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Feathers | Synchromy (Hometapes)

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Written by Kevin Renick Saturday, 28 October 2006 05:13

It's sort of the "post toasties" of post rock.

 

 

Frida Hyvönen | Until Death Comes (Secretly Canadian)

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Written by Kevin Renick Saturday, 28 October 2006 05:10

Standout track "Drive My Friend" is the most irresistible one here, and it's as good a case for the beauty of the minor third interval that I've ever heard.

 

   

Damien Jurado | And Now That I'm in Your Shadow (Secretly Canadian)

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Written by James McAnally Saturday, 28 October 2006 05:06

Like a great short-fiction writer, Jurado knows when to comment and when to step aside and let a character speak.

 

 

Lemuria/Kind of Like Spitting | Your Living Room's All Over Me (Art of the Underground)

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Written by Jason Green Saturday, 28 October 2006 05:02

The songs are short, the band is tight, and the music is, by and large, bright and enjoyable.

 

   

The New Sound of Numbers | Liberty Seeds (Cloud Recordings)

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Written by Kevin Renick Saturday, 28 October 2006 04:57

What you find on this very unconventional 13-song platter is a haunting blend of organic, homegrown chamber pop, percolating percussion, and fairly static female vocals which, when layered or harmonized with, create a sharp-edged, captivating sound.

 

 

Various Artists | Shortbus (Team Love)

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Written by Joe O'Fallon Saturday, 28 October 2006 04:54

Interestingly, standout tracks don't come from the suspect artists Animal Collective, Yo La Tengo, and the Hidden Cameras.

 

   

Norse Code | 10.06

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Wednesday, 25 October 2006 14:55

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This month's Norse Code features an interview with Ephemera's Christine Sandtorv and reviews of Midair Condo, the Tidy Ups, The Knife, and Ampop. Come on in and survey all things Scandi.

 

 

Still Alive | Gravity Kills

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Written by Jason Green Friday, 20 October 2006 07:45

Killoween II takes place on October 28 at Pop's 24/7 in scenic Sauget, Ill., and once again features Gravity Kills headlining a trio of local bands: One Lone Car, Ultra Blue, and longtime local favorites Fragile Porcelain Mice. The show is sponsored, appropriately enough, by the band's old friends at the Point.

 

   

Ad Astra Per Aspera: Catapult Calypso (Sonic Unyon)

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Written by David Lichius Tuesday, 17 October 2006 08:36

Hailing from Lawrence, Kan., Ad Astra Per Aspera are a difficult breed to pin down. Laying their influences at the feet of the Blood Brothers, Man Man, Nation of Ulysses, and other "avant-dark, well constructed chaotic-punk-rock".

 

Bright Eyes | Noise Floor (Rarities: 1998-2005) (Saddle Creek)

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Written by Joseph O'Fallon Tuesday, 17 October 2006 08:28

This Bright Eyes collection is worth hearing, and even solid Bright Eyes fans can appreciate studio recordings.

 

   

The Doxies | In Search Of... (Co-Opt Records/Emergency Umbrella Records)

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Written by Jason Green Tuesday, 17 October 2006 08:04

In Search Of... reaches back to the band's roots, concentrating on '70s Southern rock boogie guitars and upbeat piano-driven melodies.

 

Whitey | The Light at the End of the Tunnel Is a Train (Dim Mak)

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Written by Jeremy Goldmeier Tuesday, 17 October 2006 07:51

The songs rarely deviate from their core progression, repeating that main musical phrase over and over again with slight variations, until the tune is essentially a blunt instrument for clubbing the listener into submission.

   

Bad Brains | Live at CBGB 1982 DVD (MVD Visual)

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Written by David Lichius Tuesday, 17 October 2006 07:42

There could not be a more ripe time than now to revisit this watershed period of American popular music.

 

 

Miho Hatori | Ecdysis (Rykodisc)

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Written by Jason Green Monday, 16 October 2006 03:07

While lacking the inspired insanity of Cibo Matto's better moments, the variety is what makes Ecdysis a compelling listen.

 

   

Ellie Come Home | Primary Sources (Emergency Umbrella)

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Written by Jeremy Goldmeier Monday, 16 October 2006 02:50

And then the buoyant vocal harmonies kick in, dousing the tune in aching splendor; somewhere, a Belle & Sebastian fan is soiling himself.

 

 

The Blow | Paper Television (K Records)

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Written by Joseph O'Fallon Monday, 16 October 2006 02:45

Lines like "I guess I'm on the long list of girls that love the shit out of you" strangely bring songwriting closer to reality, and her conversational talk-sing approach lessens the gap between the audience and the musician.

 

   

Chingy | Hoodstar (Slot-a-Lot/Capitol)

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Written by Toriano L. Porter Saturday, 14 October 2006 04:43

While there's nothing wrong with Chingy being proud of where he's from nor writing or rhyming about it, rap fans around the world have grown to not only love Chingy's tender side, but the high-spirited, club-hopping side, as well.

 

 

Lloyd Cole | Antidepressant (One Little Indian)

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Written by Laura Hamlett Saturday, 14 October 2006 04:39

"I said I'm trying to write my novel/she said, ‘Neither am I.'"

 

   

The Hold Steady | Boys and Girls in America (Vagrant)

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Saturday, 14 October 2006 03:41

Springsteen's kids didn't hang out at the mall and they certainly weren't going to the chillout tent as kids do on Boys and Girls, but they were still bored, still looking for cheap thrills, and the Hold Steady's Craig Finn nails that.

 

 

Top 25 Overlooked Albums of the Past Decade

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Wednesday, 11 October 2006 23:48

top25_flaminglipsWe all have them. Those albums that we prize high above all others and feel make up some small, but significant  portion of our life soundtrack. Unappreciated, slighted, selling for .01 on Amazon...these are the CDs that PLAYBACK:stl's staff voted as the most overlooked albums of the last decade. The lists were compiled and those albums with the most votes make up our Top 25 (we allowed some extra space for a few of the near misses). Of course, readers may look at this and see names like the Flaming Lips, Andrew Bird and Our Lady Peace who have certainly sold a few CDs in their day. However, this is for all those CDs that should have sold more, should have registered more with the music-buying public. At least according to our staff. We are sure you have your own list, and you can certainly share them with us, but for now, this is our Top 25. 

 

   

Quick Hits 2 | 10.06

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Written by PLAYBACK:stl Wednesday, 11 October 2006 08:42

More brief CD reviews...enjoy!

 

 

Quick Hits 1 | 10.06

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Written by PLAYBACK:stl Wednesday, 11 October 2006 08:38

CD reviews in brief.

 

   

Towers of London | Reality Bites

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Written by Brian Kenney Wednesday, 11 October 2006 08:16

From court appearances, to being kicked off tours and out of clubs, they've got the attitude. And in an image vs. substance industry, it's all about looks, innit?

 

 

Jeremy Enigk | Patience Is a Virtue

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Written by Brian Kenney Wednesday, 11 October 2006 08:11

"I'm a lot more comfortable in my skin than I was as a kid. I let go of a lot of the baggage and the demons that haunt me. So this album allows me to start fresh."

 

   

Weather Report: Forecast: Tomorrow (Columbia/Legacy)

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Written by Derek Lauer Wednesday, 11 October 2006 08:06

This box set is the holy grail of lost treasures.

 

 

Casey Reid | Cephalclog (Big Muddy)

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Written by Chris Schott Wednesday, 11 October 2006 08:03

Casey Reid is the St. Louis equivalent to one of those Disney movies where the underdog sports team beats all the odds and takes home the championship.

 

   

New York Dolls | One Day It Will Please Us to Remember Even This (Roadrunner)

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Written by Jason Green Wednesday, 11 October 2006 07:59

The newly reconstituted lineup, featuring the only two surviving original members, thankfully doesn't try too hard to recreate past glories, but instead has crafted a back-to-basics album that revels in boozy blues-rock, glam, and Spector-esque girl group pop.

 

 

Chad Vangaalen | Kelliconnection (Sub Pop)

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Written by James McAnally Wednesday, 11 October 2006 07:57

VanGaalen seems capable of simultaneously making Midnite Vultures and Sea Change if he were able to edit his own ideas.

 

   

Nomeansno | All Roads Lead to Ausfahrt (AntAcidAudio)

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Written by David Lichius Wednesday, 11 October 2006 07:53

On their first full-length since 2000's One, Nomeansno has made what might be their most accessible record since 1989's Wrong and easily their best record in over 15 years.

 

 

The Silent Years | The Silent Years (No Alternative)

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Written by Jeremy Goldmeier Wednesday, 11 October 2006 07:50

If this band wants to make its breakthrough splash in the indie majors, it's going to have to tighten up its batting stance.

 

   

Towers of London | Blood, Sweat and Towers (TVT)

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Written by Daniel O'Malley Wednesday, 11 October 2006 07:45

They've been likened to the Sex Pistols specifically, while ex-Pistol Steve Jones himself has christened them "a bunch of little cunts"—a compliment, the group maintains.

 

 

Scissor Sisters' New Bag of Tricks

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Written by Cory Hoehn Wednesday, 11 October 2006 03:05

"[Sir Elton John] said in the beginning, ‘I don't know what's gonna happen. You guys do whatever you want with these songs. Let's just have fun. If nothing happens, we still enjoyed the process."

 

   

The Decemberists | The Crane Wife (Capitol)

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Written by Tyson Blanquart Wednesday, 11 October 2006 02:55

It may be a challenging listen, and—as the first Decemberists album on Capitol Records—rather ambitious in this day of downloaded singles from iTunes.

 

 

Robert Randolph | The Family Plan

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Written by Brian Kenney Wednesday, 11 October 2006 02:41

"Y'all ready for ‘The March'?" Randolph asks on Live at the Wetlands, before breaking into a quick-picking rollicking soul jam so identifiable with this lap pedal steel prodigy, that it set the tone for his career to present.

 

   

Bodisartha | Find Yourself Getting Lost (Circleview)

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Written by Jason Green Tuesday, 10 October 2006 07:30

Bodisartha take the loud-soft transition that Cobain stole from Black Francis to the extreme.

 

 

Page France

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Written by Michael Nau Thursday, 05 October 2006 02:50

Interlude | We've a pretty serious issue with our van lighting. While driving at night, the lights turn off as they please, and eventually return seconds/minutes later. It has become rather mechanical to simply flick on the hazard lights for enough light to get us through the dark time. Now, of course, this isn't horrifying in New York. The business and street lights alone are plenty of illumination, but once we get away from all of this.....hmm.

 

   

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