10.31.2005 | Review: Animal Collective - Feels

Animal Collective - Feels: I've tried again to like the Collective and while I did enjoy this more than I did Sung Tongs, I still couldn't get into it. There were parts that I thought were really good, but there were parts I thought really bad. Whether this may even out (like Frances the Mute), I can't say for certain.

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  • 10.30.2005 | Review: The Mountain Goats - Protein Source of the Future...Now!

    The Mountain Goats - Protein Source of the Future...Now!: It's obviously been recorded in his basement with mediocre equipment, evoking comparisons to Daniel Johnston and The Noisies. That aside, if you liked any of his other work, you won't be disappointed.

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  • 10.29.2005 | Review: The Exit - Home For An Island

    The Exit - Home For An Island: This record's been out for a year now and has just been re-released. The reason no one cared the first time around is because it's not very good. It's like they're holding back. They want to be this awesome guitar-rock band, but they hold back the guitars, settling for mediocrity.

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  • 10.28.2005 | Review: Diamond Nights - Popsicle

    Diamond Nights - Popsicle: After all the hype about their EP, I was suprised when I didn't even know that their full length had been released. And now that I've heard it, I know why.

  • Stream Destination Diamonds, The Girl's Attractive and Snakey Ruth
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  • 10.27.2005 | Review: The Clientele - Strange Geometry

    The Clientele - Strange Geometry: Their name is The Clientele. The album title is Strange Geometry. The artwork on the album is of a train barelling accross the tracks in the distance on a dark moon-less night. So forgive me if I was expecting something a little, say, darker. What I got instead was an indie-pop that sounds like it was recorded at the end of a rainbow. A brutally honest rainbow.

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  • 10.26.2005 | Review: Broken Social Scene - Bee Hives

    Broken Social Scene - Bee Hives: Necessary only for those that must have every song BSS ever recorded. Otherwise, skip it, or listen to it once to say you've listened to it, but it's unlikely to get spins.

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  • 10.25.2005 | Review: Arctic Monkeys - Demos/Beneath The Boardwalk

    Arctic Monkeys - Demos/Beneath The Boardwalk: This much-buzzed about abound has only a single (that's gone number 1 in the UK) that's been officially released, but about 45 songs that are floating around on the internet. Musically danceable and lyrically unforgettable, they sound like a weird cross between the Stone Roses and the White Stripes. While it doesn't work all of the time, it works enough of the time that I'm very excited for an official LP.

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  • 10.24.2005 | Review: Hudson Bell - When The Sun Is The Moon

    Hudson Bell - When The Sun Is The Moon: It's a solid pop album with shoegaze elements, but there are better by both such corners out this year. Still, it deservers a few more spins before any real judgement can be passed.

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  • 10.23.2005 | Review: Field Notes - Color of Sunshine

    Field Notes - Color of Sunshine: There's so much potential in this record that you want to walk away liking it. However, I felt like it need a kick in the pants as it's atmosphere or body was lacking in a lot of places.

  • Stream Sister Says and Who's Fooling Who
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  • 10.22.2005 | Review: The Orphan Project

    The Orphan Project - The Orphan Project: Their One Sheet likens them to Jimmy Eat World, Thursday, Planes Mistaken for Stars and Boy Sets Fire. I can't disagree and fans of those bands will enjoy this band, but not as much as the others.

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  • This release not currently available for purchase (that I could find)

  • 10.21.2005 | Review: Neutral Milk Hotel - In The Aeroplane Over The Sea

    Neutral Milk Hotel - In The Aeroplane Over The Sea: It's amazing when you're not current on bands, because NMH sounds like a rip-off of a bunch of bands around today. Until you realize that this album came out 7 years ago and those same bands you though they were ripping them off turn out to have ripped off NMH. If blogs were around 7 years ago, this would be 1998's Funeral or perhaps Blueberry Boat as the songs are quirky, yet poppy and all run together.

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  • 10.20.2005 | Review: Nada Surf - The Weight Is A Gift

    Nada Surf - The Weight is a Gift: Instantly likable and accessible. This year's best indie-pop album.

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  • 10.19.2005 | Review: Paul McCartney - Chaos and Creation in the Backyard

    Paul McCartney - Chaos and Creation in the Backyard: If it wasn't Sir Paul, no one would care. If it wasn't Sir Paul, I'd like it better. Figure that one out.

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  • 10.18.2005 | Review: Gang Of Four - Return The Gift

    Gang Of Four - Return The Gift: I think I need to listen to Entertainment! again, because I certainly did not enjoy this.

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  • 10.17.2005 | Review: Franz Ferdinand - You Could Have It So Much Better

    Franz Ferdinand - You Could Have It So Much Better: ...than I, if you never listen to this album.

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  • 10.16.2005 | Review: Calexico | Iron And Wine - In The Reins

    Calexico | Iron And Wine - In The Reins: It's so good, but it's just not long enough.

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  • 10.15.2005 | Review: The Editors - The Back Room

    The Editors - The Back Room: There's no denying they've been listening to Interpol, Joy Division and Echo and the Bunnymen more than casual fans. While this isn't a bad thing and they certainly aren't as good as those bands, they hold their ground. Still, later on, you'll find yourself putting Interpol into your CD player more often.

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  • 10.14.2005 | Review: Calla - Collisions

    Calla - Collisions: Pretty cool for a track or two, then it gets lame as the tracks start to sound the same.

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  • 10.13.2005 | Review: Devendra Banhart - Cripple Crow

    Devendra Banhart - Cripple Crow: Rather underwhelming and forced.

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  • 10.12.2005 | Review: Xiu Xiu - La Foret

    Xiu Xiu - La Foret: Another follow-up, another disappointment. Le sigh.

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  • 10.11.2005 | Review: Burning Star Core - The Very Heart of the World

    Burning Star Core - The Very Heart of the World: Not only is this the worst album to come out this year, it's the worst album I've listened to this year.

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  • 10.10.2005 | Review: Broken Social Scene - Broken Social Scene

    Broken Social Scene - Broken Social Scene: It's less instantly accessible than You Forgot It In People, but it's far more rewarding, with it's slightly-buried vocals and nearly-flawless production.

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  • 10.09.2005 | Review: Kanye West - Late Registration

    Kanye West - Late Registration: Didn't wait for the hype to die down on this one and it suffers for it. The message is better and more thought out, but the production lacks more than Dropout and the delivery is under, well, delivered.

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  • 10.08.2005 | Review: Kanye West - The College Dropout

    Kanye West - The College Dropout: Sometimes, it's good to let the hype of an album to die down before you end up listening to it. In spite of this, Kanye West delivers on most of the hype. There are obviously some tracks that fail in all regards and the skits are lame, as most rap skits are, but it still manages to deliver.

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  • 10.07.2005 | Review: Elbow - Leaders of the Free World

    Elbow - Leaders of the Free World: Falling somewhere between the excellent Asleep in the Back and the decent Cast of Thousands. The problem with the this and the previous album is it's monotonous delivery. All the songs run together. Not to say it's bad, but it makes better background music than anything else.

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  • 10.06.2005 | Review: Various - Listen To Bob Dylan (Because He's Cool)

    Various - Listen to Bob Dylan (Because He's Cool): You should in fact listen to Bob Dylan, because he is cool. But you should not listen to this tribute, because it is not. Bob Dylan is a very tough man to cover and few of these artists do an adequate job.

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  • 10.05.2005 | Review: Super Furry Animals - Love Kraft

    Super Furry Animals - Love Kraft: Solid, if unspectacular, indie-pop that's a bit pyschadelic and a bit forgettable.

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  • 10.04.2005 | Review: The Spill Canvas - One Fell Swoop

    The Spill Canvas - One Fell Swoop: Despite their sometimes-sophmoric lyrics, this is not only one of the best comtemporarily 'emo' albums released in a long time, but also one of the best albums released this year.

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    10.03.2005 | Review: Skeletons and the Girl-Faced Boys - Git

    Skeletons and the Girl-Faced Boys - Git: Uncompelling, electronic music with emotionally distant vocals.

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    10.01.2005 | Review: Shook Ones - Sixteen

    Shook Ones - Sixteen: Ever wonder what Kid Dynamite would have sounded like had they been harder and less melodic? Neither had I. Until now.

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