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Elizabeth Cook | Balls (31 Tigers)

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Written by Raymee Holshauser Monday, 25 June 2007 07:33

cd_elizcookFrom simple, pure composition to stripped-down, easy lyrics, Balls is a country-roots album for purists.

 

 

 

 

 

Emily Weedon & Delta | All Out in the Open (s/r)

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Written by Raymee Holshauser Monday, 25 June 2007 07:29

Wheedon offers up five songs that paint a picture of a life fully lived—heartache, joy and all.

 

   

Bob Frank and John Murry | World Without End (Closer Recording Studios)

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Written by James Nokes Monday, 25 June 2007 02:47

cd_murryWorld Without End is an unforgivingly remorseless stitchwork of murder ballads that unlike the somber, sometimes repentant Murder Ballads of Nick Cave, are just, well, creepy.

 

 

 

 

 

Serena Ryder | If Your Memory Serves You Well (EMI)

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Written by Paul John Little Monday, 25 June 2007 02:42

cd_serena"Morning Dew" retains much of its easy swagger courtesy of a slick, uptempo swamp-rock arrangement and a throat-rending vocal that finds Ryder channeling Melissa Etheridge with uncanny accuracy in the song's final stretch.

 

 

 

   

Art Brut | It's a Bit Complicated (Downtown)

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Written by Mikey Goralnik Friday, 22 June 2007 03:47

cd_art-brutThe high marks I've given this record are really a testament to the music. While Argos seems to have regressed a tad in his writing and delivery, guitarist Ian Catskilkin has moved well beyond the power chords, and catchy yet undemanding fretwork of Bang Bang for guitar stylings that are a bit more complicated.

 

 

 

 

Cat-A-Tac | Past Lies and Former Lives (Needlepoint)

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Written by Rebecca Reardon Monday, 18 June 2007 13:50

cd_catatacTennant and McTurnan share guitar and vocal duties, creating the swirling, '90s-style distorted guitar of self-professed influence My Bloody Valentine.

 

 

 

 

   

Numero 015 | Eccentric Soul: The Prix Label (The Numero Group)

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Written by Sam Levy Monday, 18 June 2007 13:41

cd_numero15Nobody in Columbus remembers them, but for two minutes and forty seconds they become amazingly familiar. It's unpolished, but it's from the soil, and the soul. And it's wonderful.

 

 

 

 

 

Pelican | City of Echoes (Hydrahead)

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Written by David Lichius Monday, 11 June 2007 14:36

cd_pelicanFor a rock fan, there are certain bands' names you don't want to hear mentioned alongside "pop" in the same paragraph, let alone the same sentence.

 

 

 

 

   

All Smiles | Ten Readings of a Warning (Dangerbird)

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Written by Rebecca Reardon Monday, 11 June 2007 14:28

cd_allsmilesUnlike Sumday by Grandaddy, Ten Readings of a Warning never found me reaching for the "skip" button. The songs are that good.

 

 

 

 

 

Kalli | While the City Sleeps (One Little Indian)

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Written by Kevin Renick Monday, 11 June 2007 14:20

cd_kalliKalli is genuinely self-aware, and, like most of us, living by the age-old ethos of "Hope springs eternal," even though disappointment and lowered expectations tend to be the norm.

 

 

 

 

   

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.

 

 

 

 

   

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