• 01. 2l8 - "Kind Criminal (Pt.2)"
    02. Aereogramme - "The Unravelling"
    03. 27/Twinzero - "Half Life"
    04. 65daysofstatic - "The Fall Of Math"
    05. Blonde Redhead - "Misery (Wicked Version)"
    06. At The Drive In - "Non Zero Possibility"
    07. Bang Gang - "Everything's Gone"
    08. 3 Mile Pilot - "City Of Bone"
    09. The Decemberists - "Of Angels And Angles"
    10. Mazy Star - "Before I Sleep"
    11. Denali - "Prozac"
    12. Munly & The Lee Lewis Harlots - "Goose Walking Over My Grave"
    13. Scott Kelly - "Through My Existence"
    14. Iron And Wine - "Cinder And Smoke"
    15. Low - "In The Drugs"
  • Panda And Angel - S.T Ep - 2006 (Jade Tree)

    Ohio December 24th
  • Micah P. Hinson And The Opera Circuit - S.T - 2006 (Jade Tree)

    Diggin A Grave
  • The Veils - "Nux Vomica" - 2006 (Rough Trade)

    One Night On Earth
  • Bert Jansch - "The Black Swan" - 2006 (Frontline)

    High Days
  • Our Brother The Native - "Tooth And Claw" - 2006 (Fat Cat)

    Catalpa

  • Sleeping At Last - "Keep No Score" - 2006 (Unsigned)

    Heaven Breaks
  • Forward Russia - "Give Me A Wall" - 2006 - (Mute)

    Thirteen
  • Emily Haines & The Sof Skeleton - Knives Don't Have Your Back - 2006 (Universal International)

    Doctor Blind
  • Milburn - "Well Well Well" - 2006 (Universal)

    Last Bus
  • Larrikin Love - "The Freedom Spark" - 2006 (WEA/Infectious)

    Fall At The Feet Of Rae
  • Shawn Colvin - "These Four Walls" - 2006 (Nonesuch)

    Venetian Blue
  • Tobias Froberg - " Somewhere in the City" - 2006 (Cheap Lullaby)

    For Elisabeth Wherever You Are

  • Susanna And The Magical Orchestra - Melody Mountain - 2006 (Rune Grammofon)

    Love Will Tear Us Apart
  • The Victorian English Gentlemens Club - S.T - 2006 (Fantastic Plastic)

    Dead Anyway
  • Snowden - "Anti Anti" - 2006 (Jade Tree)

    Kill The Power

  • Cyann And Ben - "Sweet Beliefs" - 2006 (Ever Records)

    Όμορφες μουσικές και δύο καταπληκτικές φωνές απευθείας απο το Παρίσι.
    Guilty it is
  • Kelly Joe Phelps - "Tunesmith Retrofit" - 2006 (Rounder)

    Περιμένοντας το ουίσκι να ωριμάσει
    Πετώντας φελλούς σε άδεια βαρέλια
  • Sigur Ros - "Saeglopur" Ep - 2006 (Filter U.S)

    Kafari
  • Chris Thile - "How To Grow A Woman From The Ground" - 2006 (Sugar Hill)

    Ζήτω η αμερικάνα
    Ζήτω το φολκ
    Ζήτω το μαντολίνο
  • Πέμπτη 21-9-2006, Νύχτες Πρεμιέρας, Αττικόν
    20:30 Stephanie Daley (ΗΠΑ, 90')
    Σκηνοθεσία Χίλαρι Μπρούερ


    Πρώτη μου ταινία για το φεστιβάλ και αν και καταβάθος δεν την διάλεξα την ταινία αλλά απλώς μου έκατσε και την είδα δεν το μετάνιωσα. Δεν είχε ούτε τίποτα απίστευτες ερμηνείες, ούτε καμιά τρελή σκηνοθεσία. Το δυνατό σημείο της ταινίας ήταν το κεντρικό της θέμα, οι επιπτώσεις της απώλειας απο την μία και της δημιουργίας της ζωής απο την άλλη. Ανήλικη φέρνει στο κόσμο ένα παιδί που δεν ξέρει κανείς οτι κυοφορεί, και αν και επιφανειακά η κοπέλα θέλει να γίνει μητέρα, θέλει να κρατήσει το παιδί, υποσυνείδητα δεν το θέλει και οπώς εξηγεί στην ταινία το σκοτώνει με την σκέψη της. Το γεννά μέσα σε τουαλέτες, το τυλίγει σε χαρτί υγείας και το πετά στον κάδο των αχρήστων. Καταλήγει να εξηγεί τα γεγονότα σε μια ψυχολόγο η οποία είναι στον 7ο μήνα της εγγυμοσύνης της. Τα προβλήματα της ψυχολόγου με την εγγυμοσύνη είναι πολλά, και αν και αυτή θεωρητικά φαίνεται να θέλει πάρα πολυ αυτό το παίδι κατά βάθος το θεωρεί βάρος. Η κοπέλα μετά απο κάποιες επισκέψεις καταφέρνει και ξεφωνίζει πως ναι δεν το ήθελε αυτό το παιδί και εξιλεώνεται κατα κάποιο τρόπο και μέσα απο αυτή την ενέργεια λύτρώνεται και η ψυχολόγος η οποία θέλει αλλα δεν μπορεί να παραδεχτεί οτι βρίσκεται στην ίδια θέση.

    Σάββατο 23-9-2006, Νύχτες Πρεμιέρας, Απόλλων
    20:30 Do Over (Ταϊβάν, 113')
    Σκηνοθεσία Τσένγκ Γιου-Τσιέ

    Είχα αποφασίσει να πάω στο Half Nelson αλλά τελευταία στιγμή μπήκα στο Απόλλων. Η αλήθεια είναι πως τα τελευταία χρόνια τρέφω μεγάλη συμπάθεια για το Ασιατικό σινεμά οπότε περίμενα κάτι καλό και δεν απογοητεύτικα. Πολλές ιστορίες διαφόρων χαρακτήρων μπερδεμένες μεταξύ τους οπού σε κάποιο σημέιο συναντιούνται και βγάζεις νόημα, συχνά μπρός πίσω στο χρόνο, γυρίσματα ταινίας μέσα στην ταινία χωρίς να καταλαβαίνεις τι είναι αληθινό και τι όχι. Η ταινία έχει δύο εκδοχές για το τέλος της, όπως έχει δύο γραμμές ζωής στην παλάμη της η μία πρωταγωνήστρια. Το ένα τέλος είναι το απαισιόδοξο, το μελαγχολικό όπου και το ένα ζευγάρι των πρωταγωνιστών καταλήγει να αυτοκτονεί φυτεύοντας απο μία σφαίρα στο κεφάλι τους. Το άλλο τέλος και αυτό που διαλέγει και ο σκηνοθέτης είναι το χαρούμενο, το αισιόδοξο αυτό που όλοι ζήσαν καλά και εμείς καλύτερα. Όπως είπε και ο Γιου Τσιέ στο τέλος της ταινίας it's good to be alive. "Είμαι είκοσι εννέα χρονών είπε και αν και δεν ξέρω γιατί, ζώ, και θα ζώ για ακόμη πέντε, δέκα ή είκοσι χρόνια, το μόνο που ξέρω είναι πως πηγάζει μια ενεργητικότητα απο μέσα μου και είναι αυτή που δίνει νόημα στη ζωή μου και με ωθεί στο να δημιουργώ αυτούς τους χαρακτήρες".

    Σαββάτο 23-9-2006, Νύχτες Πρεμιέρας, Απόλλων
    23:00 Totally F***ed Up (HΠΑ, 80')
    Σκηνοθεσία Γκρεγκ Αράκι

    Είναι γνωστό ότι συχνά πυκνά ο Αράκι καταπιάνεται με τους ομοφυλόφιλους και τα προβλήματα που αντιμετωπίζει αυτή η ομάδα των ανθρώπων. Έτσι λοιπόν και εδώ μας παρουσιάζει μια παρέα τεσσάρων γκέι αγορίων και δύο λεσβιών. Δυσκολίες στην αναζήτηση συντρόφου, δυσκολίες στο σπίτι, συνεχές κρύψιμο και υποκρισία, κοινωνική κατακραυγή, απιστίες, περιστασιακό sex, aids......κτλ. Σε μία εποχή που τόσα τρελά συμβαίνουν γύρω μας η ομοφυλοφυλία είναι κάτι απαγορευτικό, το μελανό σημείο, ταμπού, η λέξη που δεν πρέπει να αναφέρεται. Πάνω κάτω αυτά είναι τα θέματα που θίγει η ταινία με οξύ αλλά και συνάμα ομαλό τρόπο.
  • A Lily - "Wake: Sleep" - 2006 (Dynamophone)

    Side Project του James Vella των Yndi Halda που δεν έχει όμως καμία σχέση μουσικά με την κυρίως μπάντα του.
    I Am To You

  • Woven Hand - "Mosaic" - 2006 (Glitterhouse)

    Λίγα λόγια που μπόρεσα να γράψω για άλλη μία καταπληκτική δουλειά του ανθρώπου που ακούει στο όνομα David Eugene Edwards

    Swedish purse


  • Small Hours Society - Rest Your Wings/The Skies Await - 2006 (Self Released)

    Fallen Not Dead
  • Om/Six Organs Of Admittance Split 7" - 2006 (Holly Mountain)

    Assyrian Blood
  • Pornopop - "And The Slow Songs About The Dead Calm In Your Arms" - 2006 (Dynamophone)

    my bed = my gravity
  • Bound Stems - "Appreciation Night" - 2006 (Flameshovel)

    Book Of Baby Names
  • Mariee Sioux - "A Bundled Bundle of Bundles" - 2006 (Unsigned)

    Μέλος των Brightblack Morning Light σ αυτήν την προσπάθεια της ακολουθεί μοναχικά μονοπάτια και με το ήχο της ακουστικης κιθάρας και την γλυκιά φωνής της μας δίνει μερικές υπέροχες μελωδίες. Πάρτε μια ιδέα εδώ
  • This Will Destroy You - "Young Mountain" - 2006 (Magic Bullet)


    Bonnie Prince Billy/Tortoise - "The Brave And The Bold" - 2006 (Overcoat)

    Μια σημαντική συνεργασία δύο σπουδαίων ονομάτων και ένας απο τους καλύτερους post δίσκους της χρονιάς. Κάνοντας βόλτα λοιπόν σήμερα στην Αθήνα με φόντο τα μαύρα σύνεφα και ξεσκονίζοντας τα μικρά δισκάδικα στάθηκα τυχερός και βρήκα τα παραπάνω cd σε τιμές ευκαιρίας, φυσικά τα τσέπωσα. Άλλο να τα ακούς και άλλο να τα βλέπεις κίολας!
  • Greg Graffin - "Cold As The Clay" - 2006 (Anti)

    Cold as the Clay is split between two groups of musicians, the first being the much publicised appearances of Stephen Carroll, Greg Smith and Jason Tait of Winnipeg's Weakerthans. Considering the folk tendencies and rural romanticism wrapped into every Weakerthans record, the decision to invite them to this project was an inspired one. Here they back Graffin on the album's modern, introspective country-rock fare. These were primarily songs penned by Graffin himself; a fairly direct line can be drawn from these to some of Bad Religion's calmer, reflective work. The album opening "Don't Be Afraid to Run" is a half spin of the volume knob and a dressing of distortion away from reaching that. Think Crazy Horse with Graffin's wise baritone standing in for Young's nasal tenor. The Weakerthans know their craft, and give these songs the ornamentation that a relaxed tempo allows. Perhaps that's something Bad Religion couldn't have comfortably done.
    Intersecting Graffin's own songs are a collection of traditional standards. Producer Brett Gurewitz wisely kept these songs as authentic as possible, employing a number of musicians who could confidently present the sound. Joe Wack, Chris Berry and David Bragger contribute a lush bed of old-time guitar, banjo, fiddle and mandolin. Incomparable folk-jazz chanteuse Jolie Holland is present for many of these tracks, her subtle vocals going lengths to brighten Graffin's own. What results is a playful, uplifting feel to tunes like "Little Sadie" and "Willie Moore." There's a lightness to the roots material that's a complete contrast to Graffin's more conventionally structured songs. That he allows his vocals to flow with the spirit of these songs shows a great deal of respect for the source material. It would be too easy to trample over such delicate and well-honed musicianship, particularly if the mix favoured a voice as strong as Graffin's and tried to match it in volume. Credit is certainly due to Gurewitz for properly capturing this and maintaining the careful balance with the Weakerthans-backed rock songs.
    There's a duality to this record and it's handled so well. Here you have two distinct styles, recorded and mixed in the way each demands, yet there's nary an abrupt shift between them. There are two very different sets of musicians here, separated by generation, genre and even nationality, yet Cold as the Clay was recorded in a week and sounds wonderfully effortless. Graffin's prior solo record was fuelled by personal tragedy and as such couldn't be further from Cold as the Clay. More than anything Greg Graffin's been a part of, this is a celebration.
    www.punknews.org
  • Fionn Regan - "The End Of History" - 2006 (Bella Union)

    There are a lot of singer/songwriters around these days. Few of which deliver with the magic, honesty and sheer heartfelt-ness that is on display throughout 'The End Of History'. Yes, Mr Blunt, take note.
    Irish born Fionn Regan has, with his debut album, drawn reference from such fellow songsmiths as Damien Rice, Bob Dylan and Jose Gonzalez, surpassing many of his contemporaries in terms of sheer ability to pen songs that literally tug at the listener's heart strings. Opener 'Be Good Or Be Gone' is a simple solo acoustic affair, as is much of the album with the exception of a second guitar and sparsely but perfectly placed drums, and cello. Standout tracks include 'Blackwater Child', 'The Cowshed', with a Rice-style falsetto, and 'Hunters Map' - one of the more obvious leanings towards Gonzalez, with a hypnotic, almost frantic guitar that swells in to a chorus that, in the only criticism of any of the work presented here, is over too quickly.
    'Put A Penny In The Slot' is one of the best examples of the kind of imagery that is used throughout, the kind that you can't help but smile about ("I apologise/I seem to have arrived/home with items in my bag from your house/There's cutlery/a tablecloth some henna seed/And a book on presidents deceased"). Meanwhile 'Snowy Atlas Mountains' takes on the darker themes of disparity and isolation: "My jumper is soaked in pigs blood/I'm comin' out lookin' for you".
    Clocking in at 6.21, it could be argued that closing track 'Bunker Or Basement' outstays its welcome - and it does almost refuse to end, only in contrast to other tracks that are in some ways over before they have begun. How many times have you heard 'this is a soundtrack to a lazy summer's afternoon' - or words to that effect? Well, this actually is. 'The End Of History' encapsulates everything that is great about acoustic music. Effortlessly.
    www.thisisfakediy.co.uk
  • Deftones - "Saturday Night Wrist" - 2006 (Maverick Records)

    Saturday Night Wrist is the eagerly awaited 5th studio album from sacto band Deftones. The album will be released on Maverick Records on October 31, 2006. The first single is called "Hole in the Earth". It can be heard possibly on the Family Values tour 2006, and can be heard at the Deftones' myspace as of August 16, 2006. The single is scheduled to hit the radio on October 16, 2006.
    wikipedia.org
  • Εκεί που τα μακρόσυρτα ακουστικά κομμάτια σε έχουν κουράσει, εκεί που ο οργανισμός σου αρχίζει να ξαναζητά τις παλιές καλές συνταγές τύπου κουπλέ ρεφρέν, κουπλέ ρεφρέν και τέρμα, κάπου εκεί ακούς δίσκους ωσάν τον υποφαινόμενο και σου έρχεται αμέσως στο μυαλό τι ηταν αυτό που σε έκανε να πρωτοαγαπήσεις το post, τι ηταν αυτο που σε μαγεψε οταν άκουσες για πρώτη φορά τους Sigur Ros, τους Godspeed τους Mono και τα άλλα παιδιά.

    Yndi Halda - Enfoy Eternal Bliss Ep - 2006 (Big Scary Monsters Records)

    "yndi halda, meaning 'enjoy eternal bliss' (which just so happens to be the name of the band's forthcoming debut EP), hail from the most Southern, Eastern tip of the UK. More joyous than Explosions In The Sky, less vocal than Arcade Fire, it's the kind of music which could soundtrack a moden day love story as easily as it could a mid-century war.
    The three track demo version of the forthcoming EP was voted number two (above such genre luminaries as Sigur Ros, Explosions In The Sky, Pelican et al) in the top 50 instrumental albums of 2005 by Decoymusic.com, a reward which anyone would struggle to dispute upon listening to the record. With one beautiful soundscape after another, yndi create something bigger than an emotional rollercoaster, it's more like a full-on mountain assualt through thick blizzards and incredible sunshine.
    'Enjoy Eternal Bliss' is released in November 2006 through Big Scary Monsters Records (UK), Burnt Toast Vinyl (USA) and XTAL (Japan)"

    www.yndihalda.com
  • Oh No! Oh My! - Self Titled - 2006 (Self Released)

    ON! OM!’s debut record (to be fair, ON! OM!’s members have previously released work as The Jolly Rogers) has no home. Like last year’s breakout Clap Your Hands, Say Yeah!, it is being entirely self-released by the group’s three members, Greg Barkley, Daniel Hoxmeier and Joel Calvin. Each member plays a variety of instruments, and the record is rife with guitars, banjos, hand claps, accordions, wurlitzers, flutes, shakers, tambourines and some programmed noise, all of which are used to create glimmering, breathtaking pop music.
    www.harmoniummusic.com
  • Sparklehorse - Dreamt For Light Years In The Belly Of A Mountain - 2006 (Capitol)

    Dreamt for Light Years in the Belly of a Mountain is the fourth album by Sparklehorse. It is due to be released on 25 September 2006.

    Although it is Sparklehorse's first studio album in five years, approximately 25 minutes of the 55 minute long record have been previously released in some form. "Ghost in the Sky" was originally released on the Japanese pressing of It's A Wonderful Life. "Shade and Honey" was sung by the actor Allesandro Nivola in the 2002 film Laurel Canyon, and Nivola's version is also found on the soundtrack. "Morning Hollow" was previously found as the hidden bonus track on 'It's A Wonderful Life'. The track "Dreamt for Lightyears in the Belly of a Mountain" was originally released in 2001 under the title "Maxine" on both the LP version of It's a Wonderful Life as well as on the Gold Day EP. "Ghost in the Sky", "Don't Take My Sunshine Away" and "Knives of Summertime" will be released as singles in the weeks leading up to the release of the album.

    wikipedia.org
  • The Longcut - Call And Response - 2006 (DeLtasonic)

    A Call And Response is the hotly anticipated debut album from The Longcut. Produced by Johnny Dollar (Massive Attack), mixed by TV On The Radio’s Dave Sitek and written and recorded by the most vital, visceral band around, A Call And Response is destined to become one of the year’s essential albums.
    Recorded in between festival commitments over a six-week period in summer 2005, the album took the band from Sussex’s residential Park Gate Studios to Ray Davies’ Konk Studio. When work wrapped up there, Dave Sitek took the reigns, mixing the album in his ramshackle Brooklyn studio. ‘Dave works in a completely different way to us,’ says guitarist Lee Gale. ‘He’ll stay up for days on end without sleep. We were all over the place while he was mixing the album – Japan, America, and back at home – so we’d have to get up at weird times in the morning to download mixes as he finished them. It was hard to leave our album in someone else’s hands, but he understands where we’re coming from and the results are fantastic.’
    Sonybmgmusic.com


  • With Throats As Fine As Needles - Self Titled - 2006 (Digitalis)

    "Deep inside an abandoned bunker on New Zealand's north island, With Throats as Fine as Needles have perfected their craft. On this, their debut CD release, the group has expanded to a quartet. Birchville Cat Motel's Campell Kneale and Pseudoarcana chief, Antony Milton, have joined forces with James Kirk (Sandoz Lab Technicians, Gate) and Richard Francis (Eso Steel) to create a claustrophobic, organic web of massive drones. Everything on this CD was recorded outdoors with battery-powered instruments. Underneath the ground, the quartet burrows out their own cavern, bouncing sounds off the walls until it becomes a singular, solid mass. Each gently sculpted tone floats in humid air. The music is saturated with the dirt and grime from a million a years of human history, wailing out in unison like an excavation turned exorcism. With Throats as Fine as Needles are your guides through this aural fog."
    www.forcedexposure.com
  • Made Out Of Babies - "Coward" - 2006 (Neurot)

    There’s something taunting and downright intimidating about the sophomore album by Made Out of Babies that befits its title, Coward. Like that well-worn catcall, it’s every bit a menacing challenge.
    And, by all rights and means we should be intimidated by this NYC quartet that looks like a composite of every schoolboy/schoolgirl crush and sounds like a ferocious hybrid of PJ Harvey, Jesus Lizard, Babes In Toyland and Big Black.
    On stage, caterwauling front-woman Julie Christmas paces the floor, yelping with a bewitching intensity that defies her charming beauty and (occasionally) cherubic whispers. Meanwhile, towering guitarist Brendan Tobin coolly strangulates leaden sheets of guitar strata from his battered six-string, bassist Cooper lunges in time as his instrument rumbles and slithers around Matthew Egan’s relentlessly churning rhythms and blood-splattering drum fills. There’s no rock machismo in the sounds of Made Out of Babies, which just might be what makes it so unsettling and unique. Instead, the group bears a mysteriously unified all-out visual and aural aesthetic assault reminiscent of mid-period Black Flag. And yet, there’s a certain curious glamour to MOoB that gives it a monolithic appeal.
    MOoB’s sophomore Neurot Recordings album was recorded with the equally intimidating Steve Albini at Electrical Audio in Chicago, which could only be described as a match made in… loud. Where its previous album Trophy condensed its songs into a single psychotic impulse, Coward blasts its sound inward as well as outward, like a cathartic supernova from a band driven beyond any point of being rational. Does that sound like hyperbole, coward?
    Take a listen: from the very first throat-searing yowl that opens the album, Coward is, quite simply, bigger that you. “Proud To Drown” lurches with Cooper’s staccato bass line tugging at Matt’s pulsating 6/8 drum pattern while Brendan’s Middle Eastern tinged riff winds it all up to erupt. While “Fed” temporarily cools the band’s frenetic energy to greasy throb, it seems primarily to highlight the fact that Julie can really sing – not that any of us are likely to coax a sweet lullaby out of her anytime soon. But, her vocal acrobatics -- leaping effortlessly from a demure whisper to a note-perfect murderous scream -- are in finest form here, reminiscent of Leslie Rankine of Silverfish and/or a more demented Karen O of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. Throughout, the album Made Out of Babies remains evocative, intimidating, brutally frank and -- as the International rock press shouted with glee over the band’s stunning Neurot Recordings debut Trophy – by far the label’s most unabashedly rocking outfit.
    Dave Clifford
    madeoutofbabies.com
  • Underground Fly - Your Move Your Choice - 2006 (Captive Recordings)

    Underground Fly can be compared to such bands as: Muse, The La’s, Death Cab For Cutie, The Sugarcubes, Heroes Del Silencio and The Verve.
    “Underground Fly are not finding inspiration in sounds or specific tones, but in the soul of the song. These guys are musically intelligent and follow a kind of natural, emotional instinct.” - Tony Hoult, producer of “Your Move Your Choice”.
    Poles will already be familiar with Underground Fly; the band has had a lot of media coverage in their native Poland for the last year including press, radio play and TV appearances. The band topped the Radio Afera listeners chart for several months as well as getting hundreds of daily hits on all the major Polish music portals.
    The band won huge acclaim at the Donc Festival in Switzerland last summer. They found themselves winning first prize at the festival and consequently interviewed by major Swiss TV and Radio stations, music journals, as well as the local papers.
    www.cdbaby.com
  • The Decemberists - "The Crane Wife" - 2006 (Capitol)

    Επιστροφή για ένα πολύ μεγάλο συγκρότημα κατά την γνώμη μου. Καταπληκτικές μελωδίες, απίστευτες ιστορίες ντυμένες με την μοναδική φωνή του Colin Meloy.

    The Story of the Crane Wife

    The Crane Wife is an old Japanese folk tale. While there are many variations of the tale, a common version is that a poor man finds an injured crane on his doorstep (or outside with an arrow in it), takes it in and nurses it back to health. After releasing it, a woman appears at his doorstep who he falls in love with and marries. Because they are in need of money, his wife offers to weave great silk cloths that they could sell at the market, but only if he agrees never to watch her when she is making it. They begin to sell them and live a comfortable life, but he began to make her weave more and more. Oblivious to his wife's diminishing health, his greed increases and he eventually peeks in to see what she is doing to make the silk she weaves so desirable. He is shocked to discover that at the loom is a crane plucking feathers from her body and weaving them into the loom. The crane, seeing him, flies away and never returns.

    http://en.wikipedia.org

  • Rubicks - In Miniature - 2006 (Sharp Attack)

    London three-piece Rubicks specialize in a certain type of guitar bolstered electro-pop. A very specific type: the vast majority of songs on their debut In Miniature follow the same template: Glossy synths slide in together with unobtrusive bass, female vocals (sounding alternately prettily forlorn or breathlessly excited) join, and then the intensity is ramped up for a mid-paced chorus where guitars suddenly appear. They exit just as sharply afterwards and we’re pretty much left exactly where we started.
    www.stylusmagazine.com
  • The Mountain Goats - Get Lonely - 2006 (4AD)

    The few artists who get beyond their 10th album usually end up throwing in the kitchen sink as they flail around for new directions - but this fate hasn't befallen John Darnielle's Mountain Goats. On their umpteenth opus, the band's music sounds as sparse as ever, comparable only to that of Nick Drake or David Crosby. For long periods, the only instrumentation is a well-placed piano note or the hushed breath of a percussive stroke. The effect is to draw the listener into the tantalising detail of Darnielle's songs, and particularly his amazingly vivid lyrics - eerie, evocative stuff about marbles hitting mirrors, highways where "unlucky stray dogs bleed" and hearing "angels in my ears". The effort is painstaking although the moods vary, and when he colours in the picture, such as the scintillating guitar waterfalls of In the Hidden Places, the Goats' appeal stretches beyond bedsit introspectives.
    http://arts.guardian.co.uk



  • Akron Family - Meek Warrior - 2006 (Young God Records)

    Since the debut Akron/Family album came out in March ’05 they’ve played hundreds (and hundreds) of shows across the known world, recorded / released and toured for a split album with Angels of Light (also serving as backing band in the latter, both in studio and on tour), recorded a few home brewed albums they sell on the road, and have generally worked themselves to death, or at least into a new entity they themselves maybe don’t even recognize. And now this: a new “special” album that has been blaring in my office constantly, obsessively, for weeks now and that once again shows them morphing into something simultaneously unfamiliar, wild, gentle, raging, hilarious, elated and meditative - riddled with chaos and sonic contradiction, and sometimes just simply beautiful – the song “Gone Beyond” is the sort of palliative hymn I want to hear while suddenly finding myself drifting through the universe having unexpectedly jettisoned the meat-grinder of earthly existence - where perhaps songs like “Blessing Force” , played repeatedly at full volume, have pummeled me into hapless insensibility. All of this ultimately gets sorted out and makes for a stunning document, in my opinion. At the time of this writing they’re ensconced in the mountains somewhere on a much-needed recuperative retreat. Good thing, because this fall and winter they’ll be touring again and also recording another new album for YGR, to be released early next year, when they’ll tour again, and on to infinity... I hope you enjoy the music! - Michael Gira/Young God Records
  • Appleseed Cast - Peregrine - 2006 (The Militia Group)

    Steve Von Till - As The Crow Flies - 2000 (Neurot)

    Επιτέλους κατάφερα να μαζέψω φράγκα, να βρώ χρόνο, να αποβάλω την σκυλοβαρεμάρα και να κατέβω προς κέντρο μεριά. Είπα πως δεν θα πάω σε αλυσίδα δισκοπωλείων ξανά αλλά τελικά δεν κρατήθηκα και τράβηξα προς metropolis, τελικά στάθηκα τυχερός και βρήκα το τρομερό αυτό μέλος των Neurosis στην πρώτη του σόλο απόπειρα. Απόκοσμο και στοιχειωμένο το "as the crow flies". Μετά ανηφόρησα προς Jinx και πάλι δεν το μετάνοιωσα γιατί ανάμεσα στα εκατοντάδες cd που βρήκα πως θέλω, χτύπησα το πρώτο που είδα και δεν ήταν άλλο απο το πολύ καλό "Peregrine". Είχα καιρό να το κάνω αυτό με το καταραμένο το dsl και μάλλον θα αργήσω να το ξανακάνω αλλά με αναζωογόνησε πραγματικά.
  • I Would Set Myself On Fire For You - Believes In Patterns - 2006 (Stickfigure)

    I Would Set Myself on Fire for You. It's a full sentence, and one that's hard to say with a straight face. It's easy to judge this band and write them off on the name alone, but those who do are missing out on an incredibly original and talented group of musicians.
    I Would Set Myself on Fire for You is a 5-piece from Georgia. The instrumentation alone sets the band apart from the rest of the crowd in a tired genre beginning with "s" and rhyming with "Nemo." The group features, in addition to a guitar, bass, drums, a keyboard and synthesizer as well as a viola -- but no microphones during shows. The girl who plays the viola, Lindsey, also contributes a solid amount of vocals to the album, ranging from sweet, melodic singing to screaming alongside Stephen (guitar) and Justin (bass).
    Already, the comparisons to Circle Takes the Square are being drawn. The intensity is there, the male/female dynamic is there, the intricate lyrics are there, and the experimental edge is most certainly present and accounted for. There's even a recorded spoken word part, although here, it's an answering machine message. The bands differ in a few important ways, though: While CTTS relies on keyboard/synth work and slight guitar to draw out their atmospheric interludes, IWSMOFFY fully utilize the viola in beautiful, sprawling arrangements -- a pleasant respite from bands who fail to realize their gimmick instrument's full potential. Believes in Patterns includes the keyboard and synthesizer, but it's never overwhelming. IWSMOFFY's instrumentals tend to hold your attention better, too, with the possible exception of "#," a song I consider to be one of the album's few flaws.
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