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Thursday, November 9 2006

Red Sparowes: Every Red Heart Shines Towards the Red Sun

The Red Sparowes’ Every Red Heart Shines Towards the Red Sun contains elements that are driving building to elements that are fast, and the resultant

Dr. Dog: Takers and Leavers

Five guys and six songs equals 23½ minutes of rambling, lo-fidelity pop. The EP is fun in a goofy way.

Zea: Insert Parallel Universe

Copious quirk and a sense of humor. What's not to like?

Bryan Estepa: All The Bells And Whistles

Aussie artist Bryan Estepa sounds like he's grown up on a healthy dose of The Jayhawks and Uncle Tupelo.

Wednesday, November 8 2006

Dark Globe: Nostalgia for the Future

Many people claim that the members of Dark Globe created the first breakbeat album when they released Mondo Scurro, but on their latest record, Nostalgia

Inquiet: Yé-Yé Bears

Which genre does this belong to? Naif-noise?

No Wait Wait: About You

The dark About You is at its best when it mixes fragile country-rock in with the bigger pop-rock sound.

Popup: Lucy, What You Trying To Say?

The Glasgow pop/art/rock band offers a two-track teaser.

Sol’Jibe: Marinero

Do not write these guys off just because they are a world music jam-band from Las Vegas; they are actually really good, quite ambitious, and

Tuesday, November 7 2006

The Carolina Chocolate Drops: Dona Got a Ramblin Mind

This young trio is dedicated to carrying on the traditions of the African-American fiddle and banjo music that hails, as they do, from the piedmont of North Carolina.

Isis + Aereogramme: In The Fishtank 14

In their ongoing In the Fishtank series, the good people at Konkurrent have once again brought together two unlikely bands for a collaborative recording. In

Chamellows: Rat Hearts

It's the sound of decay, and of deliberate destruction; it's the musical equivalent of those artworks for which the artist draws a picture and then scribbles over it, or piles up an assemblage of rubbish and branches.

The Defectors: Give In And Creep Out With The Defectors

If you own the Defectors’ 2004 release, Turn Me On!, you’d be forgiven for thinking you were experienceing deja vu while reading about Give In

Ronnie Day: The Album

Ronnie Day’s second album is along the lines of fellow younger musicians like Teddy Geiger. But it doesn’t distract from the fact he

Monday, November 6 2006

The Bird and the Bee: Again and Again and Again and Again

Gorgeous and easy female-vocal pop debut EP bodes well for the 2007 full-length.

Feathers: Synchromy

This mixture of solid groove and irregular sounds almost becomes as good as it keeps suggesting it could be.

Various Artists: Live at the Cedar

All of the tracks were recorded at Cedar concerts and none of them sound as if they've been thrown in just to get a famous name on the cover.

Buffalo Killers: Buffalo Killers

Buffalo Killers' music is mired in a style that makes you think there is something wrong with the speed of the album.

Yip-Yip: In the Reptile House

The goggled wonders actually put out a CD that has memorable style and memorable music!


The Canadian Daft Punk won't be topping Discovery anytime soon.

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Authenticity Issues and the New Intimacies

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"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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