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Tuesday, October 24 2006

Parenthetical Girls: Safe as Houses

This is dark, challenging, ugly, pretty pop music.


Hella: Acoustics

Ready or not, here comes math-folk, with Hella killing you softly.


The Avett Brothers: The Gleam

Though this release finds the band exploring quieter territory, there's a tangible intensity throughout many of these songs.


The Sadies: Tales of the Rat Fink

The Sadies have no interest in making exceptional music, which is, of course, how really fun records get made.


Maps of Norway: Sister Stations

Electro-pop and guitar rock merge in a powerful combination.


Beach House: Beach House

Baltimore duo spins soft vocals, electrified keyboards and mechanical percussion into pearlized fogs of melancholy pop.


Monday, October 23 2006

Cat Scientist: Cicada

Fun and bouncy, it's great if punchy humor is to your tastes, but otherwise will seem overwhelmingly cutesy.


Ryan Scott: Five OClock News

Slow, soulful and somewhat bittersweet, Ryan Scott’s first effort is the lovable title track that sounds a bit like The Twilight Singers, John Mayer


Astronautalis: Mighty Ocean and Nine Dark Theaters

Astronautalis continues to keep one foot in hip-hop and one in indie, as he searches for meaning in an alien world.


Colour Revolt: Colour Revolt EP

Colour Revolt, a new band out of Oxford, Mississippi, get a re-release of their debut EP through Tiny Evil after a limited release at the


Friday, October 20 2006

Myra Melford: The Image of Your Body

If you like a little hard-hitting adventure in your jazz, this album is artful and intelligent. And, oh yes, it definitely swings.


Devastations: Coal

Devastations, a band of Australians living in Berlin, attempt the depth of the Dirty Three and Liars on their sophomore album, Coal—and end up


Branches: Grown In You

As the name implies, this band's tree has many roots and varied shoots.


Theo Angell: Dearly Beloved

Hall of Fame founder Theo Angell mines deep lodes of folk, blues and spiritual music in this eccentrically powerful solo album.


The Drugstore Cowboys: Chapter 3006

Electroclash or industrial, either way, there's a little too much drugstore and not enough cowboy here.


Thursday, October 19 2006

Lindstrom: Its a Feedelity Affair

It’s hard to believe this is Lindstrom’s debut; but then again, it’s really a collection of previously released vinyl singles. Nice to


Miss Violetta Beauregarde: Odi Profanum Vulgus Et Arceo

I love you Miss Violetta Beauregarde! Even though you probably don’t love me because you are an Italian punk rocker electronic yelling girl who


The Anderson Council: The Fall Parade

Superlative paisley pop with swirling guitars, buoyant bass lines and sunny vocal harmonies...the only thing different is that the girls wearing go-go boots are killers.


Wordburglar: Burglaritis

If nothing else, the boy's got spunk.


Beaten Awake: Lets Get Simplified

Indie collaboration group mixes it up for mostly good results.


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