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Wut Metaphysical | Last of the Metaphysical Poets (s/r)

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Written by Jon Rayfield Friday, 02 March 2007 08:56

wutmetaphysicalThe production is dark and raw, reminiscent of Company Flow.

 

 

 

 

 

Big Business | Here Come the Waterworks (Hydrahead)

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Written by David Lichius Friday, 02 March 2007 08:51

bigbusinessWhile Waterworks contains multiple tracks of heavy, low-pitch bass rumblings that fans will surely recognize, this disc also finds Big Business exploring more melodic territories.

 

 

 

 

   

Eleni Mandell | Miracle of Five (zedtone)

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Thursday, 01 March 2007 08:51

mandellMandell writes nice uncomplicated songs that are sticky - they stay with you.

 

 

 

 

 

The Western States Motel | S/T (Firebird Field Recordings)

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Thursday, 01 March 2007 08:37

westernThe music appears to float above the fray and combines with searching lyrics (not searching too hard, mind you) that assures us this band will never make eye contact.

 

 

 

   

P.O.S. Will Knock You On Your Ass

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Written by Jon Rayfield Tuesday, 27 February 2007 11:22

pos

...when you deliver a song you want that song to have a clean, cohesive package, and these days, for me anyway, I like the idea of having a clean, cohesive album. Too much combination could take away from the album, make the album feel more like a compilation, you know? It's just a matter of figuring out the right way to do it.

 

Roddy Woomble | My Secret Is My Silence (Pure UK/import only)

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Written by Laura Hamlett Monday, 26 February 2007 14:17

cd_woomble"It makes me feel free to do anything," Woomble sings on "Every Line of a Long Moment," and I can't help but think, yes, that's what a good song will do.

 

 

 

 

 

   

Son Volt | The Search (Transmit Sound/Legacy)

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Written by C. Saathoff Monday, 26 February 2007 14:13

cd_sonvolt...a guitar-rocker laced with social and political commentary that continues right where 2005's Okemah and the Melody of Riot left off.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Brent Amaker and the Rodeo (J-Shirt)

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Written by Kevin Renick Monday, 26 February 2007 14:09

cd_amaker"Sissy New Age Cowboy" lets you know what Amaker thinks of designer-wearin' C&W posers ("the Rodeo is here to kick your ass").

 

 

 

 

   

Martha Berner | Ten Tiny Little Pieces EP (Machine)

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Written by Jeffrey Smith Monday, 26 February 2007 14:06

It is truly a daunting task to rise above the glut of singers with guitars draped off their shoulder.

 

 

Keller Williams | Dream (Sci Fidelity)

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Written by Amy Burger Monday, 26 February 2007 14:02

cd_kellerThe opening song, "Play This," is a real departure from Williams' generally laid-back, "jammy" sound, with a punk-inspired, hard guitar opening and funky, Flea-like bass riffs throughout.

 

 

 

 

 

   

Green Pitch | Ace of Hearts (Funzalo)

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Written by Jeffrey Smith Monday, 26 February 2007 13:51

Garfield glides fragilely from end to end throughout Ace of Hearts, sometime alone, sometimes alongside guitarist/vocalist Ste Rasch.

 

 

Broken Land | Audio Postcard (s/r)

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Written by Jeffrey Smith Monday, 26 February 2007 13:47

Broken Land say they have their sights set on a new territory called hindie rock: Hindustani rhythms and alternate tunings uniting under a rock and punk flag.

 

   

Bang Gang | Something Wrong (From Nowhere)

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Written by Dave Jasmon Monday, 26 February 2007 13:41

The clearest candidate for a universal favorite lies in the Johannsson-sung "It's Alright," an acoustic-driven piece built around smooth, echoing vocals, harmonic expansion, and beautifully sincere lyrics.

 

 

Mighty Fairly | Perfectly Good Airplanes (s/r)

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Written by Amanda Pelle Monday, 26 February 2007 13:36

mighty"Faithful and blind/ You finish me off like a sentence."

 

 

 

 

   

The Dirty Novels | Pack Your Pistols (s/r)

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Written by Kaylen Hoffman Monday, 26 February 2007 13:32

pack "Audience Reaction" has the quaint thoughts of, "If you go down on me/ I'll go down on you." So not the cute lyrics I was expecting. At all.

 

 

The Sterns | Sinners Stick Together (Omnirox)

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Written by Jeffrey Smith Monday, 26 February 2007 13:22

"Supreme Girl" is a love song based on our lovely President George Bush and one-time Supreme Court nominee Harriet Myers.

 

   

Dr. Dog | We All Belong (Park the Van)

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Written by Dave Jasmon Saturday, 24 February 2007 09:34

cd_drdogThese five Pennsylvanian dudes are musically old souls, Cro-magnons in the midst of their psychedelic peers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Shins' Baggage

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Written by Dave Jasmon Saturday, 24 February 2007 09:29

shins 

The Shins, St. Louis, 2007. PHOTO: Todd Owyoung (more photos in the Photo Gallery)

Fighting in a Blown-Up Paper Sack with Dave Hernandez of the Shins
"There's a contrast between the negative lyrics and, like, chirpy birds and rainbows and sparkles. I think that's more of a menacing outlook than watching something really, really horribly depressing or listening to some really, really negative stuff that sounds like the devil. It's something more vicious."

 

   

Hella | There's No 666 in Outer Space (Ipecac Records)

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Written by David Lichius Wednesday, 21 February 2007 03:32

cd_hellaWhile Hella's previous output of no-wave guitar/drum weirdness had enough elbow room for some well-placed chirping, having Aaron Ross on the microphone full time has resulted in a major shift in the band's song structure.

 

 

 

 

Finger Eleven | Them vs. You vs. Me (Wind-Up)

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Written by Aaron Brummet Wednesday, 21 February 2007 03:01

cd_finger11While there are no extreme departures from their bouncy modern rock norm, nearly every track shows hints of evolution.

 

 

 

 

 

   

Golden Ball | The Antique Barking Swirls of Dawn (Honeymoon Music)

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Written by Kevin Renick Wednesday, 21 February 2007 02:52

cd_goldenball8. Golden Ball won the Philadelphia City Paper 2005 Choice award for "Best Weird Band." I'm inclined to give them that same commendation right now.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Good Shoes | The Photos on My Wall (Brille)

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Written by Laura Hamlett Wednesday, 21 February 2007 02:44

cd_goodshoeswe play danceable, shed rehearsed guitar music. we like to dance, drink, draw, pretend to be on a mobile phone whilst we are not, write songs, dance.

 

   

[Labo Labs] Cristian Huepe | Blue Line (Loud Dust Recordings)

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Written by Kevin Renick Wednesday, 21 February 2007 02:37

Are "pounding drums" and "squiggly synth sounds" what come from long hours contemplating the hidden mysteries of space and particulate matter?

 

 

My Brightest Diamond | Tear It Down (Asthmatic Kitty)

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Written by Aaron Brummet Wednesday, 21 February 2007 02:34

cd_mbdShara Worden's voice could be put on top of Gilbert Gottfried and a pack of dying howler monkeys and still sound five steps past amazing.

 

 

 

 

 

   

Jesu | Conqueror (Hydrahead)

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Written by David Lichius Tuesday, 20 February 2007 14:25

cd_jesuOwing a great deal to the statuesque genre known as shoegazing, Conqueror may lack a bit in hooks and shifts, but makes it up thanks to low key vocals and song-crafting.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Eastern Conference Champions | Nice Clean Shirt single (Fontana/Geffen)

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Written by Laura Hamlett Sunday, 18 February 2007 07:05

Eastern Conference Champions is a trio that sounds thoroughly British yet hails from Pennsylvania.

 

   

Jacob Miller | Who We Are (Dogleg)

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Written by Laura Hamlett Sunday, 18 February 2007 06:51

cd_jacobmillerMiller's just a kid, really, and he's working with former Atlantic Records president Ron Shapiro, among others. And I like him anyway.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bright Eyes | Four Winds EP (Saddle Creek)

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Written by Laura Hamlett Sunday, 18 February 2007 06:03

cd_brighteyesWith Four Winds EP, Bright Eyes' first new release since the double infusion, the multifaceted Conor Oberst has chosen sides in a resolute way.

 

 

 

 

   

Owen | At Home With (Polyvinyl)

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Written by Laura Hamlett Sunday, 18 February 2007 05:17

cd_owenOwen's latest CD is everything you've come to expect from Kinsella, and more. It's even more understated, if that's possible, with richly woven strings and chords backing Kinsella's frail yet competent vocals and revealing tales.

 

 

The Colour | Between the Earth and Sky (Rethink)

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Written by Laura Hamlett Sunday, 18 February 2007 04:20

cd_colour"Save Yourself," aside from being catchy as all hell, features some of the sweetest vocals this side of Jeff Buckley.

 

 

 

 

 

   

Dustin Kensrue | Please Come Home (Equal Vision)

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Written by David Lichius Tuesday, 13 February 2007 04:56

qh_kensrueWith its origin harkening back to Kensrue's days playing for spare change on the street corners of Southern California, Please Come Home is a stripped down, rollicking folk record that is fairly impressive and largely successful.

 

 

 

 

 

Pacific UV | Pacific UV EP (Warm)

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Written by James McAnally Tuesday, 13 February 2007 04:53

qh_pacificuvThe band's patented shoegaze gauze is shot through with fuzzed-out garage guitars on opener "Know," only to dissolve into a two-minute-long coda of brushed drums.

 

 

 

 

 

   

The Asylum Street Spankers | Mommy Says No! (Yellow Dog)

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Written by Elizabeth Feldman Tuesday, 13 February 2007 04:49

cd_asylumFrom beginning to end, the record feels as though it is taking you on a ride where you stop at just about every musical genre available, leaving you dizzy as it lets you off, fumbling to find your footing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Secret Mommy | Plays (Ache)

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Written by James McAnally Tuesday, 13 February 2007 04:43

plays Plays is a world of its own, where digital noise, cut-up collage, and accordion circles collide.

 

   

David Vandervelde | The Moonstation House Band (Secretly Canadian)

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Written by Dave Jasmon Tuesday, 13 February 2007 04:37

cd_vanderveldeHis free spirit, throwback sensibilities, and unspoken respect for those who made him are all promises of a nostalgic growth that is all too welcome in a generation of egoist talking heads.

 

 

 

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120 Days | s/t (Smalltown Supersound/Vice)

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Written by Kevin Renick Tuesday, 13 February 2007 04:30

cd_120days"In a trance, in a trance/ I could dance this night away," sings Meisfjord, and with texture-embedded beats like this, so could most listeners.

 

 

 

 

 

   

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