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Monday, October 30 2006

Michelle Anthony: frozenstarpalace

A solid and varied release from an emerging talent.


DFA: Remixes: Chapter Two

These tracks seem only as long as the groove demands, but the groove demands long, long tracks.


Guther: Sundet

Pleasant and charming, it's a winning style that seems timeless.


Various Artists: Tiny Idols, Volume 2

Who knew decade-old, long-gone indie pop could sound so fresh?


Sunday, October 29 2006

Elanors: Movements

Elanors consists of some members of Judah Johnson, however they are quite different than that group. Spacy, atmospheric, and very consistent, this group creates very


Bola: Shapes

Context:  six years ago, IDM enthusiasts were perplexed and intrigued by an ultra-limited 300-copy triple vinyl release on Skam (original home of Boards of


Pepper: No Shame

The Hawaiian reggae-rockers try to lighten the national mood. For the most part, they succeed.


Diamonds in the Rough: Diamonds in the Rough

The Soundtrack of Our Lives are working on new material, so this will have to do until the next time that big teddy bear Ebbot,


Friday, October 27 2006

Awesome Color: Awesome Color

It's aggressive, energetic music, but also rather one-dimensional, nowhere near as colorful as the name implies.


Superhopper: Party Killers

Short but incredibly sweet, this slice of rock leaves you wanting only for more.


The Bamboo Kids: Feel Like Hell

Kicking punk garage follow-up from NYC's criminally underrated Bamboo Kids... this time with a political edge.


Over It: Step Outside Yourself

Despite some decent songwriting chops, too much of this California punk pop sounds bland.


Ecstatic Sunshine: Freckle Wars

Frantic and riff-packed instrumental guitar album with ideas and challenges for the adventurous listener.


Thursday, October 26 2006

Hisato Higuchi: Dialogue

There's a delicacy here that you suspect would be violated by anything so vulgar as a lyric.


Benni Hemm Hemm: Benni Hemm Hemm

As a reminder of the intrepid, home-made spirit of much Icelandic music and the varied uses to which folk can be put, it's an interesting CD to have around.


The Briggs: Back to Higher Ground

Pop-punk band treads familiar ground, but with enough skill and energy to have some highlights.


Westbound Train: Transitions

Ska-soul done well and done right is always a good time.


Wednesday, October 25 2006

Sisters Euclid: Run Neil Run

Instrumental tribute to Neil Young displays a lot of talent, but maintains only a modicum of interest.


Band Ane: Anish Music

Ane Oestergaard is restless and inquisitive and can't leave things alone -- she's compelled to fiddle.


De Rosa: Mend

European pop band carries on the torch for the Delgados.


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