songs of Green Pheasant

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.

Wednesday, November 15 2006

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

//Mixed media

Authenticity Issues and the New Intimacies

// Marginal Utility

"The social-media companies have largely succeeded in persuading users of their platforms' neutrality. What we fail to see is that these new identities are no less contingent and dictated to us then the ones circumscribed by tradition; only now the constraints are imposed by for-profit companies in explicit service of gain.

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