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February 2008 Reviews by

Abbie Gale
Admiral Twin
Steven Alvarado
Kevin Ayers
Barack Iraq Saddam Hussein Osama Obama

The Botticellis
Cane 141

Paddy Casey
Stacy Clark

DJ Dolores
Ernest Angley's Request

Expect Delays
Ex Reverie*
Farmers Market
Miwa Gemini*
Golden Shoulders
The Harpeth Trace*
Head of Femur
Homosexual Social

Hanne Hukkelberg*
Human Trafficking

Humpty Dumpty Ho Hum
Janis Ian*
Just Like Parent

Lo Fine
Shelby Lynne

Wynton Marsalis

Miss Ohio
Moira Stewart

Kristin Mooney
Anne Murray
Ricky Nelson
No Kids
Pretty Balloon
Puppy Eating Contest
Reed KD

Release the Cheerfulness, China
Restaurant Regret

Scott Reynolds & The Steaming Beast*
Johnathan Rice
Science For Girls
The Seven Mile Journey

Elliott Sharp's Terraplane
The Silver State
Ringo Starr
The Two Man Gentlemen Band*
Giancarlo Vulcano*
Imaad Wasif with Two Part Beast
Yo-Yo With Noodle

*Top Picks

Additional Items Received are listed at the end of this page...


Abbie Gale - 2 (CD, Inner Ear, Progressive soft pop)
The first release on the newly formed Inner Ear label. 2 is the appropriately titled second full-length release from Greece's Abbie Gale. Packaged in a beautifully designed tri-fold digipak sleeve (complete with lyric insert and inner album sleeve that recalls vintage vinyl), 2 is an intoxicating spin that is strangely appealing and perplexing. The folks in this band record complex progressive pop with the main focus being the vocals of Evira...a young lady with a remarkably focused style of singing. While these songs do fall within the category of twenty-first century progressive pop, we are damned if we can come up with comparisons and/or possible influences. Perhaps because of the band's geographic location, their music seems to stand squarely inside its own little universe. Some of the compositions here are straightaway pop...while others are more obtuse and less obvious. Be forewarned...you have to listen to this one a few times to "get it." But not to worry, it is time well spent. Cool tracks that resonate include "Life After Life," "Clown," "Over the Wall," and "Danko." Cool stuff, slightly exotic... (Rating: 5+)

Admiral Twin - The Center of the Universe (CD, The Pop Collective, Pop)
The guys in Admiral Twin have a very strong image and sound. The Center of the Universe is the band's fifth full-length release. It features super slick, super melodic modern pop that mixes elements of classic pop from the past several decades with twenty-first century arrangements. Admiral Twin is the trio consisting of Mark Carr, Jarrod Gollihare, and John Russell. These three guys aren't just a flash in the pan, they apparently take their careers quite seriously. They have already managed to get their music featured and/or included in some very high profile television programs. The Center of the Universe sounds like so many bands that it becomes difficult to figure out exactly who might have influenced these fellows. Perhaps their sound is what it seems to be...a conglomeration of ideas from hundreds of different artists. Whoever they sound like, these gentlemen obviously have their act together. Their songs are smart, melodic, direct, and catchy. Neat feelgood tracks include "Good As Gold," "Say Your Prayers," "The Best At Being Lonely," and "Big Black Car." (Rating: 5)

Steven Alvarado - Let It Go (CD, Mott Street, Pop)
Steven Alvarado makes music that seems to come straight from his subconsciousness. Instead of aiming for a particular audience or mimic the sound of other artists, this fellow seems to just let music flow from his veins. His 2005 album The Howl Sessions made a lot of people sit up and take notice. Our guess is that Let It Go will be even more well received. The album features an all-star cast of session musicians that includes Marc Ribot, Kenny Wollesen, Rob Burger, and Joe Quigley. In some ways, Alvarado's songs recall the cool reflective quality of Kenny Siegel's music (Johnny Society)...except the sound is more organic overall. Like Kenny, Steven has a mesmerizing voice and his presence (that comes shining through in these recordings) is extraordinary. Alvarado is one of those guys who...if he gets lucky...could easily make the transformation from underground nobody to major celebrity in a flash. His songs come straight from the heart...genuinely touching and real. Ten kickass tracks here including "Get This Far," "Nobody Knows," "Blue," and "Reasons." An instant hit. Highly recommended. (Rating: 5++)

Kevin Ayers - The Unfairground (Advance CD-R, Gigantic Music, Pop)
We had to do a double take when this little sucker popped out of the envelope. A new album...from Kevin Ayers? Strange but true, the esoteric British artist is back with a brand new album. Most press releases are a page in length...the press release for this album was four-and-a-half pages long (!) because of Ayers' unpredictable and lengthy musical career. Most folks probably still know Kevin as one of the founding members of the 1970s progressive British band Soft Machine (an incredible group whose music still never seems to be given proper credit for having influenced so many people over the years). After the band split up, Kevin went off in several different directions...releasing solo albums as well as playing with a wild variety of cool artists over the years (none of whose names need be mentioned here). He finally became somewhat of a recluse and stopped making music...until he was recently encouraged to record The Unfairground. What struck us most about this CD is how surprisingly normal the songs are. That's not a bad thing, mind you...just not what we were expecting. We're going to have to listen to this one for some time before we can come to any real conclusions. 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)



Barack Iraq
Saddam Hussein
Osama Obama.

A name you can trust

(Rating: 1)

The Botticellis - Old Home Movies (CD, Antenna Farm, Pop)
Nice, melodic, free-flowing progressive pop. The Botticellis is a California-based quintet whose music recalls 1960s pop but is flavored and threaded with twenty-first century sounds and ideas. At times the band's smart, intricate pop sounds like a modern progressive take on the music of The Smiths. Songs are the heart of Old Home Movies...and songs are what make this album such an appealing spin. The overall sound of this album is out-of-synch with most of the popular bands we have heard of late. Instead of jumping on the latest (c)rap-hop bandwagon and/or dressing up like transvestites, these folks seem to be just normal musicians driven by a sincere, innate desire to create and record. As such, the ten tracks on this album are pure and refreshing. The vocals are smooth and natural, never forced. And the arrangements are a perfect fit for the songs. Our favorite tunes include "Old Home Movies," "When I Call" (a particularly beautiful track, our favorite...), "New Room," and "Table By The Window." Very nice stuff... (Rating: 5+)

Cane 141 - Lost At Sea (CD, Micropolis, Experimental/electronic)
When we first slipped this disc into our player our first reaction was...Oh no...not another obnoxious spoken word release. But fortunately we were reading while listening...and we quickly realized that Lost At Sea does not fit into that strangely irritating category. These pieces were recorded as the audio segment of a collaborative installment by Roisin Coyle and Cane 141. The project consists of visuals provided by Coyle and audio recorded by Michael Smalle (the man who is Cane 141) and was first exhibited at the GraceSpace Gallery in Brooklyn, New York in 2007. The cuts on this CD combine electronics with the voice of an old man recalling his adventures at sea. This CD is an odd spin to be certain...and a hard one to make comparisons to...and even more difficult to rate. As such, we're not going to rate this...but we wanted to make you aware of its existence because of the obtuse, odd nature of this recording... (Not Rated)

Carcrashlander - Carcrashlander (CD, Parks and Records, Pop)
The first thing that caught our attention about this release was the label. The folks at the independent Parks and Records label are approaching things from a different perspective...apparently driven more by morals than money. Not only are they only releasing albums they feel very strongly about by folks who they feel are like-minded, but their CDs are packaged in 100% recycled/reused packaging. Not only that, but they support environmentally friendly organizations. That was nifty enough to be certain...but we were even more impressed when we heard the music of Carcrashlander. Damn, this is good stuff. The band is the project created by Cory Gray who was previously in the band The Desert City Soundtrack. Gray writes smooth, instantly friendly, smart pop music that features cool arrangements and excellent vocals. His intriguing subtle lyrics and melodies have real staying power. This twelve track album is a real winner. Top picks: "Gold Sunset," "Carbon Waltz," "Quoting Dead Comedians," and "Words in Another Language." Recommended. (Rating: 5++)

Paddy Casey - Addicted to Company (CD, BMG, Pop)
The third full-length release from Ireland's Paddy Casey. Underground music fans should be warned that Casey is a slick new commercial artist...so if you're not into that kind of stuff, you probably won't be too keen on Addicted to Company. Our guess is that this album was specifically recorded for the mass market. Casey's songs are extremely accessible and arranged with layers upon layers of overdubs. Paddy has already become successful in Ireland...and now he is hoping to transfer that success to the United States. To be honest, this isn't the kind of stuff we really dig. But we wanted to make you aware of this release because we think Casey will probably be very well received in this country. We would have liked to have seen the actual complete release on this one rather than an advance CD-R. As such, this one only gets a partial review because we received only part of the actual final product... (Not Rated)

Chessie - Manifest (CD, Plug Research, Instrumental/progressive)
Although this band has been around since 1993, this is the first time we have been exposed to the music of Chessie. Originally the solo project created by Stephen Gardner (who was also in the 1990s Washington, D.C. band Lorelei), it eventually evolved into a duo when Ben Bailes joined. Manifest is the band's fourth album, and it's a keeper. Gardner and Bailes combine smart electronics with simple traditional instruments...and the results are mind-boggling. The music ranges from drone-ish electronics to upbeat pop to abstract and peculiar to psychedelic...and then back again. Instead of going for one type of sound, these guys harness goodies from a wide range of musical influences. Ultimately, the music is inspiring and very thought provoking. The more we hear this album...the better it sounds. Folks who are into bands on the Darla label will love this. Eleven cool cuts here including "Take the Lark," "Intercity," "Long Bridge," "Poughkeepsie Aflame," and "Hoosac." Highly recommended. (Rating: 5+++)

Stacy Clark - Apples and Oranges (Independently released CD, Pop)
Nice smart pop music packaged to perfection and presented with a professional touch. Stacy Clark writes and records upbeat music driven by modern electronics that could easily be appreciated and accepted by lots and lots of people. So even though at this point she's an underground artist, with proper marketing and the right amount of luck...she could easily be catapulted into the mainstream. Programmers looking for cool underground pop for cable television shows or film soundtracks would do well to get hold of this album...Clark's music would fit right in with much of the modern pop that seems to catch on lately with young adults. The bright and catchy tracks on Apples and Oranges are the creations of a young lady who is obviously very confident...as well as very, very talented. Our guess is that Stacy will be very successful in the coming months. If this album is any indication of what she's capable of, she's going to have a long and rewarding career. Top picks: "Matter of Time," "Won't Let You," "Peppermint Patties" (our favorite), and "Say What You Want." Excellent cover art. (Rating: 5+)

CNTR - Northern Deviation (CD-R, Electronic)
CNTR is the San Francisco based electronic duo consisting of Geoff Clarke and Todd Elliott. These guys describe their music as "unsettling alien soundscapes that fall somewhere between dark ambient and glitch." That's a pretty accurate summation of what's going on here. Northern Deviation features eight compositions, most of which are quite lengthy. The album features a nice mix of purely experimental sounds with passages that have enough musical substance to grab the listener's attention. Some of the music is kinda spooky...some of it trance-like in nature...while other segments are just rather peculiar. This is, for the most part, an experimental album containing odd noise fragments layered, combined, and processed to create an unusual and heady listening experience. Northern Deviation is not for everyone...nor does it try to be. Great for creating a mood as peculiar background music...but it can also be listened to intently for a strangely satisfying audio high. (Rating: 5)

DJ Dolores - 1 Real (CD, Crammed Discs, Electronic/dance)
The third full-length release from DJ Dolores. After completing his first two albums and doing a good bit of touring, Dolores took a break and returned to his hometown of Recife where he took in the sights and sounds that would eventually become a part of 1 Real. This album sounds like what it is...basic dance/techno tracks with different threads of urban audio sounds running through the mixes. Listening to these tracks, it isn't hard to see why this fellow is a BBC World Music Award winner. These smart, slick, ultimately danceable cuts were produced to perfection and feature an excellent mix of cool sounds and super slick vocals. Twelve breezy cuts here as well as a bonus track ("Danger Global Warming" by The Blacksmoke Organisation (DJ Dolores remix)") and a bonus video. (Rating: 4+++)



Say "Baby."
Say "Jesus."
Say "Baby."
Say "Jesus."

Now say "Baby Jesus"
You retarded

(Rating: 1)

Excepter - Debt Dept (CD, Paw Tracks, Experimental/psychedelic)
Another peculiar release on the ultimately unpredictable Paw Tracks label. This obtuse little label has been putting out some really strange stuff recently that probably confuses and confounds most listeners. And our guess is that's exactly the reaction the folks at this label are striving for. So here we have Excepter...described by the press release as "an electronic group devoted to the destruction of boundaries between the psychic friends network and reality television." Okay...we get it (???!!). Debt Dept is a truly strange album. The compositions are experimental in nature with decidedly psychedelic undertones. Occasionally (and surprisingly) a few somewhat normal song-like elements enter the picture...but they usually end up disintegrating into a strange wash of noises and sounds. As much as we like wildly experimental music like this...at times it is very difficult to describe it because there aren't any easy references or possible influences. This is interesting stuff to be certain. Is it just crazy stuff...or is it more substantial and relevant? Only time will tell. After spinning this one several times, we still aren't quite sure what to make of it. So, at least for the time being, we'll leave this one unrated... (Not Rated)

Expect Delays - [A Million Neon Lights] (Independently released CD-R EP, Pop)
The folks in Expect Delays probably sum up their own music best in their press release that states that the band's music features "epic arrangements marrying post-rock, shoegaze, and post-punk with warm electronics and beats more fit for 4 A.M. head-nodding than the dance floor." Yup, that pretty much hit's the bull's eye. But we would add that the five songs presented on this EP also feature nice memorable soaring melodies that are immediately appealing. Hard to judge a new band based solely on five tunes so we will withhold giving a rating here...instead directing readers to the band's web site (above) for further info... (Not Rated)

Ex Reverie - The Door Into Summer (CD, Language of Stone, Progressive)
Ex Reverie is a new project based in Philadelphia that features the songwriting skills and haunting vocals of Gillian Chadwick. More than any other band we can think of, the tunes on The Door Into Summer bear a slight eerie resemblance to 1970s British progressive dinosaurs Curved Air (the vocals are particularly reminiscent of Sonja Kristina at times). We can also hear traces of Rasputina in these tunes. The songs are complex with threads of classical music undercurrents. Because Chadwick is making music that bears very little resemblance to other twenty-first century artists, most folks probably aren't going to know what to make of this. Backing Gillian on this album are David Chadwick, Greg Weeks, Julius Masri, Margie Wienk, and others. Over the past few years there seems to be an increasing resurgence of artists whose music is heavily influenced by psychedelic progressive artists from the 1970s. Ex Reverie is certainly one of the most inspired we have heard yet. Nine tracks here including "Second Son," "The Years," "Clouds? or Smoke?", and "Wooden Sword." Recommended. (Rating: 5++)

Farmers Market - Surfin' USSR (CD, Ipecac, Progressive)
Bands continue to become more and more specialized in the twenty-first century...and Farmers Market is an excellent example of this fact. This Norwegian group plays music that (according to the press release) "is a mixture of Bulgarian folk music, jazz standards, popular music and humor." That pretty much sums it up. You can always expect something unusual from the folks at Ipecac...and this is most certainly one of their most esoteric releases yet. What surprises us about these tunes is how ultimately listenable they are. In many cases when bands go so far off the beaten path the music ends up being so artsy that it becomes unbearable. This is not the case here. 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)

Foxhole - We The Wintering Tree (CD, Burnt Toast Vinyl, Progressive/instrumental)
The debut full-length album from Kentucky's Foxhole. These guys wanted a big spacious sound which they achieved by recording this album in "a small-town Kentucky one-room church." We The Wintering Tree is a nice, thought-provoking collection of intricate and intelligent instrumentals. The CD is packaged in a fantastic cardboard sleeve that emphasizes the beauty that is inherent in the branches of a tree. The tunes involve elements from a wide spectrum of musical styles...including (but not limited to) drone, shoegazer, classical, jazz, and rock. Ten cool heady tracks here that showcase how proficient these four men are on their instruments. Our guess is that this band puts on a really killer live show. (Rating: 5)

Miwa Gemini - This Is How I Found You (CD, Addictive, Soft pop)
Miwa Gemini has apparently been hanging around all the right places with all the right people. This provocative young lady's music bears an uncanny resemblance to Yoko Ono's early albums...the vocals are particularly similar. (Some of these tracks sound as if they could have been outtakes from the Approximately Infinite Universe sessions.). Considering the fact that Ono's music has seen a major resurgence over the past couple of years, the time may just be ripe for Gemini to make some major waves. Miwa was originally a classical pianist but eventually transformed herself into a popster. This, her second full-length release, was recorded in Athens, Georgia with Andy Baker at the controls. This Is How I Found You will be instantly embraced by folks in underground circles. Gemini's songs are smart and to-the-point. Her music doesn't fit squarely within previously defined arenas. Haunting melodies combine with strangely fragile vocals layered over exacting and appropriate arrangements. The results...are highly original and thoroughly engaging. Cool tracks include "Picnic," "Pieces," "Room of You," and "Paperwhites." Recommended. (Rating: 5++)

Golden Shoulders - Friendship Is Deep (CD, Welcome Home, Pop)
This is a reissue of an album that was originally released as a limited edition pressing in 2004. This reissue includes two bonus tracks. We never heard the album the first time around so this serves as our introduction to the music. Golden Shoulders is Adam Kline (the songwriter and main driving force of the band), Ehren Haas, Marc Snegg, Josh Klinghoffer, Jason Graham, Todd Roper, and Neal Morgan. Friendship Is Deep features twelve tracks (plus the two bonus cuts). The music is basic guitar pop but for some reason we have great difficulty trying to come up with comparisons and possible influences here. That's actually a big plus, of course...because it usually means there is some real substance lurking in them digital grooves. The more we spin this album...the better the songs sound. Some of our favorite songs include "I Will Light You On Fire," "This Is A Test" (our favorite), "Years," and "Believe Me." Pretty neat little kickass album... (Rating: 5)

The Harpeth Trace - On Disappearing (CD, Red Rockets Glare, Progressive pop)
This is a really different sort of album that is so subtle that most folks probably won't even notice it. And that's too bad...because, as usual, some of the world's most unique and gifted artists seem to always get lost in the currents. The Harpeth Trace is the trio consisting of Josh Kasselman, Barry Poage, and Rob Poynter. Kasselman's songs are rather peculiar and definitely understated. His music sounds something like a more smooth accessible version of The Television Personalities (the vocals remind us very much of Daniel Treacy)...or a peculiar, hazy, muted modern progressive take on The Bee Gees. Bear in mind, however, that the tracks on this CD don't really sound that much like either of these artists...these comparisons are only offered to give you some idea of where this guy is coming from. Soft, smooth, unpredictable...listening to On Disappearing is like looking into mirrors at a carnival or gazing through a kaleidoscope. There's a lot more going on here than first meets the ears. The more we spin this album...the more absorbing it becomes. Ten killer tracks including "Summer, Two Weeks," "Georgia May," "Two Plainclothes Cops," "The Better Mr. Green," and "Hotel Bristol Forever." This will easily end up being one of our favorite releases for 2008. Highly recommended. (Rating: 5++++)

Head of Femur - Great Plains (CD, Greyday, Pop)
The last time we heard from this band was way back in August 2003 when we reviewed their Ringodom or Proctor CD. They have now returned to the Greyday label for the release of Great Plains. The guys in Head of Femur have come a long way during the past few years. Their music is much more focused and tight and the songs seem much more direct. Some of the tunes on this album remind us very much of some of Scott McCaughey's early recordings with The Young Fresh Fellows. The songs on Plains are highly melodic and feature appropriately intricate arrangements that support the vocal melodies. We liked the band a few years ago...but their new sound and revived energy are even more appealing. Vibrant, cool pop tunes include "Whirlaway," "Lead and the Falcon" (an exceptionally memorable song), "Climbing Up Fire Escapes," and "Isn't It A Shame." Excellent stuff delivered with conviction. (Rating: 5)



Ugly world of
Homosexual social
Center around superficial thought
With unhealthy focus
On material thing
And sex organ.

(Rating: 1)

Hanne Hukkelberg - Rykestrasse 68 (CD, Nettwerk, Progressive pop)
This is the second full-length release from Norway's Hanne Hukkelberg. The album begins with the decidedly peculiar, stark, and uncommercial "Berlin"...a provocative recording over five minutes in length that really showcases this young lady's beautifully soothing voice. Hukkelberg sings with strange subtleties that often recall American jazz singers from the 1930s and 1940s...and yet, her music is overall decidedly progressive and modern. Rykestrasse 68 combines sounds and influences from several different decades and from a variety of different musical styles. Instead of imitating specific musicians, on this album Hanne delves into her own personal musical universe...offering songs that are difficult to compare to other artists currently popping up on the horizon. The important thing to remember here is that Hukkelberg is doing everything right. This is an extremely substantial and totally rewarding album that is bound to hold up over time. Although she doesn't really sound that much like either, our guess is that folks into the softer side of PJ Harvey and the more peculiar personality of Lisa Germano will love this one. This album will easily end up being one of our favorite releases for 2008. Highly recommended. (Rating: 5+++)



Human trafficking
Very good thing.
Can buy every other thing,
Now people no

(Rating: 1)



Humpty Dumpty
Sat on a wall.
Humpty Dumpty
Had a great fall.
All the king's horses and
All the king's men
Didn't give a damn and
Went home.

(Rating: 1)

Janis Ian - Folk Is The New Black (CD, Rude Girl / Cooking Vinyl, Folk/pop)
This is an important album for a variety of reasons...but the most important fact to remember is that Folk Is The New Black is a substantial and totally rewarding new album. Other facts to bear in mind include (a) this is Janis Ian's twentieth album and (b) forty years ago, as a teenager, she had her first big hit. Most folks were either introduced to Janis by way of that fateful tune ("Society's Child") or else they were later gripped by the depressing lyrics of an outcast in the song "Seventeen." Our original introduction to Ian's music was, instead, by way of the beautiful lengthy solo recording "Stars." We heard the track late at night many years ago on a college radio station...and have been hooked on her music ever since. Who would think...at this late stage in her career...that Janis would be able to come up with one of her best albums ever...? Well, it's true folks... Folk Is The New Black is, without a doubt, as good as anything Ian has ever recorded. The album is cut from the same fabric as her Stars and Between the Lines albums...but it is, overall, more soft, stark, and personal. Many of the tunes are presented using nothing more than a guitar and single vocal track. And that is, perhaps, why the album succeeds on so many different levels. Instead of overproducing her material (which is what most folks so late in their careers tend to do), Janis instead leaves her vocals and her soul wide open for interpretation. The best news...is that her voice sounds as wonderfully resonant and focused as ever. And the material...is top notch. Whether she is presenting social sarcasm ("Danger Danger"), the lies of a romantic partner ("All Those Promises" brought tears to our eyes), or her own life story ("My Autobiography"...a precursor to her own autobiography which is forthcoming), Ms. Ian comes across sounding as confident as ever. Our favorite lyric is from her autobiographical tune: Should be easy to make things up, there's no one left to call my bluff. There's a lot to take in here...a total of fifteen new songs. We can only hope that the public will respond positively to what was obviously a labor of love and a really magical time in Janis' life. She's one of the true originals in the world who has wisely forged her own career path and managed to succeed on her own terms. Long live Janis Ian. (Rating: 5+++++)



Make one inch incision
In forearm.
Now make two inch deep incision
In back of neck.
Then make four inch deeper incision
In lower abdomen.
Keep making plenty more incision
Until satisfaction is

(Rating: 1)



One day child
Is grow up to be
Just like parent.
Fill with same guilt,
Confusion, and mental

(Rating: 1)

Lo Fine - Not For Us Two (CD, Pigeon, Pop)
Lo Fine has been around since 1999. The band is the project created and led by Kevin O'Rourke. Not For Us Two is a nice, smooth album chock full of soft, slow, and thoughtful pop with threads of country running through its veins. In many ways, the overall sound of this disc reminds us of Dumptruck's For The Country album. The songs come across sounding rather pensive and personal...and the pedal steel guitar is the icing on the cake. O'Roarke has a nice, smooth, seemingly honest presence that is probably the reason why his music comes across so well. In an age of empty music driven by too much technology, Not For Us Two easily stands out as an honest and credible album, Includes a very nice thick lyric booklet. Top picks: "Damage Twins," "Runaway Lullabye," "Words Like We," and "Sight Behind Lids." (Rating: 5)

Shelby Lynne - Just A Little Lovin' (CD, UMG Recordings / Lost Highway, Pop)
It's amazing how many folks have been inspired by Dusty Springfield's music over the past several years. Well-known celebrity Shelby Lynne is yet another member of this continually expanding group of folks...even going so far as to proudly display her appreciation on the cover (which states "inspired by Dusty Springfield"). Just A Little Lovin' is mainly a collection of cover tunes, although one track ("Pretend") was written by Lynne herself. In order to appreciate this album, you have to first accept the fact that some of these tunes have been covered way, way, WAY too many times in the past. We would prefer to never hear anyone sing "The Look of Love" ever again...sheesh! If you can get over this slightly annoying feature, you are likely to enjoy the smooth, subtle sounds on this album. Shelby definitely has a killer voice that is perfectly suited for this style of music. Just A Little Lovin' may not be the most original album ever recorded...but it sure is a smooth and easy spin nonetheless... (Rating: 4+++)

Malibu - Robo-Sapiens (Advance CD-R, Expansion Team, Dance/electronic/pop)
Robo-Sapiens is a very frustrating album for us. The album is chock full of the kind of blippy-bloopy disco/techno music from the 1970s and 1980s that we absolutely hated with a vengeance. So why are we frustrated? Well...as much as we would have liked to have passed this one by and not even given it the time of day...while listening to this album we couldn't help but begin tapping our goddamn toesies to it. And that made us mad. Very, VERY mad. And very, VERY frustrated. Damn it, damn it, DAMN IT! So, what is this one all about? Malibu is the project created by Roger Joseph Manning, Jr....a fellow who has worked with an astounding array of major celebrities (the list is way too exhaustive to include here). True to the statement included in the press release, this guy is obviously influenced by Giorgio Moroder, Kraftwerk, Gary Numan, Herbie Hancock, and Thomas Dolby. So...has this opened up our eyes to this style of music? Perhaps and in a way. Or perhaps we just like it the way Roger does it. Infectious tracks include "Yesteryear," "German Oil," "Rubber Tubes," and "Please Don't Go." Totally upbeat feelgood music. (Rating: 4+++++)

Wynton Marsalis - Standards & Ballads (CD, Legacy, Jazz)
Wynton Marsalis has to be one of the most prolific jazz artists around. There's no telling how many of his albums currently occupy permanent spots in our library (sheesh...we'd have to actually go count them...all we know is, there are a LOT). This album is a bit different than normal...and the title sums it up nicely: Standards & Ballads. While this isn't likely to be a favorite among Marsalis diehards, our guess is that he's probably playing for a very specific audience here...mainly, folks who want familiar music delivered with smooth style. Fourteen tracks here including "When It's Sleepytime Down South," "Embraceable You," "Spring Yaounde," "April in Paris," and "I Can't Get Started." While this may not be his most mind-blowing album ever, as usual...when Wynton plays...people listen. Super smooth and relaxing stuff... (Rating: 4+++++)

Mirabilia - Log In Eye (Estonian import CD, Seksound, Progressive pop)
Mirabilia is the solo project consisting of Holger Loodus who was previously in the band Dallas. Log In Eye is a difficult album to describe and/or explain. Some of the tracks are basic indie pop...some are moody and progressive...while others teeter in and out of psychedelia (in the same general vein as Syd Barrett). Loodus has a nice, smooth, understated vocal style that is a perfect fit for his songs. The arrangements are, for the most part, kept simple and sparse...allowing listeners to concentrate on the lyrics and melodies. This is not...repeat not...an easy, catchy, upbeat album. Holger writes songs are not obvious and take some getting used to. It is very difficult to compare this guy's music with other artists...so we will avoid trying to pin down influences here. Ten cool tracks including "TV Eyes," "Breeze," "Hey Louie," and "Pale Earth." Nice breezy underground stuff. (Rating: 5+)

Miss Ohio - Low (CD, L'Oceanic, Pop)
Nice moody mid-tempo guitar pop in the same general vein as Idaho...while some elements of the band's sound occasionally recall J. Mascis. The folks in this New York-based band have been together since 2003 and Low is their second full-length release. The album includes twelve tracks that feature nice, smooth vocals and some absolutely killer guitars. Miss Ohio is David Wilson (vocals, guitar, keyboard), Jim Kaznosky (guitar), Pietro Lorino (bass), and Brandon Loikits (drums). These guys play with a nice cool confidence and present their tunes simply and without unnecessary fanfare. Great stuff for a pensive slow drive in the country...or for that rainy evening at home when there's nothing to do. Nifty cuts include "Home To You," "Carnival," "The Empire Falls" (our favorite), and "Suburban Sprawl." Relaxing and strangely familiar. (Rating: 5+)

Moira Stewart - Sweetness, Yes! (CD, Cabin Boy Cooperative / Distraction, Pop)
Nice smooth upbeat pop that is often reminiscent of electronic-based pop bands from the 1980s. The press release that accompanied this disc was interesting...stating that the band formed "late last year after inventing hair, the black colour used on bin bags, the feeling of resentment and the opposite of stamps." Funny stuff...hardly the generic dribble we're used to reading! Sweetness, Yes! is a pure feelgood album. The rhythms are danceable and upbeat...the instrumentation simple and appropriate...and the vocals are subdued and hit the target. The best comparison we can come up with here...is that Moira Stewart sounds something like a cross between Depeche Mode and Joy Electric. Nice, smart, hummable tunes include "The Mr. Men Groove," "Top Ten Drinks," "Long Long Lost Wife Wife," and "Give A Little Love." Instantly likable simple pop played with passion and integrity. Happy music. (Rating: 5)

Kristen Mooney - Hydroplane (Independently released CD, Soft pop)
Hmmm...interesting. We had to spin Hydroplane a few times before deciding how we felt about it. Minnesota's Kristen Mooney writes and records pop music that falls somewhere in the same general territory as Mindy Smith...except her songs have a more obvious country influence. A better comparison might be Bonnie Raitt as her vocals are sometimes quite similar. What is probably most inviting about this album is the fact that it captures this young lady before her music becomes more heavily produced for the masses. And our guess is that this is very likely to happen. Mooney is a real credible artist with the talent and voice to make it big. And when that happens, in almost every case an artists' music becomes more processed and glossy. So...get in on this one before everyone else does. This disc presents Kristen Mooney simply and without great fanfare. Hydroplane is a nice smooth spin featuring ten pensive tracks. (Rating: 4+++++)

Anne Murray - Duets: Friends & Legends (CD, EMI, Female vocalist/pop)
We have always had good feelings about Anne Murray. While other hugely successful female artists either start out phony or become phony as they climb the ladder of success...for some reason, Ms. Murray has always seemed to stay in touch with reality and somehow avoid the pitfalls that plague other individuals. But, above all, Anne has always had an absolutely killer voice...and Duets: Friends & Legends finds her vocal talents completely intact...and sounding just as cool and clean as ever. To be honest, we don't normally listen to (or even like) duet albums. And yet...we found ourselves drawn into this album for the pure and simple reason that Ms. Murray takes center stage. Her choice of artists is interesting. Vocalists lending their talents here include Martina McBride, Dusty Springfield (!), Emmylou Harris, Carole King, K.D. Lang, and Shania Twain among others. Even though we approached this one with reservations...we came away realizing that, when Anne Murray is involved in a project, virtually anything is possible. (Rating: 5)

Ricky Nelson - Greatest Love Songs (Advance CD-R, Capitol, Pop)
The music of Ricky Nelson seems to have become mostly forgotten by music fans around the world. And that is a shame...because his music is an excellent example of the basic clean pop of decades past. Nelson's early music was characterized by simple arrangements and soft, plaintive vocals. Like Buddy Holly, his music concentrated mainly on songs and delivery. If Nelson or Holly were around today, our guess is that neither one would be very successful...as today's listeners seem to be mainly geared toward music driven by technology and clever marketing. Greatest Love Songs features twenty two short tracks that offer a nice quick overview of Ricky's career. 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)

No Kids - Come Into My House (Advance CD, Tomlab, Progressive pop)
No Kids is the new band/project created by three Canadians who are also in the band P:ano: Julia Chirka, Justin Kellam, and Nick Krgovich. Listening to these impeccably arranged and strangely articulate recordings, it isn't difficult at all to see why the recording of this album was partly supported through a grant from the Canadian government. Come Into My House is anything but a collection of noisy art garbage. These folks write real, credible tunes...and then (apparently) spend a great deal of time fine-tuning and polishing the songs to perfection. Some of these tracks bear a slight resemblance to Van Dyke Parks...while many others are difficult to compare to any other artist. Smooth, free-flowing, and often unpredictable...House is a surprisingly smooth album that gets better with each and every spin. This CD presents a world where classic pop meets modern recording technology...and the results are substantial and real. Twelve cool tracks including "Great Escape," "For Halloween" (the single), "Old Iron Gate," and "The Puddle" Truly nice, smooth, and absorbing stuff... (Rating: 5++)

pacificUV - longplay 2 (CD, Warm Electronic Recordings, Progressive)
This is the second full-length release from pacificUV. The stark artwork on this release immediately caught our attention. The front cover of longplay 2 features a lovely black and white photo of a fake deer with antlers dressed in a business suit standing in front of rolling hills. pacificUV is the quintet consisting of Clay (guitar, electronics, vocals, drones), Mike Erwin (piano, organ, synths), Kevin Davis (guitars, keys, drones), Matt Kline (bass, vocals), and Jesse Robert W (drums). Together, these fellows (along with additional assistance from some outside vocalists and players) create cool, smart, absorbing audio waves that are ultimately smooth and calming. Some of the tracks have traditional rhythms and melodies while others are more trance-like in nature. Only a few of the cuts have vocals...but they are hushed in effects and presented volume-wise on an equal par with the instruments. This album contains eight heady, thoughtful tracks that are extremely subdued and restrained. Not for upbeat outings in the car...but much more suited for those strangely reflective Sunday mornings... Beautiful. (Rating: 5+)



Pretty balloon
All cover with blood
To hover high in sky.
Bluebird fly into for
Causing of burst.

Now red bird
Fly funny.

(Rating: 1)



Puppy Eating Contest
Is competition for seeing
Who is ability for
Eating most newborn puppy
In one sitting.

(Rating: 1)

Reed KD - The Ashes Bloom (CD, Dirty Laundry, Pop)
Although valid comparisons could be made to modern folksters like Sufjan Stevens, in our opinion North California's Reed KD has much more in common with classic folk/pop artists from the past like Paul Simon (both were mentioned in the press released that accompanied this CD). Whoever he sounds like, on The Ashes Bloom Reed most certainly proves that he is a real force to be reckoned with. This nice, free-flowing album contains twelve tracks of super smooth melodic folky pop that focuses first and foremost on melodies and lyrics. Amazingly, this album is the first official release from this soon-to-be-known artist. Not only are Reed's songs smart and memorable...but he has a voice to die for (the harmonies are particularly impressive). These tracks were recorded almost entirely by KD but he does have some help on three tracks by friends. Smooth, genuine, sincere...The Ashes Bloom is a refreshing collection of tracks that will have reviewers heaping praise the world over. Top picks: "Road Flares," "Say You'll Miss Me," "Maybe By Morning," and "The Winter." (Rating: 5+)

Release the Cheerfulness, China - Ground Up 2 (CD, Noise Order, Progressive/experimental)
This is a peculiar CD most likely meant to be listened to as a whole. Recorded by Jason Kopec, Release the Cheerfulness, China: Ground Up 2 features sixteen unnamed tracks that consist of "field recordings, street music, and classical Chinese arrangements." As such, the cuts on this album can probably best be described as an audio time capsule...providing a snapshot of the music and sounds Kopec uncovered in China. Some of these pieces are music tracks with real melodies and instruments...others are recordings of the sounds of a country in motion. Because of the extremely varied and unorthodox nature of this album, it is very difficult to quickly sum it up and offer comparisons. Ground Up 2 is a completely artistic endeavor...and a strangely provocative listening experience. We had to listen to this one several times before we discovered...that is was strangely perplexing and genuinely unique... (Rating: 5)



Am to become
Very tiring of constant for
Working in restaurant.
Stir fry and cook and
Stir fry and cook every
Day of life.
Always try pleasing for American
Customer who is
Never really for

(Rating: 1)

Scott Reynolds & The Steaming Beast - Adventure Boy (CD, Suburban Home, Progressive pop)
In terms of credibility, lyrics are far too often the weakest link in the career of most artists. The first thing we noticed about Adventure Boy...was that the lyrics are way, way, WAY above the average verbiage churned out by most folks. The second thing we noticed is that this album contains some absolutely kickass tunes. Scott Reynolds is best known as the leader of the legendary band All. After All (after all?), he formed Goodbye Harry and the Pavers...and now The Steaming Beast. This is a short album that lasts just over 30 minutes. But that don't matter none, because this little album has real substance. Reynolds worked with Dave Fridmann and Steven Drozd on this CD. Adventure Boy is basically a pop album...but it's a different sort of pop album. Reynolds' music is unique on many different levels. He delivers his songs with extraordinary focus and has a really unique presence that shines through in these recordings. And man, what a voice. This guy sings like he means it. All of the songs here are keepers...but particular standouts include "Jesus, Satan, Gene Beeman, His Car, & Pizza Hut," "Scaffold Lick" (a really nice piano piece), "Tracy Hardman's Cheek" (destined to be an underground classic), and "The Truth Teller's Soul." Such a thoroughly entertaining spin. Highly recommended. (Rating: 5+++)

Johnathan Rice - Further North (CD, Reprise, Pop)
Excellent commercial pop for the masses. Folks who are into unusual and extraordinarily creative music will probably not be the least bit interested in Further North and that is to be expected. Johnathan Rice writes and records music that will appeal to the majority of listeners out there. His songs seem heavily influenced by 1970s and 1980s FM radio rock. Vocal melodies take center stage and there are no surprises. These songs are the most basic sort of guitar pop/rock. Unlike lots of super accessible artists, however, Johnathan's music actually has substance. Even though these eleven tracks are super polished and clean...there is more here than initially meets the ears. In more simple terms, Rice is an excellent songwriter. So even though he may be playing a sound and style that is all too familiar...his lyrics and melodies rise above the mundane and make him a credible artist. As a result, Further North ends up being more than just a hummable collection of tunes. This guy has the talent...and above all the voice...to be a huge, huge, HUGE celebrity in the years ahead. Nice smooth light rockers include "We're All Stuck Out In The Desert," "End Of The Affair" (our favorite), "Giving It Up," and "It Is Best To Keep It All Inside." (Rating: 4+++++)

Science For Girls - Science For Girls (Independently released CD, Pop)
This is a particularly accessible and commercial collection of tunes...particularly when you consider that it is the debut album from New York's Science For Girls. The band is the project created by songwriter/producer Darren Solomon and involves a variety of guest artists and musicians. Solomon has already achieved some major breakthroughs in his career. He has played bass for Ray Charles and has also recorded music for some heavy duty television commercials (including American Express and Pepsi). The soft electronic tracks on this self-titled album combine elements from pop, dance, jazz, and even Brazilian music. If you're looking for wildly inventive stuff that pushes the limits of creativity, you may find this music too clean and polished. But folks who like modern electronic pop smooth and simple will find a lot to love here. Some of these tunes sound heavily inspired by 1980s bands. Cool groovy cuts include "14 Days," "You'll Never Know," "Pattern Recognition," and "Sleepwatching." (Rating: 4++++)

The Seven Mile Journey - The Metamorphosis Project (CD, Fonogram, Progressive/instrumental)
If there was ever a band whose music defined the term progressive, that band just might be Denmark's The Seven Mile Journey. The Metamorphosis Project is the group's second full-length release. The disc features six lengthy tracks that incorporate elements of drone, classical, progressive, and rock music. Some of the musical passages are quiet and subdued...at other times complex and cascading...and at other times somewhat mind-numbing. We have to admire bands playing instrumental music like this. In today's world, an underground progressive instrumental band has very little chance of ever making much money from their music. Accordingly and as such, these guys are obviously being driven by their primordial desire to write and play. A word of warning. This band's music takes some time to warm up to. We had to play Project about a dozen times or so before the music finally sank in. Cool tracks include "Theme for the Elthenbury Massacre," "Identity Journals (Anonymous)," and "A Sanctuary for Lugubrious Tracy." Off the beaten path...executed to perfection. These musicians are extraordinarily focused. (Rating: 5+)

Elliott Sharp's Terraplane - Forgery (Austrian import CD, Intuition, Progressive)
Elliott Sharp is one of those people who heavily influences music in the twenty-first century...all the while maintaining a solid career that always seems to sail along just underneath the radar. Forgery is a cool collection of tunes that combine elements from jazz, funk, blues, and rock. On this album Sharp surrounds himself with solid accomplished musicians...which may explain the tight, fluid playing on these tracks. Folks lending their talents here include Eric Mingus (son of Charles Mingus), Tracy Morris, Curtis Fowlkes, Dave Hofstra, and Tony Lewis. Elliott's musical universe is one in which race and musical styles aren't as important...as the ultimate goal of creating cool, credible music that can be enjoyed on a wide variety of different levels. Forgery could serve as background music...or become the subject of intensely focused scrutiny, depending on the needs and desires of the listener. Kickass tracks include "Smoke and Mirrors," "Badlands," "War Between the States," and "Boom Baby Boom." Excellent. (Rating: 5+)

The Silver State - Cut and Run (CD, Young American, Pop)
The first thing that struck us about this album is how much the songs, vocals, and overall sound are strangely reminiscent of John Wolfington's American Dreamsicle (one of the best albums released in 2007). The main driving force behind The Silver State is Caleb Lindskoog. Like Wolfington, Lindskoog writes moody masculine slow driving pop with an emphasis on excellent vocal melodies...and the arrangements are appropriately sparse. In the twenty-first century it seems that...because of the multi-tracking that modern technology allows...most everyone overproduces their music to the point of insanity. Perhaps this is why bands like The Silver State instantly stand out. What a lot of musicians apparently don't realize is that when the songs are strong you don't need to try and compensate for something that isn't there. It'll be interesting to see how the world reacts to this album. Linkskoog and his bandmates will be touring in 2008 in support of this CD. Nice strong stuff. (Rating: 5+)

Stackridge - The Forbidden City (Double CD, Angel Air, Pop)
This double live CD serves as a great reminder that Stackridge was one of the truly great pop bands of the 1970s whose music has always been criminally overlooked. Reunions rarely work...but in this case, the time, energy, and money was well spent. These two CDs capture the band playing to a sold out audience in Bath, England in April 2007. The overall mood was calm and laid back as the group played some of their best material for an obviously appreciative audience. The first CD (which features the first set of the show) contains impressively sincere renditions of such great tunes as "Fundamentally Yours," "Dangerous Bacon," "The Volunteer," "Syracuse The Elephant," and "Fish In A Glass." True, these versions do not sound identical to the originals...but then again, why should they? Three decades after the fact, things have changed and the band members have been through a lot since that time. The important thing is that the original intent of the tunes remains intact. The second CD features the second set of the evening which included (in addition to Stackridge tunes) some tracks from other projects the band members have been involved with over the years. We were particularly pleased to be treated to a live version of The Korgis' "If I Had You" (a fantastic track that, unfortunately, was never the major hit it should have been). This double disc set makes us want to go back and revisit all of the band's original albums. If you have never been exposed to Stackridge, now is an excellent time to begin picking up the pieces as the folks at Angel Air have reissued all of the band's original albums. (Rating: 5++)

Ringo Starr - Liverpool (CD, Capitol, Pop)
Now that Paul McCartney is officially a member of the walking dead (a sorry old withering soul with no heart or credibility), the only remaining member of the Beatles is Ringo Starr. Who would've thought...many, many years ago...that the member with the longest running credible solo career would be Mr. Starr...? Strange but true...and Liverpool is yet further proof of this fact. While Paul still trots around the globe farting out Beatles tunes for anyone who is still still stupid and gullible enough to listen, Ringo continues treading forward. Liverpool is as entertaining and real as Ringo's early albums. Not surprisingly, Starr surrounds himself with the cream of the crop in terms of musicians...but instead of churning out empty commercial slop he and his associates manage to come up with some substantial modern pop tunes. Of course, if you never cared for Ringo (or his voice) you probably aren't going to latch onto his wagon now... But anyone who ever loved Starr's sound will most likely get a major charge out of Liverpool. (Rating: 5+)

Switches - Lay Down the Law (Advance CD, Interscope, Rock/pop)
Smart, punchy, catchy, melodic upbeat guitar pop/rock from Britain's Switches. These guys may not be pushing any boundaries with their music...but if you want simple, positive music to put you in a great frame of mind, Lay Down the Law will most likely push all the right buttons. This eleven track album spins like a best of collection. Each and every one of these songs sounds like it could easily be a hit. The tunes feature super cool rhythms that are infectious and seem to demand movement from the listener. The guitars are loud and in-your-face...and the vocals are excellent. Killer thick overdubbed harmonies seem to be one of the band's main trademarks. True, it may not be the most artsy original album in this corner of the universe...but for pure unadulterated entertainment value, Lay Down the Law is a direct HIT. Top picks: "Drama Queen," "Snakes & Ladders," "The Need To Be Needed," and "Killer Karma." (Rating: 5+)

The Two Man Gentlemen Band - Heavy Petting (CD, Serious Business, Old timey ragtime pop)
Every once in a while we get hit with a band that is coming from a completely different direction...and The Two Man Gentlemen Band is just that. Rather than present the normal samey-sounding pop influenced by artists from the 1950s onward...these guys create music that is influenced by musicians that came decades before rock and roll was even around. Heavy Petting features super happy, peppy, toe-tapping banjo singalongs that are a pure and sheer delight. These guys are treading in waters tested by The Kinks in the 1970s when they injected their music with similar influences. Responses were mixed to that era of The Kinks' music...and our guess is that the general public will probably be just as confused by Heavy Petting. In our little corner of the goddamn universe, we are always in search of something new and refreshing. As a result, in our case Heavy Petting is just what the doctor ordered. Twelve clever cuts here that are bound to please discerning listeners. Killer cuts include "William Howard Taft," "The Big Strong Man," "Dippin' Sauce," and "They Can't Prohibit Love!" Great stuff, highly recommended. BIG FUN. (Rating: 5+++)

Giancarlo Vulcano - Vetro (CD, Innova Recordings, Instrumental)
This is a different sort of release, even by the often obtuse and esoteric high standards set by the folks at Innova Recordings. Vetro is an extremely stark and naked album. This disc features eight instrumental compositions that feature guitar, piano, violin, and clarinet. We noticed right off the bat that no percussion instruments were used in these recordings. The feeling we get while spinning this disc...is the same feeling we get when listening to tiny music boxes. Our guess is that the average listener would feel as if there isn't enough to latch onto here. But that reaction would be to miss the point entirely. Vetro is not about dozens upon dozens of multi-tracked instruments and walls of sound. The idea of this album is to present, simply and without fanfare, some absolutely lovely and intricate instrumentals that make their point without unnecessary embellishments. This is the first time that we have been introduced to the music of Giancarlo Vulcano...but we are now immediately hypnotized and ultimately impressed. This is easily one of the most beautiful instrumental CDs we have heard in quite some time. Eight tracks here including "Portrait of Arthur Rimbaud," "3 x 3, no. 2," and "Music for Fish Tanks." Recommended. (Rating: 5++)

Imaad Wasif with Two Part Beast - Strange Hexes (Independently released CD, Progressive pop/rock)
Really cool pop/rock music (more about that later...) with great guitars and cool vocals. Imaad Wasif's music might best be described as a cross between Faris Nourallah and St. Johnny. Of course, such a comparison may not mean much to most people as both of these artists are rather obscure. Strange Hexes features nice, melodic, heady pop tracks with some occasionally intense and crazy guitar segments. This isn't an easy album...it takes several spins to begin to get into the music. But, if you're like us, you probably realize that the things that require the most attention usually end up being the more substantial recordings. The press release that accompanied this disc was far too transcendental to be believed. If one were to accept the facts on paper, one would tend to quickly be making all kinds of burnt offerings to the new Messiah. Near the end of the press release, Wasif is said to believe that "he is not creating music, but a different form altogether..." Wait a minute now, HOLD ON THERE... True, this is a great album. But to claim that it is some higher form than music? Nah....that's bull! But, we have to admit, all the extreme claims were entertaining to read at the very least! We chuckled more than once. So...overall...this is a great l'il album full of unusual tracks that ought to please fans who are looking for something truly credible and different... (Rating: 5++)



Happy playtime
What is small round toy
On string.
After playtime is
Finishing, nourishment
With extra spicy

(Rating: 1)


Additional Items Received:

Armed Forces - Modern gospel for modern men and women
Alex Arrowsmith - Missing briefcase
Avi Wisnia Presents - Avi Wisnia Presents
Eric Bell - Irish boy
Billie Burke Estate - Let your heart break
Black 47 - Iraq
Blame It On The Margaritas - Howard Livingston and mile marker 24
Blank Pages - On my street
Brand New Face - Brand New Face
Andy Brown Trio - Orangutans
Cartridge Family - Shine like a bottle
Cat Empire - So many nights
Correspondents - Hairy ghost pipefish
Calloways - Dirty money and filthy love
Taylor Dayne - Satisfied
Desert Mothers - Nowhere motel
Downtown Harvest - Golden dragon
Dragged By Horses - Deep in the woods
Drag the River - You can't live this way
D_rradio - Distraction
Dub Trio - Another sound is dying
Elevator Suite - Elevator Suite
Empire Isis - Sound the trumpets
Exit Strategy - City of microphones
Factums - Spells and charms
Fluorescent Grey - Gaseous opan orbs
Foot Foot - Trumpet
Angel Foss - The olive collection v2.0
French Horn Rebellion - French Horn Rebellion
Furious Seasons - Furious Seasons
Girls Audition - Girls Audition
Chris Hicks - Dog eat dog world
Hinterland - Pan pan medico
Hunters, Run! - Forgotten souvenirs of the modern age
Ida - Lovers prayers
Justice of the Unicorns - Angels with uzis
KH'Mi - Away now
Kris Special - Alone feels like a hotel room
Lach - The calm before
La Scala - The harlequin
Lemuria - Get better
Les Flaneurs - Les Flaneurs
Life In Bed - Passed and presents
Lisa Lawrence - Yours to break
Lima Charlie - It's so easy to be creepy
Little Beirut - High dive
Mama's Boy - Original motion picture soundtrack
Margot at the Wedding - Music from the motion picture
Malea McGuinness - True believer
Matinee Club - The modern lp
Meadows - First nervous breakdown
Jon Michaels - I hear a clock
Minor Broadcast - 5 days in orbit
Ilya E. Monosov - Seven lucky plays, or how to fix songs for a broken heart
Morcheeba - Dive deep
Michael Morph - The crowd c'est beau
My My My - Conjugation nation
Number One Gun - The north pole project
Olivia Newton-John - Olivia's live hits
Omega Project - Drink deep
Out Circuit - Pierce the empire with a sound
Pack A.D. - Tintype
Paper Arrows - Look alive
Mike Patton - A perfect place
Jefferson Pepper - American evolution
Pwrfl Power - Pwrfl Power
Republic Tigers - Republic tigers
Bayard Russell - Selftitled
Luthea Salom - Sunbeam surrounded by winter
Service Industry - Limited coverage
Set In Sand - Nothing against the ocean
Silversun Pickups - Remixes
Raymond Simmons - Hot percussion licks parts 1 & 2
Slingshot Dakota - Their dreams are dead, but ours is the golden ghost!
Spiderwick Chronicles - Original motion picture score
Strapps - Live at the rainbow 1977
Chris Strawn - I left my hat in hades
Think of One - Camping Shaabi
Various Artists - Parx-e: A compilation of indepedent music
Wristcutters: A Love Story - Original motion picture soundtrack
YMD - Excuse me, this is the yah mos def
Mario Martin Zelaya - Calafia's moods

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