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Barr | Summary (5 Rue Christine)

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Written by James Nokes Monday, 09 April 2007 15:18

cd_barrWhat listeners have with Summary is a raw, uncensored cut of what could certainly use some severe translation

 

 

 

 

 

Swati | Small Gods (Bluhammock Music, LLC)

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Written by James Nokes Monday, 09 April 2007 15:14

cd_swatiA satisfying mix of discordant sounds, slurry lyricism, and frenetic chords

 

 

 

 

 

   

New Young Pony Club | s/t EP (Modular)

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Written by James Nokes Monday, 09 April 2007 15:08

cd_ponyclubJerk-funk candy fantasias with a dollop of homoeroticism

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other Men | Wake Up Swimming (Robcore)

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Written by David Lichius Monday, 09 April 2007 14:56

cd_othermenWith ex-HV comrades Manolo Turner on drums and Travis Nelson handling the guitar duties, Other Men have turned away from the fractured and discordant heaviness of HV in favor of a decidedly more poppy and compact style.

 

 

 

 

   

Minibar | Desert After Rain (s/r)

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Written by Jason Green Monday, 09 April 2007 14:50

cd_minibarThe band's self-produced, self-released third album makes it clear that Minibar never needed a big label in the first place.

 

 

 

 

 

Kings of Leon | Because of the Times (RCA)

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Written by Dave Jasmon Monday, 09 April 2007 14:42

cd_kingsKings of Leon still sound like no one else, mostly due to Caleb's literally instrumental vocals, but this is their first effort to see such decided growth.

 

 

 

 

   

Small Sails | Similar Anniversaries (Other Electricities)

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Sunday, 08 April 2007 11:05

similarIt's primarily instrumental, but with some kind of humming or background vocals on most of the tracks. This gives the album a unique flavor - sort of a mix of French soundtrack music and the lighter side of Chicago post-rock.

 

 

 

 

The Poison Arrows | Straight Into the Drift (File Thirteen)

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Sunday, 08 April 2007 10:54

poisonGuitars dominate, but in an improvised, Interstellar Overdrive sort of way (in fact, the spirit of early Pink Floyd lurks among the drone and creative percussion of "Clear Cut"), leaving the blazingly off-kilter rhythm section to do oddly interesting things.

 

 

   

Electrelane | “6 Cut And Run”

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Sunday, 08 April 2007 10:51

electrelaneElectrelane is an all-girl four-piece rock band, and this is their love song. What is immediately catchy is Verity Susman's hopeless tone in her vocals. The failed love and awkward desperation are so relatable, realistic, and accurate, the lyrics read like a diary.

 

 

 

The Day After | Love-O-Rama and a Hope for Valentines

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Sunday, 08 April 2007 10:25

love2"The show," Loveless added, "encourages audience members to question everything, think for themselves, fuck the media, and create what they want."

 

 

 

 

   

Todd Carey | Watching Waiting (Inspiration Factory)

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Written by Amanda Pelle Sunday, 08 April 2007 10:13

Carey's radio-ready persona projects more than just a voice that could melt Antarctica; his boy-next-door baby face will surely win the hearts of a captivated audience in this eye-candy infatuated musical era.

 

 

Son Volt | It's All in the Search

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Written by Amy Burger Saturday, 07 April 2007 16:00

 sonvolt

"I guess I'm inescapably a product of the Midwest," he says. "There's an element of wanting to write about what you know about. St. Louis just has a character and a history that interests me and, also, is familiar with me."

 

  

   

Serengeti | Noticeably Negro (Audio 8)

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Written by Bob McMahon Sunday, 01 April 2007 14:19

As on past releases, Serengeti is alternately political, abstract, hilarious, and goofy. He sounds equally convincing rapping cynical critiques as he does silly witticisms.

 

 

Let's Go Sailing | The Chaos In Order (Yardley Pop)

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Written by Pete Wissinger Wednesday, 28 March 2007 14:54

cd_sailingLevy has taken the atmosphere of Belle and Sebastian's If You're Felling Sinister and combined it with the feelings of the kid who got picked last for kickball.

 

 

 

 

   

Kate Havnevik | Melankton (Continentica/Universal)

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Written by Kevin Renick Wednesday, 28 March 2007 14:52

cd_havrenikHavnevik has the touch, apparently, but knowing the little details about her past hardly prepares you for the vibrant, gorgeous sound of her debut.

 

 

 

 

 

John Taglieri | Wide Awake & Dreaming (s/r)

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Written by Amanda Pelle Wednesday, 28 March 2007 14:29

cd_taglieriAt best, Taglieri's musical abilities, especially those portrayed in "Wide Awake & Dreaming," the album's namesake, might be suitable for a modern church choir.

 

 

 

 

   

Vandaveer | Grace & Speed (Gypsy Eyes)

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Written by Dave Jasmon Wednesday, 28 March 2007 14:23

cd_vandaveer_0327One only needs to look to the masterful construction of "However Many Takes It Takes" to see that Heidinger feels the genre in his bones, as his learned tone confidently suggests that Vandaveer is worth a listen, that his stories are worth being heard.

 

 

 

 

 

The Ghost of Sly Stone

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Tuesday, 27 March 2007 13:37

sly2 In celebration of the group's 40th anniversary, Epic/Legacy Records has deemed it the right time to reissue Sly & The Family Stone's seven LPs, with the usual digital re-mastering, revised liner notes, and bonus tracks included. These new CD packages provide a thorough look at the birth and death of Sly Stone's American dream.

 

 

 

 

   

Dozemarypool | Three Pieces (s/r)

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Tuesday, 27 March 2007 13:34

threepiecesThree Pieces wanders between atmosphere and thrash, the three members providing a formidable aural assault.

 

 

 

The Asteroid #4 | An Amazing Dream (Rainbow Quartz)

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Tuesday, 27 March 2007 13:26

amazingdreamWhile the occasional finger-picked acoustic guitar comes through crystal clear, every other instrument is drenched in echo, including Scott Vitt's everyman vocals.

 

 

   

The Old Ceremony | Our One Mistake (Sona Blast)

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Tuesday, 27 March 2007 13:20

oldceremonyThe band chooses its battles wisely as, for once, marimbas and vibes are used apporpriately.

 

 

 

The Eames Era | Heroes + Sheroes (s/r)

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Tuesday, 27 March 2007 13:15

eamesApparently, "twee" is "known for simple, sweet melodies and lyrics, often combined with jangling guitars."

 

 

   

Piss Shit Fuck | Use Your Delusion (Tent City)

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Tuesday, 27 March 2007 12:56

psf The music itself isn't really good by any means, but it makes a statement - probably. It's fast, it's loud, it's, like, "totally hardcore, dude."

 

 

 

Ada Jane | Never Been Better (P.A.W.)

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Written by Jason Green Monday, 26 March 2007 13:45

cd_adajane"On Your Level," the second track on Never Been Better, has the underdog anthem qualities of classic Replacements, Matt Marka singing in a rough-throated howl over guitars that have the wild fury of Bob Stinson but the lo-fi buzz of Hüsker Dü-era Bob Mould.

 

 

 

 

   

Air | Pocket Symphony (Astralwerks)

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Written by Kevin Renick Monday, 26 March 2007 08:43

cd_airPocket Symphony is eminently listenable, as long as you're not expecting to rock out or looking for retreads of "Moon Safari."

 

 

 

 

 

Albert Hammond Jr. | Yours to Keep (New Line)

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Written by Dave Jasmon Monday, 26 March 2007 08:25

cd_albertHammond proves plenty capable, suggesting that it may be time for Casablancas to loosen the band's collaborative strings.

 

 

 

 

   

Feist | "1 2 3 4"

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Written by Joe O'Fallon Monday, 26 March 2007 08:14

feistIn the "Sally's Song" version (which lyrics I prefer) and the album version, teenage boys "too scared to own up to one little lie" confuse Leslie.

 

 

Andrew Bird | Armchair Apocrypha (Fat Possum)

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Written by Dave Jasmon Friday, 23 March 2007 03:48

armchairbirdWhile Bird's live performances serve as a landscape for rewriting his songs, as well as artistic experimentation, the 33-year-old Illinoisan has found stability in the studio, a place where his beauteous forms and melodies come to harbor.

 

   

Modest Mouse | We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank (Epic)

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Written by Dave Jasmon Friday, 23 March 2007 03:37

weweredeadmouseOn "Parting of the Sensory," a sleepy acoustic is held up by rhythmic claps before jumping into a hoot-and-holler romp, and "We've Got Everything" employs Mercer's yelp to bring the album's most danceable song a little light-hearted charm.

 

 

Trans Am | Sex Change (Thrill Jockey)

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Wednesday, 21 March 2007 15:24

sexchangeAdmittedly they have dropped some rather forgetful releases in their history, but picking out which records are their worst (my vote goes for 2002's TA) is liable to stir up arguments voicing the exact opposite opinion. Also, simply describing the band without disagreements is a true rarity. Welcome to the world of the Trans Am fan.

 

 

   

Shaw/Blades | Influence (VH1 Classic)

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Wednesday, 21 March 2007 15:12

influencesThe pair have sold millions of records between them, Shaw as the singer/guitarist of Styx and the writer of all that band's best songs ("Renegade," for example) and Blades as the singer/bassist of hair band giants Night Ranger, but neither has had a hit since 1 B.C. (Before Cobain), making a grasp at recapturing their glory with a covers album pretty much an inevitability.

 

 

 

+ 44 | When Your Heart Stops Beating (Interscope)

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Wednesday, 21 March 2007 14:58

44If his new band's debut album is any indication, Blink bassist Mark Hoppus didn't take the breakup all that well. "Please understand/ This isn't just goodbye/ This is I can't stand you" he wails on the dark "No, It Isn't."

 

 

   

The Greencards | Viridian (Dualtone)

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Wednesday, 21 March 2007 14:43

viridianRefreshingly, the Greencards are neither hidebound by bluegrass traditions nor divorced from them. Combining Anglo and American, folk and popular, the separate influences upon their sound are apparent but never dominant.

 

 

 

 

The Noisettes | What's the Time Mr Wolf? (Universal)

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Wednesday, 21 March 2007 14:36

mrwolfReleased much later than originally anticipated, the Noisette's first LP is a truly a priceless pearl embedded into a normal-looking oyster.

 

 

 

   

Mezzanine Owls | Slingshot Echoes (s/r)

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Wednesday, 21 March 2007 14:31

mezzanineowlsTheir undeniable talent gives them accessibility to a plethora of musical opportunities.

 

 

 

 

Lovedrug | Everything Starts Where It Ends (The Militia Group)

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Wednesday, 21 March 2007 14:25

lovedrugLead singer Michael Shepard confusingly ooohs and aaahs for about a minute, then returns to the chorus.

 

 

 

   

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