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)
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.
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,
By Snow - Mega
Keith: Gritty, thick analog synths under some extremely
catchy/non-catchy pop. Awesome sounds, great songs, excellent
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.
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.
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.
(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.
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?
- 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.
- 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.
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.
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.
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?
- 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.
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.