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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)

Barr - Summary

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.

The 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.

Candygram 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.

Exit 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.

The 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.

Guitar 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.

The 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!

June 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.

Kelly 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.

Gill 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 it together.

Pat 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.

Dustin 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.

Robbers 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.

Six 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.

The 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.

Thomas 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.


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