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February 2009
Reviews from

Another Perfect Crime
The Antlers
A Shoreline Dream
Asobi Seksu

Matteah Baim
Black Gold
Porter Block

Eric Brace & Peter Cooper
Burning Hearts*
David Byrne and Brian Eno

Cut Up Kids
Devi

Diagonals
The Dunb Pussies
Farewell Flight

Folk Art
Gay Witch Abortion
Glasvegas
Great Northern
Hate Is Cool
Fiona Joy Hawkins
Gerhard Heinz

Erdem Helvacioglu
High Society

Inchworm
In-Flight Safety
Elton John

The Johns
Lack of Eoins
Last Chance Harvey

Marvelann
Lorrie Matheson

Mellow Drunk*
The Monks

Max Morgan
Nice Homeless Helpers

Parental Advice
Pronto
Rabies Babies
The Reader
Red Sammy
Chris Robley & The Fear of Heights
Schwervon!
Sonos

The Story Of*
Sylvie

Taxi Doll
The Tomorrows
Toubab Krewe
Trembling Spheres*
Tuner

Venice Is Sinking
Vulture Whale
Winfred E. Eye
*
Woodpigeon*

*Top Picks

Additional Items Received

RATING SYSTEM:
= UNBELIEVABLY INCREDIBLE
= EXCELLENT
= VERY GOOD
= GOOD
= FAIR
= SHITTY

Another Perfect Crime - Show Don't Tell (Independently released CD-R EP, Progressive pop)
If you're looking for a super slick sound and a band that has already been cleaned up for the mass market, Show Don't Tell may not be your cup of tea. But if, however, you like getting in on a good thing on the ground floor while the band members are still fine-tuning their sound and image...well then, we would heartily recommend you check out Another Perfect Crime. While the band members themselves compare their music to Sleater-Kinney, in our minds their music has much more in common with the critically acclaimed (but vastly underrated) 1990s band Zuzu's Petals. The songs on Show Don't Tell are slightly odd and abstract...but by no means irritating or trashy. These ladies create smart, inventive songs that do not follow traditional patterns. The songs are presented simply using only the bare essentials (drums, bass, guitar, vocals). Our guess is that these three talented ladies will be an instant hit with other underground musicians and ultra-cool writers. Snappy little tracks include "Show Don't Tell," "For You," and "Reflections." Neat stuff. (Rating: 5)

The Antlers - Hospice (CD-R, Learning Secrets, Progressive)
This is a difficult album to write about not because it sounds so drastically different from every other album on the planet...but more so because the overall sound of The Antlers is quite varied and unpredictable. The band began as the solo project created by Peter Silberman. Hospice is the first Antlers album to feature additional group members Darby Cicci, Justin Silvers, Michael Lerner, and Sharon Van Etten. Some of the songs on Hospice are subtle dream pop...while others feature slightly surreal dense layers of shoegazer-style sounds. Still other tunes are more simple and direct, delivered with very sparse arrangements. Pinning down Silberman's sound and style is difficult. Even after spinning this album several times we can't quite come up with any accurate comparisons and/or possible influences. And in today's copycat climate that is indeed quite a feat. Nine curious cuts here including "Prologue," "Kettering," "Atrophy," "Shiva," and "Wake." Intriguing stuff. And quite heady. (Rating: 5)

A Shoreline Dream - Recollections of Memory (CD, Latenight Weeknight, Dreamy progressive pop)
The folks in A Shoreline Dream play a kind of reverb-drenched progressive pop that was very popular in underground circles in the United States and Great Britain in the 1990s. Recollections of Memory seems to be an appropriate title for this hazy, dreamy collection of tunes. If you're looking for hooky, direct, catchy pop songs you won't find them here. These folks bury their melodies in walls of sound. Keyboards and guitars seem to blend into one another as the intense use of effects causes them to blur into a single entity. The vocals are distant and restrained. An interesting sound overall...something like a more obtuse, progressive take on The Cocteau Twins with a male vocalist...but not really...? Ten tracks here including "Manhattan Beach," "The Night Before," and "Pasadena." (Rating: 4++++)

Asobi Seksu - Hush (CD, Polyvinyl Record Company, Progressive pop)
Asobi Seksu is the duo consisting of James Hanna (guitars, vocals) and Yuki Chikudate (lead vocals, keyboards). Hush, the duo's third full-length album, was written and recorded during a frustrating period they were experiencing while trying to keep a live band together. James and Yuki create atmospheric pop that is not unlike some of the more accessible music recorded by The Cocteau Twins. Most of their tunes have cool, cerebral sounds floating around in the background...and at the center of the music are Yuki's soft, restrained vocals. Kind of like dream pop but not so much so. The keyboards and guitar sounds on this album are wonderfully subtle...yet they perfectly accentuate the vocal melodies. The more simple and direct the tunes are...the more we like them. Nifty mental pop cuts include "Layers," "Gliss," "Transparence" (our favorite), and "Blind Little Rain." (Rating: 5+)

Matteah Baim - Laughing Boy (CD, DiCristina Stairbuilders, Progressive pop)
We were first turned onto the music of Matteah Baim by way of her involvement in the extraordinarily obtuse New York duo Metallic Falcons. After the Falcons disbanded, Baim moved to Los Angeles where she recorded her first album Death of the Sun. After that album was released, she spent the next two years touring and then recording this, the follow-up. Laughing Boy is a peculiar artsy album...so if that kinda stuff turns you off, you probably won't get into this. This album will most likely appeal to folks who want somewhat of a different flavor with their music. Matteah's songs don't sound familiar. These aren't harsh experimental recordings...but rather modern progressive pop tunes in which the melodies seem to meander all over the place. The overall sound is rather odd and restrained...with many of the instruments having a rather muted sound. At the heart of it all are Baim's strangely distant vocals. Imagine a modern version of Curved Air combined with some of the more straightforward melodies of Lisa Germano...and you might begin to have some idea of what this lady's music sounds like. Strange soft mentally-challenging cuts include "Pagoda," "Bird of Prey," "Orange Juice Guitar," and "Temple Dogs." Strange. Unorthodox. (Rating: 5+)

Black Gold - Rush (CD, Red Bull, Pop)
Very polished commercial sounding pop. But don't hate these folks just because they make music that can be listened to and appreciated by a large audience because...Rush is a surprisingly effective album full of smart tunes. Although Rush spins like a collection of hits, we have had the hardest time coming up with possible influences and/or comparisons for Black Gold. Just when they start to sound like one artist, a few seconds later they remind us of someone else. The band seems to blend a wide range of ideas and styles into their own uniquely satisfying sound. Many of the songs are straightforward pop...while others teeter in and out of less conventional territory. The vocals on this album hit the bull's eye on every single track. Sure, this may be too slick for underground snobsters...but we can't help but dig this groovy band's sound. Top picks: "Detroit," "Breakdown," "Shine" (a particularly appealing cut), and "After the Flood." (Rating: 5+)

Porter Block - Pueblo A Go Go (CD, Engine Room Recordings, Pop)
For an underground newcomer, New York's Porter Block writes and records surprisingly normal and accessible pop tunes. Pueblo A Go Go was recorded in a studio that specializes in vintage equipment...and this may help to explain why this album has such a nice warm, organic sound. This is Block's third full-length release but for us it serves as an introduction to his music. This fellow writes pure, simple pop music with simple arrangements. The instrumentation and overall sound are reminiscent of classic pop from the 1970s and 1980s. You won't hear sudden bursts of electronic noise nor will you hear freaked-out guitar solos. On this album, things are rather restrained and pure...allowing the listener to focus on the melodies and lyrics. Porter has a great understated voice that goes a long way toward making his songs work. If you're looking for the latest and most original sounding artist on the planet, this guy's music may not be right for you. But if you're the kind of person who likes music that doesn't require you drop everything else in your life so you can try to understand it...well then, you just might get a mighty big jolt out of this disc. Solid, credible, hummable cuts include "Pueblo A Go Go," "Haunted," "Goodness Sake," and "Up the Road." Nice solid stuff. (Rating: 5)

Eric Brace & Peter Cooper - You Don't Have to Like Them Both (CD, Red Beet, Pop)
Mid-tempo country flavored pop with hints of bluegrass threaded in and out. Eric Brace and Peter Cooper are two writers in Nashville, Tennessee who decided to hook up and record some tunes together (FYI, Brace is best known as the singer/songwriter in the band Last Train Home). The interestingly-titled You Don't Have to Like Them Both features originals and cover tunes. Brace and Cooper made some wise choices in the area of song selection...choosing to cover choice songs written by David Olney, Karl Straub, Jim Lauderdale, and Kris Kristofferson (among others). But as testament to the duo's own talent, their tunes sounds just as credible as those written by others. The playing is solid and genuine. Not surprising, as the duo enlisted support from top-notch players Lloyd Green, Tim O'Brien, Dave Roe, Jen Gunderman, Paul Griffith, Kenny Vaughan, Tim Carroll, Richard Bennett, Daniel Tashian, and Scott Huff (whew!). An impressive and very consistent effort from two guys who are obviously making music for all the right reasons. (Rating: 5)

Burning Hearts - Aboa Sleeping (CD, Shelflife, Pop)
Interesting slightly dreamy pop that sounds very much like a cross between Stereolab and Ivy (both of which are babysue favorites). Burning Hearts is the duo consisting of Henry Ojala (drummer and multi-instrumentalist for Cats On Fire) and Jessika Rapo (vocalist for Le Futur Pompiste). Ojala and Rapo seem to be a perfect match for one another. Their tunes are highly melodic and magnetic and have wonderful flowing qualities. Instead of creating abstract artsy stuff that no one can latch onto, these folks seem more intent on creating songs that are instantly memorable and accessible. When we think of what we will most likely be playing this Spring while driving around all over the place...we can't help but feel that Aboa Sleeping will be one of our top favorites. Soothing and absorbing tunes include "I Lost My Colour Vision," "Iris," "We Walked Among the Trees," and "Aboa Sleeping." Wonderfully inviting stuff, recommended... (Rating: 5++)

David Byrne and Brian Eno - Everything That Will Happen Will Happen Today (CD, Todo Mundo, Pop)
We will probably always feel that the first, third, and fourth Talking Heads discs feature some of the best modern pop ever recorded (Fear of Music was, in our opinion, the band at their peak). And make no mistake, Brian Eno has been one of our all-time favorites for...well, for a very, very long time. That said...these two artists have delivered what is without a doubt the VERY WORST album of their entire career(s). Everything That Will Happen Will Happen Today is a collection of predictable, wimpy songs...and they adequately convey just how horrible Byrne's voice now sounds. Even Eno's expert studio savy doesn't save this one from the burning pits of hell. There were a lot of high expectations for this one. Hopefully no one is dumb enough to listen to this shit. Sure, there are worse things out there in the world...but because of their credible reputations, these two fellows should be downright ashamed. Completely unlistenable crap. Don't waste your money. Blech. (Rating: 2)

 

CUT UP KIDS

Cut up with your kids.
Cut up your kids.
Cut up kids.

(Rating: 1)

Devi - Get Free (CD, True Nature, Pop)
No heavy duty stuff here...this is music that's easy on the ears and head. Devi is a powerhouse pop trio headed by a determined young lady who goes by the single name Debra. Backing Debra are Dan Grenner (bass, backing vocals) and John Hummel (drums). Get Free is all about melodies. Unlike many underground bands who try to be super aggressive and noisy, these three folks play songs that are purely melodic and hummable. Their ultra-catchy tunes are unashamedly commercial sounding and recorded with the just right amount of studio polish. All of the tunes here are originals with the exception of two covers: "Runaway" by Del Shannon and Max Crook and "The Needle and the Damage Done" by Neil Young. The cover tunes are fine...but we definitely prefer the originals. Bandleader Debra has a great smooth voice and on those occasions when she turns her guitar up and lets lead lines rip...she proves that she can definitely compete with any of the guys out there. Nice, cool, appealing tunes include "Another Day," "Howl At the Moon," "Welcome to the Boneyard," and "Love That Lasts." (Rating: 4++++)

Diagonals - Valley of the Cyclops (CD, Monofonus Press, Pop/rock)
This album begins with a not-so-subtle rip-off of that familiar guitar riff in The Rolling Stones' "Brown Sugar." It's altered slightly...but the interesting thing is that melody in the song itself ("Wizard Dome") sounds nothing like the Stones tune. And by the time the next track hits ("Clown F*cker"), you quickly realize that the guys in Diagonals are doing anything but copying the Stones. This Austin, Texas-based band plays hummable mid-tempo pop that is instantly likable and catchy. The lyrics definitely display an interesting sense of humor. The interplay between the guitar and keyboard is particularly interesting...and the vocalist has a neat, somewhat restrained way of singing that really fits the music. Diagonals consists of Steve Garcia (vocals, guitar), Ryan Camarillo (lead guitar), Wiley Wiggins (organ, keys), Todd Larson (drums), and Nate Lineback (bass). Cool underground pop with uniquely different threads. Our favorite cuts include "Clown F*cker," "Neil Diamond Blues," and "Space Bakin'." (Rating: 5)

The Dumb Pussies - We Have Babies If We're Retarded (CD, Pardonia Calling, Country)
Three girls with cancer cells where their genitals ought to be...making music and shucking corn like there ain't no tomorrow. Muscle Shoals, Alabama-based band The Dumb Pussies play country pop that sounds something like Muscle Shoals, Alabama-based band The Dumb Pussies. The songs on We Have Babies If We're Retarded rely heavily on bands from the 1950s and 1960s. We can hear traces of early country pop artists like The Dumb Pussies in their music. We couldn't help but notice that this trio is missing three members. But our guess is that the accompanying literature explains it all. We would have been very happy with these girls' music if it weren't for the fact that we hate their music so goddamn much. Really shitty stuff that should appeal to most shitty music fans (and that means everyone)... (Rating: 1)

Farewell Flight - Sound.Color.Motion (CD, The Easy Company, Pop)
The folks in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania's Farewell Flight have been together for several years now playing, writing, and recording...apparently preparing for the release of this, their debut album. You can tell these folks have paid their dues. Sound.Color.Motion is a very mature, smooth, effective collection of modern mid-tempo pop tunes with a clear focus on lyrics and vocal melodies. The songs on their own would be effective and memorable...but the precise, intricate arrangements make them even more so. The band's songs are pensive and reflective...and the lead vocalist has a really great voice that really gives the tunes genuine warmth. These guys may be an underground entity now...but with a sound this polished and professional, they may very well make the leap into the big time over the coming months. They will be touring heavily in February and March 2009 to promote this disc. Cool flowing cuts include "Widower," "Phones," "American Will Break Your Heart," and "Dragons." Well done. (Rating: 5)

 

FOLK ART

Folk art means
Bad art.

(Rating: 1)

Gay Witch Abortion - Maverick (CD, Learning Curve, Rock)
Totally harsh and abrasive underground stuff. Our guess is these guys recorded this album totally in the red (i.e., distortion zone). Maverick is a raw little ripper of an album that relies totally on the dexterity and talent of the players. Minneapolis, Minnesota-based Gay Witch Abortion is the duo consisting of Shawn Walker (drums) and Jesse Bottomley (guitar, vocals). If you've become jaded by all the multi-tracked super glossy music currently polluting our universe...our guess is that Maverick will be a well-needed shot in the vein. Walker really knows how to pound a drum kit into the ground...and Bottomley's guitar sounds like its always about to totally blow the speakers out of his amp. This is real rock music played by real people. Powerful cuts include "Down With Giants," "Third World Umo," "Wavey Graves," and "Asleep in the Dirt." (Rating: 4++++)

Glasvegas - Glasvegas (CD, Columbia, Pop/rock)
Interesting new progressive pop band from Great Britain. The first track on this album ("Flowers & Football Tops") took us by surprise. Some of the tunes on the band's self-titled album sound very much like Joey Ramone fronting a progressive shoegazer band (?!). The guys in Glasvegas play thick, swirling pop with instruments drenched in reverb. But unlike generic average shoegazers, these guys aren't afraid to put vocal melodies right up front in the mix. And that is a wise decision, because this band manages to come up with some truly sparkling melodies. And the vocalist has a really interesting voice...slightly warbly but with a truly vibrant presence. Even though this is basically a pop band, our guess is that the music is probably still a bit too obtuse for the average American music fan (i.e., their music is much more likely to be appreciated in other parts of the world). As much as we like this band's sound and style, we have to admit that they totally butchered The Korgis' tune "Everybody's Got To Learn Sometime." Considering the fact that this is the only really bad track hey...that seems like a relatively minor bitch. Neat modern pop tunes include "Geraldine," "Go Square Go," "Daddy's Gone," and "Ice Cream Van." (Rating: 5)

Great Northern - Remind Me Where The Light Is (Advance CD, Eenie Meenie, Pop)
We've been big fans of many artists on the Eenie Meenie label for years. Great Northern is yet another substantial artist on the label's roster. This band sounds something like what Azure Ray might have sounded like if their sound had been more dense and aggressive. Remind Me Where The Light Is is a slick and polished album but the songs are not overproduced. The vocals are clear and up front in the mix...and the overall sound is heavily reliant on technology. The more commercial sounding tracks are cool, to be sure...but it's the less obvious cuts that really push our buttons the way we like 'em to be pushed. Cool reflective cuts include "Story," "Fingers" (our favorite track), "Warning," and "33." Interesting. (Rating: 5)

HATE IS COOL

Hate is cool.
Hate is really cool.
Hate is really, really, really
Cool.

(Rating: 1)

Fiona Joy Hawkins - Blue Dream (CD, Little Hartley Music, Piano/instrumental)
The press release that accompanied this CD describes the music as "world fusion piano"...which is probably the best way to sum up the compositions on Blue Dream. Australia's Fiona Joy Hawkins is a composer and pianist who delves into a variety of musical styles and genres. The piano-driven tracks on this album are beautiful and intricate. Some tunes are soft, restrained, and sparse...featuring little more than Hawkins alone on the piano. Other tracks are much more fleshed out...with precise, articulate arrangements. Dream was produced by Will Ackerman (the man who founded Windham Hill Records)...so you know the sound quality here is top-notch. Ms. Hawkins has created a strangely haunting album that will resonate with anyone who ever loved the sound of a piano. Intriguing cuts include "Freedom," "Blue Dream," "The Void," and "Moving On." (Rating: 5)

Gerhard Heinz - The Erotic & Painful Obsessions of Jess Franco: 3 Scores by Gerhard Heinz (CD, All Score Media, Soundtrack)
This CD features music that Austrian composer Gerhard Heinz recorded for three different films (Eugenie, Bloody Moon, and Unda). As one might expect from such a compilation, this 23 track CD goes all over the place and back in terms of sounds and styles. Heinz's electronica, pop, instrumentals, and experimental pieces are intriguing...and most of the time rather unpredictable. In some ways, some of these tunes recall the music of Serge Gainsbourg...but only slightly. Heinz is one of those fellows who isn't tailoring his music for the masses. Rather and instead, this man seems to let his music take him wherever it may. The Erotic & Painful Obsessions of Jess Franco is a light and playful introduction to this man's musical universe. Keen compositions include "Alba and Lolita," "Schlussmusik," "Holiday Feeling," "Schock," and "Betsy and Ron." Interesting stuff. (Rating: 5)

Erdem Helvacioglu - Wounded Breath (CD-R, Aucourant, Atmospheric/instrumental)
Experimental sound from Turkey's Erdem Helvacioglu (try to spell that one three times fast...). To listen to this, one would never suspect that this fellow composes a lot of music for commercial entities (films and dance and theatre companies). Our guess is that on his own releases Erdem is probably freer to let his creative juices take him wherever they may. Wounded Breath is a peculiar spin. The album consists of five lengthy compositions with a combined length of just over an hour. The cuts don't feature traditional melodies and song structures...instead relying on layers of sound to get the ideas across. Odd, puzzling noises are the mood for the day...gradually transforming one into the next...playing out like stream-of-consciousness audio waves. The feeling we get listening to this is the feeling one might get while visiting another universe. The sounds are peculiar and foreign...but somehow strangely calming and resonant. If you turn this up really loud, you may be amazed at some of the stuff you hear. Our favorites here are "Below the Cold Ocean" and "Blank Mirror." Cerebral heady stuff. (Rating: 5+)

High Society - I Never Go Out In The Rain (CD, Angel Air, Pop)
After playing in The Strawbs, Richard Hudson and John Ford hooked up with Terry Cassidy briefly in the band The Monks...before the three ventured off on their own to form High Society. If The Monks was a leap from the sound of The Strawbs, then High Society was an even greater leap into an entirely different direction. I Never Go Out In The Rain is a compilation of the band's tunes all the way from 1980 to the present. Listening to this, we can't help but wonder if these guys weren't influenced by some of the 1920s/1930s satirical pop Vivian Stanshall was toying around with in The Bonzo Dog Band. The overall sound is remarkably similar. This album features twenty tracks of 1930s style pop music...played with all the integrity and proper arrangements that were popular at the time. This time around these band members must have found something that felt comfortable because they stuck with it. This music sounds completely out-of-synch with what has been happening musically in the United States over the past few years (and that, of course, is a huge plus). This album is a real treat, as well as a neat step back in time. Cool, clever cuts include "I Never Go Out In The Rain," "Dancing in the Moonlight," "Private Eye," and "Powder Blue." Intriguing stuff. (Rating: 5+)

Inchworm - Sheep In Wolf's Clothing (Independently released CD EP, Pop)
Interesting smart direct pop from Chicago, Illinois-based Inchworm. These guys craft smooth, hummable pop that sounds something like a cross between Neil Finn and Redd Kross (sometimes more the latter than the former and at other times more the former than the latter). The vocals on some of the tracks sound remarkably similar to Jeff McDonald at times. Inchworm is Matthew Baugher, Mike Holtz, Dan Ingenthron, Amos Lieberman, and Brian Morrissey. This is definitely one of those cases where--because there are only six tunes--the listener is left wanting more. Cool cuts here include "Simple Days Without Money," "Green House Grown," and "Silent Observers." It'll be interesting to see what these guys can do on a full-length... (Rating: 5)

In-Flight Safety - We Are An Empire, My Dear (CD, ND / Inflight Safety, Progressive pop)
Thick smart complex pop from Halifax, Nova Scotia's In-Flight Safety. Produced by Laurence Currie, this is a nice, slick sounding album that doesn't easily fit into one specific category...although for convenience sake we're classifying it in general terms as progressive pop. The band consists of Brad Goodsell, Daniel Ledwell, Glen Nicholson, and John Mullane. These fellows write and record songs that are surprisingly melodic and accessible...while managing to avoid the pitfalls normally associated with formulaic pop. The songs are, for the most part, mid-tempo with a slight sense of urgency. The arrangements tend to be rather thick and excessive...while the vocals are usually up front in the mix. Probably a bit too glossy for underground artsy types...and yet too smart and clever for those who go for totally commercial music. Our guess is that We Are An Empire, My Dear will most likely appeal to folks in their late teens and early twenties. The band sometimes sounds a tiny bit like The Police...but much, much better. Neat cuts include "I Could Love You More," "Crash/Land," "Actors," and "Fill Our Wounds." (Rating: 5)

Elton John - My Sad Old Asshole Is All Dried Up But I Keep On Singing Anyway (CD, M.C.E., Commercial pop)
Aging, irrelevant pop star Elton John finally records an album that tells the truth. Elton has been biding time for decades now. With this album, he begins to shed light on what is really going on in his life. My Sad Old Asshole Is All Dried Up But I Keep On Singing Anyway is probably Mr. John's best album since Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirty Cowboy. Many of the melodies recall the great melodies of his 1970s tunes...while his voice, unfortunately, still sounds like a wobbly old grandmother desperately trying to fart up pancakes. The lyrics range from strange to slightly insightful. Our favorite cuts are "Call Me Sir, You Piece of Shit," "Princess Di Was A Pissy Old Fag Hag," "Can't Find My Monkey Dick No More," and "(Whatever Happened To) My Sad Old Asshole." As good as this is, like all of Elton's albums of the past few years...this one EATS. (Rating: 1)

The Johns - Foresight/Poorsight (Independently released CD-R, Pop)
Nice, smooth melodic pop from Chicago-based band The Johns. Foresight/Poorsight is a nice slick album full of highly melodic pop tunes that, if marketed correctly, could easily appeal to a very large audience. When these guys are doing everything right, their music is particularly bright and appealing. Smart pop tunes like "Sun For Days," "Defeatest," "Wake Me Up," and "Are You Still Coming?" are very effective and resilient. This is not a perfect album. On occasion, the band comes across sounding like they are trying too hard ("Love In A Dangerous Place") and at least one track seems strangely out of place ("Can't Carry No More"). The Johns seem to be at their best when they are playing basic, soft, pensive pop. And fortunately, this is what makes up the bulk of this album. Smooth and hummable stuff, recorded with just enough the right amount of polish. (Rating: 4+++)

Lack of Eoins - Echo Group (CD, Seksound, Progressive pop/rock)
Imagine what a cross between The Television Personalities, early Buzzcocks, and Guided By Voices might sound like...and you might begin to have some idea of where South Estonia's curiously-titled Lack of Eoins are coming from. Note that we say only some idea...because the actual songs created by this band are rather difficult to compare and/or describe. Most of these songs have a strange slightly unrehearsed sound that is most appealing. The vocals sound very much like stream-of-consciousness lines that were only slightly practiced before recording. We have become increasingly impressed with Estonian bands of late thanks to the fine folks at the influential Seksound label. Lack of Eoins is most definitely one of the stranger bands we have heard on the label. Clever ditties include "Sonics," "House Grey," "I've Got Some Numbers," and "Anxious, But Shy, But Why." Smart, slightly obtuse smart pop. (Rating: 5)

Last Chance Harvey - Original Motion Picture Score: Music Composed by Dickon Hinchliffe (CD, Lakeshore, Soundtrack)
Last Chance Harvey is the new film featuring Dustin Hoffman in what is perhaps his most comfortable role...playing a fellow who is just an average guy out there in the world. The soundtrack to this film was composed by Dickon Hinchliffe who most folks are probably more familiar with as a member of the British band Tindersticks. Considering the fact that this film is about romance, the soft, pensive tunes are probably a perfect match for the story. The songs are surprisingly sparse and melancholy...with just the right amount of instruments layered over the top. The soundtrack does not consist entirely of music by Hinchliffe. Also included are "I'm A Mean, Mean, Mean Son of a Gun" by Kitty, Daisy & Lewis and "Where Do We Go" by Sandrine. Hard to say whether or not this will appeal to Tindersticks fans...as the soundtrack world is a whole new ball of wax for Dickon... (Rating: 4++++)

Marvelann - Bad Advice (Independently released CD, Pop)
These days you have to really appreciate it when an artist records and releases his/her own album...and then doesn't even bother to include a web site address on the album cover (which is, of course, rare...). The reason this is somewhat of a good approach...is that it forces listeners to pay attention to the music without considering other outside variables like (a) what type of person recorded the music, (b) where it was recorded, and (c) why it was recorded. Bad Advice features nine tracks of soft, pensive pop music with a heavy emphasis on melody and lyrics. The majority of the songs on this album were written by Simon Honisett and they feature ten friends/ musicians lending their various talents. In some ways, these soft pop tracks remind us slightly of the 1990s Austin-based pop band Silver Scooter (the vocals are particularly similar at times). Some really lovely melodies here. Our initial favorites include "15 Below," "Just Like Everybody Else," "Christmas 1985," and "How Long Can You Stay Angry." Nice, smooth, reflective stuff...very nice... (Rating: 5+)

Lorrie Matheson - In Vein (CD, Saved By Radio, Soft progressive pop)
We had to spin this disc eight to ten times before the music began to sink in. We have found that, in general, this is a very good sign about the staying power of the music. In Vein is the third full-length release from Calgary, Canada's Lorrie Matheson. In trying to come up with a good way of describing this guy's sound...we can sum it up in the simplest way possible. Matheson writes and records music that sounds really great. And the best part...is that he never sounds like he's trying too hard. The songs on In Vein are subtle and restrained...yet they never fall into the category of boring, generic, soft pop. At the heart of Lorrie's music are substantial melodies and a wonderfully inviting understated style of singing. This guy's delivery is so subtle and genuine that you almost get the impression that he is sitting right next to you delivering his lines. While all of these tunes could be lumped into the category of soft progressive pop, in actuality putting such a restrictive tag on the music seems limiting. And that is because there's a lot more going on here than first meets the ears. Hats of to producer Jay Crocker for his acute attention to detail on this album. Cool arrangements abound. Not a lot more to say...except that this was an easy top pick this month. Solid cuts include "A Hollow Wind," "Down On The Main," "You Can Curse the Dark," and "This Beautiful Bottle." Recommended. (Rating: 5++)

Mellow Drunk - One Thousand Lights (CD, Vollwert, Pop)
Man oh man. We have to really hand it to this band and label for being so brave. The cover art on this one was SO BAD that we almost tossed it into the "get rid of" pile without even listening to it. Yes, the cover art really is that bad. It looks like some horrible, generic home-recorded project created by someone with absolutely no talent (the font used on the front and back is the worst!). Then we noticed a short endorsement by Bruce Brodeen and we thought, Hell why not. We sure are glad we slipped this one into our player because as it turns out...Mellow Drunk is an absolutely killer band (?!?). Yup, this is most certainly one of those cases where you can't judge a CD by its cover. This San Francisco-based band writes and records super hummable smart modern pop that sounds something like a cross between Dave Derby and The Velvet Underground...without ever sounding too much like either. Killer guitars...soaring melodies...and just enough polish to make the songs really sparkle. This nifty little album features great tunes like "Cut Me To Pieces," "This Is No Dream," "It's Going to be Alright," and "Nostalgia." Recommended. (Rating: 5++)

The Monks - Suspended Animation (CD, Angel Air, Pop)
This band and CD will probably be of most interest to Strawbs fans because the band was formed by the band's rhythm section: Richard Hudson and John Ford (who, prior to the formation of this band had been recording under the name Hudson-Ford). But Strawbs fans will probably be somewhat confused and/or lost, as the music of The Monks bears little or no resemblance to these fellows' former band. Instead of swirling heady progressive pop, the music of The Monks sounds at times more like a British new wave/bubblegummy take on Devo. Suspended Animation was originally released in the early 1980s and at the time was very popular in Canada (even going so far as to earn them a platinum record there). The folks at Britain's Angel Air have reissued this lost gem that now includes six bonus tracks ("Gold and Silver," "Cybernetic Sister," "Ann Orexia," "Beasts In Cages," "Slimy Gash," and "Lost In Romance"). Having never heard this the first time around...tunes like "Don't Want No Reds," "James Bondage," and "King Dong" sound really peculiar and sometimes dated. Definitely an odd trip back in time. (Rating: 4+++)

Max Morgan - Interrupting the Silence (Advance CD, Chime / Fontana, Pop)
Super slick commercial pop. Interrupting the Silence is the debut album from Great Britain's Max Morgan. This guy has an extremely calculated sound, image, and style...so if that doesn't appeal to you, you may very well dislike this album. Our impression was mixed. When Morgan hits the target, he really hits it. "Loneliest Man in the World" (the lead track) is an absolutely great pop song...delivered with guts and style. The rest of the album is a series of hits, near hits, and a few misses. The one thing that holds everything together for us is the great rhythm guitar that is present throughout this album. Other strong cuts include "Suffer," "Nobody's Coming To My Rescue," and "Feel (Whoever You Are)." Our guess is that fans of Rick Springfield's early albums will really get a kick out of this guy's music... (Rating: 4+++)

 

NICE HOMELESS HELPERS

People who help the
Homeless are
Shitheads.

(Rating: 1)

 

PARENTAL ADVICE

Don't be like
Your mother and
Father.

(Rating: 1)

Pronto - All Is Golden (CD, Contraphonic, Progressive pop)
Pronto is a side project band created by Mikael Jorgensen who is better known as the keyboard player in the band Wilco. In addition to Jorgensen, the band features a revolving cast of additional musicians. As of the recording of this album, the band now also includes Greg O'Keeffe, Erik Paparazzi, and Tunde Oyewole. All Is Golden is a nice smooth spin. The songs alternate between peppy pop and pensive pop. Our guess is that the same folks who are into Wilco will probably find a lot to like here. Most of these songs have a nice, personal sound and feel...and they feature some really cool melodies and snappy guitar lines. On the first spin we liked this album. By the fourth or fifth spin...we found ourselves falling in love with many of the songs. Initial top favorites include "Listen Lover," "When I'm On The Rocks" (a particularly appealing track), "Monster," and "Say It All Night." (Rating: 5)

 

BABIES RABIES

People who have babies
Might as well have
Rabies.

(Rating: 1)

The Reader - Original Motion Picture Score: Music Composed by Nico Muhly (CD, Lakeshore, Soundtrack)
Extremely sparse and gentle piano-based compositions composed by Nico Muhly. The Reader is a love affair between two individuals that takes place in World War II Germany. Muhly has composed other motion picture scores (Choking Man, Joshua)...but he is probably best known for his work with Philip Glass (with whom he has worked as an editor, keyboardist, and conductor). The soundtrack to The Reader features a wonderfully nice ambient sound. Even though these compositions are extremely subdued...they sound absolutely incredible when you crank up the volume. Nico obviously spent a great deal of time polishing and tweaking these tracks to perfection. Nineteen cuts here including "The Egg," "Sophie/The Lady With the little Dog," "Handwriting," and "Piles of Books." Really beautiful stuff... (Rating: 5)

Red Sammy - Dog Hang Low (CD, Beechfields, Pop)
Cool, soft, understated pop with subtle haunting qualities. Red Sammy was created by singer/songwriter Adam Trice who has a voice that sounds not unlike a very young Leonard Cohen. Trice describes his music as "graveyard country rock"...but in our opinion the tunes on Dog Hang Low sound much more like soft pop with some raw edges. This is a short album clocking in at just over 34 minutes and only features eight tunes...thus it would almost better be described as an EP. At least two of these tunes are so great that they are riveting. We can almost guarantee that after hearing "(Shine) Like An Empty Prison" and "Postmark My Apologies" they will be resonating in your head for months and/or years to come. Some of the other tunes are stronger than others...but the ones worth hearing are ones that you absolutely must hear. Trice's personality comes shining through loud and clear here. Other favorites include "Songbird" and "Lord Don't Break My Back." Good stuff, solid. (Rating: 5)

Chris Robley & The Fear of Heights - Movie Theatre Haiku (CD, Cutthroat Pop, Progressive pop)
More thick, complex, progressive pop from Chris Robley (this time around with The Fear of Heights). Robley's unconventional pop relies heavily on studio technology...but he uses studio wizardry to enhance what would already be strong melodic tunes. The confusingly titled Movie Theatre Haiku features a collection of complex modern pop tunes with a heavy reliance on overdubs. Robley and his pals obviously spent a great deal of time recording this album. As far as comparisons go...it is actually rather difficult to pinpoint similar artists. The thick layering of instruments and vocals occasionally recalls 10CC...but only slightly. Twelve tracks here including "A Memory Lost at Sea," "The Late, Great Age of Paper (haiku #2)," and "Waltz for Angelika Dittrich." (Rating: 4+++)

Schwervon! - Low Blow (CD, Olive Juice / Sitzer, Pop/rock)
Nice, simple, stripped down pop. Schwervon! is the New York-based duo consisting of Matt Roth and Nan Turner. These peppy, smart pop tunes sound pretty great...particularly when you consider the fact that these folks record their tunes in a small New York apartment. Low Blow is the duo's fourth release on the Olive Juice label. The album features simple rhythms, a loud fuzzy guitar, and both male and female lead vocals. Schwervon! tunes remind us a great deal of many of the odd, obscure underground pop bands that were treading around the United States in the early- to mid-1990s. This might better be labeled as minimalist pop because there is very little of the ultra-layering that usually litters twenty-first century pop. Plenty of groovy cuts here including "Dodger," "What We Talk About When We Don't Talk About Love," "Glasses On," and "Dogs for Hire." (Rating: 5)

Sonos - Sonos (CD, Big Helium, Vocal)
There have been many, many a capella artists and albums over the years. The thing that sets Sonos apart from the pack is the choice of songs they choose to cover. Instead of picking well-known tracks by predictable big name artists, these folks instead opted to cover some rather unlikely tracks by artists such as Fleet Foxes, Jesca Hoop, The Bird and the Bee, Imogen Heap, and Magnet. Hearing these tracks delivered in such an unconventional manner is interesting to say the least. These folks are playing for a very select audience (i.e., very young listeners and rabid fans of the underground)...so there's no telling how far this idea will go...? Some of the treatments on the vocals are particularly interesting. Ten peculiar cuts here including "White Winter Hymnal," "Summertime," "Bittersweet," and "Hold On." (Rating: 4++++)

The Story Of - Until The Autumn (Independently released CD, Progressive pop)
Originally based in Athens, Ohio the five members of The Story Of picked up and moved to Austin, Texas in 2004 so they could be involved in a city with a more active and vibrant music scene. Probably a good move...because since that time they have apparently had more good fortune come their way as a result. Until The Autumn is a wonderful spin. The folks in this band write smart tunes that are easy on the ears...yet a distant far cry from the generic predictable dribble that most pop artists slop out the back door to the pigs. The songs have really cool flowing melodies and feature truly great sounding vocals (the harmonies are totally incredible). These soft, progressive, slightly orchestrated pop tunes don't sound much like other artists currently treading around the United States. The more we spin this one...the better it sounds. Clever, poignant tracks include "Berkeley," "The Flock," "Lights On The Landing," "How It Is," and "Dodge City Centralia." Really cool sounding tunes. Recommended. (Rating: 5++)

Sylvie - Trees and Shade Are Our Only Fences (CD, Wednesday, Pop)
The second full-length release from Canada's Sylvie. The folks in this band have created a strong buzz in Canada and they are now hoping to translate this success to the United States. We wish we had heard the debut album so we had something to compare this to...? Judging by what we read in the press release, the members of this band apparently put on a very strong live show...so we hope to be able to see them perform in the coming months. Trees and Shade Are Our Only Fences is a good album, but it does somehow come across sounding a bit busy. We would like to hear these folks' music stripped down to the bare basics...because their songs seem strong enough that they don't need all the extra polish and multiple layers of overdubs (i.e., a somewhat rawer sound seems to be in order). Even though this CD seems overproduced, the melodies in the band's songs still come through loud and clear. And they write some damn good melodies. Interesting tunes include "Please Make It Home," "Satellites," "Notes On Counters," and "Suitcases." (Rating: 4+++)

Taxi Doll - Here and Now (CD, Antidote Media, Pop)
Totally slick and commercial radio pop. In all honesty, this band's music is just too obvious and calculated for our own peculiar taste. So if that's the case, why are we bothering to review this one...? Well, mainly because...everyone's taste is different. And if you're the kind of listener who wants music that is slick, safe, and simple...there's a good chance that you will really dig Taxi Doll. And the main reason is because these folks are very, very good at what they do. The songs are upbeat and ultra-catchy...and the lead singer has a voice that is really easy on the ears. Eleven tracks here including "Come To Me," "Give You More," "Notice Me," and "Soft Kill." (Rating: 4+)

The Tomorrows - Jupiter Optimus Maximus (CD, Kool Kat Musik, Pop)
Pure pop music without any unnecessary ingredients cluttering up the mix. Vancouver, British Columbia-based band The Tomorrows was created by members who were previously in the Roswells. The guys in this band are obviously heavily influenced by The Beatles. The vocals, harmonies, melodies, and overall sound are all highly reminiscent of the best known band from the sixties. The lead track on this album ("Effortless Lee") is a pure jolt of heavenly pop music infused with thick layers of vocals and cool chunky guitar licks. The tune is bound to be a favorite among pop fans for years to come. Other pure pop keepers include "Ballad of a Lesser Man," "Such A Shame," "There's Something Wrong," and "Remember." This may be a bit on the slick side for some underground music fans. So we'll recommend this first and foremost to fans of slick commercial pop. These guys have the sound, the image, and...above all...the songs. (Rating: 5)

Toubab Krewe - Live (CD, Upstream, Progressive)
Not exactly the kind of music one might expect to be coming out of Asheville, North Carolina. The guys in Toulab Krewe play progressive pop/rock that is based around West African rhythms. Last decade this would have easily fit in the category of world music but since that genre (or at least the name) seems to have disappeared...this band's music might best simply be described as progressive. This live album was recorded in the band's home town on December 30 and December 31 of 2007. From the sounds of the crowd, one can easily assume that these fellows are very much appreciated in Asheville. Unlike most like albums where the artist plays their best known tracks, this album consists of eight new previously unheard songs. The band really flexes their instrumental muscles on lengthy complex cuts like "Autorail," "Roy Forester," and "Buncombe." Producer Steven Heller did a great job with this live recording. Sounds slick. (Rating: 4+++)

Trembling Spheres - The Ghosts of Sleepwalk Town (Independently released CD, Pop)
This CD arrived in the mail without any accompanying literature...so we had to either come up with a reaction based totally on the music or go surfing to find out specific details about the band. For this review, we chose the former. Canada's Trembling Spheres create nice, smooth, slightly swirling dreamy modern pop with nice, soaring melodies. The band consists of Christopher Yip, Kenton Wiens, Chris Lemky, Jonathan Anderson, and Lindsay Kipp. The Ghosts of Sleepwalk Town features some spectacular songwriting. Instead of just tossing out generic throwaway pop, these folks obviously spent some time coming up with smart, inventive songs that hold up to many repeated spins. And the best part is...that the more you spin the songs the better they sound. Nine precise reflective cuts here including "Last Night," "Radiant One" (our favorite cut), "First Time," "My Shining Star," and "Chokehold." Really beautiful stuff here, delivered with true style. Recommended. (Rating: 5++)

Tuner - Muut: Live in Estonia 2007 (CD, Unsung, Atmospheric/instrumental)
Tuner is the duo consisting of drummer Pat Mastelotto and guitarist/keyboard player Markus Reuter. Mastelotto is probably best known for his playing on many King Crimson albums (he has played with plenty of other well-known artists as well including XTC and Matthew Sweet). Reuter has been a member of the band Centrozoon since the 1990s. Don't be fooled or put off by the title of this album. Even thought Muut was recorded live, you would never know it from hearing this recording. There is no audience noise and the sound quality is so clean it sounds very much like a studio recording. These guys cover a lot of territory on these nine tracks...and the style of music varies from moment to the next. Overall, this music reminds us very much of a soundtrack recording...probably most similar to soundtracks for suspense and/or horror films. Some of the music is somewhat accessible...while other segments get pretty far out and experimental. Muut is a fun spin. You never know what's going to happen next, and that's probably what makes is so inviting. (Rating: 5)

Venice Is Sinking - Azar (CD, One Percent Press, Progressive pop)
Venice Is Sinking is a group of five musicians based in Athens, Georgia who began writing, recording, and playing together in 2003. This time around the band chose to work with recording genius/guru Scott Solter (a guy who seems to have an amazing knack for pulling out the best and most creative aspects of whatever artist he works with). Summing up this band's sound in a few words would be difficult. Some of the songs are almost straightforward pop...while others meander into slightly experimental/reflective territory. The band's arrangements are particularly unorthodox and much more complex than the average twenty-first century band. If you're looking for a quick, easy fix on the first spin, you may want to look elsewhere. We found that the subtleties of this band's music only become obvious after at least ten (or more) spins. Smart, intricate, calculate progressive pop for the thinking listening. Neat cuts include "Ryan's Song," "Okay," "Young Master Sunshine," and "Charm City." A different flavor worth taking the time getting used to. The vocals are superb throughout. (Rating: 5+)

Vulture Whale - Vulture Whale (CD, Skybucket, Rock/pop)
We had to listen to this one a bit before coming to conclusions about Birmingham, Alabama's Vulture Whale. These guys play a guitar-based underground cocky pop/rock that sounds very much like a cross between Kings of Leon, The Rolling Stones, and The Strokes. This, the band's debut full-length release, features nice, melodic, stripped down tunes presented simply and without unnecessary ingredients mucking up the mix. The folks at Skybucket came up with a nifty package for this one...a neat foldout cardboard sleeve (no digipak crap) and a colorful little lyric booklet. While listening to this...we can't help but think that the guys in this band put on one hell of a live show for their fans. Neat pop/rockers include "Teedy," "Head Turner," "Tote It To Cleveland, AL," and "Every Body." (Rating: 4+++++)

Winfred E. Eye - Til I Prune (CD, Antenna Farm, Progressive pop)
Winfred E. Eye is the name of a band, not an individual. The band is the current project spearheaded by Aaron Calvert (previously in Evergreen) and Mikel Garmendia (previously in Cars Get Crushed). The band has been in existence now for about ten years and this is their fourth full-length release. This CD is one of those albums that takes a few spins to sink in. On the first spin or two, we couldn't help but think how many thousands of bands are currently playing this style of music. Soft, pensive, sparse folky pop with hints of Americana. So many bands play this kind of stuff nowadays that most of them merge into one big puff of generic nothingness. But several spins later we realized there is one important variable that sets Winfred apart from other bands...and that is the songs themselves. Till I Prune contains some seriously absorbing little gems. Smart songs with cool reflective lyrics...and some of the most beautiful melodies we have thus far heard in 2009. So many cool memorable tunes here...but our initial favorites include "Oh So Free," "Sleeping," "Molten Core," "Toof Hurty," and the title track. An obvious top pick this month. Recommended. (Rating: 5++)

Woodpigeon - Treasure Library Canada c/w Houndstooth Europa (Double CD, Boompa, Soft progressive pop)
Ahhhh....such a soft and sincere voice in this big ol' wicked world. This band reminds us of Harry Nilsson for a couple of reasons. First, because the songs feature super smart melodies and intelligent lyrics. And secondly because...singer/songwriter Mark Hamilton is a really big, tall, bearded guy (like Harry) who has an uncharacteristically smooth, soft voice that can melt the wings off snicker-snacks (also like Harry). This is the second full-length release from Calgary, Canada's Woodpigeon. The band presents a huge amount of material here (fourteen tracks on the first CD, ten tracks on the second). After spinning this a few times, we can easily see why so many writers in Canada are heaping massive praise on this band. Woodpigeon tunes will undoubtedly be compared to Sufjan Stevens simply because such a comparison provides an easy frame of reference. But unlike a lot of other up-and-coming artists who are copying Sufjan's sound, Hamilton just happens to be writing songs that fit within the same general hemisphere. His songs are subtle and personal...and presented with all the warmth of a budding artist who is driven--first and foremost--by the desire to create. Hats off to the folks at Boompa for making this one available. There's not a bad tune in the bunch...but particularly appealing tracks include "Knock Knock," "I Live A Lot of Places," "Love In the Time of Hopscotch," 'In Praise of the West Midlothian Bus Service," "Ladybug Ladybird," and "The Return Bus Ride Home." Great stuff. Highly recommended. (Rating: 5+++)

 

Additional Items Received:

A
A Beautiful Silence - Waging war on myself
Airy Fairy - The air to snort your lazy brains out
American Zen - I want you to love me
Asylum Street Spankers - What? and give up show biz?

B
Benjamin Bear - Lungs
Bell X1 - Blue lights on the runway
Geoff Berner - Klezmer mongrels
Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears - Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears
Bobbleheads - Two guitars, open fire
Bureau of Nonstandards - Bureau of Nonstandards
Burn Halo - Burn Halo
Doug Burr - The shawl

C
Joe Cassady and the West End Sound - The 47th problem
Caught In Motion - On the edge of a dream
Chantry - The emancipation of elizabeth
Connor Christian and Southern Gothic - 90 proof lullabies
Dave Clupper - Letting Go
Cuttin' Up Duh Bitches - Day ain gah noway tuh go no mo
Cutting It Off All The Goddamn Way - Here's to the nub that was

D
Dead Heart Bloom - In chains
Dead Pool - The original score by Lalo Schifrin
Dumb Children - America's got plenty of 'em and they're all retarded and replaceable

E
Early To Bed Early To Bed - Rise of the ugly
Curtis Evans - More songs about loneliness

F
Fatback Circus - World color
Fatback Circus - Jessica
Five Corners Quintet - Hot corner
Frantic Claim - Anatomica
Fret - Black slander

G
Tom Goss - Back to love...4
Go Tell Aunt Rosie - The old grey goose is fred
Great Outdoors - Perform "winter"
Guns Are For Babies - Shoot it through the bottle

H
Harlem Shakes - Technicolor health
Russ Hewitt - Bajo el sol
Hiram Ring - Breathe deep
Hot Panda - Volcano...bloody volcano
Russell Huie - Cheer the bombs on

I
I Am The World Trade Outer Edge - Plenty of time to rape
Immaculate Machine - High on jackson hill
Irregular Regular Joes - Dried vomit is pretty in the panty liners
Izzy Poop - Lust for laugh

J
Janus - Red right return
Jeremy Jay - Slow dance
John 3:16 - John 3:16
Jump Into Feces - This is the shit and our feet are liking it

K
Jessie Kilguss - Noctural drifter
Matt Kollar and the Angry Mob - Farewell adventure!
Linda Kosut - Long as you're living

L
Ladyfinger (NE) - Dusk
Carlo Little Allstars - Never stop rockin'
Little Man - Of mind and matter
Leon Live - Childhood E.P.
David Lykins - Blurry white guy

M
Majxsty - Come closer
Luba Mason - Krazy love
Meet the New Assholes - Twenty-first century sheep and how they shit all over one another

N
Nasa - The spirit of apollo
New Standards - Rock and roll
Nut Butter - If you can't butter 'em, grease 'em up and cut 'em off

O
Michelle Obama - If i'm a fashion icon you can say goodbye to fashion
Michelle Obama - I have the grotesque figure of a retarded eggplant and my posture is pathetic

P
Daniel Park - These illusions
Park Your Car And Shoot - Get 'em while they're hot
Pets Are For Pets - Strip 'em and put 'em on the grill
Pink - I'm about as dull and unoriginal as they get
Project Jenny, Project Jan - The colors EP

Q
Quatre Tete - Art of the state
Queen - Who can we hire next to be our lead singer?
Queer Like Obama - Our new sissy president is a faggot

R
Razorlight - Slipway fires
Rump Punk - How did our rump get so punk?
Ruptured Rations - The final solution is never a real solution

S
Season Standard - Squeeze me ahead of line
Seven Mile Ride - Seven Mile Ride
Sex Pupils - Never mind the retinas
Shattered Hopes - Noise annoys
Showgoats - Lift off
Shut Muffy Up - Kill the damn pets before they kill you
Sicko - Sickness volume three
Paula Sinclair - Steady girl
Snareburst - Alpha demo
Snooze You Snooze - Losing the wool to snooze
Sparks - Twenty one albums is enough, we give up
Standish Arms - There's a distinct possibility that i've never woken up
Straight and Crooked - Ugly bitches porking out babies for satan
Barbra Streisand - Goddamn my worthless old ugly cunt
Subduxtion - Un:mxd & manipulated
Submerged - Violence as first nature
Sugarland - We'll keep dishing out feces as long as the public keeps eating it
Sugar Red Drive - Sugar Red Drive

T
Teletubbies - Again, again, again, again
Robert Scott Thompson - Acousma; Electroacoustic music
Trouble For Tammy's Tits - She's got tumors in them there knockers

U
Ume - Sunshower EP
Underworld: Rise of the Lycans - Original motion picture soundtrack

V
Various Artists - Wiretap Music Presents: Covers
Various Artists - Words & Music - Nashville
Various Art ists -

W
Wally Boy Wonder - Where's wally?
Anne Weiss - Concrete world and the lover's dream
While She Was Out - Original motion picture soundtrack
Whitetrash Cowboys - Whitetrash Cowboys

X
X Marks The Sport - Tell them to take their sports and go to hell

Y
Jared Young - Several shots at redemption

Z
Frank Zappa - My dumb old wife won't ever allow wild man fischer's album to be reissued
Zelazowa - Elephants on a mousehunt
Zerowave - Outer engine

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