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Wednesday, October 11 2006

The Purrs: The Purrs

Oh, right. Now I remember why I get excited to try out new music. Its’ because, sometimes, that CD I took a chance on will


The Life Force Trio: Living Room

The Life Force Trio is the lifeblood of one Carlos Nino and some of his like-minded jazz / funk / fusion / pop comrades. And as a result,


Cale Parks: Illuminated Manuscript

The idea itself sounds like quite a bit of fun, but there's precious little humor to be found.


Tuesday, October 10 2006

Fresh Mowed Lawn: Fresh Mowed Lawn

I wasn’t sure what to make of Fresh Mowed Lawn during the initial moments, but following a lush opening, the group hits its stride


The Paper Chase: Now You Are One of Us

Strange, ominous, and engaging, the Paper Chase coufound and captivate.


Michael Zapruders Rain of Frogs: New Ways of Letting Go

It's a bit tedious, but Michael Zapruder's latest album is also very, very pretty.


Grave Digger: 25 to Live

A good performance is derailed somewhat by an inferior package.


With Throats as Fine as Needles: With Throats as Fine as Needles

Organic and grimy, yet noisily industrial, music from an abandoned bunker in New Zealand makes you look at the world a little bit differently.


Monday, October 9 2006

Various Artists: Seven Dead Roses Vol. 1

Maybe these performers do some fine stuff on their own albums, but this sampler isn't ideal.


The Citizens: Post Cro-Magnon Drift

The Citizens haven't done it yet, but they're about to hit their strange stride.


The Brass Kings: The Brass Kings

The Brass Kings conjure up a unique multicultural musical fusion, one that sounds like very little of what gets labeled "Americana". And thank goodness for that.


Massiv in Mensch: Klang der Unterblichkeit

The so-called "darkravers" do their scary darkravey-like thing for six tracks on this iTunes-exclusive EP.


Halifax: The Inevitablility of a Strange World

Never before in my years of being a music critic have I walked away from an album with not a single track to recommend. Congratulations Halifax: you're the first.


Sunday, October 8 2006

Hour of the Wolf: Power of the Wolf

The Hour of the Wolf’s EP isn’t an hour long, rather a third of that duration. Nonetheless, they do have some power over


Friday, October 6 2006

Thomas Dybdahl: One Day Youll Dance For Me, New York City

Norwegian singer-songwriter makes good with New York City.


Black Helicopter: Invisible Jet

Bored indie rockers never take flight on debut.


Hairshirt: Lover Politician

Neither itchy, uncomfortable, nor R.E.M., this EP is a solid if middle of the road mix of '80s influences.


Various Artists: Bargrooves Citrus

Another solid, if not groundbreaking, dose of jazzy/soulful house from Ben Sowton and Co.


Thursday, October 5 2006

Before the Dawn: The Ghost

Death metal isn’t really my cup of tea, but if it’s done properly, it can even cause some minor, occasional, sporadic head-banging on


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