It’s A Wonderful Life
Everything you could hope for from a raw and ragged melancholic pop suite.
American Analog Set
Know By Heart
AmAnSet try their hands at an organic pop album whose beauties are simple and pure.
Low & Dirty Three
In The Fishtank
Two of my favorite bands get together for this exquisitely beautiful EP. An elegant balance of styles ranging from the enchanting chamber folk of ‘When I Called Upon Your Seed’ to the ambient blues rendition of Neil Young’s ‘Down By The River’. Each song finds the two bands effortlessly slipping in between the grooves of the other in lithe polyphony.
Love and Theft
Who else can match Bob? For wit and craft and the lovely surprises, this album is peerless. If Elvis Costello starts finding his muse again we might have a contender…
Oh, Inverted World
Transmitted from some other world, it sounds at once foreign and familiar. Deft songwriting, uncanny melodies and a true pleasure for those who remember great albums.
The World Won’t End
Resplendent hybrid of white soul, orchestral pop, and confessional country. A troubador for the lovesick weary, Joe Pernice has the rare gift of pairing sullen words with buoyant melodicism. The World Won’t End drips with the shivering beauty of Nick Drake’s Bryter Later but fleshed out in rich tones and harmonies, less rural/mystical, more urban/ miserable. Pretty as anything.
Is This It? (import)
Despite the ridiculous hype…it’s a great fucking record. Television and Velvet Underground cut down to their choicest three minutes in a song.
Epic guitar dirge; mournful, uplifting. These Icelanders combine the majestic textures of godspeed you black emperor and a singer possesed with the vocal acrobatics of Jeremy Enigk for a moody, cinematic work. Remarkable.
The New Pornographers
Impeccable pop goodness that kicks in your head and pours sugar in the wound
After Bjork destroyed my heart in Dancer, I didn’t have it in me to fall in love with her new stuff…until Rebecca’s soft hewn lullabies nursed me back to health
Too Many Other Greats:
Mogwai, Rock Action
Guided By Voices, Isolation Drills
Low, Things We Lost In The Fire
Big Tobacco, s/t
s h o w s :
Belle & Sebastian @ Wiltern, LA
The Shins @ Great American Music Hall, SF
Tortoise @ Canes, SD
Sparklehorse @ Belly Up, SD
New Pornographers @ Casbah, SD
Pernice Brothers @ Starry Plough, SF