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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)

Cavedoll - No Vertigo

Perry
: Spooky David Byrne vocals and spooky indie rock keyboards. Dynamic, wonderful pop with Burton's soul.
Byrd: Taco's Midnight Runners. One step beyond She Wants Revenge. Hope the wife likes it. Gross.
Nimitz: Talking Heads, Rentals, John Doe, Gary Numan. Totally cool.
Halsey: I like really excellent obscure pop music, especially when Tim Burgess joins in for a song.

The Chevelles - Barbarella Girl God

Perry
: Really awesome rock music with a 60's vibe and early 80's riffs. Party music. Rock.
Byrd: Early 70's bubble rock. Pure background. Could be on 8 track. But more like Chevette.
Nimitz: The sun has set on bands named after cars. The worst part is that the music is actually pretty good, in a Partridge Family kind of way. Really, it doesn't take much effort to name a band.
Halsey: Nothing like Wayne Coyne, but very rocking rock music with soul… like shrimp on the barbarella.

Death To Anders - Fictitious Business

Perry
: Drummer is awesome! Scrubby sounding noisey pop with repetitive lyrics and mathy sentimentality. Geek rock.
Byrd: Remedial math-rock. Every song different. Great musicianship and construction. Clever lyrics, nerdy goodness.
Nimitz: They Might Be Giants. They Might Be Sonic Youth. They Might Be Radiohead.
Halsey: 1. They Might Be Giants. 2. Sonic Youth. 3. Pixies. 4. Hillstomp. 5. Neil Young. 6. Radiohead… and repeat.

Derby - Posters Fade (out June 2008)
Perry
: Orchestrated indie pop with brilliant melodies and a quiet sense of everything. Beach Boys.
Byrd: Mild mannered pop done by dudes too old to do it. Like Andy Kim.
Nimitz: Deconstructing The Beatles and The Lemonheads.
Halsey: This guy is taking a lot of lyrics directly from Wayne Coyne… but less overtly crazy.

The Devil Makes Three - The Devil Makes Three

Perry
: Acoustic 3-piece dark folk blues music with nice gypsy grooves and hot harmonies. Drawlingly cool.
Byrd
: Dr. John fronting a 3-piece. Sufficient darkness and joviality to cause a dogpile for the disc.
Nimitz
: Good voice, talented acoustic, lots of songs about being drunk at sea.
Halsey
: Nimble lyricallity and braggadocio that puts most rap acts to shame. Under the bridge music.

The Heavenly States - Delayer

Perry
: Sounds like dude from Offspring singing in a really, really great indie band… great tones!
Byrd
: Flaming Lips-era Priest Driven… it's not harmony when it's an octave.
Nimitz
: Jesus Lizard, Superchunk, Silver Sun Pickups - Totally worthwhile. Go see this live.
Halsey
: The indie-er sounding Flaming Lips… less epic, but more beautiful repeating keyboard lines. Sweet packaging.

The Kris Special - Alone Feels Like A Hotel Room

Perry
: Liz Phair singing Mazzy Star songs in a roundabout way. Cowpoke-ish and low, bit off-key.
Byrd: Aimee Mann will be performing the part of Margot Timmins. Incredible drummer, great music.
Nimitz: Far-away, semi-hollow, dreamy, alt-country.
Halsey: Cowboy Junkies musicianship without treble, nice guitar, slow tempos, passable vocals. Very sleepy and nice.

MGMT - Oracular Spectacular

Perry
: Indie arena rock with synthesizers. Newer Flaming Lips vibe, kooky lyrics and clean production. Cool.
Byrd: If Oasis had soothing electronics and progressions like this, I'd have gotten behind them.
Nimitz: Eminently enjoyable alt-pop. Rentals. Silver Sun Pickups. Darkness.
Halsey: This is what happens when fans of Wayne Coyne's less-rock listen to too much Polyphonic Spree.

The Pink Snow Flakes - Sun Chasing

Perry
: Very thick, psychedelic rock with lots of Velvet's sounds. Late 60's and beautiful and lo-fi.
Byrd: The Who mixed with Dinosaur Jr. For the kids, you know?
Nimitz: Flaming Lips, David Bowie, Jesus And Mary Chain. Good stuff.
Halsey: The Partridge Family on huge amounts of acid… psychedelic and very reminiscent of "real" Flaming Lips.

The Sword - Gods Of The Earth

Perry
: Thick and crunchy metal music of the doom persuasion. Almost listenable for more than one song.
Byrd
: Fucking brutal, but still listenable. Sabbath crossed with Iced Earth.
Nimitz
: Beard-core stoner rock. Great live show.
Halsey
: Metal tricks and indie sound. They're no Black Mountain, but still trying to be Sabbath.

Three Hour Tour - B Side Oblivion

Perry
: Cleanly produced garagey power pop. Like Matthew Sweet without the awesome fuzz tones. California, baby.
Byrd: Smithereens and other bands that should play twice as fast. Great band in slow-motion.
Nimitz: Urge Overkill-ish. Dave says "we all hear our own things", which makes me feel more alone than ever.
Halsey: Crowded Red House Painters painted eight shades of dull. Daniel Amos' bad day.

The Victors - Days To Come

Perry
: Excellent Australian-sounding early 90's-style rock with a sound like The Red House. Boring, but beautiful.
Byrd: Wanted: guitar virtuoso for post nu-emo band with intentions of blandness.
Nimitz: Speaking of band names, it's hard to believe this one hasn't been taken. Bizarrely spiritual Orange County garbage. Pabulum for guys who keep diaries.
Halsey: Music for the next season of O.C…. Oh shit! They cancelled that, didn't they?


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