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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)

Ryan 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.

Cattywompus - Wildfire

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.

Quincy 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.

Collide - 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.

Chris 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?

Frequent 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, then scream.

House 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?

Junius - 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.

The 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.

Mates 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.

North 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.

The 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.

The 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?

Slideshaker - 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.

Solace - Balance

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.

Vague 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.

Wes 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.

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