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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)

Beware Fashionable Women - Beware Fashionable Women

Keith
: Poppy, dark indie rock with the soul of the 50's. Parts of Beach Boys, Posies, Dave Clark 5, Looper.
Laurie: Smart, crisp power pop. Best when not being Ben Folds.
Danny: Fun-loving pop. Good stuff.
Chris: Remarkably cool rock. Cool, dad, cool. Let's go! A bit o' punk. Fun lyrics.

Elvin Bishop - The Blues Rolls On

Keith
: Bishop still plays some hot blues. His voice has not aged well, but his playing is still spectacular.
Laurie: Sing the blues… don't sing about singing the blues. With all the guests, Elvin's tolerable.
Danny: Blues, unoriginal blues.
Chris: Awesome guest list. Bluesy blues from Bluesville, man.

Built By Snow - Mega

Keith
: Gritty, thick analog synths under some extremely catchy/non-catchy pop. Awesome sounds, great songs, excellent lyrics.
Laurie
: New wave electronics and kick-ass guitars. Some Violent Femmes badassity.
Danny
: Fun math rock w/ plenty of Rentals & The Cars.
Chris
: Atari noises rule! 9 out of 10 Members Only jackets.

Jesse Dee - Bittersweet Batch

Keith
: Very soulful indie rock… Brett Dennen and Ray LaMontagne rolled into a more Motown package.
Laurie
: The D stands for Damn! It's Jackie Wilson! Feels good. Soul with tight stove pipes.
Danny
: Van Morrison-ish, Commitments, Matt Guitar Murphy. Thank you, Amy Winehouse.
Chris
: Tamla soul that bops and hops and rocks. Great horn sections and catchy tunes. Infectious.

The DoneFors - How To Have Sex With Canadians

Keith
: Indie Astrid Gilberto without Samba but includes incongruent jazzy vocal lines. Tony Childs?
Laurie: I can see hipsters in corduroy sports jackets completely failing to score with this.
Danny: Iron Wine Velvet Sebastien w/ funk bass.
Chris: Jazzy, pop nonsense, but not nearly as maddening as Steely Dan… Ear Jello w/ celery in it.

The (International) Noise Conspiracy - The Cross Of My Calling

Keith
: Some of the bite has been replaced with amazing musicianship and Farfisa… bye-bye punk rock.
Laurie: Weird Doors intro. Early 70's soul vibe. Surprisingly dull. Like Ted McGinley replaced someone.
Danny: Awesome. Touch of Joe Jackson.
Chris: Dateline: hardcore Swede's turn into 60's psychedelic rockers. Edge disappears into haze of beauty.
Tracy: Sounds like the band that's on that What's Happening? show when Re-Run bootlegged the concert.

Jackdawg - Jackdawg

Keith
: Former members of CCR & Doobies re-visit bad 80's rock… Chorus'd guitars and the wrong synths… I'm a bit disappointed.
Laurie: Acceptable Hollies. Henley Mellencamp blues rock. Thanks for sucking the soul out of Wild Nights.
Danny: The Fabulous Thunderbirds meet Richard Marx.
Chris: This is possibly almost all that was wrong with 80's rock… all over again. Over-processed everything. Robert Palmer, anyone?

Lustra - What You Need & What You Get

Keith
: Edgy rock music… Toadies style, but harder and brasher. Great guitars, thudding bass, low-key vocals.
Laurie: Soul Asylum, humorless except one song. They steal lyrics like Dog The Bounty Hunter pens.
Danny: Emo, emo, emo… but Dave doesn't think so.
Chris: Very modern West coast-sounding production. Foo Fighters, Dramarama, Lemonheads. Straight-ahead good rock.

Pronto - All Is Golden

Keith
: Wilco alumni releases a record of poppy gems… excellent sounds, tremendous playing, great melodies.
Laurie: Hails to when singer-songwriters didn't have to be singers. Mild pop.
Danny: Fun-spirited Welcome Back Kotter stuff.
Chris: Billy Friggin' Joel, dude… definitely better though. Awesome keyboards sounds.

Scott Pinkmountain & The Golden Bolts Of Tone - The Full Sun

Keith
: Noisy, inconceivable rock music built on great tones, but lacking in rigid structure. Great noise though.
Laurie
: Michael Stipe after five years in Oregon. Violently depressing. Also, tuning up an orchestra. Please record responsibly.
Danny
: Just as panty-tastic as the name suggests.
Chris: Noir! Grooving in a cave with a cabbage.

The Singhs - Supersaturated

Keith
: Soaring pop music with all the greatness. Awesome tones, great melodies, superb harmonies. Very much talent.
Laurie
: There's naked chicks in the liner notes and the pages are sticky. The white Commodores.
Danny
: Sexy pop, updated new wave stuff.
Chris
: Slick. Well developed. Boston! Ben Folds Five.

The Threes - Head Voices

Keith
: If X was an indie band with no punk spirit, they might sound like this. Or not.
Laurie
: Hippy, proggy, folky, fascinating stuff. This is how to have sex with Canadians.
Danny
: Unquestionably the winner tonight. Interesting production, vocals & arrangements all over the map.
Chris
: Weirdly produced pop songs with touches of darkness and madness. Red pill or blue pill?

Thunders - The Sympathetic Oscillations EP

Keith
: Like Achtung Baby In A Priest Driven Ambulance with the Jesus And Mary Chain.
Laurie
: As in Johnny? Yeah, plus Stiv Bators fronting the Bunnymen. That's how you RAWK!
Danny
: Mudhoney, MC5, Iggy Pop - Good stuff!
Chris
: Synth-heavy motor-city rock… Gritty, ballsy, cool. Disturbingly, awesomely, droningly, slow.

Ed Vallance - The Modern Life

Keith
: Travis-like acoustic pop… smooth and soulful vocals and likeable music.
Laurie
: Girly pop with nice instrumentation… not bad for scoring in corduroy jackets.
Danny
: Easy-going Shins-like stuff.
Chris
: Bowie-ish pop, but much mo' unassuming. Cool production. I want more.


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