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5.31.2005 | Review: Ume - Urgent Sea

Ume - Urgent Sea: The gruffled voice of desperation. The music of a dirge. Neither of which seem to belong to the other, marching to their own beat. Layered on top of each other, you get the sense that something really bad is going to happen.

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  • 5.30.2005 | Review: M.I.A. - Arular

    M.I.A. - Arular: She rhymes Miami with Family.

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  • 5.29.2005 | Review: Blondie - Parallel Lines

    Blondie - Parallel Lines: Nice collection of classic '80s pop songs and shoulda-woulda-coulda-been hits.

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  • 5.28.2005 | Review: Linda Ronstadt - Greatest Hits, Vol. 1

    Linda Ronstadt - Greatest Hits, Vol. 1: Should have been called "Covers the Greatest Hits of Other People."

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  • 5.27.2005 | Review: Cyndi Lauper - She's So Unusual

    Cyndi Lauper - She's So Unusual: Half this CD is '80s anthems you've come to know, enjoy and despise. There's a reason the other half wasn't.

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  • 5.26.2005 | Review: Stephen Malkmus - Face The Truth

    Stephen Malkmus - Face The Truth: Mediocre on a good day.

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  • 5.25.2005 | Review: Joni Mitchell - Court and Spark

    Joni Mitchell - Court and Spark: Some really good songs on here. Some really not so good songs on here.

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  • 5.24.2005 | Review: The Mountain Goats - Sunset Tree

    The Mountain Goats - Sunset Tree: Love the voice, love the vocal delivery, love the music, love the lyrics. I just love this record. Album of the year contender.

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  • 5.23.2005 | Review: Gillian Welch - Soul Journey

    Gillian Welch - Soul Journey: The music doesn't seem to match the sentiment. Additionally, the vocal delivery just doesn't seem very emotional.

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  • 5.22.2005 | Review: Emmylou Harris - Luxury Liner

    Emmylou Harris - Luxury Liner: Ranging from traditional country to a more contemporary ('77) singer/songwriter to foreshadowing the stereotypical "hollow '80s sound", makes for a very enjoyable album.

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  • 5.21.2005 | Review: Nine Inch Nails - With Teeth

    Nine Inch Nails - With Teeth: Never listened to an album (or a full song) by Nine Inch Nails until now. It was intriguing enough for me to check out his 'masterpiece', but not enough that it warrants many more listens.

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  • 5.20.2005 | Review: Elvis Costello & The Attractions - Armed Forces (Deluxe Edition)

    Elvis Costello & The Attractions - Armed Forces (Deluxe Edition): Riding in a buddy's car, mix cd playing in the background. "What is this crap you're listening to?" I inquire. "It's Elvis Costello, you don't like Elvis Costello?" his reply. "Apparently not." Until I listened to the bonus disc that comes with Armed Forces. Didn't really care for the album itself, but loved all of the live stuff.

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  • 5.19.2005 | Review: Out Hud - Let Us Never Speak Of This Again

    Out Hud - Let Us Never Speak Of This Again: I will never speak of this (techno) album.

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  • Download 2005: A Face Odyssey
  • Download Dear Mr. Bush, There are over 1000 words for shit and only 1 for Music. Fuck You, Out Hud
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  • 5.18.2005 | Review: Some Girls - All My Friends Are Going Death

    Some Girls - All My Friends Are Going Death: I miss American Nightmare. This doesn't ease that pain.

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  • 5.17.2005 | Review: Bunky - Born To Be A Motorcycle

    Bunky - Born To Be A Motorcycle: Calculated quirkiness fails to impress me.

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  • 5.16.2005 | Review: Stars - Set Yourself On Fire

    Stars - Set Yourself On Fire: Saw them live when they opened for Broken Social Scene. Mistakenly pegged them as a Pogues rip-off, but I was 100% wrong. A really, really good pop album.

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  • 5.15.2005 | Review: British Sea Power - Open Season

    British Sea Power - Open Season: Their old (unique) sound isn't completely gone, they've just (for better or worse) learned how to coat it in sugar.

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  • 5.14.2005 | Review: A Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra & Tra-La-La Band - Horses In The Sky

    The Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra & Tra-La-La Band - Horses In The Sky: They've come a long way, maturing from Godspeed clone to this, a virtual acapella album. As always, it takes some getting used to, but I found it much more rewarding that This Is Our Punk Rock upon first listen.

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  • 5.13.2005 | Review: The Essex Green - Everything Is Green

    The Essex Green - Everything Is Green: A little muddier and I'd think it was from the '60s instead of just imitating it (very well).

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  • 5.12.2005 | Review: Garbage - Garbage

    Garbage - Garbage: I really don't like My Bloody Valentine, but I really like this obviously-influenced album.

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  • 5.11.2005 | Review: Bonnie 'Prince' Billy & Matt Sweeney - Superwolf

    Bonnie "Prince" Blly & Matt Sweeney - Superwolf: I really like everything I have ever heard from (and about) Will Oldham, it's just that I don't think it survives on repeat listens.

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  • 5.10.2005 | Review: Andrew Bird and the Mysterious Produciton of Eggs

    Andrew Bird - Andrew Bird and the Mysterious Production of Eggs: One of those albums that could be listened to over and over again without getting tired of it.

  • Stream Measuring Cup and Tables And Chains
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  • 5.09.2005 | Review: Brendan Benson - Alternative To Love

    Brendan Benson - Alternative To Love: BENson could be the fourth Ben.

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  • 5.08.2005 | Review: Alanis Morrisette - Jagged Little Pill

    Alanis Morrissette - Jagged Little Pill: It's taken me far too long to listen to the essential album in its entirety. If all pop music was this good, the world would be a better place.

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  • 5.07.2005 | Review: The National - Alligator

    The National - Alligator: They sound like (pretty good) modern rock, but the vocals are delivered in a manner that seems almost indifferent. It's an interesting mix, but not terribly spectacular.

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  • 5.06.2005 | Review: Annie - Anniemal

    Annie - Anniemal: Tracks 1-4: This is pretty good. Tracks 5-9: Didn't I just listen to these songs? Tracks 10-12: When will it end?

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  • 5.05.2005 | Review: Brazilian Girls - Brazilian Girls

    Brazilian Girls - Brazilian Girls: If this were in my iPod (like several other bloggers out there...), I'd probably fall asleep more often. Not to say it's bad, it just doesn't make me sit up and take notice.

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  • 5.04.2005 | Review: U2 - How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb

    U2 - How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb: It's no Joshua Tree, but I like it a lot. Wish I would have listened to it last year, so it would have had an impact on my Top 88 of '04 list.

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  • 5.03.2005 | Review: M. Ward - Transistor Radio

    M. Ward - Transistor Radio: So much more alive than Transfiguration.

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  • 5.02.2005 | Review: Antony and the Johnsons - I Am A Bird Now

    Antony and the Johnsons - I Am A Bird Now: Kinda (emphasis on kinda) sounds like Jens Lekman, but does it with more soul in his voice.

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  • 5.01.2005 | Review: Lou Reed - Live and Rock 'n' Roll Animal

    Lou Reed - Live/Rock 'n' Roll Animal: More than likely, I'll never listen to a Velvet Underground album. But, at least I can find this enjoyable, if only moderately so.

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  • Stream clips of non-album specific tracks
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