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The continuing saga of a wholly irreverent new way of reviewing albums! It's like sitting in a room with a bunch of jaded music critics and getting a snapshot of how they feel about an album. Honesty and first impressions are the key to the Bargain Basement.
(opinions expressed may not hold true after repeated listenings to albums)

Happy New Year!

The Adored - A New Language

Pooh
: It's like all the good parts of The Clash, with none of the bad. Hot!
Tigger: Brisk, jangly new-wave punk. Got a real Vapors feel to it. Best disc tonight.
Owl: Nice bright pop punk. Needs better hooks. B
Rabbit: A little "the" band, a little 80's punk, and a hard dash of pop.

Paul Brill - Harpooner

Pooh
: Brill turns from Americana to more avant-garde sounds… too much like new Flaming Lips.
Tigger: Lofty, lushly arranged world beat electro indie. I could listen to this if I wasn't already.
Owl: Oriental-flavored never getting out of bed sound first slouched by J. Mascis.
Rabbit: This indie rock boat sailed three years ago.

Brookville - Life In The Shade

Pooh
: Low-key electronica-infused folk-rock. Downbeat and beautiful in a narcoleptic way. Brilliantly 60's, but not campy.
Tigger: Trying hard not to offend anyone, they've succeeded in pissing me off. Duran Duran.
Owl: Sensitive guy sulking. Needs a thick finger in his ass.
Rabbit: More indie rock sludge, maybe someone can hear something in this.

Jimmy Buffett - Take The Weather With You

Pooh
: Buffett goes more country and plays some great covers. Haggard, Welch, Clark. Not horribly horrible.
Tigger: More country and less tropical, but still the same lousy sitcom lyrics. No soul.
Owl: Nobody will step forward and kill this clown?
Rabbit: More country than one might expect, and some of it is almost good.

Centro-matic - Fort Recovery

Pooh
: Feedback-heavy rock, ala Hum. Thick tones, tear-your-guts-out guitars, throttling drums. Johnson's finest record EVER.
Tigger: Slow, prodding, noisy, intelligent. Holds your attention like unexpected nudity.
Owl: Good understanding of how to make a big sound waggle & shake. B+
Rabbit: A heavily thick almost early nineties grunge sound.

Goldenboy - Underneath The Radio

Pooh
: Slow-fi pop with 60's tinge. Brilliant melodies and haunting vocals… like Luna… but less fuzzy.
Tigger: Gently jangly British Velvet Underground with 80's overtones. Pretty in a good way.
Owl: Simple Minds, Lemonheads, Eric's Room… like those. Good production. A-
Rabbit: Solid indie rock to impress your girlfriend with your sensitive art side.

Hard-Ons - Most People Are A Waste Of Time

Pooh
: Sonically thick melodic punk rock… lots of simple layers. Pure rock goodness… like Mary Chain.
Tigger: Two songs of suck, then the Hard-Ons come on. What would Stiv Bators do? Play louder.
Owl: Rock! Rock! B+
Rabbit: Not the Hard-Ons from yesteryear, but still better than most.

The Hourly Radio - History Will Never Hold Me

Pooh
: An indie fusion of Styx and Coheed And Cambria. Poppy, incredible instrumentation, strong vocals, awesome.
Tigger: Mid-range stretched out arena rock with high-end vocals. Styx and Rush.
Owl: Excellent production, good song writing. Getting ready to go out music. No flutes.
Rabbit: Stand up rock that's familiar and comfortable.

IceAge Cobras - IceAge Cobras

Pooh
: Great hard rock without bad haircuts and tight pants. Black Sabbath & AC/DC. ROCK!
Tigger: Horny dudes making heavy music for other horny dudes. ROCK'N'FUCKING ROLL! Must be Swedish.
Owl: Big, fun rock. Pulls out all the stops without wanking clap along. Cowbell.
Rabbit: Nearly managing to hit every heavy rock cliché ever!!

The Lovely Sparrows - Pulling Up Floors, Pouring On (New) Paint

Pooh
: Slow-down indie pop… lush and beautiful acoustic melodies. Madrigals for the modern age. Essential music.
Tigger: Nicely depressing folk, but I've been averse to flute since H.R. Puffenstuff.
Owl: I cry when I hear flutes. Tonight looks to be dominated by flutes. Weepy.
Rabbit: Earthy low-fi rock that alternately brings tears of joy & sorrow to my eyes.

Landon Pigg - LP

Pooh
: Brilliantly Britty pop music - Awesome production, epic orchestrated rock like Spacehog's finest, but no Bowie.
Tigger: All break-up songs, all the time. I like landing pig as much as the next guy.
Owl: Sensitive guy. Needs a ball peen hammer in his butt.
Rabbit: Sensitive rock like Coldplay.

Michael Powers - Prodigal Son

Pooh
: Heavily Hendrix-inspired southern blues-rock with funky flair. Gritty, but crisp and well played.
Tigger: Dude does a love song! Fantastic arrangements, vocals, and fine, depressing electric blues.
Owl: Super talented cover artist. Appeals to women who recognize motorcycle seats as furniture.
Rabbit: Progressive blues rock that is soulfully driven.

The Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band - Big Damn Nation

Pooh
: Fucking amazing finger-style blues guitar player who never learned to take marbles out the mouth.
Tigger: A fine facsimile of Delta blues, slide guitar… performed by Boomhower.
Owl: Very Tarbox Ramblers-esque, which means exactly dick to all but 30 people on this earth.
Rabbit: The music is amazing, but the vocals almost make the whole thing a joke.

Robert Randolph & The Family Band - Colorblind

Pooh
: Great soulful set from RR… beautiful ballads to all-out rockers. Great playing, tight rhythm section.
Tigger: Full deal soul. Should be the Family Stone. Big, heavy, and rocking.
Owl: Beans don't burn on the grill.
Rabbit: Lenny Kravitz and The Family Stone.

Second Story Man - Red Glows Brighter

Pooh
: Densely dynamic sonic pop - reminds at times of early Lush, only more jangly & indie.
Tigger: "I was the catalyst for your reconciliation." If that sounds like rock to you, then feel free.
Owl: Riff-heavy 90's alternative female vocal stuff.
Rabbit: A lot of noise that never really goes anywhere.

Sisters Euclid - Run Neil Run

Pooh
: An ambitious project… prog-rock instrumental versions of Neil Young songs. Some cool sounds, but weird.
Tigger: This can only mean the Broadway musical is next. Well done… but why?
Owl: Ambitious Neal Young covers. No flutes.
Rabbit: If Buckethead played Neil, this would be what it sounds like.

Skidmore Foundation - E.P.

Pooh
: Deliberate post-post punk rock with wildly avant pieces. Some cool rhythms and sounds. Cool.
Tigger: Alanis Morissette got a sex change, and now I have to get a name change.
Owl: Comfortable with fingers in butt. European - use whole fist.
Rabbit: Had the 80's had shoegaze…

Sneaky Thieves - Accident(s)

Pooh
: Low-beat indie folk like the Oldhams like to do. Droning & bloody brilliant. Red House Painters.
Tigger: Singer seeking band. Must like sulking, brooding, lethargy. Enthusiastic confident persons need not apply.
Owl: Needs a pepper mill lubed with Tabasco in the ass.
Rabbit: Pretty wispy music for pretty wispy boys.

Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin - Broom

Pooh
: Groovy indie pop excellence… singers who can't sing, but great guitars and pianos. Pretty cool.
Tigger: Currently working on a deal for Saturday morning cartoon show. Like the Bugaloos or Jellyfish.
Owl: Stripped down Built To Spill.
Rabbit: The band is about as cute as their name.

The Tanks - Summon Creature

Pooh
: How can you play rock without guitar? This is how! Faith The Fall No More.
Tigger: The Melvins meet The Fall. Simple, heavy, cool. Buy this at any cost.
Owl: Bass & drums ala No Means No with a heavy Wesley Willis element.
Rabbit: Kind of heavy Dead Milkmen minus all guitar.

Villebillies - Villebillies

Pooh
: The whitest group of Outkasts throwin' down fresh grooves and mean raps. Rhythmically tight & cool.
Tigger: Decent rapping, a little Everlast, Kid Rock, blah blah. You can't be cool and like Will Farrel.
Owl: Very talented white rappers with no credibility.
Rabbit: White Kentucky rappers that make Atmosphere seem less white.

Andy Werth - Back To The Sun

Pooh
: Great Ben Folds-style piano pop. I'm sure it's about New York. Catchy, lispy, keen.
Tigger: Reminithent of Oliver'th "Good Morning Thtarthine". Theveral thadeth of thuck.
Owl: Captain and Tenille, minuth Tenille, add a nithe big lithp.
Rabbit: Randy Newman go home!!!

Yonder Mountain String Band - Yonder Mountain String Band

Pooh
: Colorado's best bluegrass-ish band finally strives for a purer sound. Great non-grass songs, awesome playing.
Tigger: Light bluegrass with yucky pop vocal harmonies. Mother Fleckers.
Owl: Making 15,000 rhythm-less white people spin in circles for $100 a pop.
Rabbit: Give They Might Be Giants a banjo and this is what you get.

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