Reviews

Mighty Fairly | Perfectly Good Airplanes (s/r)

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)

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.

 

   

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

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jacob Miller | Who We Are (Dogleg)

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)

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)

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)

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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)

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)

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)

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Visitors | The Visitors (Eschatone)

Written by Bob McMahon Tuesday, 06 February 2007 15:55

cd_visitorsCombining a knack for catchy melodies with a passionate performance and lyrics never too far removed from traditional rock subject, the Visitors should appeal to any garage rock enthusiast with their just-under-30-minutes, self-titled album.

 

 

 

 

   

The Upright Animals | Scams (s/r)

Written by Dave Jasmon Tuesday, 06 February 2007 14:57

cd_uprightTouting their divergence from cut-and-paste radio rock, the Upright Animals form echoing, deeply cosmic ballads, anchored by suspended vocals and peppered with the subtly expansive merging of concise, space-rock guitar.

 

 

 

 

 

The Softlightes | Say No to Being Cool, Say Yes to Being Happy (Modular)

Written by Kaylen Hoffman Tuesday, 06 February 2007 14:53

cd_softlightesAs I listened, I was instantly transported to a grassy park, sitting on a blanket with my three closest friends, eating fresh fruit and laughing lightly as the sun shined down on our bare shoulders.

 

 

 

 

 

   

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah | Some Loud Thunder (s/r)

Written by Andrew Scavotto Tuesday, 06 February 2007 14:41

cd_cyhsyAll of the 2006 hype has made Some Loud Thunder one of the most anticipated CDs of 2007, with critics and fans eager to see what singer/songwriter Alec Ounsworth will do with some exposure to fame and new resources. The result is a markedly more complicated, almost maniacal experiment in track layering and production.

 

 

 

 

Vega 4 | You and Others (Columbia)

Written by Bradley Terebelo Thursday, 01 February 2007 03:18

cd_vega4Distorted vocals and guitar? Check. Repetitive bass notes? Check. Mood-moving lyrics? Check.

 

 

 

 

 

   

Johnny Action Figure | Asks the Room to Please Stop Spinning (DRP)

Written by Jason Green Thursday, 01 February 2007 03:13

cd_jafThe biggest complaint to be lodged against this EP is that, at 24 minutes, it's far too short.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Inner Banks | The Inner Banks (DAG!)

Written by Kevin Renick Thursday, 01 February 2007 03:09

cd_innerbanksDavid Gould, who previously played banjo for and led the Bootleg Remedy, must clearly be some sort of nonconformist genius, so gracefully does he buck trends and come up with his own version of life-affirming modern music.

 

 

 

 

   

Hobex | Enlightened Soul (Phrex)

Written by Maria Kriszt Thursday, 01 February 2007 03:05

cd_hobexHobex comes out with a nice, mellow funk beat and lyrics that tell you to loosen up and enjoy the sounds, which helps set the mood for the rest of the CD.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Heller Mason | Minimalist & Anchored (Silber)

Written by Dave Jasmon Thursday, 01 February 2007 03:01

cd_hellerEssentially a band of collaborators in support of the songwriting of Todd Vandenberg, Heller Mason portrays a dampened soul dipping its oar in a lake of grey humilities.

 

 

 

 

 

   

Emilie Simon | The Flower Book (Milan)

Written by Kevin Renick Thursday, 01 February 2007 02:58

cd_simonThis is an astonishingly good record that provides an easy answer to the question, "When does pop music rise to the level of art?"

 

 

 

 

 

 

Julie Doiron | Woke Myself Up (Jagjaguwar)

Written by Jeremy Goldmeier Thursday, 01 February 2007 02:54

cd_doironWith the absence of all of the musical distractions that songwriters frequently employ to support their lyrics, there's really little to talk about with Woke Myself Up other than the themes expressed.

 

 

 

 

 

   

Catherine Howe | What A Beautiful Place (The Numero Group)

Written by Sam Levy Wednesday, 31 January 2007 09:25

cd_howeWe're delivered to this place we don't know, in a time we don't know, and somehow feel like we know exactly where we are. We see the grimey smiles, and the smokehouse soot doubling as sunshine. Welcome to Halifax.

 

 

 

 

 

Ghost Stories | Quixoticism (Sonic Boom Recordings)

Written by Jeremy Goldmeier Wednesday, 31 January 2007 09:22

cd_ghoststoriesWhatever comparisons one wants to apply—and jeez, there's so many trendy artists out there to name-drop—Quixoticism succeeds because it lacks any of the pretensions that so often scour records of this type.

 

 

 

 

   

Suburban Kids With Biblical Names | #3 (Minty Fresh)

Written by Kevin Renick Wednesday, 31 January 2007 09:11

cd_suburbanAny budding garage band with a sense of humor can come up with a unique moniker, but only the ones with real talent and determination will likely see their name become secondary to their sound.

 

 

 

 

 

Evanescence | The Open Door (Wind-Up)

Written by Jason Green Wednesday, 31 January 2007 09:00

cd_evanescenceWhen Lee and Balsamo experiment, however, they almost always succeed. On "Cloud Nine" and "Lose Control," the band uses sequenced drumbeats courtesy of DJ Lethal (of House of Pain and Limp Bizkit fame) and echo-laden vocals to form airy arrangements that at times border on trip-hop, like some crazy bastard child of Korn and Portishead.

 

 

 

   

Astrid Williamson | Day of the Lone Wolf (One Little Indian)

Written by Kevin Renick Wednesday, 31 January 2007 08:55

cd_astriedWilliamson has a poignant, delicate approach to playing piano that often provides more of the emotional pull than her vocals do.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jonny Lives! | Get Steady (Eleven Seven)

Written by Jason Green Wednesday, 31 January 2007 08:51

cd_jonnyA few ballads even sneak in to shake up the tempo, which helps the flow of the album even if they aren't particularly memorable individually.

 

 

 

 

 

   

Beth Waters | This Little Piggy (Mermaid Mafia)

Written by Kevin Renick Wednesday, 31 January 2007 08:48

cd_bethwatersWaters' third album on her own label builds in intensity and curious details until the initial seeming lack of originality gives way to a much more lasting impression. This woman is a keen observer of life, a deeply empathetic soul, and a truly devoted musician.

 

 

 

 

 

The Good, the Bad, and the Queen (Virgin)

Written by Dave Jasmon Wednesday, 31 January 2007 08:44

cd_goodbadHaving assembled a diversely talented group of musicians in the Clash's Paul Simonon (bass), the Verve's Simon Tong (lead guitar), Afrobeat specialist Tony Allen (drums), and the production of Danger Mouse, Albarn never seems to fully engage any of them.

 

 

 

 

   

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