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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)

This month's episode: Everyone Loves Ramone.

The Amity Front - Highway Bound

Joey: Like the looser moments of The Band - slower and more Whiskey influenced…er something.
Marky: Southern Mad Dogs and Southern Men. A little Leon Russel. Singer needs a tune-bucket.
Dee Dee: Yo! It's Randy Newman! Randy Newman, play me a song!
Johnny: Vagabonds with ponytails, the bridge between what's hippy and what's hip.

The Bosch - Buy One Get One

Joey
: Good solid pseudo-punk rock. A more pop-savvy Ramones or modernized Stooges. Awesome.
Marky: Ramones-influenced, but with their own chunky flavor. Great rhythms and drills. Cool, buddy.
Dee Dee: Loud rock that would be ablast live. Rock on!
Johnny: Fun, upbeat lo-fi with and organ.

Cholo - Cholo

Joey
: Like the most musical moments of The Fall…similarly redundant lyrics and wild content.
Marky: Frank Black meets Black Francis in Sweden to discuss Lou Reed. Nice stuff.
Dee Dee: Rawkus Pixies spawned off-key rock.
Johnny: Mucho Pixies, un polito sabroso, como Surfer Rosa.

Early Grace - Kick The Sky

Joey
: A slower, gentler, countrier X - Burning House Of Love era. Really great instrumentation & production.
Marky: Soul pop hard-folk closest to 4 Non-Blondes. Her voice is slightly grating and needs effects.
Dee Dee: Carly Simon…is that how you spell Carly Simon? Cause this is definitely Carly Simon.
Johnny: Good alt-country, inspirational crying jag. Sponge-bathing the mule.

Exeter Popes - Exeter Popes

Joey
: Off-key warbling on tunes that sound like rejects from Cure records. Downbeat and moody. Nice.
Marky: The Carpenters for the new age. Inoffensive and pleasant. Pass the suppositories.
Dee Dee: A sleepy jog through the Tootsie Roll forest of Rock and Roll land.
Johnny: Morning sounds like this when you kill the pain of a trust-fund with heroin.

Gingerbread Patriots - Wax Lips And Hummingbirds

Joey
: Cool, catchy Indie-electronica. Fairly low-beat with excellent production and really nice songs. Postal Service stylee.
Marky: Smashing Pumpkins playing quiet so as not to wake the neighbors. Bittersweet wussiness.
Dee Dee: Mellow downbeat toons to chill out to.
Johnny: Seducing the Snuggle Bear ™, breaking his heart. His little fresh-smelling heart.

Arden Kaywin - Quarter Life Crisis

Joey
: Amazing vocalist on mature pop music. Kind of Dionne Farris style. Terrific production and nice songs.
Marky: Another nasal, breathy piano popster with hidden country roots. Good songwriting, style wears thin.
Dee Dee: Solid singer/songwriter.
Johnny: Is sexy and, apparently, a musician.

Lack Of Knowledge - Grey CD

Joey
: The continuation of The Factory sound continues. Section 25 mixed with Joy Division. Imagine that!
Marky: So much like Ian Curtis it's startling. Something attractively naïve about it. I dig big.
Dee Dee: Is it legal to put a Joy Division CD in your own jewel case?
Johnny: Faraway post-punk with melody and angst.

Lowry - Awful Joy

Joey
: Some nice indie rock from a kid who might be Conner Oberst's little brother…adopted.
Marky: J Mascis took Sleep Eze and No Doze. Then had someone sporadically cinch up his jewells.
Dee Dee: More of that Bright Eyes crap. When will it end?
Johnny: Good music, talentless singing.

Mojo Gurus - Shakin' In The Barn

Joey
: NRBQ went back to playing smoky barrooms! 12 bar blues trying country. Nice job.
Marky: Hoodoo? Southern pop rock? Billy Vera goof-country-rock. Next please.
Dee Dee: Well, it has happened; hipster indie cowboys. Those boys sure dress pretty.
Johnny: Standard rock with the edges smoothed out and sanded. Piano, muted slide-guitar.

Nuffsed - Ignite The Fuse

Joey
: Some good high energy white reggae wih good rapping. That's a fair solid, mate.
Marky: Decent reggae. Good power and tunes. Some dancehall/reggaeton. Good for dancing with babies.
Dee Dee: Ruff-reggae-rock that hasa twist of hip-hop, sadly it leaves an unpleasant taste behind.
Johnny: Mostly white reggae which undoubtedly plays well in mostly white ski towns.

Amy Obenski - Kite

Joey
: Crisp, clean new folk. Nice songs. Fans of Ani Difranco's good music should pay attention.
Marky: Simple, pretty early 70's folk pop. Carol King, Maria Muldaur. Great for hitting on hippie moms, OK?
Dee Dee: Singer sonwriter chick laying down what you expect from singer songwriter chicks. Not bad.
Johnny: Sensitive, self-involved girl (brushes, piano, acoustic guitar, liberal arts degree.) Required listening for introspection.

Adam Rich - You Can't Escape Life

Joey
: Basement Joe Satriani gives it a shot. Some good playing, fair ideas, but lacks soul.
Marky: Loved him as Nicholas Bradford, but Grant Goodeve writes better lyrics. Poor man's Joe Walsh.
Dee Dee: Simple, predictable, and often off-key. Which is OK if you're into that.
Johnny: The best album I have ever heard! I feel like I'm actually in Adam's basement!

Robert Cherry - The New Forever

Joey
: Lloyd Cole style slow pop. Thoughtful songs and cool production. Terry Scott Taylor-ish
Marky: Hard to pin down. Robbie Robertson meets Rob Dougan. Divirsity for old people.
Dee Dee: Not very inspiring, a serious blend of popular 90's styles.
Johnny:Good time to get another slice of pizza, have another cigarette. Most of the time, I fight the urge to be a glutton but seeing as I can't slow my head down enough to figure out what my next step is, I may as well dispense with all of the slight grief in my life and enjoy another slice of pizza, another beer and another cigarette. I will distract myself with slow music in the meantime. Then I figure I have to make some sort of effort. Fucker. Robert Cherry is a fucker.

Matthew Shaw - Convenience

Joey
: Perfect electro-pop along the lines of Postal Service and Say Hi To Your Mom. Awesome.
Marky: So unengaging, I jack-jawed through the whole thing. It's whiny enough, I'll give him that.
Dee Dee: Beep Beep Postal Service Beep.
Johnny: Reminds me of that stupid Republican bitch.

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