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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)
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Bigelf - Hex

Inky
: Prog/metal/something… kind of artsy and cool music, with no continuity and senseless form. Awesome production.
Pinky: I always thought Ozzy was more of a big three-year-old. Turbonegro Floyd.
Blinky: Ozzy Zeppelin. Elton Floyd.
Sue: Sucking the big rock from the late 70's and early 80's.

The Boneless Children Foundation - Stars For Anyone

Inky
: Wildly near-psychedelic indie rock with poor production but some cool riffs. Definitely San Francisco.
Pinky: Formerly Ellen James Society? Cute and endearing. Good energy. People do like their cars.
Blinky: Fuzzy upbeat alt-rock.
Sue: White Stripe energy.

Colour Kane - A Taste Of

Inky
: The new Cocteau Twins for the next generation of dreampoppers. Ask Robin Guthrie. He knows.
Pinky: The impact of a marshmallow sledgehammer. Nice harmonies.
Blinky: Time-lapse of growing plants. Share my ease. Astonish. This. Unseen. A Kiss in a lowlands meadow. You get the picture.
Sue: Sleepy music, beautiful sparseness.

Glorious Monster - Adventures On Earth

Inky
: Cool, artsy pop-rock, really well produced. A little bit of Genesis at times, epic songs.
Pinky
: New Genre!: Mathgaze. The Space Invaders' sounds make me laugh… otherwise lonely.
Blinky
: Too gentle to be monstrous. If everything hiding in my closet was this, I would feed it prom dresses.
Sue
: Depeche Mode.

Hot Springs - Volcano

Inky
: The greatest low-punk band going today with female singer. Like Bjork fronting a rockinger Sugarcubes.
Pinky
: Bizarro Lene Lovich warble. Styles from shoegaze to new wave. Brilliant goddamnit, me want.
Blinky
: Really good alterna-rock. Think Superchunk, Sahara Hot Nights.
Sue
: Indie Canadian rock… whatever that is.

Hurt - Vol. II

Inky
: Really, really great & dynamic metal… very musical without being overly mathy. Dobro in metal? Awesome!
Pinky: Stirring orchestral metal, great builds. Queensryche. Great for if you're awake.
Blinky: Sounds a lot like the soundtrack to a Chernobyl documentary. Good metal. I believe this got a parental advisory for a sole F-bomb. I can double that right now - Fuck Jack Johnson. Fuck. Jack. Johnson.
Sue: Tool-like theatrical metal that would play well on MTV.

London After Midnight - Violent Acts Of Beauty

Inky
: Beat-heavy gothic rock with shit-tons of analog synths. For fans of Rammstein and Hocico.
Pinky: Great booming beats, vocals lacking. Enjoyable death-disco.
Blinky: If fascists show up in Tron, their rallies will sound like this.
Sue: Pretentious 80's industrial-like music without any anger.

The Maladies - The Maladies

Inky
: West coast garage-punk style rock with an east coast flavor… from the Midwest. Cool guitar.
Pinky: Quite impressive lyrics. Mildly 70's bar band with punk attitude.
Blinky: Good stuff. Good rock. Good changes. Bright future.
Sue: Queens Of The Stone Age.

Mother And The Addicts - Science Fiction Illustrated

Inky
: Rhythmic and edgey new wavey Ukpop, bits of electro and bits of The Fall.
Pinky: Disappointing. Very disappointing. Terribly disappointing. Trainspotting disappointment. Disco disappointing.
Blinky: S to the U to the C to the K.
Sue: Retro Britpop vomit.

The Pipettes - We Are The Pipettes

Inky
: Soul-heavy 50's-tinged girl pop… like The Go-Gos mixed with Little Eva. Stunning and fun.
Pinky: Leather Tuscadero without the leather. Their debut is also their anthology.
Blinky: The first Winehouse-inspired mimic of the year.
Sue: Just what you expect from an "ettes" band.
Leather: It says they wrote these songs… after watching Grease, maybe.

Tyler Ramsey - A Long Dream About Swimming Across The Sea

Inky
: Beautifully melancholy songs with tremendous guitar work. Downbeat and amazing, clever lyrics and empty spaces.
Pinky: Ramsey stayed awake long enough to record this… I fell asleep song one.
Blinky: Generic Neil Young, slow drip country.
Sue: Mellow, chill, and way too clever for his own good. Red House Painters.

Seether - Finding Beauty In Negative Spaces

Inky
: Three-piece alt-rock band with some amazing melodies and great songwriting. Never overdone heavy, just right.
Pinky: Songs about unsatisfactory relationships… which happens when you date strippers. Creed.
Blinky: Solid stuff, which is why it's on the radio.
Sue: Really great album art.

Soft - Gone Faded

Inky
: Like a gentler My Bloody Valentine. Soft walls of guitar and laid-back drumming. Simply Awesome.
Pinky: As advertised. Though the Brits say advertized. New Genre!: Bubblegaze.
Blinky: Has excited Dave enough to play air-shoegazing rock, an odd sight for the uninitiated.
Sue: The part of the Dandy Warhols that you don't like.

Swivel Chairs - The Slow Transmission

Inky
: Brilliantly produced indie pop with catchy guitar licks… lonelier Replacements… excellent songs.
Pinky: Various styles of wimp-rock.
Blinky: Beautiful production, laid back, good changes.
Sue: Super-clean basic indie rock decentness.

Watts - One Below The All-Time Low

Inky
: Straight-ahead rock and roll with some northeast garagey stuff happening. Nice melody, awesome rhythm.
Pinky: They're a riot! Dude has great whiskey voice. A little straight ahead for me.
Blinky: Solid Rock. Sounds a bit like Cracker.
Sue: They have listened to way too much classic rock.


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