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)
Adams & The Cardinals - Jacksonville City Nights
Wink: The best Adams record since Heartbreaker. Old school
country music & his best lyrics in years. Alex: Vulnerable, pretty country - a bit like Ian Tyson
but with country Tom Waits humor. Monty: Ryan Adams takes another step towards redemption
with this country records goodness. Gene: Three records in 2005, and not one as good as
Whiskeytown. It's a shame.
Wink: Black Crowes style blues rock'n'roll. Great riffs,
perfect tones. Great rock for guitar lovers. Alex: Southern rock lacking energy and purpose. Also
Dave Matthews and Pearl Jam. Monty: Bluesy rock that barely satisfies the brainless
masses. Gene: The poster children for Enzyte for musicians.
Coleman - Come Closer
Wink: Mighty good big band jazz influenced pop. Spans
musical genres, does it perfectly. Divine vocalist! Alex: Squirrel Nut Velcro inauthentic staccato arrangements,
but beautiful layers and builds. Very cool. Monty: Sexy, sultry, smoky songs that soothe the soul. Gene: Unpretentious Gen X torch singer + wacky cabaret
band + magic pixie dust = nifty.
- Live At The El Rey
Wink: Well-recorded live document of a goth/industrial
band at their peak. Great performance by fair band. Alex: Sensual hippy goth-metal. Sorta. Awfully pretentious
and pretentiously awful. Monty: Cool, gutteral industrial grooves spoiled by
over-reaching female vocals. Gene: Incompletely cloned Ofra Haza does techno goth.
Cotton - I Watched The Devil Die
Wink: Fucking brilliant talking blues Phil Ochs style.
Great fingerpicking amid lo-fi production. Very very awesome. Alex: Real nice delta blues and some tinny country
blues. Jazzes up Skip James & John hurt. Monty: What can I say? Thoughtful, heartfelt old school
blues - It's awesome! Gene: Where in hell is the sweet, cotton-pickin' whiskey
jar when I needs it?
Flyer - Frequent Flyer
Wink: Some kind of campy, joyous, off-key samba perfect
for the cocktail party where no one's listening. Alex: 60's cocktail space-lounge v-neck Letterman sap!
Underwater stylized suck. Monty: More café rock, kind of mindless suckiness. Gene: Imagine semi-tone deaf Brits trying to invent Bossanova,
On A Hill - Ladyslipper
Wink: Emo guitars and subdued rock rhythms with just a
hint of mathiness. Dark, moody, nice. Alex: Very clean shoegazer with some odd time signatures
and headache chords, Half good. Monty: Good framework, but it is missing "something".
I look forward to the next iteration. Gene: I'ts dog feldspar math lithium kites green shaffra
Utah moody grass peat. Dig?
- Blood Is Bright
Wink: Gothic shoegaze. Walls of sound and heavy mid-tempo
beats. Great guitar lines, nice moodiness. Alex: Joy Division without the urgent guitars. The
sharp tones give me a headache. Monty: Heavy thick melodic songs with not-so-hot vocals. Gene: Cure your post shoegaze, gothic tendencies.
Laura Smith Quartet - Adult Entertainers, Child Educators
Wink: Musically schizophrenic female-led music of strange
beauty from heavy electronic to folk. Cool sounds. Neat. Alex: Pleasantly monotonous. Low-key electro-folk plus
edgy techno-cabaret. Pass. Monty: As soon as the song actually starts I will tell
you all about it. Gene: Psychedelic rave music. Probably better on x.
Of State - Bring It Back
Wink: Sonic beauty & indie perfection Polyphonic
Spree minus 20 people. Cool music & captivating vocals.
It's great! Alex: Scrapbook music, clever phrasing, indefinable and
fascinating. Happy & catchy & impossible to hate. Monty: I missed the 80's, so I don't really get it. Gene: The Cocteau Twins take a ride on time machine with
Laurie Anderson & The Flaming Lips.
To Emerson - Anywhere But Here
Wink: The old school new school punk revival. Excellent
musicianship, great songs - best punk vocals 2006. Alex: The Descendents of All. Very impressive drummer,
nicely sloppy vocals. Big fun! Monty: Pop-punk, a good change - it is good despite what
the other fuckers might say. Gene: The skin skippin' alone makes this listenable.
Pantones - Sleepless Nights, Silent Mornings
Wink: College rock indie alt-country goodness. Very nice
songs, great musicians, cool hooks. Connells, only different. Alex: Is you alt? Or is you alt-country? John Denver
compositions, college rock spirit. Monty: Modern indie country with that 70's flare. Gene: Neo-pseudo country makes me want a pony.
Paper Champions - End. Transmission EP
Wink: Emo makes rock the same as the kids on the radio.
Good, but redundant. Alex: Various volumes of vocal droning. Also droning
guitar. And the drums drone, even. Monty: Hoobastink, die die die die die die die die die
die die die die die. Gene: Why do bands keep making this record?
- In The Raw
Wink: Toss Iggy in a blender with Jack White you'll
get something that rocks like this. Alex: Now I wanna be your dog! Kicks ass but needs cowbell.
Fuzzy, jangly. Monty: These guys fucking rock! Kinda makes me think
Dead Kennedys doing indie rock. Gene: Like the stooges crossed with Iggy Pop. Good and
sleazy, sweet low end.
Wink: Highly textural ambient ethnic soundscapes. Dynamic
compositions filled with modern bits, and classics, too. Alex: Drum and bass without the bass. Indigenous musics
bastardized. Pirates. Monty: Some kind of urban tribal shit that I really,
really, don't get. Gene: Half-hearted techno. GeiroYamasiro-gumi trying
to take on Circue du Soleil.
Angels - Let's Duke It Out At Kilkenny Katz'
Wink: The modern indie Velvet Underground. Brilliant songs
about god-knows-what, seemingly random music perfectly arranged. Alex: Spoken poetry with musical background. Waterboys
meets Blue Aeroplanes. Good sound. Monty: Too much spoken word for me - way, way too artsy
fartsy. Gene: Led Velvet Beefheart lives. Again. And again.
Tucker - Beauty In The Broken
Wink: Bluesy college groove rock built on solid songwriting
and good guitar playing. Great chick music. Alex: College blues, hippy soul, waiting room jazz. Monty: Brilliance intermixed with mediocrity that frustrates
as much as it entertains. Gene: When guitars go wicky-wicky or slide blues, this
rocks even the slower stuff.