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Waking Ashland | The Well (Immortal)

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Written by Jason Green Monday, 11 June 2007 14:15

cd_wakingUpon further listens, little details begin to bubble up to the surface: catchy melodies start to stick in your head, clever turns of phrase jump out of the lyrics, and subtle musical touches start to emerge from the mix.

 

 

 

 

Shellac | Excellent Italian Greyhound (Touch and Go)

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Written by David Lichius Monday, 11 June 2007 13:55

cd_shellacWith this long of a layoff, it is important to stress that Excellent Italian Greyhound is a Shellac record. There are no big surprises to be found inside.

 

 

 

 

 

   

Utah Carol | Rodeo Queen (Stomping Ground)

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Written by Kevin Renick Monday, 04 June 2007 15:10

cd_utahThis is one of the few records I've ever heard that would sound great in any situation. Driving in your car. Playing it in the background at a small dinner party. Curled up at night with your headphones on.

 

 

 

 

 

Sage Francis | Human the Death Dance (Epitaph/Strange Famous)

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Written by Chris Schott Monday, 04 June 2007 15:05

cd_sageThe songs vary in style, giving artistic dignity to the track producer while allowing Sage to share the spotlight, giving credit where credit is due—a selfless rapper, imagine that.

 

 

 

 

   

Young Kannon the Great | Get Familiar Vol.1 (Sound Mind Ent.)

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Written by Maria Kriszt Monday, 04 June 2007 14:59

He's definitely in touch with the streets on this one; this could be the new gangsta anthem.

 

 

Johnny and the Moon | Johnny and the Moon (Kill Devil Hills)

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Written by Rebecca Reardon Monday, 04 June 2007 14:56

cd_johnnymoonLike the kindergartner who refuses to quietly return the instruments to the box at the end of class time, the album ends with someone giving one last impulsive jingling of the wind chimes.

 

 

 

 

   

The Brokedowns | New Brains for Everyone (Thick)

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Written by Rebecca Reardon Saturday, 02 June 2007 06:18

cd_brokedownsMost of the songs are so short ("Who Stabbed Sean Spencer" is only a minute and 21 noisy, head-bobbing seconds long), you'll likely forgive the monotonous vocal range.

 

 

 

 

 

Witch's Hat | Real Mastery

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Written by Bob McMahon Saturday, 02 June 2007 06:11

prof_witch_smThere's some stuff stayed basically the same; there's some stuff that got major overhauls; one song got entirely re-recorded ["Space Baby"]. We went back and just made it sound a lot better. It's a more representative product.

 

 

 

 

   

The National | Boxer (Beggars Banquet)

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Written by Dave Jasmon Saturday, 02 June 2007 05:58

cd_nationalSmall observations, self-deprecating moments (Can I get a minute of not being nervous and not thinking of my dick"), and bits of conversation fill out the rest of the lyrics, lending credence to the National's more repetitive choruses, and adding a mystery that abolishes any semblance of tedium.

 

 

 

 

 

Creeping Weeds | We Are All Part of a Dream You're Having (Hot Horse!)

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Written by Rebecca Reardon Wednesday, 30 May 2007 08:55

cd_creepingFrom the first note of the catchy guitar riff of "Eternity Is a Long Time," it will remind you why you like indie music so gosh-darned much. Jangly guitars! Plaintive lyrics!

 

 

 

 

   

Parts & Labor | Mapmaker (Jagjaguwar/Brah)

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Written by Chris Schott Wednesday, 30 May 2007 08:46

cd_parts_laborWhile bands like Battles and Dungen are still being innovative and, more importantly, interesting, Parts & Labor have run out of ideas, becoming repetitive throughout the execution of Mapmaker.

 

 

 

 

 

Skeletons and the Kings of All Cities | Lucas (Ghostly Int'l.)

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Written by Kevin Renick Wednesday, 30 May 2007 08:40

cd_skeletonsSummoning a sort of ghostly, late-night vibe, Mehlan arranges these tracks like a witch at her cauldron, stirring and stirring the bubbling brew in hopes of conjuring magickal forces.

 

 

 

 

   

St. Louis KISS Expo | Bruce Kulick

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Written by Jim Ousley Wednesday, 30 May 2007 07:56

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What I learned from Gene and Paul was that they experienced all of the ups and downs in the business so they knew how to protect the band and move forward and survive in a difficult industry. They were able to deal with the record company and people who did the tours in a very tough way, because they rightfully felt that no one knew their vision like they did.

 

 

The Black Angels | Politics and Psychedelia

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Written by Glen Elkins Wednesday, 30 May 2007 07:49

prof_blackangels_smNate came up to us at a show one time in Austin and wondered if we needed a bass player and we said we didn't, so we sent him off. He came back to our show later that month and asked again and we said, "OK, you can come play bass with us." He actually recorded with us the next day.

 

 

 

 

   

Leonard Cohen | Under Review 1934-1977 (Sexy Intellectual)

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Written by Byron Kerman Tuesday, 29 May 2007 02:35

dvd_cohenCohen's supposed appreciation for the mysteries of women comes off time and again more like that of a callous braggart with a Sharpie in a men's room stall. If he wasn't one of the most gifted lyricists rock has ever known, he would be left to write with his dick. "Sexy Intellectual," indeed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Academy Is... | Freshly Scrubbed

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Written by Katie Herring Tuesday, 29 May 2007 02:20

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"There was a band called Alkaline Trio that was starting to do real well in Chicago, and they set kind of the tone of the new wave of whatever was going to come out of Chicago; that was a very important band for me. So I feel very proud and privileged I got to grow up in that particular part of the United States. I think it helped having all that music and culture around us."

   

Cobra Starship | Sent by Futuristic Reptiles to a Stage Near You

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Written by Katie Herring Tuesday, 29 May 2007 02:14

prof_cobra_smAccording to their bio, a major mission passed down to the band by the cobra is to "teach hipsters to not take themselves so seriously and to tell emo kids to stop being pussies." When asked how that was going, both Blackinton and Suarez laughed.

 

 

 

 

Sonny Smith | Fruitvale (Belle Sound)

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Written by Paul John Little Monday, 21 May 2007 10:06

cd_sonnysmithSmith half-speaks his songs in a ramble-tamble style that recalls both Lou Reed and Eels' principal Mark Oliver Everett in equal measure, an inherently hip and cynical method of delivery which lends credibility to his street-level vocabulary and seedy subjects.

 

 

 

 

   

John Boy's Courage | The Fall Precaution (s/r)

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Written by Amanda Pelle Monday, 21 May 2007 09:59

cd_jbcCoupled with emotional lyrics and sensual vocals, the end result is masterful, melodic poetry.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dinosaur Jr. | Beyond (Fat Possum)

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Written by Gabe Bullard Monday, 14 May 2007 08:52

cd_dinoThat now-classic sound is all over Beyond. The big, fuzzy riffs flow almost seamlessly from one song to the next and the not-quite whiney vocals sound just as good as ever.

 

 

 

 

   

Dungen | Tio Bitar (Kemado)

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Written by Kevin Renick Monday, 14 May 2007 08:48

cd_dungenIt's perhaps a measure of the highly evolved musical aesthetic that pervades Scandinavia that a young Swedish dude like Gustav Ejstes could better his American counterparts at recreating guitar-based psychedelic rock of the hippie era.

 

 

 

 

 

Get Myself Into It | The Rapture

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Written by Glen Elkins Monday, 14 May 2007 08:39

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The size of it really doesn't matter. What matters is if people come looking for fun or not. You can play big gigs that are horrible and you can play small gigs that are horrible, and vice versa.

 

   

White Rabbits | Fort Nightly (Say Hey)

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Written by Dave Jasmon Monday, 14 May 2007 08:06

cd_whiterabbitsThe crafting of the group's style seems more at the front of their minds than the crafting of memorable songs.

 

 

 

 

 

Joanna Newsom | Joanna Newsom and the Ys Street Band EP (Drag City)

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Written by Pete Wissinger Monday, 14 May 2007 07:47

ep_joannanThe instrumentation is a complex mixture of folk instruments which work together to create a dense array of sound.

 

 

 

 

   

The Twilight Sad | Fourteen Autumns, Fifteen Winters (Fat Cat)

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Written by Jessica Gluckman Monday, 14 May 2007 07:43

cd_twilightA rolling rim-tap forms a bridge over watery arpeggios in "Talking With Fireworks," a would-be tender song ruptured by hot-level salvos so overwhelming that even the vocals are forced to drop out until the barrage recedes.

 

 

 

 

 

Cult Cargo | Grand Bahama Goombay (The Numero Group)

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Written by Sam Levy Monday, 14 May 2007 07:39

cd_numeroHonestly, if you're a man, and it's summer, and you have a lady, and you love her, play this song. She'll kiss you right then and there.

 

 

 

 

   

Mary Timony | The Shapes We Make (Kill Rock Stars)

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Written by Laura Hamlett Monday, 14 May 2007 03:49

cd_timonyLyricism, voice melodies, and Timony's more innovative sounds have taken a backseat in Shapes, but this filler-free record is quality nonetheless and worthy of multiple plays.

 

 

 

 

 

Wilco | Sky Blue Sky (Nonesuch)

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Written by Raymee Holshouser Monday, 14 May 2007 03:32

cd_wilcoThe perfect plea, "Leave Me Like You Found Me" hearkens back to the simplest sound of Wilco, a track that could seamlessly slide onto 1999's Summerteeth.

 

 

 

 

   

Antsy McClain and the Trailer Park Troubadours | Trailercana (DRP Records)

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Written by Jason Green Wednesday, 09 May 2007 07:06

antsyThere aren't any real laugh-out-loud moments on Trailercana, but there's enough witty and clever wordplay to please anyone looking for a fun little poke at the trailer park lifestyle that us Midwesterners know so well.

 

 

Sia | Lady Croissant (Astralwerks)

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Written by Amy Burger Monday, 07 May 2007 13:40

cd_siaA soulful and unique talent, Sia has a distinctive, almost otherworldly voice.

 

 

 

 

 

   

Feist | The Reminder (Cherry Tree/Interscope)

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Written by Joe Bowman Monday, 07 May 2007 13:28

cd_feistWith The Reminder, Feist has emerged as the most solid of the rotating female vocalists from Broken Social Scene.

 

 

 

 

 

Magic Bullets | A Child But in Life Yet a Doctor in Love (Words on Music)

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Written by Jason Neubauer Monday, 30 April 2007 14:26

Songs that embody an intricate use of musical theory coupled with thoughtful lyrics make up the debut CD of this San Francisco sextet. Classic undertones of lost love and semblances of heartbreak balance out compositions of odd celebration and poignant advice for the soul-sick.

 

   

Lesbians on Ecstasy | We Know You Know (Alien8)

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Written by James Nokes Monday, 30 April 2007 14:24

Through electro beats, synth add-ins, space age mixes, and liberating lyrics, Lesbians on Ecstasy celebrate decades of womyn's movements and lesbian love.

 

 

The Book of Knots | Traineater (Anti-)

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Written by David Lichius Wednesday, 25 April 2007 14:44

cd_bookofknotsThere have been fantastic records released this year, but they all pale in comparison to Traineater. This record is that solid.

 

 

 

 

   

Various Artists | SC100 (Secretly Canadian)

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Written by Jeremy Goldmeier Wednesday, 25 April 2007 13:58

cd_sc100Each artist covers another member of the SC family, with assignments determined "via the ol' names-in-a-hat method," according to the album's press sheet.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yoko Ono | Open Your Box (Astralwerks)

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Written by Joe Bowman Wednesday, 25 April 2007 13:51

cd_onoAll premature snickering aside, the album is curiously listenable, if not utterly scatterbrained in electronic stylings.

 

 

 

 

   

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