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Over the past 14 years, Patti Scialfa has carved a comfortable niche in the recording industry with a pair of solid albums that have perfectly showcased her talents as a singer/songwriter. Play it as it Lays manages to eclipse both 2004’s 23rd Street Lullaby and 1993's Rumble Doll simply through the measure of growth that sometimes occurs between albums; that is, her sound and style are absolutel ... Continue Reading

Posted: September 26th, 2007

A few months back, Aesop Rock contributed the title track from his then-upcoming album None Shall Pass to the Def Jux-Adult Swim promotional album Definitive Swim. The song was one of the bright spots of a pretty great (and free) compilation record, and gave hip-hop heads a glimpse at the future direction of the label’s accomplished artists. Unfortunately, the track wasn't exactly an indication ... Continue Reading

Posted: September 19th, 2007

Off the first couple spins of the latest record from Luckyiam.psc, I’m thrown back in time, circa 2000. The place is the East San Francisco Bay Area and I’m sitting in a parked car with a couple fellow suburbanite friends, dissecting lyrics, nodding to the beat, partaking in some of Northern California’s finest provisions, while hoping to extract an epiphany from the moment. We were aimless, yet t ... Continue Reading

Posted: September 17th, 2007

In my review of 100dBs' Brenner’s Breaks Volume 1, I regrettably said the following about emcee Ryan O’Neil: “Ryan O'Neil, the other emcee featured, pales, his rhymes oozing with braggadocio, eschewing any semblance of a narrative thread for shameless self-promotion. One gets the sense that his rhymes might improve if only he'd get over himself.” After listening to The Adventures of the One Hand ... Continue Reading

Posted: September 15th, 2007

Math rock is the overused and inaccurate name for rigidly rhythmic and sometimes grating rock of the slightly heavier variety. Unfortunately, the term’s misapplication has led many to react negatively against anything remotely tabbed with the label as it is often considered overly technical and even soulless. The subgenre, like all subgenres, overlaps with many others – but to paraphrase former S ... Continue Reading

Posted: August 24th, 2007

For the unfamiliar, Minus the Bear is a Seattle-based alternative rock quintet comprised of former members of Botch, Kill Sadie, and Sharks Keep Moving. Complex hammer-ons, bent notes, and percussively off-time riffs come courtesy of lead guitarist Dave Knudson and his army of effects pedals. Gravely crooner vox are in no short supply thanks to vocalist/guitarist Jake Snider, while Cory Murchy and ... Continue Reading

Posted: August 23rd, 2007

My gripe upon first purchasing Kala was its release date. After having heard the first few singles -- the raucous "Bird Flu," "Boyz" with its sing-a-long chorus, and the B-more club aping "XR2" -- it seemed a crime for music so tailored to driving with the roof down to come out with only a couple weeks left in the summer. Once the opening track "Bamboo Banga" kicks in, its hard to feel otherwis ... Continue Reading

Posted: August 22nd, 2007

Amon Tobin’s attention to detail was never so apparent than on his smash album Supermodified. Nearly every track on that album required multiple plays to catch the nuances, subtle changes in beat, and sonic goodies lurking throughout. Tobin followed that up with a much darker album – Out from Out Where – with broad aural themes woven throughout. Now comes Foley Room to plead its sonic case. ... Continue Reading

Posted: August 21st, 2007

In all likelihood, Liverpudlian pop will never go out of style. Never. It’s a point of fact that the signature Beatles sound—at its simplest: the Lennon sing-and-strum, the Harrison chord progression, the entertainingly repetitive McCartney riff/sing-along chorus, and the Starr beat—is a key thread in the great tapestry of pop music. In ways both obvious and subversive, the Beatles sound permeates ... Continue Reading

Posted: August 20th, 2007

Percussionist and occasional actor Nicholas Freilich writes and performs under the moniker Epicte. Freilich DJed his way through law school (often at Washington, DC’s Reef) - releasing this album in the process. Three words best describe his self-titled debut album: sweeping downtempo ambience. While Freilich’s beats are mostly straightforward, it is Epicte’s melodic breadth provides the main re ... Continue Reading

Posted: August 20th, 2007

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