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)
Tito - Lo-fi beat poetry set to droning nothingness. I
wish the drums did something. Really. Jermaine - dry poetry over minimalist instrumentation.
Makes Jim Carrol sound like Backstreet Boys. Non-Violent Femmes. Marlin - I can't deal with this. Not a good start to
the night. Michael - Lackluster slam poetry backed by minimal
musical exploration and talent.
Bluetones - The Bluetones
Tito - Brilliantly poppy 80's sounding psychedelia. Like
Jellyfish in a blender with Style Council Great arrangements. Jermaine - Oliver, Herman & The Hermits, Rembrandts.
Schlock rock. Pure sap bubblegum. Aggravating suck. Marlin - Ween. The Motels. The Rembrandts. They write
an undeniable hook and they're huge. Michael - Of Montreal without the morbid lyrics to
balance out the overwhelming brightness. Jesse - La-ti-fucking-da rock'n'roll sunshine &
rainbows. Ick. I hate the 80's.
For Mongo - The Red Pill
Tito - Post 70's-sounding new wave rock without treble
and way too much reverb. Kinda trite. Jermaine - If Killing Joke were happier. I dig it,
but have no justification. Marlin - Cheap Trick. Andrew WK. Rick Springfield.
Huey Lewis. Michael - Pop punk gone terribly wrong and old. Jesse - Funny sounding production - nothing too creative,
but it doesn't piss you off too much.
Clov - Respond Respond
Tito - Synth-heavy new wave pop with a cutesy girl voice.
Well produced and arranged Retro sugar. Jermaine - Painfully cutesy vocals, thoughtful and
energetic. Unfortunately, impossible to listen to without
medication. Marlin - Good recording. This would be on The O.C.
if they had another season. Michael - The female vocal/synth pop craze suits this
band well. Jesse - Typical girl fronted art band with obligatory
violin & catchy song titles.
Figgs - Follow Jean Through The Sea
Tito - Indie rock Black Crowes. Some cool grooves and
an easy energy. No records broken. Jermaine - Del Amitri. Why bother? The Beat Farmers.
Soon to be recording a lousy sitcom theme. Marlin - Late 70's, The Jam, Joe Jackson, Elvis Costello. Michael - Ok Go! void of whatever makes people like
them. Jesse - Another re-visit of the 1970s minus the energy,
again. Yes, again.
Bomb - Back Alley Jesus
Tito - Fuzzy guitar and drums rock that drones on in a
bluesy, blissful style. Cool, dad. Jermaine - Filthy, low-down backwoods blues. Tom Waits,
Dr. John. Perfect chaser for Gill Landry. Marlin - Dangerous. The jewel case has a firecracker
in it. No idea how he got away with shipping it. Michael - Their name and packaging are far more explosive
than their sound could be. Jesse - The louder the fucking better.
Hard Lessons - Wise Up!
Tito - Seventies revival rock done up right with cool
keyboards, thundering guitars, and X-style harmonies. Jermaine - Talented musicians making music time stamped
cool for five minutes more. Marlin - Detroit is probably the place to live if you
love Rock'n'roll. Totally cool. Michael - Pretty much what you would expect from Detroit,
just not as good. Jesse - Grungy 1970's cigarette butt rock revival
yeah, more of it!
In July - E.P.
Tito - Like the Bunnymen from New Zealand in 1994. Droning,
beautiful anti-pop goodness. Jermaine - As sensitive as a guy can get and retain
manhood. Powerful good, ma. Marlin - Thunderous nodding of the head, early 90's
style. Lots of chorus and delay. Michael - If the Warlocks lost half of their band along
with half their typical song lengths.
And David - As The Twilight Auguries
Tito - Slightly off-key melancholy folk music. I blame
Greg Dulli for the persistence of this genre. Jermaine - I was betting on them, but I lost my rent
money, came up short. Small potatoes is better. Marlin - Folk from NYC and I'm tired of both. Michael - Sounds like someone heard "Awkward Duet"
by Sons And Daughters and went with just the awkward part. Jesse - Kind of whiney and boring yawn.
Landry - The Ballad Of Lawless Soirez
Tito - Gritty border-style downbeat balladry. Beautiful
instrumentation, soft vocals, great stories. Kind of like
Warren Zevon. Jermaine - A pack of Pall Malls, bottle of Canadian
Mist, and me dead and happy. Hobo country. Marlin - The kind of early country western music that
pre-dates satin panties. Michael - Moody alt. Country reminiscent of Murder
By Death, without the build up. Jesse - Jumps country styles but still manages to keep
MacDonald - Troubadour Of Stomp
Tito - Reverb-drenched droning stomp reminiscent of Morphine
- Some cool harmonica and three-string guitar. Very cool! Jermaine - Jethro Tull for a new generation. Great
twisted lyrics about fetus eating. Marlin - Strong solo experience Rocking-ish. Michael - Like El Paso Hot Button without the creativity
that makes EPHB tolerable. Jesse - Crunchy thick metal blues wish his vocals
were more classic blues.
O'Halloran - Piano Solos Vol. 2
Tito - Beautiful, reverby solo piano tracks perfect
sleepy time music the new Mozart, kind of. Jermaine - Pretty piano music. It's gentle and very
nice. Really. He plays himself to sleep nightly. Marlin - Opus. Opus. Opus. Opus. Opus. Opus. Opus.
Opus. Opus. Opus. Opus. Opus. Opus. Opus. Opus. Michael - Soft piano lines in a timely fashion. Jesse - Sounds like a NPR special.
On High Street - The Fatalist And Friends
Tito - Great band returns with their brilliant and catchy
NYBritpop I can't wait for the album! Jermaine - Amazing rhythms. Great interplay. They will
launch a thousand bands. Life changing. Marlin - Easily the best album we've listened to this
night. Danceable British pop rock. Michael - Bowie-like vocals with danceable grooves
to please the disco craving youth of today. Jesse - Stereotypical 1960's Britpop - high tones,
snobby British accent and all.
Parts Seven - Casually Smashed To Pieces
Tito - Beautiful instrumental emo rock. Excellent musicianship
and ear for melody banjo and lap steel, too! Jermaine - Mathgrass. Alphabetically utilizing each
western instrument. Pleasant mellow lite jazz. Marlin - Dave's a bit late in pointing out it's an
instrumental album. Bedtime music. Michael - Melodic instrumentals with twangy country
overtones. Jesse - Explosions In The Sky meets Giant Sand.
Soul Of John Black - The Good Girl Blues
Tito - A Robert Cray-like soulful; blues music. A bit
funky, well-produced and easy on the ears. Jermaine - Worse than Chris Thomas King rapping. Turntable?
Please don't bring blues to the 90s. Marlin - Americana with an unnecessary funk backbone.
Like trying to make Kleenex origami. Michael - Failed attempt to bridge the gap between
popular music and blues. Jesse - Steps back & forth in modern & old-school
style, but still manages to sound unoriginal.
Martin And The Martinis - Electro-Magnetic
Tito - Juxtaposed Elvis Costello and Robert Earl Keen
weirdly engaging. Some nice country stuff happening. Jermaine - Nice enoughpedal steel, but Lemonheads singer
destroys the credibility. Eagles country rock. Marlin - Rock and roll, a la Smithereens. Michael - Boring alt. country that is not so alternative. Jesse - Sounds like Greg Graffin's solo project
Like the guy is singing out of his range.