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August 2008 Reviews by

Peter Bradley Adams
Alexander's Dark Band
Before The Rains

Blind Pilot
The Breakups
Brothers and Sisters*
Harold Budd & Clive Wright*
Greg Camp

Cars Can Be Blue
Change We Can Believe In
Darker My Love*
Bart Davenport

Rob Dickinson
Liz Durrett*
Eat and Eat


Flush Friends
From Bubblegum To Sky
Gentlemen Auction House*
Goose Creek Symphony

Trey Gunn*
Jeff Hanson*
Happy Dummies
Hey Kids!
Eric Hogg
Taylor Hollingsworth
How To Have Fun With A Dead Person

Ill Ease*
In Their Own Way

The Jersey Barrier
Andrew Liles & Daniel Menche
Lewi Longmire Band
Live and Die

Loudspeaker Speaker Meets Clearly Human
Love To Everyone

Meat Sandwich

Midnight Meat Train*
Mio Myo

Mock Orange
Modern Day Urban Barbarians
Mott The Hoople*
Mike Musick

Never Forget

Adam Niewood & His Rabble Rousers*
Nurse With Wound
Pet Ghost Project
Pictures and Sound*
Pray Hard

Kristoffer Ragnstam

Ruby Rendrag
The Revisionists
Roedelius / Story

The Shys*
Silver Summit*
Sparkydog & Friends

Stone The Crows
Sudden Infant*
The Suicide Kings*
The Telepathic Butterflies*
T. Rex

Corey Tut

Reed Waddle
Natalie Walker*
Tamas Wells*
Adrian Whitehead*
Edgar Winter


Yell County

*Top Picks

Additional Items Received


Peter Bradley Adams - Leavetaking (CD, Sarathan, Soft pop)
The second full-length release from Peter Bradley Adams. A word of warning. If you're looking for loud upbeat aggressive stuff, you won't find it here. This young fellow writes and records songs that are smooth, smooth, smooth...and very laidback. Although he grew up in the South (Birmingham), Peter's music has little in common with what people are accustomed to hearing from the state of Alabama...so this is perhaps why he decided to relocate (?). In a very short amount of time, Adams has managed to connect with some impressive folks. Most people will probably be surprised at how mature the songs on Leavetaking are. Peter isn't recording songs hoping for an instant hit. His thoughtful soft pop tunes are classy and classic in nature...and feature wonderfully simple arrangements that allow the listener to focus on his intelligent lyrics and exceptional voice. The more we spin this one...the better it sounds. Nine clever cuts here including "The Longer I Run," "Under My Skin," and "Song For Viola." (Rating: 5)

Alexander's Dark Band - Music To Stand By The Fireplace To (Independently released CD, Progressive pop)
If the name of the album isn't enough to grab your attention (Music To Stand By The Fireplace To...? Yee-haw...!)...then the cover photo of the band dressed like squares all happily gathered around the fireplace will almost surely make you laugh out loud. Alexander's Dark Band is a confusing entity that is bound to be a confusing and obscure oddity in the months and years ahead. Instead of going for one style or sound...these folks create songs that just don't really fit any particular genre. In some ways the songs sound extremely preprogrammed...but in other ways some elements seem purposely loose and accidental. The band consists of Annalise Ohse, Brian Beadle, Callie Sparrow, Jake Buchert, Jeff Luna, and Sara Peanut Lawson. We couldn't even begin to rate this one...so we'll leave it up to you to determine exactly what it is you think these folks are up to...? Mr. Rogers meets The Flaming Lips perhaps...? Whatever it is...it is most certainly creative (!)... (Not Rated)

Amelia - A Long, Lovely List of Repairs (CD, Adrenaline, Soft pop)
Portland, Oregon's Amelia create smooth, exotic soft pop that is compelling, genuine, and real. The band consists of Teisha Helgerson, Scott Weddle, Jesse Emerson, and Mark Orton. The musicians play a wide variety of instruments while Helgerson sings and plays drums. If we heard this music without knowing any specific details, we would have guessed that the band is Spanish. The tracks on A Long, Lovely List of Repairs have a lot in common with many of the modern progressive pop bands we have heard coming out of Spain in the twenty-first century. The band's third album is mature and complex...and yet ultimately soothing and subtle. There's no way of knowing whether this will be a commercial success or not...but we are absolutely certain that critics will go apeshit over this album. Killer tunes include "Farewell," "Tragedy," "Thick as Thieves," and "Here We Are." Recommended. (Rating: 5++)

Anakrid - Banishment Rituals of the Disenlightened (CD, Beta-lactam Ring, Progressive/experimental)
Jesus Christ...this is one goddamn spooky sounding album. Anakrid (hard to pronounce that one...) is the project created by Chris Bickel who was previously in the bands In/Humanity and Guyana Punch. These days Bickel isn't rocking out as much as he is (probably) weirding people out. The seemingly-seriously-titled Banishment Rituals of the Disenlightened is a bizarre spin indeed...drawing comparisons to various other experimental artists on the increasingly perplexing Beta-lactam Ring label. Industrial atmospherics collide with all kinds of peculiar found sounds to create a feeling of unrest and unease as Chris creates an audio world that is both compelling and confusing. There are no lyrics...no catchy choruses...nothing that the casual listener could possibly latch onto. This is abstract sound for listeners who want that certain something more from their music. The more we hear this...the stranger it sounds. Critical Listening 101 that could potentially lead to a nervous breakdown. (Rating: 5++)

Before The Rains - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack: Music by Mark Kilian (CD, Lakeshore, Soundtrack)
Mark Kilian has created a very smooth soundtrack album for the film Before The Rains. This CD features nineteen slick tracks that combine ideas and sounds from several different cultures. Call it modern world music for the twenty-first century, if you will. As of this writing we have not yet seen the film. But our guess is that the story is serious and the plot moves along slowly. Recorded at Gravy Street Music in Venice, California, these songs feature impeccable sound quality and precise attention to detail. Kilian manages to come up with a nice big thick sound that never comes across sounding too busy or overproduced. There's a lot to take in here...nineteen tracks including "Honey Drive," "Before the Rains," "All Quiet," and "The Prayer." Subtle and cerebral. (Rating: 4++++)

Blind Pilot - Three Rounds and a Sound (CD, Expunged, Soft pop)
Nice, simple, stark soft pop. Blind Pilot is the duo consisting of Israel Nebeker and Ryan Dobrowski with several friends offering instrumental support. Three Rounds and a Sound is a wistful, laidback album that presents songs simply and without unnecessary fanfare...thus allowing listeners to easily focus on the words and melodies. Because the average listener is accustomed to hearing pop music overpolished and overproduced to death, the straightforward sounds on this album will probably sound odd and peculiar. And this seems rather odd...because this album presents the real sound of these artists as opposed to canned technology blurring the central image. Of course when you leave yourself naked for the world to interpret, you had better have some good songs...some really good damn songs. And that is exactly what makes Sound such a strong album. These songs really are excellent. Fans of folk and soft pop will likely get a mighty big charge out of these tunes if they will just relax and pay attention. Classy pensive cuts include "Oviedo," "Paint or Pollen" (a particularly strong cut), "Two Towns From Me," and "Things I Cannot Recall." (Rating: 5+)

The Breakups - Eat Your Heart Out EP (Independently released CD, Pop)
A short and sweet little EP from Hollywood, California's The Breakups. The band presents eight short tunes on Eat Your Heart Out...pure feelgood guitar pop that is, at times, highly reminiscent of college radio pop from the mid- to late-1980s. Main songwriter Jake Gideon has a great knack for turning a good hummable tune...and the band plays simply and without unnecessary instrumental passages. Great EPs are those that leave the listener wanting more...and this one does just that. Catchy tracks include "Breaking Up," "Day in the Sun," "After the Fact," and "Let's See What Happens." Some of these tracks remind us just a teeny tiny bit...of The Archies (?!?)... (Rating: 4+++++)

Brothers and Sisters - Fortunately (CD, The Calla Lily Company, Pop)
If there is any up-and-coming underground band with the potential to become a hugely popular supernova...it is most surely Brothers and Sisters. The folks in this band write and record super hummable soft pop tunes that have the same overall feeling and vibe of some of the tunes from the great lost bubblegum band The Mamas and Papas. But instead of being a 1960s rehash, Fortunately ends up coming across like a modern pop album that simply draws pure inspiration from the past. The songs on this album are, in a word...happy. That will probably be enough to scare off half of the younger listeners out there...but fortunately there are a lot of folks at this point in time who want and need music that provides escapism. The band is driven by the superlative songwriting skills of Will Courtney. There is no doubt that this guy writes some of the best upbeat catchy tunes around. Fantastic cuts include "Mason City," "You're Gone" (god, what a tune...!), "The Wind," "The Trees Are Bare," and "Fortunately." Highly recommended. (Rating: 5+++)

Harold Budd & Clive Wright - A Song for Los Blossoms (CD, Darla, Instrumental)
A Song for Los Blossoms was recorded over a two-year period in a variety of locations. These collaborative recordings are subtle, smooth, cerebral, and very, very beautiful. Harold Budd and Clive Wright are a perfect match for one another. Budd is widely known as one of the original creators of ambient music in the twentieth century while Wright was originally in the band Cock Robin and has worked with numerous heavyweight artists over the years. The tracks on this album may remind some listeners of the early recordings by Brian Eno and Robert Fripp...except the overall sound is much more sparse and restrained. Though this album only includes seven tracks it clocks in at over 74 minutes...which gives the listener plenty of time to kick back, relax, and allow the subtle nuances to be fully absorbed. Richly rewarding and intricate. Recommended. (Rating: 5++)

Greg Camp - Defektor (CD, Bar/None, Pop)
The debut solo album from Greg Camp who is best known as the guitarist and songwriter in the ultra-popular band Smashmouth. Smashmouth has always been somewhat of a confusing paradox for us. After all, we should hate the band...but instead we have always rather admired them. In the end, it was the songs that made the band stand out from thousands of other crass commercial acts. Camp penned most of the band's hits...so it is not surprising that some of the tunes on Defektor resemble some Smashmouth tunes. But there is one big difference...the songs on this album are much less obvious and feature a much wider range in terms of sound and scope. Considering how prolific and multi-talented Mr. Camp is, it seems rather surprising that it took him this long to release a solo CD. But timing is everything...and the timing of this disc seems perfect now that most folks probably perceive Smashmouth as a novelty act from the past. Camp has done a beautiful job of creating an album that will please Smashmouth fans...while still retaining total and complete artistic credibility. Not surprisingly, the sound quality is superb. These tunes are slick and thickly produced...but it all adds (rather than detracts) to the overall vibe. The more we spin this one...the better these songs sound. Cool, smart, uplifting cuts include "The Maid," "Gina Marie," "Baby Please Don't Go," and "Deaf." (Rating: 5+)

Cars Can Be Blue - Doubly Unbeatable (CD, Happy Happy Birthday To Me, Pop/rock)
There aren't many bands that can make us laugh out loud...but the folks in Cars Can Be Blue do just that. The band is the duo consisting of Becky Ann Brooks and Nate Mitchell. Becky and Nate record a hyperactive brand of garage girlie pop that sounds not unlike a modern cross between The Fastbacks and Oh, OK. You might be inclined to dismiss the lead track ("Sun Blows Up") as flippant teenie bopper fodder...until you notice Brooks is singing the line Gonna love him 'til the sun blows up (yee haw!). "Pretty Special" is a totally sarcastic swipe at obnoxious rock and roll pussies that ought to give just about anyone a good hearty chuckle. From a musical standpoint, Doubly Unbeatable is somewhat of a mixed bag. Some songs are really great while there are a few throwaway cuts. But when the overall vibe is this genuine and the folks making the music have such a keen sense of humor...well sheesh and goddamn, you just can't help but be pulled into their strange little universe. Nifty garage pop tracks include "I Wish I," "Cycle of Violence," "So Cheap," and "Seems We're Breakin' Up." Fun stuff...! (Rating: 4+++++)



Change we can believe in.
Change we can believe in.
Change we can believe in.

Change mindless sheep too stupid to know any better
Can believe in.

(Rating: 1)

Darker My Love - 2 (CD, Dangerbird, Rock)
Really neat modern progressive pop with a technological slant. The folks in Darker My Love have a thick dense sound...but their songs mainly emphasize vocal melodies with catchy choruses. Some of the tracks on 2 recall some of the more hazy and progressive underground British bands from the 1990s (the band Charlatans UK instantly comes to mind). These folks record songs that are ultimately upbeat and danceable...but they are by no means generic mindless disco. There is a great deal of emphasis on effects and studio wizardry...but instead of using it to cover up for a lack of great songs, these folks use technology to push their music to the next level. The songs are heady, smart, and inventive...yet ultimately easy to listen to. This album sounds great turned up really loud with all the windows down. Or...if you're looking for a really dynamite album to work out to...this is most definitely it. Eleven kickass cuts here including "Northern Soul," "Blue Day" (a really spectacular tune), "Two Ways Out," "Even In Your Lightest Day," and "Immediate Undertaking." A totally killer album. Highly recommended. (Rating: 5+++)

Bart Davenport - Palaces (CD, Antenna Farm, Pop)
The fourth album from Bart Davenport. Bart has previously done vocal work for DJ Greyboy and, prior to launching his solo career, was the lead singer in the band Honeycut. Palaces is a nice, smooth, interesting slice of modern pop. Davenport incorporates sounds and styles from classic pop and philly soul into a catchy and intoxicating mix. The tracks on this album recall some of the more soulful pop artists from the 1970s that were once played into the ground on commercial FM radio stations. The key identifying trademark of Bart's sound, however, are his vocals. This guy has a super smooth understated voice that is immediately relaxed and effective. This is one of those albums that would be very difficult to dislike...no matter what your musical tastes might be. Cool uplifting tracks include "Palaces," "A Young One" (excellent backing vocals here), "Yoshi," and "Born to Suffer." Super smooth nice sounding stuff... (Rating: 5)

Rob Dickinson - Fresh Wine for the Horses (Double CD, Sanctuary, Pop)
The name Rob Dickinson might not instantly ring a bell...but readers will no doubt remember Great Britain's Catherine Wheel from the 1990s. The band achieved an impressive amount of success before disappearing into infinity without any warning or explanation. Fresh Wine for the Horses is a reissue of Dickinson's debut album with a bonus disc (Nude) featuring re-recordings of six Catherine Wheel tunes. This album will no doubt please fans of Rob's previous band. The songs are smooth, intricate, highly melodic...and prove that his voice sounds just as good now as it ever did. One important thing to consider here. In order to appreciate Horses you do not need to be a Catherine Wheel fan. Rob has created a pure, classy collection of modern pop tunes that should please just about any discerning pop music fan. The company that first released this album dissolved...leaving the album without a proper home. Let's hope that this time around this album gets the recognition it deserves. Cool calculated cuts include "My Name is Love," "The End of the World," "Handsome," "The Night," and "Mutineer." (Rating: 5)

Dri - Smoke Rings (CD, Range Life, Progressive pop)
Although we're not exactly certain why, it took many many spins for Smoke Rings to finally sink in. The album didn't make much of an impression (either positive or negative) on us initially...but there was something about Dri's music that made us keep coming back for more. Dri played previously in the bands The Anniversary, Art In Manila, and Fourth of July but now she's out on her own...and this is her debut solo release. The songs on Smoke Rings are slightly soulful and based around odd synthetic percussion. All sorts of surprising instruments and sounds pop in and out of the mix...with the one continuous thread being Dri's ultra-focused and captivating voice. You might guess, upon hearing this album, that Dri is European. Not the case. This young enchanting lady is from Lawrence, Kansas (!). There's no way of telling if music fans will appreciate this or not...but our guess is that the critics are gonna go apeshit over this one. Cool eclectic tracks include "Two Are One," "Indria," "You Know I Tried," "Hot As Hades," and "Smoke Rings." Recommended. (Rating: 5++)

Liz Durrett - Outside Our Gates (CD, Warm Electronic Recordings, Soft progressive pop)
The last album we heard from Liz Durrett was a top pick. Outside Our Gates is yet another easy top pick here in the totally plush babysue office suites. Durrett's third full-length release was produced by Eric Bachmann (Archers of Loaf, Crooked Fingers). Gates features absolutely warm and inviting soft progressive pop tunes that stick in the mind like glue. There are lots of guest artists featured on this album...no less than thirteen additional players including Bachmann, Eric Harris, Lucy Ralston, and Vic Chesnutt. Unlike most twenty-first century generic artists, Liz has her own intriguing sound and style. The more you hear her music...the more difficult and confusing it is trying to come up with comparisons and/or possible influences. The sound quality is exceptional...and the horn and string arrangements add just the right amount of thickness to the overall sound. At the heart of it all are Durrett's impressively sincere and understated vocals. This young lady has an incredible voice. Her genuine presence comes through loud and clear. Personal and richly rewarding tunes include "Wake To Believe," "We Build Bridges" (incredible...!), "All of Them All," and "The Sea A Dream." This is one of the most beautiful albums we have heard this year...and destined to be remembered as one of the best CDs of 2008. Highly recommended. (Rating: 6)



Eat and eat and eat and eat
And eat and eat and eat.

Then fart and vomit and

(Rating: 1)

E.S.L. - Eye Contact (CD, Jericho Beach Music, Progressive pop)
We have become increasingly transfixed on Canadian musical artists over the past decade. For whatever reason, Canada seems to be producing artists that are (in most cases) about ten times more credible and interesting than their American counterparts. The four ladies in Vancouver's E.S.L. are particularly interesting because their music sounds neither American nor Canadian. Eye Contact is an odd spin. Some of the songs sound like gypsy folk songs...other songs have a slightly Polka-like feel (?), while others are pure artistic endeavors that don't easily fit into the framework of any specific musical genre. These girls have an overall sound that is striking and unusual...yet surprisingly easy on the ears. The strings and vocals sound absolutely superb. This is a different sort of album that isn't easily described or digested...but one that will have definite staying power in the years to come. Substantial compositions include "Secretariat," "I Don't Buy It," "Not About You," and "Venus In Furs." Recommended. (Rating: 5++)

Farflung - A Wound in Eternity (CD, MeteorCity, Hard space rock)
Swirling, persistent, psychedelic, and focused. The guys in California's Farflung blew our minds years ago in the 1990s with some of their early albums. We were as pleased as punch to receive this, the band's brand new batch of rockers. A Wound in Eternity is not only cool as hell...but it also just might be this band's best album ever. As was the case in the past, these guys seem to be most influenced by 1970s British drone/drug lords Hawkwind. This album finds the band sounding super tight...and delivering some of their most instantly catchy tunes yet. After spinning Eternity several times...we are hard pressed to think of a twenty-first century hard rock album that sounds better than this. In addition to the CD we also received a DVD-R containing the band's video for the tune "Endless Drifting Wreck." Very interesting. In the video, the band comes off looking something like a cross between Devo and The Residents...while rocking ten times harder than either ever could or would. A Wound in Eternity represents the guys in Farflung at the zenith of their career. Let's hope this time around folks take notice...and give these fellows the support they so obviously deserve. Rip roaring tripped out rockers include "Unborn Planet," "Like It Has Never Been," "Silver Shrooms, and "Precognition." Highly recommended. (Rating: 5++++)



Wear the finest clothes.
Drive the finest cars.
Live in the finest neighborhoods.
Associate with the finest people.
Deteriorate into the
Finest particles.

(Rating: 1)



Flush your friends
Down the

(Rating: 1)

From Bubblegum To Sky - A Soft Kill (CD-R, Eenie Meenie, Bubblegum/pop)
Another top notch album from babysue favorite From Bubblegum To Sky. Mario Hernandez returns with another collection of strangely perplexing smart modern bubblegum tunes...this time with a slightly more sarcastic lyrical slant. As much as it pains us, we cannot rate this release because it is a CD-R (which skips badly on two tracks making it virtually unplayable). Unfortunately, there is no real CD issue on this album...so you'll either have to download it or pick up the vinyl release. If you've loved his stuff in the past, you will love this one as well... (Not Rated)

Gentlemen Auction House - Alphabet Graveyard (CD, Emergency Umbrella, Pop)
Gentlemen Auction House is a big band with a thick big sound. The band consists of Eric Enger (vocals, guitar), Michael Tomko (guitar, xylophone, percussion), Steve Kozel (keys, vocals, trumpet, guitar), Kiley Lewis (keys, vocals, flute), Eric Herbst (bass), Ryan Adams (full drum kit), and Stephen Tomko (half drum kit, percussion). We are firm believers of the idea that too many cooks spoil the broth...but, surprisingly, that is not the case with this band and their music. Alphabet Graveyard is driven by the keen songwriting skills of Eric Enger. And although the songs on this album feature thick, complex arrangements and loads of backing vocals...the songs themselves manage to stand squarely on their own...always taking center stage. After spinning this album over a dozen times...we are still kinda confused because we cannot come up with any instant comparisons and/or possible influences. This, despite the fact that most of the songs sound surprisingly familiar (!?!). Whoever they may or may not sound like, these songs feature extremely memorable melodies and smart lyrics...and they have that certain something that makes them sound better the more familiar they become. Eleven cool keepers including "Call It Casual," "24th," "New Moon," and "A Good Son." Recommended. (Rating: 5++)

Ghostkeeper - Children of the Great Northern Muskeg (CD, Saved By Radio, Progressive)
Ghostkeeper is a different sort of band with a sound that isn't easy to describe and/or pigeonhole. The band consists of Shane Ghostkeeper, Sarah Houle, Jay Crocker, and Scott Munro. Ghostkeeper and Houle write odd and strangely interesting songs that don't follow traditional and predictable verse/chorus/verse/chorus patterns. Some of the tunes on Children of the Great Northern Muskeg have a slightly rough, bluesy edge...while other tracks are more standard pop fare. Many of these songs have a nice raw quality that comes across sounding slightly unrehearsed and spontaneous. We can't help but think that during the recording of this album the band had the good common sense to just let things happen (rather than planning out every single note). Probably a bit too odd for the casual listener, Muskeg is a peculiar acquired taste that is well worth the time spent acquiring it... Interesting stuff. (Rating: 4++++)

Goose Creek Symphony - The Same Thing Again (CD + DVD, Bo Records, Country/bluegrass/rock/pop)
Our guess is that this release will mainly be of interest only to longtime fans of the band. If so, that would indeed be a shame because--if properly digested by the public--this will make people realize how incredibly influential the guys in Goose Creek Symphony have been over the course of the past few decades. This is a beautifully packaged CD and DVD set. The audio CD features an album the band recorded in their heyday in the 1970s...but it was never released and never heard by the public until now. After hearing this, it seems incredible that these tunes have been sitting around collecting dust for so long...? Many of the songs on this album rival some of the band's best material. The DVD features a mini-documentary entitled "You Had To Be There" that was filmed during the band's 1973 tour...plus various other tidbits and goodies. The guys in Goose Creek Symphony were playing their style of country/bluegrass/pop/Americana/rock way, way, WAY before everyone else eventually jumped on the bandwagon. Hopefully this will expose the band's music to an entirely new audience...as well as make longtime fans very, very happy. (Rating: 5)

Trey Gunn - Music For Pictures (CD, 7d Media, Progressive)
Wow...what a rush. While most folks might not know him by name, most music fans have heard Trey Gunn before. In the past he has played with a mind-boggling array of other artists including (but not limited to) King Crimson, David Sylvian, Brian Eno, TOOL, and Robert Fripp. Music For Pictures contains a wealth of intriguing material...reconfigured tracks from Gunn's film and scoring works. The album includes a whopping 29 (!) tracks that skid and slide all over the road...merging a staggering array of styles and influences. For folks (like us) who sometimes get tired of artists who always stay within the safe and dull confines of their specific genre, this album is a truly refreshing change of pace. Many of these compositions might best be described as progressive or experimental instrumentals...while others verge on being abstract pop. Trey enlisted support from some real heavyweights here. Matt Chamberlain, Pat Mastelotto, Greg Gilmore, Phil Petrocelli, and Beth Quist all contributed to these recordings. At a point in time when so many people want to be categorized...Trey Gunn proves that to be truly original you just have to be yourself. This album is a fantastic sensory overload. Highly recommended. (Rating: 5+++)

Jeff Hanson - Madam Owl (CD, Kill Rock Stars, Pop)
At this point in his career we can't help but think that Jeff Hanson and those helping spread the word are extremely sick to death of everyone making such a big deal about his voice. It would be nice to just be supportive of this guy without always making the same tired old observation but...damn, this guy sounds just like a girl. Actually and in fact, he sounds a lot more like a girl than most female artists sound (!). If you don't believe it, give a listen to anything Hanson has recorded...and you will undoubtedly find it hard to believe that the person singing is, in fact, a male. Now that we've gotten that out of the way (again)...we are pleased to report that Madam Owl is an excellent album full of smart, cerebral, and highly melodic soft pop. Now 30 years old, Jeff began his musical career at the tender age of 13...which might explain the mature compositions on this album. His songs are smart and reflective and bear many strange similarities to British pop artists from the 1980s and 1990s. This is probably Hanson's most fully realized album yet. These songs feature stunning arrangements that really push the tunes to another level. Twelve killer cuts here including "Night," "Maryann," "The Last Thing I'll Do," and "This Friend of Mine." Recommended. (Rating: 5++)



Millions and millions of
Happy dummies greedily swallowing
All the idiotic crap that is shoved down
Their stupid goddamn throats.

(Rating: 1)



Hey kids!
God is bad for you!
Don't let Mommy and Daddy
Lure you into believing the same old sad
Lies that drive their crummy lives.

After all, you know better...
And so should they.

God is really bad for you, kids!
Very, very bad!

(Rating: 1)

Eric Hogg - Origins Unknown (Independently released CD, Pop)
Canada's Eric Hogg is one of those cool obscure musicians quietly writing and recording his own refreshingly pure music for what is most likely a very small but highly appreciative fan base. This CD arrived in our mailbox in a very simple package...just the CD and a factual one page brief from Eric himself. Instead of trying to sell himself using a bunch of worthless gibberish, Hogg instead lets his music speak for itself. And, as it turns out, this is the best approach for his music since Origins Unknown speaks for itself. This is Eric's second full-length release. Most listeners will be surprised at how polished and professional this guy's music is. Instead of creating underground noise and weird artsy crap, Hogg writes and records smart, smooth, cerebral pop music that is extremely focused and genuine. Eric played almost all of the instruments and did all the vocals himself. But instead of sounding like a one-man project...his music sounds extraordinarily well-rounded and full. Not much more to say...except that Origins Unknown is a totally cool little gem truly worthy of your time and attention. Cool cuts include "The Fallout," "Origins Unknown," "Lost in Static," and "Silent Nights." (Rating: 5+)

Taylor Hollingsworth - Bad Little Kitty (CD, Mass Music, Pop/rock)
The familiar little Team Clermont promo sticker on this CD compares Taylor Hollingsworth to Flat Duo Jets, The Black Keys, and The White Stripes which gives a good indication of the sound of the tunes. But in our minds, the songs on Bad Little Kitty are even more reminiscent of artists like The Young Fresh Fellows and T. Rex. This is a very basic album. A very, very, very, very basic album featuring familiar sounding garage pop rockers. But while it might be easy to just dismiss this as more of the same...there is one big difference between the songs on this album and the songs on millions of other albums. These songs are, quite simply, damn good. Sure, we'll all heard this kind of music before...bit in this instance it is played with such genuine excitement that you can't help but move to the music. This album may very well get lost in the shuffle of the ultra-dull times we're living in. If so, that would be a damn shame because these nineteen tracks are totally cool and credible. Top picks: "10 Good Reasons," "Where Is My Soul," "I'm Dead," "Bad Little Kitty." (Rating: 5+)



1. Locate one person.
2. Make the person dead.
3. Have fun with the person.

(Rating: 1)

Ill Ease - Turn It Loose! (CD, Ionik, Rock)
Elizabeth Sharp continues to be one of the most intriguing voices in music in the twenty-first century. Although she is slowly being accepted more and more in super hip circles around the world...Sharp continues recording the same kind of loopy, confusing music that she began recording several years ago. We have been big fans since the beginning...and our interest has never waned. What is perhaps most attractive to us about Elizabeth's music is that it makes us laugh out loud. But don't take this statement the wrong way. Ill Ease tunes are not purposely humorous and not specifically comedy. There is just something about this lady's soothingly loose sound that comes across sounding slightly goofy. And at a time in music when so many people take themselves way too seriously, this is a refreshing breath of clean air. Ms. Sharp has one of the most uniquely focused sounds we have ever heard. To be more precise, there is no one else in the world who sounds anything like her. She has defined her sound and style into her own strange form of modern art. To the untrained ear, Ill Ease songs might initially sound like accidental recordings or even mistakes. But make no mistake about it...Sharp knows exactly what she is doing. Her slightly drunk sounding mental stream-of-consciousness pop/rock is a total experience for intelligent listeners. You can listen to the thought provoking lyrics...sway and dance to the groovy beats...or just turn it up really loud and lose track of everything. In a world full of generic copycats...Elizabeth Sharp continues to expand minds and situations with her infectious and refreshing music. Nine crazy tracks here including "Here Comes Trouble (To the Tune of Pretty Woman)," "Two Lanes Left (All the Way)," "My Last Tango in Paris," and "Dear Krazy." Highly recommended. (Rating: 6)



Everyone is beautiful
In their own way.
Everyone is uniquely different
In their own way.
Everyone is kinda lost and indifferent
In their own way.
Everyone would be better off dead
In their own way.

(Rating: 1)

The Jersey Barrier - Steady Pace in the Slow Lane (Independently released CD, Soft pop)
Sparse, thoughtful, soft pop. No, they aren't from New Jersey...The Jersey Barrier is a band based in Athens, Georgia and this is their first full-length release. The band consists of Greg Harmelink, Cara McLanahan, Rob Walsh, Ash White, and Todd Elihu. The Jersey Barrier is easily one of the most accessible sounding bands we have heard from Athens. Steady Pace in the Slow Lane features nice, smooth, melodic tunes that--with a bit of tweaking and some additional instrumentation--would not sound at all out of place in the world of commercial music. But our guess is that commercial success is not the main emphasis for these folks. The songs are just too genuine and real...and at this point too sparse...to be digested by casual music fans. As such, Slow Lane will probably appeal to the specific audience for which it is intended...cool, genuine, real people seeking cool, genuine, real music. Soothing and serene. (Rating: 5)

Andrew Liles & Daniel Menche - The Progeny of Flies (CD, Beta-lactam Ring, Progressive/experimental)
The first collaboration between experimental artists Andrew Liles and Daniel Menche recorded from 2006 to 2007 in Portland, Oregon. The Progeny of Flies is, not surprisingly, an odd spin. The disc features otherworldly experimental sound collages that are subtle and hypnotic. The album is divided into four parts: "Eggs," "1st to 3rd Instar," "Pupa," and "Metamorphosis." Somehow or another, these two fellows have managed to effectively present sounds that seem to embody the world of insects (?). This music is extraordinarily esoteric and peculiar...not at all intended for the typical music fan. Note that the first 700 copies are encased in a deluxe book bound case. We have become huge fans of the Beta-lactam Ring label over the past few months...and The Progeny of Flies is an excellent example of why we are now so passionately hypnotized. This is a pure and unique recording that sounds like no other. An easy TOP PICK for this month... (Rating: 5+++)

Lewi Longmire Band - Fire 'Neath the Still (Independently released CD, Pop)
Lewi Longmire is but one of thousands upon thousands of truly talented musicians in the United States toiling away in obscurity because there are just not enough listeners in the United States to support all the artists. Mr. Longmire writes and records what might best be described as Americana pop. His guitar-based tunes are melodic and mellow...and they showcase what a great voice this guy has. The timbre of his voice reminds us a great deal of the vocalist in California's Solipsistics...but the music is totally different. Lewi has been playing around Portland, Oregon with various folks for many years. Hopefully this, his second full-length, will spike some major interest in his solo career...as this man is obviously deserving of a large audience who can appreciate his honest and genuinely satisfying tunes. Unlike a lot of underground artists, if the right company was smart enough to sink some money into this man and his career...he could end up being hugely successful. Smooth soft rockers include "Moon Song," "Disappear," "Voluntary Martyr," and "New Lone Ranger." (Rating: 5)



Live your life
Then die.

(Rating: 1)

Loudspeaker Speaker Meets Clearly Human - Like 10 Feet Tall (CD-R, Broken Twilight, Instrumental)
Loudspeaker Speaker is Jason Falk playing drums and percussion and Clearly Human is Chad Imes playing everything else. On Like 10 Feet Tall the two combine their talents to create smooth instrumentals layered over dub-like rhythms. The arrangements are properly restrained and the overall vibe is cool and laid back. We particularly like the cover and disc photo...a blurry blueish-green image of a duck or a swan...that on first glance looks neither like a duck nor a swan. This is not the sort of album that will clobber you over the head...but will rather slowly pull you in with its calm and soothing waves of sound... (Rating: 4++++)



Goddamn nature.
Goddamn space.
Goddamn animals.
Goddamn the human race.

(Rating: 1)

Mar - The Sound (CD, Ring Road, Progressive pop)
The second full-length release from Mar. The folks in this band have connections with a slew of super cool hipsters...so many, in fact, that we don't even need to mention them here. The Silence, the first Mar album, made quite an impression on a lot of people. The Sound is bound to have the exact same effect. This album features slick, grandiose, eloquent, epic progressive pop that is refined and fine-tuned to perfection. Some of the songs have a rather thick sound ("A Celebration," "Mother Star Sun," "Underwater")...but our favorites cuts here are the more stark and subtle ones. The vocals are precise and exacting...and some of the atmospherics in the background sound absolutely fabulous. Mar is Kyle J. Reidy, Adam Putman, Ty Denison, Danny Klein, and Dylan Aycock...along with several other folks offering helping hands. Artsy yet accessible tunes include "Icarus," "Lover," and "The Atheist." (Rating: 5)



Put something dead
On a piece of bread
And eat it.

(Rating: 1)

Midnight Meat Train - Original Motion Picture Score: Music by Robert Williamson & Johannes Kobilke (CD, Lakeshore, Soundtrack)
The original motion picture score to Midnight Meat Train should appeal equally to fans of progressive experimental sounds as well as fans of the film itself. Robert Williamson and Johannes Kobilke team up once again to create some unusual otherworldly music. Not surprisingly since this is a Clive Barker film, the compositions on this CD are dark and peculiar. The tracks on this album set the mood for what is bound to be a hypnotic and mesmerizing theater experience. The songs are subdued and slightly creepy...yet intricate and strangely perplexing. You can bet that this stuff is going to sound great in a big theater with surround sound. Twenty-one cuts here including "Blood Train," "Taking Photos," "I've Been Caught," and "Leon the Butcher." Strange stuff...executed to perfection. Recommended. (Rating: 5++)

Mio Myo - Ghost Fades (Independently released CD EP, Pop/rock)
We really admire the folks in Mio Myo. After all, how many totally independent bands can create such a strong buzz around the world based totally on their own recordings and creativity? This EP follows the band's last full length release Philharmonic Manic Mass Attack...and features the same sort of striking, melodic, smart progressive pop. The band consists of Uwe Eger, Thomas Autenrieth, Benni Pollach, and Michael Angerer. This five-song individually-numbered EP features five mellow mind-benders: "Switch," "Unicorns," Moon Movie," "Taxi," "NYC Mugshots," and "Pills." Groovy, moody, intelligent pop with an unconventional slant. We can't wait to hear the band's next full-length (!). (Rating: 5+)

Mirah - The Old Days Feeling (CD, Modern Radio, Pop/rock)
Soft, pensive, melodic soft pop It may or may not be a mere coincidence...but Mirah's voice and overall sound are extremely similar to babysue favorite Lisa Germano. So much so that one can't help but wonder if Mirah has been heavily influenced by Lisa's music...? The Old Days Feeling features fourteen stripped down tunes that focus on Mirah's understated vocals and introspective lyrics. Several pals offer support here including Phil Elverum, Karl Blau, and Calvin Johnson. We want to really love this album because the style of music is right up our alley...but the similarities to Germano are, at times, just a bit too extreme (?). At least for the time being, we're going to leave this one without a rating... (Not Rated)

Mock Orange - Captain Love (CD, Wednesday, Progressive pop)
Extremely well arranged smart progressive pop. The guys in Mock Orange have been creating music for about a decade now. They've had their ups and downs along the way...while never losing sight of their central mission. Recorded in Nashville, Tennessee and produced by Jeremy Ferguson, Captain Love finds the band sounding as vital and captivating as ever. The album features twelve progressive mid-tempo pop compositions with nice flowing melodies and intricate arrangements. Although the band does experiment with their instruments at times, the overall sound of Captain Love is extremely accessible. That is to say, millions of pop fans could easily appreciate this album. The band's unusual vocals are definitely a trademark of their sound. At times it would be nice to have a break from the constant thick, dense wall of voices...but given the strength of the tunes, this seems like a relatively minor thing to be whining about (!). Groovy hummable tunes include "Captain Love," "Smile On," "Motel Man," and "Old Movies." (Rating: 5)

Modern Day Urban Barbarians - Sludgemouth (Independently released CD, Hard noisy rock)
The guys in Modern Day Urban Barbarians play a style of harsh urban underground art rock that recalls thousands upon thousands of bands from the mid to late 1990s who were pushing the boundaries of loud noisy anxiety-fueled music. Either there are fewer and fewer bands around playing this style of music...or else the bands and labels releasing this kind of stuff simply aren't sending us their releases lately (?!?). Whatever the case...Sludgemouth reminds us of a time when things were getting out of control in the world of music... Before the tightening grip of censorship began in the twenty-first century and before the unsettling growth of super safe Christian oriented rock... So...just who are the Modern Day Urban Barbarians...? The band is the duo consisting of Devin ZorTon (space bass, vocals) and Jesse ZorTon (dum drums, vocals). Devin and Jesse play spastic, herky-jerky noisy rock with intelligent lyrics that are sort of spoken/yelled over bizarre, unpredictable aggression. These guys' songs are sure to elicit strong reactions one way or the other. Because they are playing a style of music that we rarely hear anymore...we have to give these guys bonus points for the plain and simple fact that they seem to be purposely alienating 98% of the listening audience... And for that, we most certainly applaud them. Peculiar and harsh. (Rating: 4+++++)

Mott The Hoople - In Performance 1970-1974 (Deluxe British import 4 CD set with booklet, Angel Air, Rock/pop)
The folks at Angel Air have really outdone themselves this time around. This four CD package is an absolute must for anyone who ever loved the music of Mott The Hoople. These live recordings capture the guys in the band at their absolute mind-riveting peak. Folks who have reservations about live recordings can put them to rest. These are the best sounding live Mott recordings we have yet to hear from this time period. Most British fans will probably not be surprised at how raw this band was in the early 1970s. Most American listeners who are only familiar with "All The Young Dudes" will almost certainly be somewhat shocked at the intense hard rock the band played in the early days. These four discs feature the band playing in Croydon, England, Stockholm, Sweden, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and other various locations in the United States. CD 1 starts out with a bang as the band opens (?!) playing a surprisingly cool version of the Neil Young classic "Ohio" for an appreciative audience in Croydon. The closing cover of The Kinks' "You Really Got Me" at this concert is a wild ride indeed and shows just how much of a powerhouse these guys were in their prime. The disc ends with four tracks recorded in Stockholm in 1971. The sound quality of the first disc is incredible. The second CD features an entire concert in Philadelphia. Though the sound quality is not as great as on the first disc, this concert is exceptional because it captures the band playing some of their most incredible tunes. Fans will delight to inspired tight takes on "Jerkin' Crocus," "Sucker," "Ready For Love," "Sweet Jane," "Sea Diver," "Sweet Angeline," and "One of the Boys." The third disc presents the band playing at various U.S. locations as their poppier side gels ("Whiskey Women," "Drivin' Sister," "All The Young Dudes," "All the Way From Memphis"). The fourth CD presents thirteen tracks recorded during the band's 1974 tour of the U.S. Interestingly, this disc begins with an odd short take on Don McLean's "American Pie"...before the band launches into more obvious territory ("The Golden Age of Rock'n'Roll"). Rounding things out is an excellent thick booklet featuring a brief history of the band and plenty of cool photos. Mott The Hoople fans will want to get hold of this one ASAP...only 2,000 copies are being offered for sale so... We would recommend getting your wet little paws on this juicy little sucker because it is bound to sell out QUICK. Recommended. (Rating: 5+++)

Mike Musick - Honest (CD, Union Street, Pop)
It can be easy to become supremely bitter about music and the world. After all, there is so much wrong with everything that it can be difficult to try to be optimistic and find something or someone worth believing in. While preachy artists usually turn us off as quickly as they try to turn us on, we couldn't help but be affected by the seemingly genuine and honest approach of Mike Musick. Musick is involved in the effort to improve the growing global water crisis. And while that might at first seem tedious and futile...after hearing his songs, we can't help but feel that this guy has the right idea about things and that his heart and soul are in the right place. Beyond the water crisis there is something even more substantial...Mike's songs. This guy writes super smooth, super commercial sounding smooth pop that is slightly soulful. And man, what a voice. Sure, these songs are too slick and produced for the average alternative noise freak...but folks into commercial pop will find a lot to love here. Classy hummable tracks include "Angels on the Radio," "America," "Real Big World," and "Space Out." (Rating: 5)

Mutlu - Livin' It (CD, Mutlusounds, Pop)
Mutlu Onaral prefers to just use his first name...which is probably a smart decision in terms of marketing and promotion. On this, his debut full-length release, Mutlu delivers super slick and super hummable mid-tempo soulful pop that is extremely hummable and accessible. Mutlu has a great voice that really makes his tunes cook. The album features several guests artists including Daryl Hall, Amos Lee, Raheem Devaughn, Sharon Little, Mercedes Martinez, Steve Holley, and Greg Bieck...all of whom provide credible support. The only guest artist who would have been better left off is G. Love who (c)rap hops on the tune "Shaky Ground" and ruins it. Considering how smooth and memorable the remaining nine tracks on this disc are, this one annoying track is like hitting a bad spot in the road. In order to enjoy this album, we would recommend burning a copy without this tune. Mutlu is bound to create quite a buzz with this album. The songs are thoughtful yet light and smooth...just the sort of music that most folks probably need in the twenty-first century to try and escape the current shape of things. Cool cuts include "See What It Brings," "Marilyn," "Mam's Not Coming Home," and "In Your Heart." (Rating: 4++++)

Nerdkween - Synergy (CD, Stickfigure, Progressive/experimental)
We have heard many sparse and simple artists over the past few decades...but rarely have we heard an artist as stark and naked as Atlanta, Georgia's Nerdkween. Whereas nowadays in the twenty-first century the usual idea is to inundate the listener with layers upon layers of digital multi-tracking...this young lady instead takes the exact opposite approach. Hearing this, the only possible comparisons that come to mind are Nico and Lisa Germano...mainly because all three share a strange, ultra-serious sound that is somehow distant yet profound. Some of the songs on this album are truly beautiful and have real staying power. In today's semi-generic world, Nerdkween comes across like a breath of fresh air. Top picks: "3 Haiku," "Earning My Disgrace," "If," and "The Beautiful Noise." (Rating: 5+)



Never forget
What you cannot

(Rating: 1)

Adam Niewood & His Rabble Rousers - Epic Journeys Volumes I & II (Double CD, Innova Recordings, Jazz)
This beautifully packaged set features two CDs from Adam Niewood & His Rabble Rousers. The first disc is more structured and features all original compositions by Niewood. The second disc begins and ends with Niewood compositions...but the remaining seven tracks are free group improvisations. There's a lot to take in here...in total these discs feature approximately two hours' worth of music. Joining Niewood on these recordings are Kristjan Randalu, Jesse Lewis, Chris Higgins, Matt Brewer, Rohin Khemani, and Greg Ritchie. We initially guessed that after spinning these CDs a few times we would end up having a strong preference for one disc or the other...but this was not the case. Each has its own strengths and they both hold up equally well. Adam's precise saxophone playing drives the proceedings...but the supporting players play a pivotal role in fleshing out the sound. Overall these recordings sound like modern jazz that is highly influenced by early classic jazz artists from the 1950s and 1960s. As is always the case with Innova Recordings' releases...the sound quality is impeccable. These discs are packaged in a beautifully designed digipak sleeve. Impressive artsy stuff. Recommended. (Rating: 5++)

Nurse With Wound - Huffin' Rag Blues (CD, Jnana, Progressive)
If you aren't familiar with this band, you might very easily mistake Huffin' Rag Blues for what it appears to be on the surface...a collection of good time party dance music. But if you're even remotely familiar with Nurse With Wound...well then, you most certainly know better. Whatever it is or it isn't, Blues is definitely somewhat of a surprise. On this album, Steven Stapleton and Andrew Liles combine sounds and styles in such a way that the listener is left feeling slightly confused and decidedly dizzy. The photos on the digipak sleeve seem to sum up the sound best...on the surface things appear normal but the closer you pay attention the stranger they become. And that just may be the underlying message here. Huffin' Rag Blues can almost (at times) make you tap your toesies...but the rest of the time you may feel as if you have somehow gotten lost and can't find your way home. We can't explain it any better than that, sorry to say... But, as usual, we are mighty impressed with the intense creativity that is inherent in all Nurse With Wound recordings. As such, this one easily gets a total thumbs up. It's not for everyone but then...it doesn't even begin to try to be... Highly recommended. (Rating: 5+++)

Orso - Ask Your Neighbor (CD, Contraphonic, Progressive pop)
Orso began releasing music in 1998 and was created by Phil Spirito who was previously in the band rex. The band is a constantly revolving and evolving entity that changes depending on the Spirito's needs and desires. Ask Your Neighbor was recorded over the course and three years with various musicians participating...which may explain the unpredictable nature of these recordings. In some ways, the overall sound of this album occasionally reminds us of Sparklehorse...but the vocals are markedly different. It is somewhat difficult describing these odd subtle progressive tracks...but they are extremely laidback and relaxing. Intriguing songs include "All Suffer Fools," "I'm High," "Protest Song," and "Way Way." Good music for reflecting. (Rating: 5)

Pet Ghost Project - Cheer Up-It's Raining (Independently released CD, Progressive pop/rock)
With most albums, you can kinda guess what's gonna come next after you hear the first couple of tracks. With Pet Ghost Project...you really never know exactly what to expect. This band is the solo project created by Justin Stivers and Cheer Up-It's Raining is his third full-length release. The mini-bio that accompanied this CD caught out attention mainly because it described Stivers as a "songer sing writer" (hyuk hyuk hyuk...). So...exactly what does Pet Ghost Project sound like? Hard so say, actually...but the odd, spontaneous sound of the songs reminds us in many ways of some of the more unusual progressive pop bands from Athens, Georgia in the late 1990s. There is something slightly dream-like about Justin's recordings. After you hear them, you almost don't remember what it is that you've just heard. There's some real, credible creativity going on here...as is evidenced by smart cuts like "Celebrate Youth," "Mistakes," "Kiwi Perfume," and "Another." Intriguing. (Rating: 5)

Pictures and Sound - Pictures and Sound (CD, Vanguard, Pop)
After spinning this album a dozen times or more, we began to try and determine exactly what it is about this album that is so appealing. After all, Luke Reynolds (the man behind the band) is just writing and recording basic pop music...so why is his music is so much better than most generic twenty-first century pop? Is it because of the stripped down arrangements? So many artists overproduce their music to death, perhaps that is what makes this album stand out. Nope, that's not it exactly. Is it because Reynolds has a really cool deep voice that comes across sounding genuine and inspired? No, even though he has an incredible voice...that's not what makes this music so magical. After thinking and thinking we finally came to the conclusion...that Pictures and Sound is a great album simply because Luke writes really great pop songs. And the amazing part...is that his music could easily appeal to millions upon millions of listeners. It is a rare case indeed when an artist can juggle commercial accessibility with artistic integrity. But this guy does it...and he makes it all sound as easy as holy hell. Recorded live to analog tape, Pictures and Sound is a warm and inviting album that should please just about anyone who loves good, hummable, mid-tempo pop. The more we hear this...the more impressed we are. Cool catchy cuts include "Everything Leaves A Mark," "It's You" (this one oughta be a major hit!), "Big Screen," and "Space Between the Lines." Recommended. (Rating: 5++)



If you pray too hard
Your balls will fall

(Rating: 1)

QuarterAcreLifestyle - Blood on the Lawn (Independently released CD, Pop/rock)
The lead track on this album ("Captains of Industry") makes it instantly clear that the folks in QuarterAcreLifestyle aren't playing the game by the normal set of rules. After all, how many modern pop bands begin their album with a peculiar instrumental...? This band is a rather intriguing quintet with a peculiar and unpredictable sound. The band consists of Aaron Pollock, Cameron Pollock, Tony Masterantonio, Kristen Brown, and Sarah Anderson. If we had to try to describe the overall vibe of this album...we would describe this band's music is a progressive blend of modern progressive pop with slight strains of industrial technology. But that might be a bit limiting, as some of the tunes on this album definitely do not fit within the confines of such a narrowly-defined framework. What is perhaps most surprising...is how accessible some of these tracks are. Some of them actually sound like they could be...big commercial hits (?!?). Odd modern pop cuts include "Yeah Nah," "Cold Heart," "Escalator," and "Blood on the Lawn." (Rating: 5+)

Kristoffer Ragnstam - Wrong Side of the Room (CD, Bluhammock Music, Pop)
We are confused. We cannot figure out exactly why it is that Kristoffer Ragnstam's music has not yet caught on in a big way. After all, it's not like he is recording obtuse noise or anything. This guy writes and records accessible catchy pop music that could easily be absorbed by just about anyone. Our only guess...is that at this point the market is so oversaturated that thousands upon thousands of credible artists just get lost in the shuffle. No matter. Wrong Side of the Room is yet another great little album full of upbeat catchy tunes from this super talented young fellow. Ragnstam's main emphasis is on lyrics and vocal melodies...but he also has a great knack for coming up with cool and intricate arrangements. And man, what a voice. This guy has a falsetto that puts others to shame. At times we can hear possible traces and/or influences of other artists like The Kinks and Self in Kristoffer's music...but he is by no means playing a copycat role in music. This guy's music is original and unique. Twelve classy cuts here including "Stop On Top," "Swing That Tambourine," "Happy Mistakes," and "Many Ways." (Rating: 5+)

Rahim - Laughter (Advance CD, Pretty Activity, Progressive pop)
Familiar...and yet not really that familiar at all. Rahim presents their second full-length release...and it hits the bull's eye. Laughter is a cool slice of modern progressive pop. The songs on this album feature cool flowing melodies, smart introspective lyrics, intricate guitar lines, and simple throbbing rhythms. The only band that we could possibly compare Rahim with would be Pinback...but in actuality the two bands only have some very slight similarities. Although we can't exactly explain why...for some reason, we keep coming back to this album over and over and over again. There is just some certain something about these tunes that grabs onto you and holds on (?). We would have liked to have seen the actual complete release on this one rather than an advance CD-R. As such, this one definitely gets a thumbs up...but only a partial review because we received only part of the actual final product... (Not Rated)

Ruby Rendrag - Wartime Favorites (Independently released CD, Pop)
You're gonna love the cover photo on this one...a picture of a woman from the 1940s (?) standing by the bathroom sink with a mirror in hand...that just happens to be reflecting the image of an atomic bomb going off in the distance. Ruby Rendrag's career has been plagued by some ups and downs thus far. Her appropriately-titled debut album Interrupted was partially lost to Hurricane Katrina and was never properly released. Afterwards she was faced an illness that eventually took her mother's life...before she began work on this, her second full-length release. In many cases the things that can bring you down make you stronger...and our guess is that this is exactly what has happened in Ms. Rendrag's life. Instead of becoming a victim of some troubling circumstances, Ruby instead pulled herself up and created a very strong and impressive album full of nice, soulful, gutsy pop tunes. Ruby is a gifted songwriter and she has a nice, deep, inviting voice that really makes her tunes cook. Twelve nifty tracks including "Not Today," "Superman," "Long Way Up," and "Clair De Lune." (Rating: 5+)

The Revisionists - The Revisionists (CD, Loveless, Pop/rock)
Plain hard rock played straight up with no fillers or additives. The Revisionists were formed from the ashes of the 1990s grunge band Tonic. On this, the band's self-titled album, they go straight for the gut...concentrating on songs and delivery instead of cute technological tricks. The idea works. This self-titled album rocks hard...and features wonderfully thick and rich guitars as well as gutsy masculine vocals. The Revisionists are Sam Jones (guitar, vocals), Dan Lavery (bass), and Kevin Shephard (drums). This album features a string of non-stop catchy tunes that are bound to please even the most jaded hard rock fans. The playing is tight and focused...making it nearly impossible to stay still while spinning the disc. Ten kickass cuts including "Universal," "See You Around," "Monday," and "Good and Bad." (Rating: 5+)

Roedelius / Story - Inlandish (Advance CD-R, Label not included on disc)
The third collaboration between Ohio's Tim Story and Hans-Joachim Roedelius who was originally a member of the German band Cluster in the 1970s. Inlandish features slow, subtle, progressive instrumentals...arranged to perfection with odd peculiar sounds threaded throughout. Story and Roedelius are both masters at creating understated beauty with sound. Spinning something like a peculiar film soundtrack, Inlandish is yet another solid addition to these fellows' expanding catalog. We would have liked to have seen the actual complete release on this one rather than an advance CD-R. As such, this one definitely gets a thumbs up...but only a partial review because we received only part of the actual final product... (Not Rated)

Sebadoh - Bubble and Scrape Deluxe Edition (CD, Domino, Pop/rock)
Bubble and Scrape is an important album in the Sebadoh catalog for a variety of reasons. The album was recorded as the line-up began to crumble and evolve as this was the last album that included original member Eric Gaffney. At this point in time this album made it even more obvious that Lou Barlow was the real magnetic force behind the band's best tunes. "Soul and Fire," the lead track, is easily one of the best pop songs ever written...and yet Barlow's vocals are so subtle and matter-of-fact that you almost forget what a timeless tune this is. The variety of the style of music becomes more intense as well, as Gaffney and Jason Loewenstein's songs seem increasingly offbeat and intense compared to Barlow's more conventional pop leanings. As has been the case with all of Domino's Sebadoh reissues, this is not a mere re-release. The CD includes a wealth of bonus tracks as well as a deluxe thick booklet detailing all kinds of Sebadoh facts and information. It's great that this label is making these albums available once again to a continually growing segment of the population with a keen interest in Lou Barlow's early recordings... (Rating: 5)

The Shys - You'll Never Understand This Band The Way That I Do (CD, Aeronaut, Pop/rock)
Although their overall approach is much more varied and encompassing than either, we would have to placed The Shys in the same general category as bands like The Strokes and Black Rebel Motorcycle Club. The guys in this band released their initial EP on Aeronaut before releasing their debut full-length Astoria on Sire. Thankfully they made the right choice to dump Sire and return to their original label. The humorously-titled You'll Never Understand This Band The Way That I Do is chock full of catchy loud pop/rockers that oughta drive young adults absolutely wild. The more we hear lead Kyle Kroneo sing...the crazier we are about his voice. But this is by no means a one man band...all the players are integral to the overall sound. Alex Kweskin, Chris Wulff, Riley Stephenson, Tony Cupito, and Kroneo all contribute in the songwriting department...and all five are super tight on their respective instruments. The more we spin this album...the more embedded it becomes in our subconsciousness. Killer classic cuts include "Spanish Village by the Sea," "She's Already Gone," "Find Some Courage," and "Love Is Gonna Get You." Recommended. (Rating: 5++)

Silver Summit - Silver Summit (CD, Language of Stone, Progressive)
We have come to really admire Language of Stone releases over the past couple of years...and this album is an excellent example of why this is so. Though they reside in Brooklyn, New York, the folks in Silver Summit write and record music that recalls some of the more abstract underground progressive British artists from the 1970s. The band is driven by the dual songwriting skills of Sondra Sun-Odeon and David Shawn Bosler...both of whom compose tunes that are decidedly out-of-synch with the majority of what one hears on the radio and the internet. The songs on this album come across sounding like folk songs from the past adapted into the world of the twenty-first century using instruments from another time period. Produced by Greg Weeks and the band members themselves, this is a richly rewarding collection of tunes that treads in strange heady territory. Far too intellectual for the casual listener...this will most likely appeal to folks looking for those odd unique tidbits floating beneath the surface. Top picks: "Music in the Afterlife," "Awaken," "In-Between Place" (our favorite), and "Wishing Well." Excellent vocals from start to finish. Recommended. (Rating: 5++)

Sparkydog & Friends - One Bird A Day: A Compilation of Songs by Sparkydog & Friends (CD, Superorganica, Progressive pop)
This would have been an easy CD to overlook because various artists discs usually bore us to tiny little tears. Fortunately we took a few minutes to absorb what was going on here...because One Bird A Day: A Compilation of Songs by Sparkydog & Friends is a truly unique listening experience. The Superorganica label has an interesting way of marketing their artists...openly suggesting to folks that they freely copy, share, and non-commercially remix the music. Even more refreshing than the label's approach is the music of Sparkydog...the band who presents the first ten tracks on this CD. Sparkydog songs are...absolutely great! The band's pop tunes are refreshingly hummable...laced with groovy synth sounds and neat guitar riffs...and the vocals are always right on target. The other artists on this disc are also rather intriguing...Monstera Deliciosa, The Earbuds, The Seventh Side, Universal Fuzz Device, The Shanghai Noodles, Taigaa!, and More Teeth. All kinds of trippy, spacey, slightly psychedelic danceable pop tunes with a cool creative slant. After hearing this, we will definitely be on the lookout for more releases on this new ultra-cool music label... Great stuff...! (Rating: 5+)

Stone The Crows - Live Crows 1972/73 (CD + DVD, Angel Air, Rock)
This double disc set will be warmly welcomed by fans of Great Britain's Stone The Crows and Maggie Bell. The CD features the band playing live in 1972 at Monetreaux...shortly after which guitarist Leslie Harvey was electrocuted during a sound check in Swansea. We have always felt that the band Stone The Crows was England's answer to Big Brother and the Holding Company. There are certainly similarities between the two...as well as similarities between Maggie and Janis Joplin. This live performance only features five tunes...but the band members use their time wisely and really flex their muscles on these tracks. Bell's voice sounds particularly strong and focused. The DVD features the band playing live in 1973 on the German In Concert, Beat Workshop television show with new guitarist Jimmy McCulloch. This package is probably mainly intended for folks who are already fans of the band...but others into 1970s rock may well find a lot of intriguing material here... (Rating: 4+++++)

Sudden Infant - Psychotic Einzelkind (CD, Blossoming Noise, Noise)
Another compelling, difficult release from those insane folks at Lilburn, Georgia's Blossoming Noise label. Sudden Infant is the trio consisting of Joke Lanz, Bill Kouligas, and Christian Weber. The first track on this album ("Somniphobia") almost had us believing this was going to be a music-type of release...but our opinion quickly changed as the spaced-out industrial "Deep Cuts" sliced through our cerebral cortex. As is the case with all Blossoming Noise releases, we simply cannot recommend this CD to average or casual listeners. Psychotic Einzelkind is difficult to digest as well as describe. The band's atonal blasts of intense aural energy are confusing and may cause many folks to have unexpected bowel movements. One thing we realized after the first few spins...the louder you turn this l'il sucker up...the better it sounds. Eleven oddball cuts here with our favorite being "Bamblood"...plus three remixes provided courtesy of Z'EV, Lasse Marhaug, and Thurston Moore. This may not be for everyone...but it sure as hell rocks our confused little universe. Recommended. (Rating: 5+++)

The Suicide Kings - The Suicide Kings (CD, Blue Plate Music, Pop/country)
We had to spin this album several times before deciding how we felt about it which is usually a good thing...because with most CDs we can usually sum them up on the very first spin. At first we figured the guys in The Suicide Kings were just another alternative country band. But closer inspection revealed something more different and substantial. Although the songs on the band's self-titled album might be lumped into the increasingly-annoying alternative country category, this band's overall sound has much more variety than such a simple categorization might imply. Some of the tracks on this album sound like classic country music...others sound like honky tonk...while still others teeter into the world of rock and roll. This debut album features a surprisingly mature sound. But that may be due to the fact that bandleaders Bruce Cannole and Brad Buxer have been playing together for over 20 years (they were originally in the bands The Jetzons and The Strand). These guys have obviously paid their dues. And now, if the timing is right, this album is gonna catch a lot of people off guard. Songs are what make an album great...and there are twelve truly great tracks here. Cool hummable cuts include "Suicide King," "Marie," "Hooker's Lament," "I Want To Live Forever," and "Thoughts Inside." Recommended. (Rating: 5++)

The Telepathic Butterflies - Breakfast in Suburbia (CD, Rainbow Quartz, Pop)
The Telepathic Butterflies don't release albums very often. But when they do well...then we're all in for a really cool treat. At this point in their career, one would expect the guys in this band to be overproducing their music and going straight for the bucks. But this is certainly not the case with Breakfast in Suburbia. This is a very stripped down album on which the band uses a standard line-up of bass, drums, and guitars to present their decidedly unpretentious and totally delicious upbeat pop tunes. The band consists of Jacques Dubois (drums), Eric Van Buren (bass), and Rejean Ricard (guitar). Ricard is a master songwriter...this time tossing out fourteen fresh new killer tracks that stick in the mind like glue. Interestingly, this time around many of the songs recall The Jam at the point when Paul Weller began toning down the volume a bit, opting to focus more on melodies and arrangements. The Telepathic Butterflies are one of the most genuine and credible guitar pop bands on the planet. Instead of following trends and selling out, they focus on creating purely entertaining music for discriminating listeners. Killer cuts include "The Trouble in Keeping Up With the Joneses," "Telescope," "Sign of the Times," and "The Caution Slumber." Warning: This stuff is as catchy as holy hell. Recommended. (Rating: 5++)

T. Rex - A Celebration of Marc & Mickey (CD, Angel Air, Pop/rock)
We approached this disc with some serious reservations. T. Rex is one of the most criminally re-packaged and re-marketed bands in history. And because we are such avid fans of the late great Marc Bolan...we figured these recordings would be miserable failures. After all, this isn't the real band here...but rather a re-grouped version of the band in the 1990s that features only one original member...Mickey Finn (these songs were recorded shortly before Finn's untimely death). When we slammed this sucker into our player we had to do a double take. What is this...old tracks of Bolan singing layered over new musical tracks...? Nope, that is not the case. As hard as it is to believe, the man singing on this album is not Marc Bolan. Rather and instead, the shockingly-similar voice belongs to Paul Fenton...a man who sounds so much like Bolan that you have to hear it to believe it. This is a confusing album for many reasons. Fenton, Finn, and their associates do an impressive job of recreating the T. Rex sound. But just as you might imagine, the original recordings remain superior. This is an interesting look back and, for many fans, a way of re-living one of the coolest careers in music that is now, sadly, only a memory. One thing is certain. Fenton has perfected his imitation of Bolan's voice (!!!). (Not Rated)

Corey Tut - Everything (Independently released CD, Pop/rock)
Exceptionally cool and groovy pop/rock from New York's Corey Tut. On the first spin, you might be inclined to dismiss this album as just another of millions of buzzsaw pop albums currently splattered all over the planet. But after taking the time to spin Everything half a dozen times...we found that we were indeed hooked on this man's brand of smart, super hummable pop. In the cover letter that accompanied this disc Tut compares his music to artists like Foo Fighters and Daughtry...but his own music is, in fact, far superior to either. This album has a nice, dense, thick sound courtesy of producer Super Buddha...who has also produced Deborah Harry and Rufus Wainwright. But the songs themselves are what make this album such a cool addictive spin. Many of Corey's tunes are apparently fueled by by problems and/or disagreements with ex-friends, ex-lovers, and ex-business associates. Funny how anger and resentment seem to be such excellent fuel for creativity. Tut may be an underground artist now...but if he gets the right exposure in the coming months this guy could easily become a huge superstar. Cool catchy cuts include "Someone Else's Problem," "Wasted," "So What?", "My Favorite Memory," and "Not Leaving." (Rating: 5+)



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(Rating: 1)

Twink - A Very Fine Adventure (CD, Twink Tunes, Instrumental)
Who would've thought that when the strange sounds of Pianosaurus trickled into people's consciousness in the 1980s...that the toy instrument genre would not only survive, but thrive...? Strange but true. And now here in the twenty-first century, Mike Langlie's Twink seems to be leading the pack. Langlie has made a career out of tinkering with toys. His albums are always fanciful and humorous yet they are so focused and precise that they are not merely a joke...but rather a way of taking "toy music" seriously to a higher plane of existence. A Very Fine Adventure is quite possibly the most accessible Twink album yet...but most folks probably won't think so. This time around Mike creates music that sounds something like the soundtrack to a film...which might almost sound normal if it weren't for those ever-so-slightly off key toy instruments clattering and tinkling around in the foreground. This release features absolutely fantastic graphics on a foldout cardboard sleeve...three cuddly little bunnies taking off into the sky in a hot air balloon. Langlie has an extremely loyal and devoted underground following and yet...he remains a curious oddity in the world that most folks are completely unfamiliar with. Such a shame...why is it that the most creative people always seem to exist on the fringes...? Never mind and no matter...because those who experience the eloquence of A Very Fine Adventure will reap plenty of truly fine goddamn rewards. Simultaneously smart and silly mind altering tracks include "Bunnies in a Balloon," "Blindfolded Bird Race," "Toadstool Tea," and "The Voyage Home." Intelligent music for the thinking adult who hasn't yet lost his/her ability to "just be a kid." Highly recommended. (Rating: 5+++)

Reed Waddle - Piece by Piece (Independently released CD, Pop)
Smooth, hummable, accessible soft melodic pop that recalls FM radio pop from the 1970s and 1980s. What will probably grab most folks' attention first about this album is the fact that Reed Waddle recorded and co-wrote some of this album with John Oates (of Hall & Oates) at his home studio in Woody Creek, Colorado. Not surprising, as Reed's music has the same kind of plaintive, soulful sound of the well-known 1970s duo. Piece by Piece is a super slick album with a thick sound that will seem instantly familiar to most music fans. Waddle isn't playing the game like the average up-and-coming obscure musician. Rather than starting out creating super weird or super strange sounding stuff...he opted instead to charge out of the gates writing and recording music that could be appreciated by millions. After spinning this disc a few times...we can't help but think that, with the right backing, this guy could become hugely famous in no time. He has an incredibly smooth voice...and his songs are bound to strike a chord with people. Smooth R & B pop cuts include "The Beast Within," "Piece By Piece," "Natural Elevation," and "Velveteen Skies." (Rating: 5)

Natalie Walker - With You (CD, Dorodo Records Limited, Pop)
Plenty of nice, smooth, pensive, understated melodic pop abounds on Natalie Walker's second full-length release. Like her debut, With You was produced by the duo Stuhr. Walker writes smooth accessible soft pop songs that seem to breathe new life due to the nice, thick, organic sounding electronics that bleed in and out of the mix. The rhythms are slow but persistent...and Natalie has a voice that can truly melt mountains. This might be considered lite groove music...because when listening to it you may very well have the inclination to calmly sway back and forth. This is probably too smooth and easy for rock and rollers and/or folks seeking something really far out. But Walker's music is certain to please the audience she is aiming for. Her songs are articulate and moving...and manage to create a really cool upbeat mood. In a perfect world, With You would be hugely popular. But considering the weird ups and downs of twenty-first century music...well, we'll just have to wait and see what happens. She's certainly got the songs and the voice to make some major waves. Twelve kickass tunes here including "Lost My Shadow," "Over and Under," and "Only Love." Really beautiful music. Recommended. (Rating: 5++)

Wanted - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack: Music by Danny Elfman (CD, Lakeshore, Soundtrack)
A simple fact to bear in mind in the world of soundtrack recordings...if it has the name Danny Elfman on it, it has to be good. The Wanted soundtrack is a bit of a departure for Elfman in some ways. The disc begins with a normal pop/rock song ("The Little Things") that sets the mood for the film before Elfman returns to his signature big orchestral sound. And speaking of big orchestras... The inner insert includes the names of all the individuals who participated in the creation of this project and the list is big, big, BIG. Instruments involved include a huge violin section, multiple violas and cellos, six bass players...in addition to flutes, oboes, clarinets, bassoons, french horns, trumpets, trombones, tuba, various percussion, and even a harp. This is a big production that was obviously used to match what will obviously be a high-tech adrenaline-fueled film. This time around Elfman has created a soundtrack that is exciting and curious...and will no doubt sound totally fantastic on a big sound system. We have loved every soundtrack this man has yet to create...and Wanted is no exception. Magnificent stuff... (Rating: 5+)

Tamas Wells - Two Years in April (CD, Popboomerang, Folk/pop)
Tamas Wells is one of the most genuinely talented folkie popsters we have heard this century. His organic free flowing melodies are smooth and soothing...ultimately uplifting and thought provoking. Two Years in April is cut from the same fabric as Well's last album and features ten precisely focused tracks. We can't help but continue to compare Tamas' voice to the voice of the late great Kirsty MacColl...as both artists have a similar timbre and their phrasing can be almost identical at times. Two Years in April is a lovely album featuring smart, honest songs that come straight from the heart. Although he has had success in his native Australia as well as even bigger success in Japan...Wells still remains a curious unknown in the United States. Sad...but yet another example of how some of the best artists in the world hardly receive any recognition at all in America. Most folks in this depressing country are much more concerned with trendy fashion and temporary pop than they are with credible genuine artists. No matter. In the end folks like Tamas Wells will win...because they create credible music that will stand the test of time. Keen reflective songs include "Fine, Don't Follow A Tiny Boat For A Day," "For The Aperture," "Signs I Can't Read," and "Grace And Seraphim." The strings on this album are superb. Highly recommended. (Rating: 5+++)

Adrian Whitehead - One Small Stepping Man (CD, Popboomerang, Pop)
Strange that this album just happened to be sitting on top of the the new album by From Bubblegum To Sky in our office stacks...because Adrian Whitehead's voice and style of crafting songs are remarkably similar to Mario Hernandez. Like Hernandez, Whitehead writes melodic uplifting music that is so positive and upbeat that it is likely to turn lots of folks off. Which is truly unfortunate...because these songs are by no means artificially calculated nor phony. One Small Stepping Man is a purely genuine collection of catchy positive pop that resounds with originality. We had to spin this album over and over and over before it finally made an impression on us. But when it hit...it really hit. This guy is good at what he does...damn good. The 1960s leap into the twenty-first century...and the results are astounding. Classic cuts include "Caitlin's 60's Pop Song," "You Are The Sun," "Elle," and "Nothing's Changed." Some of these tunes recall some of the softer tracks by The Monkees and the vocals are strangely reminiscent of Redd Kross at times... Recommended. (Rating: 5++)

Edgar Winter - Rebel Road (Advance CD-R, Airline, Rock/pop)
We had to do a double take when this little sucker slid out of the envelope. A new album by...Edgar Winter...? Truth is stranger than fiction...and yes, the 1970s albino/transvestite rocker has recorded and released a brand new batch of tunes. Winter was pretty much a two hit wonder as most folks are only familiar with his two mega-hits "Free Ride" and "Frankenstein." Most artists making a comeback would return with a super slick box of processed cheese...but Edgar Winter doesn't take the standard approach. Rebel Road is surprisingly raunchy...and rocks pretty damned hard. The guitars are loud and up front in the mix...and Edgar's vocals are impressively gritty and masculine. We would have liked to have seen the actual complete release on this one rather than an advance CD-R. As such, this one definitely gets a thumbs up...but only a partial review because we received only part of the actual final product... (Not Rated)

Wire - Object 47 (CD, Cargo UK, Pop/rock)
Earlier this year the guys in Wire surprised a lot of folks with their totally inspired Read and Burn 03 EP. The disc represented a well-timed return to form...and was probably the result of the band revisiting their past catalog. Now comes the highly anticipated follow up full-length...Object 47. Just as was the case with Read and Burn 03, this album finds the band treading in territory that is similar to their very early recordings decades ago. But instead of sounding like a rehash of old ideas these songs sound fresh and genuinely spirited. Most bands that have been around as long as Wire have either sold out or have burned out in a blaze of waste and desperation. Object 47 is basically a progressive pop album with threads of subtle psychedelia. These nine songs sound better and better the more familiar they become. Listeners should be aware of the fact that none of the songs on Read and Burn are repeated here...so seeking out both discs would definitely be in order. One of the best things about 2008...is that we are once again reminded of what a great band Wire is. Killer cuts include "One Of Us," "Four Long Years," "Patient Flees," "Are You Ready?" (a particularly satisfying track), and "All Fours." Recommended. (Rating: 5+++)



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(Rating: 1)

Yell County - A Real Fine Hole (Independently released CD, Rock/pop)
Cool, catchy, upbeat pop/rock played with plenty of genuine inspiration. The press released that accompanied this disc compared The Yell to The Kinks and The Who...but in our minds this Washington, D.C. trio sounds even more like a modern updated American take on The Jam. The songs on A Real Fine Hole feature big fat fuzzy guitars, throbbing danceable rhythms, and nice clean vocals. These tunes are so catchy and upbeat that it didn't dawn on us until several spins later...that the lyrics are the only weak link. This band writes some incredible pop songs. If they can come up with lyrics to match the intensity of their music...they will most surely have a totally winning combination. Even taken as is, Hole is a great big fall of power pop fun that doesn't require anything more than simply turning it up and letting 'er rip. Top picks: "Buried Standing Up," "We're History Now," and "Gonna." (Rating: 4+++)


Additional Items Received:

Adam & Lena - Tea by moonlight
Acher - Doomsday profits
Peter Bradley Adams - Leavetaking
Arch Cupcake - Wash out ep
Aviary Ghost - Memory is a hallway
Awkward Stage - Slimming mirrors, flattering lights
Yusef Azak - Gazelle EP
Hunzer B. - Little scoop
Noa Babayof - From a window to a wall
Aidan Baker - Book of nods
Before the Rains - Original motion picture soundtrack: Music by Mark Kilian
Beloved Infidels - Trompe l'oeil girl
Monique Berry - I won't pretend
Blackmarket - Blackmarket
Blag'ard - Bobcat
Blue Agengers - Chasing rainbows in the dark
Blue Moon Rising - One lonely shadow
Bombs - Black butterfly
Boz - Karma knows...
Justin Brogdon - Justin Brogdon
Broken Poets - Everything in nature
Ayla Brook - After the morning after
Daniele Brusaschetto - Ovo remixed by...
Jason J. Bundy - Returning
Ryan Cabrera - The moon under water
Suzy Callahan - My own personal watermelon
Catfight! - In stereo
Don Chambers and Goat - Zebulon
Chaos Theory - Original motion picture soundtrack
Chingalera - Dose
Class War - A crack in the mask
Colosseum - Reunion concert cologne 1994
Conjunto Jardin - Yerba buena
Constant Velocity - Muttonhead
Crap Detectors - It got too deep!!
Michael Dean Damron & Thee Loyal Bastards - Bad days ahead
Danna & The Changes - Consonant cacophony
Dawn Chorus - Florida st. serenade
Dead Heart Bloom - Fall in
Death Defying Acts - Original motion picture soundtrack
Definitely, Maybe - Original motion picture soundtrack
Destination: Oblivion - Hardwired
Digital Primate - Siege mentality
Dirty Hearts - Pigs
Discovery - Discovery
Douye - Journey
Dreadful Yawns - Take shape
Dynamite Club - Fusion era
Einsturzende Neubauten - The jewels
Elise Major - Elise Major
Bryan Estepa - Sunday best
Falcon - Falcon
Brian Fitzpatrick and the Band of Brothers - Worse for wear
Anna Maria Flechero - Within the fourteenth hour
Flipping the Pig - My heroic something (?)...can't read it!
Johnny Flynn - Hong kong cemetry EP
Neal Fox - Now it's personal
Frances - All the while
Futants - Pass me the butter...
The Gallery - If you know what i mean
Paul Geng - Modern day pygmalion
Get Help - The end of the new country
Glitterband - Glitteresque
Goldcure - Portuguese prince
Hecuba - Sir
Hellbound Glory - Scumbag country
Horde - From empire to ashes
Hotpants Romance - It's a heatwave
House of Badger - Dead birds
Hypatia Lake - Angels and demons, space and time
Icecold Archbishop - The sun dies too
Ifihadahifi - Fame by proxy
Illimanjaro - Not invited
Indigenous - Broken lands
Robert J. - A beautiful blur
Janelia - I'm an african
Joan As Police Woman - To survive
Rebecca Jones - Out of water
June Star - Cora belle
Kessler - I know your voice
Kill and eat - Green bushes
Kino - Map of the universe
Christina Kowalchuk - How much noise
Cameron Latimer - Fallen apart
Amy Lennard - I need to love
Les Cox (sportiffs) - Neverheed
Chris Letcher - Harmonium
John Peter Lewis - Break the silence
Jimmy Lloyd - Jimmy Lloyd
Lo-Boy - The re-mix
Long Dead Sevens - The white waltz and other stories
Loxsly - Flashlights
Lea Marie - Lea Marie
Matthew and the Arrogant Sea - Family family family meets the magic christian
Mickeys - Walk along
Miss Autopsy - The hill
Topher Mohr - True love on the tv set
Mosaic - Unsaid, undone
Natalie Portman's Shaved Head - Glistening pleasure
Negativland - Thigmotactic
Obscured By Clouds - Psycheclectic
Wade Ogle - Songs from winter
Omar Torrex Band - The beat outside
Osaka Popstar - Rock 'em o-sock 'em live!
Panik - A page torn...
Paper route - Are we all forgotten
Paranoids - Obsessionsdelusions&headtripsvol.3
Patchwork - Take me down the interstate
Peter Paul Parker - Stepping up
Perhepst - Perhepst
Pineapple Express - Original motion picture soundtrack
Player Kommander - On the eve of absolute get down
Power of Country - See you in rock 'n' roll heaven
The Promotion - Original motion picture soundtrack: Music by Alex Wurman
Rebel Kid - Sex religion politics
Jimmy Reeves - The axe and the tree
Rescues - Crazy ever after
A. Rex - Who said i was running?
Rhythm Merchant - Trampoline
Steve Richard - Steve Richard
Davina Robinson - The blazing heart
Rogue Motel - Daylight breaking
Rowdy Prairie Dogs - The revenge of the...
Ruby Isle - Ruby Isle
Rurik - Re-education
Sadiki - Morning's come
Rachel Sage - Chandelier
Julian Sakata - See?
Sailor - Traffic jam - sound and vision
Searching for the Now - Vol. 3 & Vol. 4
Seven That Spells - Black om rising
Sick of Sarah - Sick of Sarah
Anya Singleton - The other side
Smittens - The coolest thing about love
Sneaks - In an instant
Sam Sparro - Sam Sparro
Strait Jacket - Vices
Sub-ID - BFF
Subliminator - Rake
Sub Swara - Coup d'yah
Sugarcane Mutiny - Your town
Tab the Band - Long weekend
Tenth to the Moon - Tenth to the Moon
There For Tomorrow - There For Tomorrow
Robert Scott Thompson - Poesis athesis
Ting Tings - We started nothing
Totimoshi - Milagrosa
Tough Alliance - The new school
Tracylyn - Close the door
Transient Songs - Plantation to your youth
Tropic Thunder - Original motion picture score
Tropic Thunder - Original motion picture soundtrack
Trueheart - The road
Trydog - Bootn ain't got no face
Try Me Bicycle - Voicings
TVM - Without a new
Two Sheds - Two Sheds
Umbrella Brigade - Ex nihilo
Valentine Failures - Lights out in suicide city
Vancougar - Canadian tuxedo
Various Artists - New music from northern ireland
Various Artists - New arrivals: Volum 3
Natalie Walker - Over and under
Walkmen - You and me
Wall E - An original Walt Disney Records soundtrac: Original score by Thomas Newman
Wanteds - Failure looks so good
War Tapes - War Tapes
Weeks - Comeback cadillac
Emily Wells - The symphonies: Dreams, memories, and parties
Ron Westray - Medical cures for the chromatic command sof the inner city
Phil Wilson - Industrial strength
Women - Women
Brice Woodall and the Positrons - Sine wave sea
Cory Woodward - Princess of the skies
Woven - Designer codes
Wovenhand - Ten stones
Shane Wyatt - The last cowboy
Young Widows - Old wounds

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