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CD Review – David Serby

Thursday, June 18th, 2009

Honkytonk and Vine

Harbor Grove Records

David Serby is primed for country stardom with a front page feature in the Los Angeles Times and the LA CityBeat calling this album one of the best of 2009 so far. He is like a less twangy Dwight Yoakum especially on the opening track “Get It In Gear.” Songs like “Honky Tonk Affair” and “I Only Smoke when I’m Drinking” harken back to legends George Jones and Hank Williams. Serby is country music unfiltered. It’s also some of the best country music you’ll hear this year.

CD Review – Kissing Cousins

Tuesday, October 28th, 2008

She’s Right
Velvet Blue Music

This female rock quartet sounds like Sonic Youth with a just a smidge more electronic influence. It’s pretty good pop-rock, but after three straight 4-song EP’s and this 3-song EP, isn’t it time for a full-length album?

CD Review – Astrid Williamson

Tuesday, October 7th, 2008

Boy for You
Incarnation Records/One Little Indian Records

Beautiful singer/songwriter pop from a British songstress that should be more popular in the states than she is. Upon first listen, I thought it was okay. With each subsequent listen, I like this album more and more. This is worth multiple listens.

CD Review – Pestida

Monday, October 6th, 2008

Surface Parallel
Around Your Neck Records

This five-song EP sounds like what Silversun Pickups would sound like if their music went anywhere. Layered indie rock from Helsinki, Finland that isn’t afraid to take risks. Those risks pay huge dividends on each of these five songs.

Ari Gold

Thursday, September 18th, 2008

Transport Systems


It’s not my bag…  he’s the intelligent , fairly good looking, Jewish and gay Justin Timberlake. It’s all well and good for what it is. The production quality is ace – the beats are heavy.  It could definitely fill the floor at your local hot spot, it is an album full of floor fillers. His OP ED piece for the Advocate was a great read, very intelligent and put together – and his interviews are honest and time well spent.


Thursday, September 18th, 2008


2024 Records

Imagine if Ryan Adams had a cousin….  not a twin, not a brother… just a cousin.  The songs are moody and heavy on the dreamy.  The lyrics are lush but smart.  It’s not going to win Grammys… but it’s good and mellow. Some good company, a bottle of wine and good conversation – this is what should be playing.

CD Review – Bryan Scary & the Shredding Tears

Thursday, September 18th, 2008

Flight of the Knife

Black and Greene Records

Take Elton John, Panic at the Disco and musical theater, wad it up into a ball and throw it against a wall. That’s what this album sounds like. It’s bizarre, wonderful, engaging and downright fun.

Miss Fairchild

Thursday, January 31st, 2008

Ooh La La Sha Sha

Jive Sucka

These funk soul brothers provide the most musical fun I’ve had in a long time.

Electric Needle Room

Thursday, January 3rd, 2008

Trying to Escape the Bigotry


These two brothers are like a poor man’s They Might Be Giants. Quirky, literate and just downright fun, Electric Needle Room is worth checking out.

Via Audio

Tuesday, December 4th, 2007


SideCho Records 

Some of the best atmospheric pop music to come out in years. It also helps that they were produced by Spoon lead singer Jim Eno and that they were called Death Cab for Cutie’s Chris Walla’s favorite new band in the magazine Under the Radar. Via Audio is a band to actively look for. They are that good.