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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)

Backlash - Lodestar e.p.

Bucky
: Euro-pop EBM, very Depeche Mode. Heavy analog synthesis and dark vocals - gives Wolfsheim a run.
Rudy: Well named. I'll take them up on it… depressed people shouldn't make dance music.
Mushmouth: Mesh t-shirts, ecstacy light sticks, South Beach playboys… Dance, Dance, Dance!
Russell: Depeche Mode should look into copyright issues.

Black Keys - Black Keys Live DVD

Bucky
: Ferocious live set from Akron's blues mongers. High energy, great tone - Hendrix stylee.
Rudy: Low down, stripped down American blues rock. Deceptively simple. Hendrix. MC5.
Mushmouth: One guitarist, one drummer playing rock'n'roll that makes other cultures idolize the middle of America.
Russell: One word: Rocking!

Catfish Haven - Please Come Back

Bucky
: Mid-tempo semi-lo-fi rock and roll… classic rock style, gritty vocals, groovy basslines. Garagey and cool.
Rudy: Fantastic raw 60's soul. Foundations, Billy Paul. No harmonies, just tons of ehart.
Mushmouth: Mid-fi Jackson Browne. Good drinking music.
Russell: Gritty soulful rock. Simple, straight & honest. A nice change.

Ran Devyn - Soltrain

Bucky
: Soulful urban soundtrack - cool songs, excellent basslines, very groovy, very soulful. Prince at times.
Rudy: If Stevie Wonder was G-Rock, he would cap Jamiroquai. Ran's clean hot soul.
Mushmouth: Stevie Wonder would like to take Ran Devyn to the bridge and push him over it.
Russell: Shows some potential, but there are too many oohs and aahs.

Gooding - Angel/Devil

Bucky
: Tasteful borderline jam rock guitars and groovy basslines that higlight good songs. Very enjoyable.
Rudy: Masterful musical masturbating mediocrity. Collective Soul.
Mushmouth: Jam band drumming, sensitive singing. Will get you laid at a liberal arts' college.
Russell: I wish the music was better, because the cover art is amazing!

Mad Francis - Let's Get Naked

Bucky
: Good songs by a kid who sounds like Billy Bragg without the accent.
Rudy: He is becoming but is not yet a musician. Wears a parka in class.
Mushmouth: Insufferable. So tired of this sensitive hurt-guy shit, so tired. Thank Christ for the DVD.
Russell: This guy would kill at the Holiday Inn!

Mary-Jane - What I Came Here For

Bucky
: Straight ahead rock and roll in the style of Joan Jett. Energetic and cool.
Rudy: Her rich rock voice doesn't fit the music and her breasts don't fit her blouse.
Mushmouth: Rocks hard, sounds gritty, excellent production - bass heavy. Guitar sounds like Concrete Blonde.
Russell: Back to the trailer park with you!

Masters Of The Lunaverse - The Anonymous e.p.

Bucky:
Post-punk ethics on clever songs with thick, echoey guitars and crisp rhythms. Hives meets Kinks.
Rudy: Nervous modern rock, making it retro. Exciting explosive power pop. Quite good, actually.
Mushmouth: Lots of surf and new wave. Touches of Fugazi. Totally cool.
Russell: Don't let the name fool you, this is real rock, not retard rock.

Jeff Merchant - Window Rolled Down

Bucky
: Ultra-pop elements in a down-tempo, semi-jazzy format. Too campy for most and very silly.
Rudy: Emo-folk. Pleasant music, but humorless and very fey. Andrew Bird raised in a test tube.
Mushmouth: Campfire music for a rehab. Lutes and recorders should have died with the black plague.
Russell: Trying to be too pretty. I don't like pretty boys, Jeff.

Mi And L'au - Mi And L'au

Bucky
: Very downbeat and moody atmosphere. Serene and low music for mellow-out times. Smoothly excellent.
Rudy: Delicate and darkly beautiful. The lives of circus people behind the scenes.
Mushmouth: Mom said if you can't say anything nice, don't say anything at all…
Russell: Weird and overly artsy-fartsy. Very Belle And Sebastian.

The Motion Sick - Her Brilliant Fifteen

Bucky
: Keyboard infused smart indie rock around excellent drumming and atonal vocals. Clever lyrics & brilliant musicianship.
Rudy: They might not be giants, but manlier than Jeff Merchant. Cute. Dead Milkmen.
Mushmouth: Flaming Lips no longer thinking.
Russell: Indie rock goodness at its freshest. Most excellent.

Nagg - Nagg

Bucky
: Like Pat Benatar fronting a garage version of Jesus & Mary Chain. Rock and roll!
Rudy: Sleazy chick bar punk. Nashville Pussy, Hemicuda. Not too engaging.
Mushmouth: Standard rock'n'roll. Not bad, just needs bigger hooks and more background vocals.
Russell: This band should be called THE Nagg.

Malcolm Palmer - Between the Womb And The Tomb

Bucky
: Acoustic guitar hip-hop lite. Dude has a whole lot to say and says it all.
Rudy: Great music, dull deliberate rapping. Soul Coughing wannabes. Heard it all.
Mushmouth: Dropping heavy social commentary, rapping over jam band funk.
Russell: Social hippie-hop. Hip-hop + Dave Matthews + Phish… Don't let this continue. Please!

The Red Note - Weatherman

Bucky
: Indie Sesame Street rock. Awesome when horns play, even better when things get wilder. Calexico-ish.
Rudy: Stellar Mexican horns and a pissed Marc Anthony. Then snoozeville. The Klezmer is okay, too.
Mushmouth: Dixie Russian Jewish folk dancing with a little smashing piñatas for good measure.
Russell: This band rocks. The room started dancing… it was scary, but awesome. Note: identity crisis.

The Relief Effort - At Your Mercy

Bucky
: Mid-tempo lo-fi Creed rock. Talent in the rough, really poorly recorded drums. Maybe better someday.
Rudy: Sloppy drumming, clichéd lyrics. Vocals had us laughing. Get Chloraseptic.
Mushmouth: Creed stuck in the Astrodome with a very-out-of-work Joe Cocker. Most entertaining cover in years.
Russell: Creed sucks, too… which sucks because they have such a pretty vinyl record-looking CD.

Tic Code - Faccade

Bucky
: Schizophrenic math rock - all over the map, but some interesting spots… I still don't get it.
Rudy: Musical terrorism. Threatening a tune, then shattering it with arithmetic.
Mushmouth: Math rock/ interest x (melody) - (lyrics) = % 2/stupid to uinderstand.
Russell: Who listens to this crap? This is fucking shit.

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