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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)

Alvin & The Chipmunks - Undeniable

Charles
: I can hardly believe this still floats. Hilarious song selection, but it's too tech-savvy for Chipmunks.
Nipsy: It's like every American Idol contestant. Meanwhile, I owe my bank $2700.
Fanny: Not as poppy as some of their earlier work, this album has a maturity that's obvious as Alvin & Co. move into their middle ages. Sexy, strident and confident.
Kitty: Way too awesome to put into words - the next baby making of the year.

Bojibian - All Night, All Day

Charles
: Non-descript rock & roll… adequate playing, decent songs. Shades of The Outfield. Nice 80's production.
Nipsy: Red Rocker, or is it Red Rider? Bo-jib-ee-an translates literally to Hoobastank.
Fanny: Pretty standard rock'n'roll with some nice twists. Like the Bodeans w/o all the country fair hankerin'.
Kitty: <yawn> The early 90's came and went.

The British Columbians - The British Columbians

Charles
: Amazing grooves, possibly stolen from Big Sugar. Fun, but serious. Excellent moody alternative blues.
Nipsy
: Like Rev. Peyton if you could understand him. Gritty, fuzzy electric hillbilly. Very nice.
Fanny
: Probably okay, sounds a bit like Black Keys but just starting to get really torqued about my ex. Want to hear something that sounds like unrepentant homicide.
Kitty
: Hillstomp-ish blues/country, lo-fi and beautiful. Excellent guitar playing, indie at heart.
Charo
: Hey, guess what? The British Columbians are actually from British Columbians.

Lubriphonic - Soul Solution

Charles
: Jammy, funky, bluesy soul music… At times there is cohesion, at times it's just fluff.
Nipsy
: Finally. Blues rock is integrated. It ain't just for whites anymore.
Fanny
: Terrible. J needs to be here. J also needs to move out of his ex-girlfriend's house.
Kitty
: The red-headed stepchildren of soul. Nice horns and some nice guitar.

Old Ghost - Hearts And Coffins EP

Charles
: Bluesy, downbeat folk music with nice instrumentation and mundane vocals… not bad, just un-fabulous.
Nipsy: … Of Dave Sharp. It's funny when Brits sing Southernly. Needs more fire or doom.
Fanny: This is the kind of easy-going mellow that you just talk all over when they're playing. Consistently dull.
Kitty: Vaguely Dylan-esque alt. country/soul music. Cool organs and low beat.

Ryebender - Hollow And Drifting

Charles
: Lucero-style alt. country with nice downbeat rhythms, excellent production, beautiful songs. Real, real nice.
Nipsy: God, I could really relax to this. But I'm stuck in the middle of a conversation about crazy broads in New York. I'll take this home and get back to you.
Fanny: Here's Dave's alt. country. Well done before.
Kitty: Comfy, quilt-snuggling music that makes you miss your ex.

Zak Smith - An Endless Doubt

Charles
: A poor man's Wilco, with horns and just enough country to be alt. High, lonesome grit.
Nipsy: Bitter alt. country obsessed with women and religion. Gray and gripless.
Fanny: Elvis Costello meets Westerberg.
Kitty: If you drink too much beer & think you're sensitive, this is your album.

Sylvie - Trees And Shade Are Our Only Fences

Charles
: Indie rock with tremendous amounts of soul and melody. Beach Boys harmonies, awesome guitars. Tremendous!
Nipsy: There can only be on half-Beatles and he is Chad & Jeremy. Also XTC.
Fanny: Reminds me of Drunken Boat with melodies.
Kitty: The second coming of Jellyfish, at least the best 60's-style pop since. Bright & sunny.

Seth Walker - Leap Of Faith

Charles
: Brilliant modern R'n'B, juxtaposes Fats Domino with Ray LaMontagne. Nice playing and sweet horns.
Nipsy: A little bit of Rufus Thomas, a little bit of Hank Ballard, a little bit of soap.
Fanny: Great voice, old-timey music. Blues-ish.
Kitty: Swanky swank.

We Are Hex - Gloom Bloom

Charles
: Noisy, off-key edgier indie rock. Hints at gothic roots…
Nipsy
: They're just doing it for attention. Ignore them and they'll quit. Want to be X.
Fanny
: Awful… Like a mumbling march.
Kitty
: Whiney indie pop with droney wah-wah.

The Whore Moans - Hello From The Radio Wasteland

Charles
: Loud, brash rock music with blues-hyped guitars and solid punky drumming, throttling basslines. Sweet.
Nipsy
: Punk amped up on neurosis. Ugly, brash, and satisfying. Some Nick Cave seeping through.
Fanny
: This is what I think about when I think about good punk and the joys of arson.
Kitty
: Rock that makes you want to throw toast or drag your rat rod.

Winfred E. Eye - Til I Prune

Charles
: Slow, low Calexico-sounding rock… Red House Painters meets M. Ward meets Joey Burns.
Nipsy
: As depressing as ever, but with new soul tricks. I got dibs.
Fanny
: Delights skinny. Skinny reminds me of Tom Waits and that guy from the Red Meat cartoon.
Kitty
: Slow, happy, drown your life in brown liquors music.


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