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March 2008 Reviews by

Louis Armstrong All Stars
Atomic Rooster
Auburn Lull*
Bisexual Dilemma

Bluebirds Die
Rachel Taylor Brown
George Byrne*

The Chapin Sisters
Coco B's
College Shootings

Sean Costello
Steve Dawson
Dive Index*
Doctors & Dealers

Duke Ellington
Exponential Problem
Flat Duo Jets
Brooke Fraser
Nik Freitas

In Bruges
The Informati

The Jealous Girlfriends*
Jefferson Starship
Kara Keith
Dawn Landes
Greg Laswell
Oren Lavie
Magic Shit

John McBain*
Fergus McCormick
Jeremy Morris
Alex Nackman
Nadine Mooney*

Never Enough Hope
Original Messages

Pattern Is Movement
Plasticized Corpse

Rats With Wings
The Red Vines
Robert Schroeder
Screw It

Sea Monkeys
Spanish Prisoners
Tracy Spuehler*
The Swimmers
Terrible Twos
Ugly Too

Winsome Griffles
Wrong People

*Top Picks

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



Louis Armstrong All Stars - Live in Zurich, Switzerland 18.10.1949 (CD, TCB / The Montreaux Jazz Label, Jazz)
The folks at TCB / The Montreaux Jazz Label are providing a great public service by unearthing some wonderful jazz gems from the past and making them available to the public at large. This release is part of the BLUE series that spotlights artists from the 1940s and 1950s (noted by the fact that the spine of the CD case is blue). In this case, the artist is the always thoroughly entertaining Louis Armstrong playing for an appreciative crowd in Switzerland in 1949. In this particular performance, Armstrong is joined by Jack Teagarden, Barney Bigard, Earl Hines, Arveil Shaw, Cozy Cole, and Velma Middleton. This must've been quite a show...if only we could have been there. Armstrong was the ultimate showman and one of the most stylized singers of all time. A huge section of our library is devoted to Louis and his music...so we were as pleased as punch to receive and review this one. It's a real keeper for sure. Kickass tracks include "That's A Plenty," "Black and Blue," and "The Huckle-Buck." Great stuff!!! (Rating: 5+)

Atomic Rooster - Homework (CD, Angel Air, Pop/rock)
Few folks in the United States probably remember an underground rock band from the 1970s called Atomic Rooster. At the time of their original release, the band's albums were, for the most part, only available as expensive British vinyl imports. In their own country, the guys in this band had much greater success. But that success was hampered by changing personnel and conflicts...that eventually ended up mutating the personnel and sound to the point of ultimately eroding their fan base. Homework is an appropriate title for this CD. The album consists of two parts. The last six cuts were taken from two singles the band recorded for Polydor in 1981 and 1982. The first seventeen cuts are demos that John Du Cann recorded as a blueprint for what was to be the next Atomic Rooster album. The folks at Polydor were apparently not impressed as they had their sights on other up-and-coming bands. Polydor passed on the album. As such, these cuts were never properly recorded and released...and these tracks are the only remaining reminders of an album that could (and should) have been. Because the first segment of the album consists of demo recordings, it helps to imagine what the final album might have sounded like. These recordings are somewhat stark and naked...and the odd electronic percussion doesn't really fit the music. But if you concentrate on substance, Rooster fans are likely to find some real gems in this obscure little basket. This is probably one of those albums that will mainly be of interest to diehard fans...although the final six tracks feature some real meaty well-produced rockers that should never have gotten lost in the shuffle of things. An interesting snapshot of things that never gelled decades ago. This disc offers interesting perspective for Atomic Rooster fans... (Rating: 4+++)

Auburn Lull - Begin Civil Twilight (CD, Darla, Progressive)
Remember the segment in the extended version of 10CC's "I'm Not In Love" where the instruments fade away and the song becomes a sheer wall of symphonic voices fading in and out of themselves? For anyone who ever loved that dreamy feeling and sound, the folks in Auburn Lull have taken the idea several steps further. On this album the band uses the idea of hypnotic ethereal sound from "I'm Not In Love"...transforming and updating it into the twenty-first century. Begin Civil Twilight is an exceptionally beautiful album. The folks in this band have really fine-tuned their abilities here...creating precisely focused recordings that would make Robin Guthrie proud. Sometimes song-like and sometimes almost purely abstract, these tracks are pure audio ART. Absorbing, beautiful cuts include "Light Through the Canopy," "Grange Arcade," "Stanfield Echo," "Geneva" (our favorite), and "Arc of an Outsider." An outstanding album. Highly recommended. (Rating: 5+++)

Ayin - Nothing Islands (CD, Thrown Brick, Rock)
Ayin is a band that is, in many ways, quite different from the average twenty-first century band. Instead of going for one style, the guys in this band combine a wild conglomeration of sounds and influences into their music. Nothing Islands is an odd blast of music...featuring loud crazy noise, complex progressive instrumental passages, strangely subdued moody segments...and more. We liked what we were initially hearing on this album...but when we pulled out the lyric sheet and starting reading along we became even more intrigued. These songs feature some wonderfully abstract and alienated lyrics. Consider these lines from "Oubliette": Our love stayed concealed in dark rooms with locked doors...I'll open you up, I'll open you up, a little, a little... While the music is instantly and ultimately listenable, it is difficult indeed trying to compare this band's sound to other artists. The melodies and song structures are distinctly different. We have to add that this band's songs are probably too much for the casual listener to take in...so we can only recommend this album to more adventurous fans wanting something that digs beneath the surface. Eleven curious cuts here including "Framebreaking," "Sendak's Botanical Suicide," and "Petting Shadows." Creative and substantial... (Rating: 5+)



Pussy or dick.
Pussy or dick.
One or the other,
Make your mind up

(Rating: 1)



If happy little bluebirds die
Beyond the rainbow,
Why oh why
Can't I?

(Rating: 1)

Rachel Taylor Brown - Half Hours With the Lower Creatures (CD, Cutthroat Pop, Progressive pop)
This album begins on a rather peculiar incline. Most albums start off with their catchiest and most accessible song. Half Hours With the Lower Creatures takes the exact opposite approach...beginning with the strange, drifting, slightly jazzy and experimental "Hemocult / I Care About You." This seven minute composition rambles and meanders and ultimately does what it was intended to do...set a tone for the album. Immediately afterward Rachel Taylor Brown shows that she most certainly has commercial potential with the bright, peppy, poppy "You're Alright Sorla One." If you're the kind of listener that likes things safe and familiar, this disc may be a bit much for you. Rather than create predictable music, Brown lets her music take her all over the place. Some of the tracks on this album are surprisingly complex and orchestrated (readers might want to take note of the fact that many unorthodox instruments were used in recording these tracks). There's a lot to take in here...as Rachel proves she is much more than a mere flash in the pan. Her music may be too smart for the average listener...but our guess is that more refined fans will find a lot to love here. Cool inviting progressive pop tracks include "Passion," "Another Dead Soldier in Fallujah," "Vireo," and "Love, the Omnichord." Very mature sounding stuff. (Rating: 5+)

George Byrne - Foreign Water (CD, Laughing Outlaw, Pop)
We want to mention right off the bat that Australia's George Byrne is not connected with that ego-inflated-asshole David Bryne. Thank God for that. Now onto the music... Foreign Water is a truly beautiful album featuring smooth pop with totally absorbing melodies. To give you some idea of where this guy is coming from... In our opinion, George's songs sound something like very early David Bowie (from the 1960s) while the vocal harmonies are often reminiscent of Pink Floyd's albums from the 1970s. Bear in mind, however, that while this may give you some idea of the general direction...in actuality, Byrne's music doesn't sound that much like either of these artists. The songs on Foreign Water are strong...extremely strong...and they demonstrate what an incredible voice this guy has. We had to spin this CD over and over and over...before finally decided that it was obviously a top pick for the month. Bryne's music is mostly organic and his delivery is genuine and inspired. Gripping tunes include "Goldmine," "Everybody Hides," "On My Mind," and "Paint It Grey." Cool and classy modern classic soft pop. Recommended. (Rating: 5++)



All the king's horses and
All the king's men
Dined on cadavers and
Farted again.

(Rating: 1)

The Chapin Sisters - Lake Bottom (CD, Plain Recordings, Pop)
The first thing that we noticed about this album was that it was produced by Thom Monahan (of The Pernice Brothers) and Mike Daly. This project is different than most we have heard produced by Monahan mainly because the music is much more commercial and accessible. The Chapin Sisters are the Los Angeles, California-based trio consisting of Abigail Chapin, Lily Chapin, and Jessica Craven. These ladies' music is a cross between folk and pop and the main emphasis is on cool, well developed vocal harmonies. But what we find most appealing here...is the fact that the harmonies are not picture point perfect. Oh, they're right on key every time and the harmonies sound wonderful...but they have not been tweaked to 100% perfection which is a big plus. We would have liked to have seen the actual complete release on this one rather than an advance CD. 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)

Coco B's - Coco B's (CD, K-Double Recording Co., Pop)
The guys in Coco B's play a brand of hummable guitar pop/rock that should be instantly familiar to most people. Instead of trying to be overtly clever or annoyingly artistic, this California quartet strives to create catchy and accessible pure pop. This, the band's self-titled debut full-length, features ten super hummable guitar-driven cuts that are a pure feelgood experience. Coco B's are Kevin Castillo, Bob Penn, Jeff Randall, and Joe Rivera. Castillo has an excellent voice that is the perfect focal point for these tunes. On the first couple of spins this just sounded like more of the same. But by the fifth of sixth spin, we ended up being very impressed with these guys' songs. Classy killer cuts include "Modern Lover," "Hot Pantz," "Culture Contact," and "City of Dub." Great stuff for driving with the windows down... (Rating: 5)



When you are sad and
Don't know what to do
College shootings will
Save you from the blues.

(Rating: 1)

Sean Costello - We Can Get Together (CD, Delta Groove, Blues)
White boy blues pop/rock that sounds as authentic as the real thing. Actually and in fact, hearing Sean Costello play, you certainly get the impression that this guy is not playing games or imitating the sound of others. This self-taught guitarist made a big impression early on...earning him the Beale Street Blues Society's new talent award when he was but a mere 14 years of age. We Can Get Together features cool, simple, stripped-down tunes featuring Costello and his super tight rhythm section (Aaron Trubic on bass and Paul Campanella Jr. on drums). These three guys play like they've been together for years. The tight backbeat allows listeners to focus on Sean's fluid and, at times, mind-boggling guitar licks and his neat, rough and raw bluesy voice. In a world of copycats and wannabes, Sean Costello comes across as a genuine slap of cool blues fury. Kickass tracks include "Anytime You Want," "Hard Luck Woman," "Going Home," and "Little Birds." (Rating: 5)

Steve Dawson - Waiting for the Lights to Come Up (CD, Black Hen Music, Pop)
Although still virtually unknown in the United States, Steve Dawson is already a much sought after producer, player, and songwriter in Canada. This is one of two albums Dawson is releasing in 2008. Telescope is an album of tracks he recorded to showcase his newly acquired skills on the pedal steel guitar. Waiting for the Lights To Come Up was recorded during the same time period but features the more familiar sound and style Dawson is already known for. Steve surrounds himself with top-notch players and this is evident in listening to this CD. Super polished and mature, these organic pop tracks are smooth and ultimately accessible. We weren't surprised in the least to find a Bob Dylan track covered here ("Walkin' Down the Line") as his music seems to have heavily influenced Dawson. These folky and slightly bluesy tunes are ultimately inspired and sound instantly familiar. Dawson's killer guitar playing is highlighted on tracks like "Fire Somewhere," "Room to Room," "Fun Machine One," and "Swinging in a Hammock." Good solid stuff. (Rating: 4++++)

Dive Index - Mid/Air (CD, Neutral Music, Pop)
Dive Index is a band created by New York producer Will Thomas. Mid/Air is the second in a series of four concept albums being presented by Thomas and his associates. For this outing, the recordings feature the talents of Natalie Walker, Merz, Cat Martino, and Ian Masters. This album incorporates lots of slick modern studio techniques. The tunes are, for the most part, modern pop tracks...but the arrangements actually push the music to another level. The tunes on Mid/Air are smooth, moody, dreamy, subtle, and ultimately quite cerebral. The sound quality on this album is nothing short of amazing. The tunes have a nice thick sound and feature rather complex arrangements...and yet the songs never come across sounding phony or overproduced. The disc is housed in a beautifully designed triple fold sleeve. Wonderfully inviting tunes include "For Centuries," "The Promise Room," "Screen To Screen," and "The World Is Kind." Recommended. (Rating: 5++)

Doctors & Dealers - Confessions of a Drunken Mind (CD, Bluesong, Pop)
The first album from Sweden's Doctors & Dealers, the one-woman-band consisting of a young lady named Sparrow. We were a little puzzled by the lead track ("Social Skills")...a very simple tune seemingly driven by the sound of a small Casio keyboard. It's not a bad song by any means...but just sounds somewhat amateur-ish. But the track that followed (the wonderfully lilting "Lack of Love") immediately grabbed our brain waves and held our attention. There's a lot more substance here than we first thought. And it only became apparent after spinning this album several times. Sparrow's music is, for the most part, simple and direct...and she doesn't bury her melodies underneath too many layers of over-arranged junk. Her vocals are subtle and never forced...and her songs have that certain something that makes them sound better the more familiar they become. There's a lot to take in here...fourteen intelligent tracks...and they present a young lady who is just now diving head first into the world of modern pop. Lots of great tracks including "Snow Child," "A Different Year," "One Day," and "Confessions of a Drunken Mind." (Rating: 5)

Duke Ellington and His Orchestra - Live in Zurich, Switzerland 2.5.1950 (CD, TCB / The Montreaux Jazz Label, Jazz)
In stark contrast to the world of modern underground music where titles are almost always deceiving, this CD's title states exactly what it is...a live recording of Duke Ellington and His Orchestra captured in 1950 in Zurich, Switzerland. This is a remarkably well remastered recording featuring fourteen tracks with (thankfully) all the in-between-song banter intact. Ellington was on top of his game here. Hearing this recording, it becomes obvious that Duke was much more than a mere writer and arranger. He was also a top-notch showman. In today's world where sound quality seems to mean everything to most everyone, this CD will probably be overlooked by most folks other than jazz fanatics and Ellington completists. And that is indeed a shame...because, in our opinion, content is everything regardless of the sound quality and date of the recording. As such, this is another excellent snapshot of one of the greatest jazz artists of all time. Classic cuts include "Suddenly It Jumped," "Hogh High the Moon," "Violet Blue," and "St. Louis Blues." (Rating: 5)



Some people
Don't want any children
While others want
As many as

(Rating: 1)

Family - Best of Family & Friends (CD + DVD, Angel Air, Pop/rock)
This is an intriguing CD and DVD package that offers two different glimpses of the British band Family. Even though the band had a good deal of success overseas in the 1970s, they never had any degree of commercial success in the United States. As such, only diehard American fans have probably heard albums by Family. We were fortunate enough to be turned onto the band decades ago and, as such, we had already obtained the entire Family catalog on CD. The audio CD in this package is a "best of" disc that presents the band's most familiar cuts as well as two bonus tracks. For folks who have never heard the band before, this is an excellent starting point. For folks who have heard it all before, it's interesting to hear the cream of the cop all lined up next to one another. Now onto the DVD... For Family fans, the DVD will probably be the reason to pick up this set. The disc features vocalist Roger Chapman playing at the Newcastle Opera House in England in 2002 (plus an in-depth interview). Even though he now looks more like a middle-aged banker or accountant than a rock singer, Chapman proves that he can still belt out tunes with total credibility. Roger's voice was always the central focal point of Family tunes. For those who have never heard the man sing, he sounds something like a cross between Don Van Vliet, Joe Cocker, and Marc Bolan. The bizarre quiver in his voice sounds like no one else we have ever heard before. This is quite a concert to behold as Chapman and his friends and associates belt out sixteen mesmerizing tracks for a totally smitten audience. We recommend this for potential new fans as well as rabid Family fans. It's a great overview of the band's career and, of course, the live concert makes this one a must have. Recommended. (Rating: 5+++)



Hate your fellow woman.
Hate your fellow man.
Hate your fellow children.
Hate your goddamn fellows.

(Rating: 1)

Flat Duo Jets - Two Headed Cow (CD, Chicken Ranch, Rock)
Even though there are thousands of bands around with a similar sound today, when Chapel Hill, North Carolina-based Flat Duo Jets were originally playing their brand of minimalist underground rockabilly in the 1980s they had few (if any) competitors. In their heyday the band played for small but extremely enthusiastic audiences. The band was the duo consisting of Dexter Romweber (guitar, vocals) and Crow (drums)...two guys that could raise holy hell using only the basics. Two Headed Cow is the soundtrack to the 2006 film of the same name. Most of the tracks on this CD were recorded at the peak of the band's creative power in 1986. An interesting bit of history and a remarkable snapshot of a great little obscure band whose influence has continued to grow over time... (Not Rated)

Brooke Fraser - Albertine (CD, Wood & Bone, Pop)
Most folks in the United States are probably not familiar with Brooke Fraser. Even though she is already hugely successful in her native New Zealand she is, at least up to this point, unknown in this country. With the release of Albertine, Fraser is hoping to transfer some of that success to the states. After spinning this album a few times our feeling is that Ms. Fraser will probably succeed in her mission. This album features twelve tunes, all of which are the super slick, super produced style of pop music that goes over really well with the American public. Plus Brooke has a truly excellent voice that should appeal to almost everyone. If you're looking for mind-expanding music you won't find it here. But if you're in the mood for soft glossy pop that doesn't require much thought, this album will certainly fit the bill. Smooth tracks include "Deciphering Me," "Faithful," and "The Thief." (Rating: 4+++)

Nik Freitas - Sun Down (CD, Team Love, Pop)
We had to listen to Sun Down over and over and over again before we finally realized what was so strangely familiar about this album. And then it finally hit us. The tone of Nik Freitas' voice is strangely reminiscent of 1970s icon Arlo Guthrie. Add to this the fact that his songs recall some of the more organic pop created by Paul McCartney early on in his solo career...and you have a young artist whose music is bound to appeal to millions of fans who long for genuinely credible singer-songwriters. Freitas has already scored major points in some mighty big publications...so our guess is that this young man is well on his way to becoming a critical favorite around the world. Sun Down succeeds mainly because Nik writes good, quality, hummable soft pop tunes that go down nice and easy. Nice reflective cuts include "Oh My God," "All the Way Down," "Love Around," and "See Me There." (Rating: 5)

Zombies! Aliens! Vampires! Dinosaurs! And More! (CD + DVD, Drive-Thru, Pop)
This hefty little package features an audio CD and a video DVD. Interestingly, the CD contains more bonus tracks than regular tracks (!). The fellows in Hellogoodbye play happy, upbeat, melodic pop with a decidedly youthful sound and feel. The band takes great care with their arrangements...coming up with some rather thick and occasionally complex recordings. In many ways, the songs on Zombies! Aliens! Vampires! Dinosaurs! And More! recall late 1980s synth pop...when bands seemed to concentrate on danceable beats and hummable vocal melodies. Lots of keyboards, synthesizers, and overdubbed vocals seem to be the trademarks of these guys' sound. Energetic and ultimately catchy, this is a pure feelgood album with plenty of quality tracks including "All of Your Love," "All Time Lows," "Homewrecker," and "I Saw It On Your Keyboard." Includes a bonus DVD of the band playing live in Boston, Massachusetts on May 6, 2007. Neat stuff. (Rating: 5)

EP / DVD Split (CD EP + DVD, Drive-Thru, Pop)
These guys are apparently in the middle of a super prolific point in their career. Not only have they released the CD + DVD package above, but they are also offering this CD EP + DVD package. The CD includes six thick catchy cuts while the DVD features most of the material here...five music videos, a live show, tour footage, making of the videos, plus more. If you like the band's full-length (above), then this will obviously be another essential release for your collection... (Rating: 5)

In Bruges - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (CD, Lakeshore / Focus Features, Film soundtrack)
This, the soundtrack to the film In Bruges is comprised mainly of instrumental tracks written and recorded by Carter Burwell who has also recorded material for the films No Country for Old Men, Blood Simple, Fargo, The Big Lebowski, and O Brother Where Art Thou? Burwell's music is subtle and pensive...the perfect background music to set the tone in a film. His compositions have a nice breezy quality that somehow seem to harness human emotions and make a point. While the instrumentals on this disc are exacting and ultimately rewarding, this is not a perfect soundtrack due to the inclusion of four tracks by other artists that seem distinctly out of place here. In our opinion, this disc would have been vastly improved if tracks by Townes Van Zandt, The Walkmen, The Dubliners, and The Pretenders had been left completely out. Considering the fact that there are a total of 24 tracks here, however, this seems like a minor point. There's still a lot of cool inviting music that proves Burwell remains at the top of his game... (Rating: 4++++)

The Informati - Requiem (CD, Inman, Progressive)
This CD is difficult to summarize and describe...and it definitely took some time to sink in here at the babysue office suites. The Informati is the duo of TS Ryan (guitars) and J. Mark Inman (keyboards and vocals). Together, the two create slow, atmospheric compositions that lack commercial appeal but have a great deal of artistic merit. Requiem features ten tracks that are slow and methodical...somewhat eerie and angelic...and at some points sounding like Gregorian monk chats with subtle electronics flowing in the background. These guys' peculiar cerebral drone is an acquired taste to be certain...but ultimately inviting and soothing. In some ways these guys' music sounds like a very slow and determined Cocteau Twins playing inside a very large church. The more we spin this one...the better it sounds. Cool mentally absorbing cuts include "Introitus," "Rex Tremendae," "Sanctus," and "Lux Aeterna." (Rating: 5)

Jaymay - Autumn Fallin' (CD, Heavenly Recording, Pop)
Young newcomer Jaymay has a ragged, scraggly look that is likely to appeal to the young women of today (in some photos she almost looks like a homeless lady). But make no mistake...Jaymay is neither a ragged nobody nor a bum. This young lady writes and records smart, melodic, hummable pop music that should instantly appeal to most folks. The intelligent, thoughtful tunes on Autumn Fallin' tread in the same general territory as Suzanne Vega...but the music is more poppy overall. Jaymay and her associates took great care with the arrangements...the album has a nice, full sound. In addition to recording music, Jaymay is also a poet...although, at least up to this point, the folks at The New Yorker have rejected her submissions. There are a couple of tracks here that don't work so well ("Hard To Say" and "You Are The Only One I Love" seem to miss the target). But, for the most part, this is a strong album worthy of your attention. Cool catchy cuts include "Gray or Blue," "You'd Rather Run," and "Big Ben." (Rating: 4++++)

The Jealous Girlfriends - The Jealous Girlfriends (CD, Good Fences, Pop)
The really nice packaging on this release immediately caught our attention. The digipak sleeve features some really great artwork of a factory settled in between mountains overlooking water. Also included is a beautiful foldout lyric sheet. The Jealous Girlfriends are Holly Miranda, Josh Abbott, Alex Lipsen, and Mike Fadem...four folks with a dense progressive sound that has more depth than most folks may realize. The band is based in Brooklyn, New York but doesn't sound like your average New York band. The tunes on this self-titled debut range from pop to slightly experimental underground rock. Just when you think you have the band's sound figured out, the next track offers something slightly different. We initially couldn't figure out which we liked better...the tunes featuring the male vocals or the female vocals... We eventually concluded that both sound absolutely great. Our favorite songs on this album include "Secret Identity," "The Pink Wig to My Salleri" (our top pick), "I Quit," and "Something in the Water." Excellent stuff, well worth seeking out... (Rating: 5++)

Jefferson Starship - Timeless Classics Live (CD, Rainman, Pop)
If you've never been a big fan of Jefferson Airplane and Jefferson Starship, this is probably not the best place to start. This album is a recording of the band's final 1995 concert at the House of Blues in Hollywood, California with Grace Slick (who came out of retirement for this particular concert). The band presents thirteen songs including such well-known classics as "Plastic Fantastic Lover," "Somebody To Love," and "White Rabbit." Not a bad album, but this certainly does not present the band at their peak. Our guess is that this will be most likely appreciated most by diehard fans and completists... (Not Rated)

Kara Keith - Kara Keith (CD EP, Saved By Radio, Pop)
This young lady has been quite busy during the past few years working with the bands Falconhawk, Earthquake Pills, and The Betrayers in addition to releasing four CDs prior to this EP. And yet, for whatever reason, until now we have not been exposed to her music. Our first reaction to Kara Keith is...wow. Wow, wow, wow. This girl is good...damn good. She writes super intelligent tunes and has a voice that'll instantly blow you away. We may have missed out in the past...but from this point forward we'll be keeping our eyes peeled for any project this lady is involved with. Five totally groovy cuts here: "Gorgeous Gets the Gold," "Kick This City," "Get Up and Go Go," "Dirty Girl," and "Knosses." Neat from start to finish. (Rating: 5)

Dawn Landes - Fireproof (CD, Cooking Vinyl USA, Pop)
Although her second album to be released, Fireproof is actually Dawn Landes' third full-length album. Her second album was, unfortunately, stolen from her apartment during a robbery and will most likely never be heard by anyone. Dawn's music sounds something like a cross between Linda Draper and Suzanne Vega. Considering the fact that she sometimes works as a studio engineer, folks may find it interesting that Fireproof is not chock full of overdubs and studio gimmicks as one might expect. The basic tracks were recorded live to tape with subtle tweaking and additional sounds added afterward. These songs are, for the most part, soft folky pop tunes delivered with appropriate restraint. The main focus is on Dawn's soft unaffected vocal style and her subdued dreamy melodies. Nifty tracks include "Bodyguard," "Tired of This Life," "Kids in a Play," and "Goodnight Lover." (Rating: 4+++)

Greg Laswell - How the Day Sounds (CD EP, Vanguard, Pop)
California's Greg Laswell made quite a splash with his debut solo album Through Toledo. Recorded as a way of sorting through his divorce from his wife, the album became an almost instant hit worldwide among pop fans. How the Day Sounds is the bridge between the last album and the next album that is due out later this year. This EP features some new tracks, an outtake from the Toledo album, and a re-recording of one tune from that album (the refreshingly sincere "High and Low"...delivered this time with assistance from the Edison String Section). This is a nice teaser to keep fans on their toes in anticipation of the next full-length. Six nifty tracks that leave you wanting more... (Rating: 5)

Oren Lavie - The Opposite Side of the Sea (Independently released CD, Pop)
Oren Lavie is one of a growing number of new artists whose career was catapulted to the next level as the result of his song being included in a television commercial. Lavie's "Her Morning Elegance" was featured in a Chevy Malibu commercial that aired during the 2008 Grammy Awards program. If that's what it takes to open doors, so bit it. The Opposite Side of the Sea is a cool collection of eleven tracks of soft pop...sometimes almost jazzy in nature. Oren has a really nice, warm, deep voice that is most inviting. His subtle restrained style is a refreshing change of pace from the average twenty-first century artist who tries way too hard to make an impression. Slow, moody compositions include "Her Morning Elegance," "The Man Who Isn't There," "A Dream Within A Dream," and "Blue Smile." The layered backing vocals in some of these tracks are mesmerizing and hypnotic. Really nice sounding stuff... (Rating: 5+)

Lolas - Like the Sun (CD, Jam, Pop)
Uplifting feelgood pop that begs to be played over and over and over. Lolas have, once again, come up with an incredibly catchy batch of songs. There's a lot to take in on Like the Sun...as the band presents twenty simple catchy guitar pop tunes. The "group" is actually the one-man-band consisting of Tim Boykin (although on this album guest artists do lend some help on two tracks). Unlike many one-man-bands, Boykin writes and records music that sounds remarkably live and warm. Most folks will probably have no idea that one person played all of these instruments. There are definite 1960s influences happening here...and plenty of harmonies that are almost sinfully perfect. At times, Boykin's music reminds us a great deal of The Records (and even The Beach Boys at times). This is a great little album full of powerfully potent pop. Killer tracks include "Eye Eye," "Me and Barbara Stanwyck," "Watch the Movie," "Sticker," and "All the Old Red Ink." (Rating: 5+)



Take a magic shit
And put it in your pocket,
Never let it fade away.
Take a magic shit
And put it in your pocket,
Save it for a
Rainy day.

(Rating: 1)

Map - Regrets, Silhouettes, and Distractions (CD, Velvet Blue Music, Pop)
Regrets, Silhouettes, and Distractions is a compilation CD that collects all the songs from Map's first two EPs and includes five unreleased tracks. By anyone else's standards, this would be a disc released to hold the fans' attention until a new album is recorded. Not surprisingly, even though these tunes were recorded at different times and places, the songs on this disc are super cohesive and ten times better than the average band. We have to admit a bias, however. We have loved everything thus far that we have heard from this incredibly talented band whose career is driven by the super focused talents of Josh Dooley. Most of these tracks were produced by Starflyer 59's Jason Martin, which seems appropriate considering the fact that Dooley's tunes sometimes seem very much influenced by Martin. Okay, so Map fans have already heard some of these tunes before... That doesn't make it any less inviting to have both EPs easily accessible on one disc...and those bonus tracks make this another MUST HAVE release from a band whose music is, at least up to this point, still criminally overlooked... (Rating: 5++)

John McBain - The In-Flight Feature Deluxe Edition (CD, Expansion Team, Progressive pop)
Goddamn. This is a totally FANTASTIC album. Although this music is by no means retrospective junk or a re-hash of old ideas, the tracks on The In-Flight Feature Deluxe Edition recall a variety of mind-bending stuff from the past including (but not limited to) Steve Hillage's Fish Rising, the first Clearlight Symphony album, early Frank Zappa, early Hawkwind, and Aphrodite's Child's 666. We want to mention right off the bat that this music is most certainly not for everyone. Most folks will probably mistake these tracks for mindless and meandering creations that have little direction and/or point. John McBain has been involved in a variety of projects in the past, most notably Monster Magnet, Hater, and the criminally overlooked obscure band The Wellwater Conspiracy. These songs are being released a few years after the fact (most were recorded in 2005). Thank God they are finally being made available to everyone. These mostly instrumental creations are dreamy, unpredictable, intelligent, heady, and super creative. McBain layered these tunes with tons of echo and wonderfully tripped out sounds and effects that gives one a genuine feeling of being very, very high. You will want to turn the volume up, up, UP on this one in order to fully appreciate the nifty and subtle psychedelia. It's hard to put into words how much we LOVE this release. This is an easy TOP PICK for March 2008. Mind blowing tracks include "The Underwater Pornographer's Assistant," "Centaur of the Sun," "Farewell Iron Age" (incredible guitar stuff here), and "Fog Machine." One of the best tripped out recordings we have heard in years. Highly recommended. (Rating: 5++++)

Fergus McCormick - I Don't Need You Now (Independently released CD, Pop)
This is what Bob Dylan might sound like if he had a good voice. Or it could also be what Donovan Leitch might sound like if he were American. This, the third full-length release from Fergus McCormick, is a smooth and absorbing collection of smart organic pop. I Don't Need You Now is an album that most likely will not blow you away on the first spin. The first few times we listened to this CD we weren't so impressed. The music wasn't bad, but it just didn't stand out from the pack. But there was a certain something happening beneath the surface that caused us to keep coming back to this album. Thankfully we didn't toss this one aside because, even though it took several days to sink in, we found ourselves ultimately inspired and drawn into McCormick's smooth, thoughtful, soft and gentle music. This album recalls lots of classic artists from the past and the album art seems to reflect this (the back cover even divides the songs into "Side One" and "Side Two" like a vinyl album). We came to the eventual conclusion that this man's music is substantial because he is writing, singing, and recording stuff that comes straight from his heart. There's a lot to love here. Cool smart tracks include "I Who Have Never Been With You," "If You Only Knew," "The Drifter," and "Evening Star." (Rating: 5+)

Jeremy Morris
Rays of Hope (CD, Jam, Piano/instrumental)
Rays of Hope presents the piano playing skills of indie popster Jeremy Morris. Gone are the drums, bass, electric guitars, and backing vocals...having been replaced by the man sitting alone at a piano. Jeremy writes and plays simple piano compositions that were inspired by The Bible as well as Jeremy's own life experiences. These nine tracks are soft, subtle, and inspired...offering yet another glimpse of the multi-faceted career of this vastly under recognized musician. Sometimes super soft and childlike and at other times rather regal and majestic, this album is a nice relaxing spin...perfect for those pensive Sunday mornings watching the sun rise... (Rating: 5)

Yesterday, Today and Forever (CD, Jam, Pop)
This may be a first (?). Although this is a pop album, this time around Jeremy offers covers of Beatles tunes as well as songs by individual members John Lennon, Paul McCartney, and George Harrison. Only one track ("Revolution #7") is an original recording created by Morris and Guill Cazenave. Instead of presenting all the usual early tunes Jeremy selected songs that are, for the most part, from the latter years of the career of the Fab Four. Instead of presenting carbon copies of the originals or going really far off the deep end in an effort to inject too much of his own personality, Morris instead opts to retain the original spirit and integrity of each tune while including just enough of his own sound and personality to breathe new life into these tunes. Some tracks are noticeably faster or slower which makes for some interesting recreations. Jeremy and a lengthy list of guest artists have accomplished the nearly impossible. They recorded songs most of us have heard way too many times...and yet they still managed to come up with an ultimately listenable and entertaining album. Cool recreations include "Nowhere Man," "Blackbird," "Hide Your Love Away," "Here, There and Everywhere," and "Good Night." Features really neat cover art created by Dennis Preston. (Rating: 5+)

New Day Rising (CD, Jam, Piano/instrumental)
This CD features twelve tracks of Jeremy playing acoustic guitar alone in the studio. Considering the fact that Morris primarily records pop/rock music, many folks may fail to notice what a credible player this man really is. By presenting bare-bones recordings, New Day Rising showcases Jeremy's skills on the guitar. This album contains beautiful, intricate, and fluid music that is relaxing and slightly cerebral. As you listen to these tunes it becomes increasingly obvious that...if he chose to do so...Morris could easily make the transition from popster to Americana instrumental folkie in a heartbeat. Genuinely beautiful stuff that obviously comes straight from the heart. (Rating: 5)

Mystery and Illusion (Russian import CD, MALS, Piano/instrumental)
Mystery and Illusion was recorded by Jeremy Morris and percussionist Dave Dietrich and has been released on the Russian label MALS. During his lengthy career, Jeremy has continued to delve into a wide variety of musical styles. This album presents orchestrated pop that is heavy on keyboards, fuzzy guitar leads, and layered vocals. These songs feature thick arrangements and a nice lush studio sound. While we must admit we prefer Jeremy's more straightforward guitar pop, we can definitely appreciate the sounds on Mystery and Illusion. These songs sound much more adult-oriented than some of Morris' more wonderfully sweet and bubblegummy albums. Ten compositions here including "The Mystery Train," "Dark Hole," "Save Me," and "What Do We Know?" (Rating: 4++++)

Alex Nackman - Still Life Moves (Independently released CD, Pop)
Slick, melodic commercial pop that should appeal to most music fans. New York's Alex Nackman released his debut album (Good Impressions) in 2003 when he was just 20 years old and has been steadily recording and touring ever since. Nackman has racked up connections with some real heavyweights along the way which may explain the slick and accessible sounds on Still Life Moves. To be honest, this style of ultra-accessible pop just isn't up our alley. It's not bad...but our guess is that Alex's songs are probably meant for folks who like pure hit music. So if that's your bag...you are likely to find a lot to love here. Super melodic polished cuts include "Wait For Me," "Banking on November," "Indifferent," and "Something Remains." (Rating: 4+)

Nadine Mooney - MouseHouseWormHole (CD, Tender Loving Empire, Progressive)
This is a very unusual recording from a very unusual young lady. Because the tunes on this album are centered around a guitar and female voice we were, at first, going to label it as pop. But after spinning this disc a few times we realized that this is most certainly not popular music (!)...nor will it ever be. Our second thought was to label it as folk...but the tunes on MouseHouseWormHole bear very little resemblance to that genre. Nadine Mooney is the recording project created by Sage Fisher (who named her band after her late grandmother). Ms. Fisher's sound is complex and strange...and probably so different that it will alienate most listeners. In our little campground, of course, we were hypnotized right from the start. This CD features tunes that begin where music boxes are wound up ever-so-slowly before subtle psychedelia sets in. The first ten tracks are peculiar indeed...but the second ten are made even stranger by the fact that they are played in reverse (even the song titles are delleps sdrawkcab). Sage has a really peculiar voice that some might describe as chipmunk-like. Perhaps the accompanying press release sums this album up best: "Flutes, whistles and chimes accompany her signature primal warble and delicate guitar plucking to create a singular musical landscape that is a spellbinding work in both forward and reverse." This album is being released in a limited run of 250 copies that are packaged in a beautiful hand silk-screened kraft folder (we particularly love the way the song titles on the back are woven into the branches of a tree). The folks at Tender Loving Empire have captured our obtuse little underground hearts. They have a store/gallery in downtown Portland that offers their own unique brands of music, art, comics, and clothing. Very impressive. But back to Nadine Mooney... Rarely do we come across albums this unique and different. An easy TOP PICK for March 2008. (Rating: 5++)



I threw my baby
In a garbage can and
Two weeks later
I named it

(Rating: 1)

Never Enough Hope - The Gift Economy (CD, Contraphonic, Progressive)
Never Enough Hope is the project created by Tobin Summerfield and involves an extensive array of guest musicians. Up to this point, Summerfield has been best known for his work in the bands Crush Kill Destroy and Larval. With this project, he strikes out into totally artistic territory...recording compositions that are in the same general vein as some of Frank Zappa's more complex classical recordings. The Gift Economy presents six tracks that combine abstract accidental jazz with what might best be described as progressive modern classical. This album is subtle, peculiar, heady, and unpredictable...and probably too unconventional for the average listener. Cool complex cuts include "The Banner," "Two Ghosts at the Table," "The Light Tilts Out," and "A Gift." Strangely addictive stuff... (Rating: 5)



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(Rating: 1)

Pattern Is Movement - All Together (CD, Hometapes, Progressive pop)
We have been impressed with Pattern Is Movement ever since we were first turned onto their music a few years back. We are as pleased as punch to report that All Together finds these guys at the very top of their game. This is a FANTASTIC album from start to finish. The band is the duo consisting of Andrew Thiboldeaux and Chris Ward...two guys whose music is wonderfully out-of-synch with almost everything else happening out there in the world of twenty-first century pop. Their songs are reminiscent of some of the crazy stuff created by Kevin Godley and Lol Creme (if these names don't ring a bell Godley and Creme made up one half of the British progressive pop band 10CC). The songs on All Together are fluid, heady, slightly jazzy, and somewhat surreal. The music might best be described as progressive math pop...but don't let that phrase scare you. While these songs are complex and unusual, they are extremely easy on the ears...probably due to the fact that Thiboldeaux has such a smooth and incredibly focused voice. The more we spin this CD...the more blown away we are. When you're talking about modern progressive pop, it just doesn't get much better than this. Ten kickass tracks here including "Bird," "Right Away," "Jenny Ono," "Sylvia," and "Elephant." Although released early in the year, this will easily end up being of the very best albums of 2008. Highly recommended. (Rating: 5++++)



Oh I wish I were a plasticized corpse.
That is what I'd truly like to be.
'Cause if I were a plasticized corpse
Everyone would be in love with me.

(Rating: 1)

Rats With Wings - Rats With Wings (Independently released CD, Pop)
This band was formed in 2005 and consists of Brendan Fitzpatrick, David "Professor Fingers" Hurtgen, and Colin Brooks...as well as a variety of guest artists offering support. Fitzpatrick writes the tunes on this self-titled album...and he comes up with some nice, hummable, memorable ones here. The songs are basic mid-tempo pop with impressively restrained arrangements. This isn't the sort of band whose sound and style immediately clobber you over the head with weirdness and volume. The band's compositions have an appealing amount of blank space in the mid-range that make it easy to focus on the vocal melodies and lyrics. Although we have spun this album over and over...we are still perplexed as to who it sounds like and/or what other artists might have influenced these folks. But never mind that. All that matters is that these are good, entertaining songs that hold up well to repeated spins. Clever, thoughtful tracks include "Don't Melt," "David Addington," "Do the Death," and "Rock Brigade." (Rating: 5+)

The Red Vines - Everyday Needles for Electromagnetic Lovers (CD, Beechfields, Pop)
Smooth soft underground pop that is reminiscent of The Young Fresh Fellows (the vocals sound remarkably similar to Scott McCaughey). The guys in The Red Vines play simple, stripped-down pop music that emphasizes vocal melodies and lyrics. A smart approach, because it allows the listener to focus on the real meat here...which is the songs themselves. The tunes on Everyday Needles for Electromagnetic Lovers are light and breezy...thoughtful without being pretentious...and ultimately catchy and genuine. The vocals are soft and subtle, never forced or overly rehearsed sounding...and the band's harmonies are right on target. A word of warning...the nuances of these recordings may take a few spins to sink in. Nice absorbing pop cuts include "The Last Sing-A-Long," "Melody of Falling," and "The Unexplained Ghost." Nice stuff. (Rating: 4++++)

Roommate - We Were Enchanted (CD, Plug Research, Progressive pop)
Smart progressive pop with intelligent lyrics that reminds us in many ways of babysue favorite John Vanderslice. We Were Enchanted is a different sort of modern pop album that doesn't easily fit into regularly defined categories. Roommate tunes are, for the most part, written by a fellow named Kent Lambert. While these tunes fit into the category of pop, this is by no means a generic sounding pop album. Lambert and his associates use unusual arrangements and odd sounds to fill out the sound of these recordings. The restrained, slightly distant vocals are a perfect match for the songs. This album did not impress us that much right off the bat. We had to spin this disc repeatedly before these tunes finally made an impression. While this album may require a bit more concentration and patience than the average CD, we would certainly recommend folks take the time to listen. By about the tenth or fifteenth spin...we found ourselves totally absorbed with the sound of Roommate. Odd, enchanting tracks include "Day After," "We Were Enchanted," "Tea Leaves," and "Last Dreams of Summer." Recommended. (Rating: 5++)

Robert Schroeder - SphereWare (CD, Spheric Music, Electronic)
Nice smooth moody electronic music. SphereWare is the sixteenth (!) solo album from Germany's Robert Schroeder. The tracks on this album sound something like a cross between Kraftwerk and muzak. The overall vibe is, for the most part, relaxed and subtle. We were initially confused by some of the percussion sounds on this album. Instead of modern lush state-of-the-art drums, Schroeder seems to have purposely used simple, dated percussion. It takes a bit of getting used to, but after a few spins the sounds seem appropriate for the music. Ten tracks of slightly spacey music all composed and arranged by Schroeder himself. Interesting heady stuff... (Rating: 4+++)



Our economy is in terrible shape.
Screw it.
Global warming is destroying our environment.
Screw it.
People are killing each other all over the world.
Screw it.
Everything is totally messed up to the point of no return.
Screw it.

(Rating: 1)



Eat a goddamn plate full of
Fried sea monkeys.

(Rating: 1)

Spanish Prisoners - Songs To Forget (CD, Exit Stencil Recordings, Progressive pop)
This album is somewhat of a mixed bag, but well worth the effort involved because the cool tracks are super cool. Spanish Prisoners is driven by the songwriting skills of Leonid Maymind...a young fellow (originally from Latvia) whose music sometimes recalls Ray Davies and Faris Nourallah. Songs to Forget sounds very much like a collection of demo recordings. Some of the tracks are smart and exacting...while others are somewhat ragged and unrehearsed. When he misses the target, Maymind's tunes can sound like a lot of other underground artists...but when he hits the target he proves that when he is focused he can come up with some real, tangible tunes. This may not be the perfect album...but it lays the groundwork for what may be a lengthy and rewarding career... (Rating: 4++)

Tracy Spuehler - You're My Star (Independently released CD, Pop)
This is the second full-length release we have heard from Tracy Spuehler. Her first album (the refreshingly genuine It's The Sound) was warmly received by several underground pop writers. You're My Star was cut from the same general fabric as Tracy's last album...but is even more enticing and entertaining. For most folks, writing the perfect two or three minute pop song is a very difficult (if not impossible) task. But Spuehler makes it sound as simple as peach pie. On this album, she tosses off twelve super sweet infectious tunes...and they all come across sounding perfectly tweaked and effortless. Part of what makes Tracy's music work is the fact that she uses extremely simple and direct arrangements to support her vocals. As a result, the words and melodies don't get lost in the shuffle of too-many-unnecessary instruments. When you stop to think about how many sarcastic, negative people there are in the world...someone as genuinely sincere and talented as Tracy Spuehler comes across like a cool fresh splash of water in the face. To put it more simply, You're My Star is a truly beautiful album full of super catchy sparkling pop. Pure feelgood cuts include the title track, "Unforgettable," "Long Way From Home" (a particularly beautiful track), "You Are My Only," and "Wedding Song." Ms. Spuehler has really captured our hearts and imagination with this one. Recommended. (Rating: 5+++)

The Swimmers - Fighting Trees (CD, Mad Dragon, Pop)
The Swimmers may be a new band...but two of the band members (Steve Yutzy-Burkey and Rick Sieber) have played together previously for about a decade in the band One Star Hotel. After Steve decided to take a different direction with his music, this new band was born. Recorded in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Fighting Trees is a cool uplifting album full of melodic, infectious songs. Even though the overall sound is familiar (well-produced classic underground pop)...we sure as all hell can't figure out what other artists to compare this album to. But we're definitely certain that these intelligent mid-tempo tracks sound better the more you hear 'em. Yutzy-Burkey is a truly credible songwriter to contend with. His songs have cool thoughtful melodies and feature sincere lyrics...and this guy's vocals are always right on target. Twelve songs here including "It's Time They Knew," "We Love to Build," "Miles From Our Fears," St. Cecilia," and "Fighting Trees" (the title track is, without doubt, one of the most beautiful songs we have EVER heard). We keep spinning this one over and over and OVER AND OVER...and each and every time it sounds BETTER. Destined to be one of THE VERY BEST albums of 2008. Extremely highly recommended. (Rating: 5++++)

Terrible Twos - Terrible Twos (CD, X! / Criminal IQ, Pop/rock)
Loud, raw, powerful garage rock. This is the debut full-length from Terrible Twos. The guys in this band play an explosive brand of guitar rock that was very popular in underground circles in the mid to late 1990s. This band has a nice minimalistic sound with plenty of rough edges. The musicians pound and flail away with believable intensity and the vocalist has a nifty rough voice that really makes these tunes cook. Our guess is that this album will most likely appeal to folks in their late teens and early twenties. Fun upbeat cuts include "No New Thing," "Reluctant Love," "Bob Your Head," and "Fat Cats." Fun stuff. (Rating: 4++++)



The world is ugly,
Your friends are too.
Your body is ugly
And so are you.

(Rating: 1)

Untraceable - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack: Music by Christopher Young (CD, Lakeshore / Screen Gems, Soundtrack)
In the world of soundtrack albums, there are two varieties. The first type is a various artists collection that is basically a throwaway disc designed to promote a film and score bucks for a group of music artists. The second variety is an actual soundtrack usually produced and/or recorded by a single artist featuring music specificically designed for a film. The soundtrack to the film Untraceable fits nicely in the second category. All of the music on this album was composed by the Golden Globe-nominated composer Christopher Young (who has, in the past, recorded soundtrack music for the films Hellraiser, Swordfish, and Spiderman 3). The soundtrack to Untraceable features eleven tracks of classic/classical music that more often than not recalls the odd, eerie sounds of Mahler symphonies. The strange, slightly discordant sound of these pieces gives the listener a feeling of uneasiness and suspense...which is probably an exact fit for the movie. Young has come up with some strangely subtle and beautiful music here that will stand on its own whether the film is successful or not. Smooth, seductive tracks include "Missing Flowers," "Sessions Locked," "Net Nuts," and "Kill With Me." Recorded with precise attention to detail. (Rating: 5++)

Winsome Griffles - Meet The Griffles (Independently released CD, Pop)
We got to this release very late in the month and, as a result, were unable to adequately take it in before writing this review. Winsome Griffles is, for the most part, a comedy trio consisting of Jack Griffle, Larry-Bob Griffle, and Serbie Griffle. Some folks may remember Larry-Bob as the editor of the infamous underground magazine Holy Titclamps. May of the trio's tunes are driven by themes of homosexual satire. Some funny stuff here to be sure.
*A miniblurb is a short descriptive summary of a disc that we found intriguing. We did not have sufficient time to write a proper review but we did not want the disc to go unnoticed. Note that miniblurbs are not rated...but we encourage readers to check out releases receiving miniblurbs because, in some cases, these discs may very well turn out to be the best releases of the month.



The people have spoken
And, as usual,
They are

(Rating: 1)

Additional Items Received:

Amanda Project - Night blossom
Amelia - A long, lovely list of repairs
American Speedway - Ship of fools
Ancient Grease - Women and children first
Astral - Sleepwalker
Dave Bavas - Songs of love, death, and trains
Bipolar Bear - Mountain dewd
Black Fortress of Opium - Black Fortress of Opium
Bonneville - Motion picture soundtrack
Bootleg Tonic - Volume 1
Bootload of Boogie - Dig it
Boxcar Sata + Ghostwriter - Hobo nouveau
Boxing Lesson - Wild streaks and windy days
Bronze Radio Return - Bronze Radio Return
Eric Byrd Trio - Brother ray
Celebrity Orphans - Celebrity Orphans
Christopher & The Lion / Daniel Folmer - Born to movement
Dallas Orbiter - Motorcycle diagrams
Details - Draw a distance, draw a border
Down the Line - Home alive
Dr. Mint - Visions and nightmares
Duke Spirit - Neptune
Dyslextasy - Live. die. repeat.
Terry Eason - Sentimental vanity
Fabonacci - The boundaries EP
Felice Brothers - Felice Brothers
Finest Dearest - Finest Dearest
Fontana - I feel like a jerk EP
Frustrations - Glowing red pill
Tom Fuller Band - Abstract man
Further Down - 7 years hard luck
Gillan - Live at the marquee 1978
Glowfriends - A farewell to fair-weather
God or Julie - This road before
Gods Revolver - Little black horse where are you going with your dead rider
Gospel Gossip - Sing into my mouth
Great Northern - Sleepy eepee
Handcuffs -= Model for a revolution
Hunting Lodge - Energy czar
In Absentia - M.
Jeremy Jay - A place where we could go
Joey O. Band - Still dreaming
Jumper - Original motion picture score
Kassin+2 - Futurismo
LA Tool and Die - The last thorn of summer
Davey La - Rotten in Denmark
Bing Ji Ling - June degrees in december
Lions Rampant - Play rock n roll!
Ludo - You're awful, i love you
Graham MacRae - Graham MacRae
Paul McCartney - Ecce Cor Meum: The world premiere live from the royal albert hall
Steve Means - Rescue me
Megaphone Man - Megaphone Man
Miguel Migs - Those things remixed
Myriad - With arrows, with poise
Nadas - The ghosts inside these halls
Johnnie Newman - The golden coast
O! The Joy - Zen mode
One Small Step - Another shelter
Oppenheimer - Take the whole midrange and boost it
Gregory Page - All make believe
Painkiller Hotel - Black roses
Earl Parker and the Ravens - Show me the money
Penelope - Original motion picture soundtrack
The Pope - Do you wanna boogie?
E.S. Posthumus - Cartographer
Pyotr - Pyotr surrenders to space
Quiet Life - Act natural
Red I Clan - Kikllohead
Ringles - Rickenbaker ballet
Amber Rubarth - New green lines
Joal Rush - Imagination
Matthew Ryan - Matthew Ryan vs. the silver state
Sammy Sadler - Heart shaped like texas
Rachel Sage - Chandelier
Saint Bernadette - I wanna tell you something...
Erik Seifert - Astronomical Unit
Sky Cries Mary - Small town
Skywire - To write on the hearts of the others
Slackers - Self medication
Spa - Spa
Spectacular Fantastic - Consume
Stealing Jane - Say something
Anton Sword - A sentimental education
Terrible Twos - Radical tadpoles
Them, Roaring Twenties - Future sandwich
Third of Never - Moodring
Toby the Fugitive - Proxima distort
Unwed Sailor - Little wars
Vasoline Tuner - Vampire vaginas at the stupid barbeque
Various Artists - Local Anesthetic
Various Artists - Sweet Relief: Various rock and power pop artists
Ann Vriend - When we were spies
Wagon - Match made in hell
Wombats - Wombats

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