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Built to Spill – You In Reverse

May 12th, 2006


A Slightly Bumpy Ride

The success of Built to Spill’s music has always rested on Doug Martsch’s melancholy vocal delivery and the band’s classic “by the indie-rock book” sound. On You In Reverse, their first album in 5 years, it’s clear that the band is trying to progress into more spontaneous and free-form directions. Read more…

By Michael Feldman Posted in Reviews

The Ark – The State of the Ark

May 10th, 2006


Sweden is the New Canada

Last year it seemed as though Canada was exporting every emerging rock band. Perhaps this year belongs to Sweden. From those pop-loving pacifists comes the sexually charged balls-to-the-wall music of The Ark. Their third full length, The State of the Ark, is forty minutes of hi-fi dance-pop, rock and roll insanity. Some may just dismiss this album as another retro rip-off, but what it lacks in originality it surely makes up for in fun. Read more…

By Michael Feldman Posted in Reviews

Tapes ‘n Tapes – The Loon

April 6th, 2006


All Taped Up

Tapes ‘n Tapes is not the type of band who writes safe, formulaic songs. Sure, this unsigned band’s album The Loon has strong musical roots, but it’s the band’s uncontrollable urge to jackknife the formula and create songs with a new perspective amidst the inspiration. Read more…

By Michael Feldman Posted in Reviews

Clor – Clor

March 15th, 2006


Light and Shadow

Electronic Pop music of the 70s and early 80s presented a hopeful yet bleek vision of the future by fusing mechanical rhythms, colorful synthesizers, and warm yet strangely distant vocals. Despite wearing their influences on their sleeve, Clor manage to capture that musical ideology on their self-titled debut album. Read more…

By Michael Feldman Posted in Reviews

Arctic Monkeys – Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not

March 3rd, 2006


Street Scenes

There is nothing unique about the sound of the Arctic Monkeys. What makes this band stand out is the way in which lead singer Alex Turner weaves together tales of hipster posturing and sexual frustration as the music of Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Notremains in a state of constant flux. Read more…

By Michael Feldman Posted in Reviews

Lilys – Everything Wrong is Imaginary

February 20th, 2006


An Eclectic Renaissance

Change has always been a key characteristic of Lily’s music even when chief Lily (and only permanent member) Kurt Heasley started the project back in those murky Grunge days of 1991. Those who kept up with this Philadelphia native’s musical moods have watched him genre-hop, successfully and unsuccessfully. Read more…

By Michael Feldman Posted in Reviews

The Joggers – With a Cape and a Cane

February 1st, 2006


Less Cowbell More Cohesion

On the Joggers’ sophmore album With a Cape and a Cane the band displays a serious amount of control in terms of musicianship and arrangement. Unfortunately the vocal melodies lack the integration needed in order to really makes these ten funky, sometimes chaotic, songs accessible. Read more…

By Michael Feldman Posted in Reviews

XBXRX – Sixth in Sixes

January 28th, 2006


Cathartic Extinction

Short and thoroughly invigorating, XBXRX’s newest offering Sixth in Sixes is fresh assault of screamo, punk, and hardcore. Chances are listeners will either absolutely hate this record or completely fall in love with it. Either way it’s a highly sufficient supplement for one’s morning coffee. Read more…

By Michael Feldman Posted in Reviews

Tom Vek – We Have Sound

December 16th, 2005


Dancing with Headphones

Twenty-four year old Brit Tom Vek was a fresh face in 2005, making heads nod and girls swoon with his boyish good looks and an album chock full of heavy grooves, smart, catchy lyrics, and electronic flourishes. We Have Sound is an extraordinary debut from an artist who understands the meaning of “less is more.” It’s a stripped-down excursion of dance music delivered with a DIY spirit. Read more…

By Michael Feldman Posted in Reviews

Wolf Parade – Apologies to the Queen Mary

December 1st, 2005


Reflecting Reality

The highly anticipated debut album, Apologies to the Queen Mary, from Canadian popsters Wolf Parade attempts to reflect some of the more tangible aspects within our daily lives Read more…

By Michael Feldman Posted in Reviews