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"Confessions on a Dance Floor" by Madonna

"Confessions on a Dance Floor" by Madonna

In the three plus years that I've been writing album reviews, I don't think I ever hated an album more that Madonna's 2003 release American Life. In one listen of that piece of garbage, it almost wiped out all memory of how great her previous two albums Ray Of Light and Music were. Thank the good Lo... [More]

"The Mechanical Hand" by Horse The Band

"The Mechanical Hand" by Horse The Band

As much as I just love emo bands and all their self-promosexuality and glamour shot glory I have to say that I'm fucking over that shit. You can only handle so much. Luckily Horse the Band (or just "Horse" as all the hip "scene-agers" call them) is not emo and I even heard they go around beating up... [More]

"Live It Out" by Metric

"Live It Out" by Metric

This cutting edge Toronto based foursome takes you on a journey through forty plus years of musical inspiration. A renovation of the past, with a clean, consistent, electrically charged fusion of fuzzy funk... [More]

"The Mouse and the Mask" by Danger Doom

"The Mouse and the Mask" by Danger Doom

Ah yes, the mouse, the mask, the mystery behind the mastery. When these two clandestine creatures get together something magical happens, like when you feed Mogwai after midnight. You should be familiar with the two men behind The Mouse and the Mask by now, and if not, come out of your cave for a se... [More]

"Harmonies For The Haunted" by stellastar*

"Harmonies For The Haunted" by stellastar*

For some reason, stellastarr* has a unique grasp on my heart. I can't seem to shake it. I don't know if it's Shawn Christensen's deep brooding vocals, the hypnotizing, jangly guitars, or even Amanda Tannen's sweet backing harmonies. Perhaps it's the fact that they're able to evoke a certain 1980s no... [More]

"Loose at Vegoose!" by Tyler's Take

"Loose at Vegoose!" by Tyler's Take

On October 29th and 30th I attended the virgin voyage of the Vegoose music festival - showcasing over 30 bands, each playing one to two hour sets. Sam Boyd stadium provided the venue, including three stages and one tent, various poster and t-shirt booths, and impersonator karaoke booth and resonably... [More]

"Diamond" by The Sound of Urchin

"Diamond" by The Sound of Urchin

I've never even heard of these dudes until recently but looking at the pictures of the band in the liner notes they looked like some sort of Andrew W.K. tribute band. Long hair and hesh flare are at an all time dork-out level here. But enough about fashion let's talk music bitches. First off this is... [More]

"Cripple Crow" by Devendra Banhart

"Cripple Crow" by Devendra Banhart

This new freak-folk scene really scares me. Seriously, the thought of hippie revivalists roving the country with their plague of uber-happy attitudes and anti-everything propaganda is enough to keep a half-sane conservative up at night. Which is ironic, because the very same music behind this revolu... [More]

"We Have Sound" by Tom Vek

"We Have Sound" by Tom Vek

On occasion, I like to peruse British music publications just to see what striking their fancy on the other side of the pond. Recently, a new 24-year old singer-songwriter named Tom Vek has been all the rage. The reviews of his debut album, We Have Sound, have been nothing but praise, so I must say... [More]

"Descended Like Vultures" by Rogue Wave

"Descended Like Vultures" by Rogue Wave

To me, Rogue Wave's 2004 debut Out Of The Shadow (with its quaint 4-track recorded romanticized introspection) was completely reminiscent of Brendon Benson's excellent sophomore release Lapalco. Oddly enough in 2005, both of these comparable artists tried to slick up their production sound by adding... [More]

"The Runners Four" by Deerhoof

"The Runners Four" by Deerhoof

At 20 tracks and almost twice the length of any of their previous releases, The Runners Four, which just happens to be Deerhoof's eighth (!) studio album in as many years sees these bay area Noise-Rockers moving into new poppy driven and surprisingly accessible territory. Lead singer Satomi Matsuzak... [More]

"Playing The Angel" by Depeche Mode

"Playing The Angel" by Depeche Mode

Let's just call a spade a spade: 2001's Exciter was by far the worst Depeche Mode album to ever be released, and I don't care what fanatics think, it sucked ASS. Other than first single "Dream On," Exciter was a train-wreck that featured Martin Gore's worst lyrics to date, uninspired vocals by Dave... [More]

"The Campfire Headphase" by Boards of Canada

"The Campfire Headphase" by Boards of Canada

With expectations running maybe the highest they've ever been for an electronic album, the extremely elusive Scottish duo Boards Of Canada have finally released The Campfire Headphase; their follow-up to Music Has The Right To Children and Geogoddi, their only two and generally universally proclaime... [More]

"Talk Like Blood" by 31 Knots

"Talk Like Blood" by 31 Knots

While listening to 31 Knots' fourth proper album - Talk Like Blood (and first for the excellent indie label Polyvinyl) two things immediately popped up into my ever-curious brain. One, how can a three-piece band like this sound so atmospherically epic (a la The Secret Machines) and two, with this mu... [More]

"Vhiessu" by Thrice

"Vhiessu" by Thrice

Dedicated followers of Thrice love the band for three reasons: their intricate and technical guitar parts; their fast paced and hard hitting drums; and the in-your-face poetry of their lyrics. And in spite of the fact that Vhiessu only brings one of these elements (fully in tact) it's not as disappo... [More]

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