The Noisies - The Folk Fission Odyssey: I like CDs that make me laugh. This CD made me laugh a lot. Consequently, I like this CD a lot. More focused than his previous outing.
The Noisies - Somewhere Under A Rainbow: I have tremendous respect for singer/songwriter Dave Noisy, brainchild of The Noisies. Not only does he sing about subjects that I can relate and agree with (animal rights, turning away from God) but he does so without caring about other's opinions. Created using only his computer and self-released, this is one of the best CDs I've heard in a long while.
Guided By Voices - The Best of Guided By Voices: Human Amusements at Hourly Rates: Having never heard a song by this band, I picked up their greatest hits (32 tracks for $10.99) after hearing some good things. Perhaps I wanted it to be better than it was. And perhaps, their albums are better than this compilation suggests.
Mono - Under The Pipal Tree: Too much 'fluff' and not enough substance (particularly in the middle of the disc) plagues this debut. Still, what I like, I really like and look forward to listening to their further outings.
Linkin Park - Meteora: Music for disaffected youths should be made by disaffected youths. Meanwhile, Linkin Park could use their obvious talent to make good music.
By The Grace Of God - For The Love Of Indie Rock: Two years ago, By The Grace Of God would have been my new favorite band. Now, they just seem derivative and boring. Though, I can't help but shake the instinct that there's something different, even special, about them.
Cerberus Shoal - Mr. Boy Dog: Cerberus Shoal is one of those bands that you can listen to once and then never again. Kind of like The Boredoms. I'm sure, however, that you can sift through their discography and come away with one disc that is truely good and in need of multiple listens.
Various Artists - Equal Vision Records Presents...Inventing The Scene: This disc is one part sampler and one part compilation. You buy it for the unreleased songs of your favorite band and Equal Vision Records hopes you'll listen to their new crop of bands. Well, it worked, because I bought it. Only thing is, all their new bands suck.
Cerberus Shoal - Farewell To Hightide: Less jazzy than Crash My Moon Yacht and with many more words, but nonetheless beautiful and breathtaking.
Cerberus Shoal - Crash My Moon Yacht: Post-rock with very jazzy undertones makes for an enjoyable listen, one that will be heard again.
The Brian Jonestown Massacre - Their Satanic Majesties' Second Request: I liked this album [when the Beatles did it].
Blood Red - Demo/Hostage: Yet another "Starting Back Thursday" band. If you didn't care then, you won't care now.
Explosions In The Sky - Earth Is Not A Cold Dead Place: Godspeed it surely isn't. Good it surely is.
The Boxhead Ensemble - The Last Place To Go: All of these songs were improvised live to a screening of a movie, which makes it a kind of "had to be there" album. I wasn't there.
Vietnom - Death Is The Outcome: According to a friend, inability to imitate is the highest form of greatness. So why, then, does this band suck?
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