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Friday, August 11 2006

Funnkoars: The Greatest Hits

It’s no surprise Funkoars haven’t hit the mainstream, even in Australia: their brand of smut-hop is even more obscene than gross-out A-hop kings


The Unwed Sailor: Circles

This two-song, 16-minute EP is the first batch of new material for this eclectic, artsy ensemble. The first song entitled “Circles 1: Mist” is a slow


Various Artists: Project: Bicycle

A fascinating examination of how different people can interpret one single sample.


Thursday, August 10 2006

Various Artists: My Old Man: A Tribute To Steve Goodman

This spare, folkie homage to the Chicago singer-songwriter Goodman, who died in 1984, was constructed by his daughter Rosanna, a musician in her own right who


Creatures of the Golden Dawn: An Incident at Owl Creek Bridge

The Creatures of the Golden Dawn seem perfectly content to be a band outside of time. Their convincing psychedelic garage sound would’ve landed them


Vanna: The Search Party Never Came

Emocore needs an act like Thrice, a creative band capable of crossing over from the adolescent crowd to mainstream rock. What emocore doesn’t need


The Shapes: The Shapes

It’s exciting to find an unsigned band who are on the verge of making it. This tingly vibe is currently attached to New York


Struggle in the Hive: Struggle in the Hive

The tandem of Nigel Jeffrey and B Patric has created some decent tunes on this self-titled release. Easily comparable to early Pink Floyd tracks like “


Wednesday, August 9 2006

Scholar & TrueBLESS: The Love Freedom Movement

If Scholar & TrueBLESS could make a feature film, I’d bet half my CD collection it would be a parody of Quentin Tarantino’s


Sandoz: Live in the Earth - Sandoz in Dub Chapter 2

Bill Laswell took his jazz roots to dub with his RadioAxiome project collaboration with Jah Wobble. Now Richard Kirk, founder of ‘70s industrial post-punk outfit


Astral Doors: Astralism

Old school metal fans, you are going to like this. They might be from Sweden, but Astral Doors has mastered the classic heavy metal sound


Forget Cassettes: Salt

Unhinged, but in control. Guitarist, songwriter, and frontwoman Beth Cameron sings from the edge, nearly teetering over, and then snapping back. She’s an alt-Mary


Sad Girl: Twenty Years

Tommy Swerdlow wrote the script for the John Candy comedy Cool Runnings years ago. So why is he now with his wife issuing an album?


Tuesday, August 8 2006

Calling All Monsters: The Traps That Work Best

Sweaty, noisy, punk rock music has returned in the form of Calling All Monsters. These four lads from San Fransisco have stripped away a lot


Liars: The Other Side of Mount Heart Attack [CD-single]

So you’re a fan of Liars; you’ve been digging their album Drum’s Not Dead for months; you know how beautiful and naï


The Polkaholics: Polka Über Alles

I like the idea of The Polkaholics—polka punkers who like to party—because a lot of the lousy fast punk songs I’ve heard


The Payola Reserve: One Long Apology

From the bland soft-rocker that opens it to the bland ballad that closes it, One Long Apology certainly doesn’t lack in consistency. Unfortunately, it


Dead to Me: Cuban Ballerina

Featuring former members of punk group One Man Army, Dead to Me’s debut album isn’t that different from Cal-punk bands you can buy


Monday, August 7 2006

Black Fiction: Ghost Ride

You could peg San Francisco’s Black Fiction as another skewed member of the freak folktronica tribe, residing just down the hall from Tunng and


The Cosmopolitans: Wild Moose Party

This album revisits a lost group described by the Village Voice as “New Wave pom-pom girls with brains.” The band, which lasted for roughly a


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