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Archive for October, 2008

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?

http://www.velvetbluemusic.com

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.

http://www.astridwilliamson.net

CD Review – Chris Strawn

Tuesday, October 7th, 2008

I Left My Hat in Hades
Drazzig Records

Fuzzy skanky rock that sounds like it was recorded in the 70’s. It’s not bad, but it’s nothing that is going to keep me coming back.

http://www.myspace.com/chrisstrawn

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.

http://www.pestida.com

CD Review – Parry Gripp

Monday, October 6th, 2008

Do You Like Waffles?
Oglio Records

Twenty-two tracks (plus a sing Along and Karaoke Mix of the title track) that are essentially commercial jingles that never made it into commercials. The lead singer of Nerf Herder is a master of the tongue-in-cheek (just listen to their song “Van Halen”). The highlights here are the title track, “Got to Dip It!” and “The Ballad of Melvin the Magic Hot Dog.” He’s good at what he does and he does this really well, but it’s hard to pop in a 24 track CD that is less than 20 minutes long.

http://www.parrygripp.com