Tuesday, October 10 2006
Organic and grimy, yet noisily industrial, music from an abandoned bunker in New Zealand makes you look at the world a little bit differently.
Maybe these performers do some fine stuff on their own albums, but this sampler isn't ideal.
Monday, October 9 2006
The Citizens haven't done it yet, but they're about to hit their strange stride.
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.
The so-called "darkravers" do their scary darkravey-like thing for six tracks on this iTunes-exclusive EP.
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.
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 the course…
Friday, October 6 2006
Norwegian singer-songwriter makes good with New York City.
Bored indie rockers never take flight on debut.
Neither itchy, uncomfortable, nor R.E.M., this EP is a solid if middle of the road mix of '80s influences.
Another solid, if not groundbreaking, dose of jazzy/soulful house from Ben Sowton and Co.
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 my part.…
Thursday, October 5 2006
Leave it to a Texan to bring back dirty, industrial-edged, boot-stompin' techno.
Ex-Pavement drummer seeks ecstasy in whiskey, weed, sunshine, God, and fuzzy guitars... but never loses his sense of humor about it.
To be fair, a remix disc isn't perhaps the best introduction to an electronic musician's work.
Good things on the horizon from rap's refugee camp.
It’s a hit and miss album though, with “Pussy Titty” and “Pussy Heaven” futile attempts at comedy.
Wednesday, October 4 2006
Motion Man excels by expanding his boundaries without throwing them out entirely.
Fans of post-Beatles pop from Big Star to Spoon should check out this very good sophomore album from Minnesota's the Vestals.
What should sound brutal sounds far too safe for its own good.