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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)

Anarchy Club - A Single Drop Of Red

George
: Thick, guitar rock with vocals trying to cookie monster. Nothing new - guitar tones are nice.
Rosey: Rob Zombie, cars and Satan stuff . Some Soundgarden/STP . Great production. Rock the cliché.
Elroy: Rammstein, Right Said Fred, White Zombie, Trapt, Staind, Limp Bizkit, et al.
Jane: Please select a rock name. Keith and Jeff don't cut it.

The Armed Forces - Modern Gospel For Modern Men & Women

George
: Sweet indie rock with sparkling analog synths and nice low-key guitars. New York rock.
Rosey: Cheap Trick with Smiths. Great energy, singer is off-key, good fun.
Elroy: Hipster rock, very Jet-like-expensive-haircuts.
Jane: The indie-er Strokes, nice hooks and riffs… vocals are crappy. Drums are great.

Aaron English - The Marriage Of The Sun And The Moon

George
: Nice singer-songwriter with a touch of worldbeat thrown in. Like Peter Gabriel or Live.
Rosey: Sounds like Fish, not the hippy band but he singer for Marillion. Wants to be Peter Gabriel.
Elroy: Midnight Oil, Bruce Cockburn, Sting. Awful.
Jane: Mostly dark songs with a myriad ethnic flair… Nice production, great songs, nice voice.

Girls Guns And Glory - Inverted Valentine

George
: Really great country music with a touch of alt. Excellent guitar work and nice vocals.
Rosey: Dwight Yoakam-y. Predictable lyrics, nice plump sound. Real decent for being about asses.
Elroy: Honky-tonkin', Dave's-a-lyin', sounds like Slim Cessna's Auto Club.
Jane: Sincere. Pure. Great. Dwight Yoakam. Chris Isaak. Swings. Shuffles. Rocks. Heart. America. Awesome.

The Jet Age - What Did You Do During The War, Daddy?

George
: Like The Kinks singing lo-fi indie songs by Vampire Weekend… only grittier. Nice drumming.
Rosey
: Nice jangly guitar. Great bass. Incredible drummer. Lousy singer. A bit humorless.
Elroy
: New Zealand scene? Good mid-fi production, weak voice.
Jane
: Lots of scrubby guitars, like mid 90's New Zealand/Paisley rock. The Clean without hooks.

Kassin +2 - Ya Ya Ya

George
: The Brazilian Esquivel… some sweet acid bossa nova jazz thing going on. Missing Astrid, though.
Rosey: They've got an awful lot of coffee in Brazil. This is for martinis. And motah.
Elroy: Lounge. Will appeal to recently divorced urban women.
Jane: I like music without English better than music with English. Loungey and sweet. Martini, please!

Kingen - Ride With Me

George
: Awesome & classic Cajun influenced blues rock… Little Feat, only Swedish. True rock'n'roll with chops. Spectacular!
Rosey: Cover portrait is actual size. More Leon Russell? Too much boogie for my woogie.
Elroy: The Scandinavian Harry Connick, Jr.
Jane: Like Doctor Teeth and the Medicine Show, mixed with Winehouse Motown and Kravitz grit.

Mechanical Bull - A Million Yesterdays

George
: Alt. confusion… like folk-grass at one point, then Skynyrd, then Cowboy Junkies. Good, not great.
Rosey: Lone Justice meets Lone Star. The girl singing Austin City Limits folk is better.
Elroy: Dave said he didn't think there was going to be any alt.country tonight because Dave lies. He can't hep hisself.
Jane: The lullaby qualities are lilting. The organ is invigorating. Avalon sounds like Poe.

Push Puppets - A Living Experiment

George
: Super-charged pop… like Glen Phillips on mathy steroids. Awesome production, great songs, excellent interactive musicianship.
Rosey
: Sort of like Chris Penn.Nicely done by 1 guy and drummer. But why banjo?
Elroy
: Sunny Day Real Estate, Spoon.
Jane
: Jangling guitar rock. Nice safe music, but sincere and heartfelt lyrical delivery. Jellyfish without fuzz.

Rustic Overtones - Light At The End

George
: Great soulful horns, aggressive Big Wreck guitar with dub stylee. Occasional Sublime-style groove.
Rosey: Nu-reggae Motown. Baroque pop, all over the map, but what a great trip.
Elroy: Bad Brains, Sublime.
Jane: Funky and sexy rock… lots of sounds, all done very well. Nice reunion album!

The Teenage Prayers - Everyone Thinks You're The Best

George
: Covering a whole lot of musical ground. Excellent Motown, lounge, glam, mod-rock rolled into one. Sweet.
Rosey: Multi-genre-ational rock road show like Mad Dogs & Englishmen, Joe Cocker & Leon Russell stuff.
Elroy: Good, but dangerously close to hippy horseshit.
Jane: Such amazing production on wide spectrum of sounds. I want them to be my baby.

Jefferson Thomas - Western Front

George
: Gritty, Americana-indie-rock… Sometimes touches of great slide guitar and nice writing, but no consistency… sad.
Rosey
: Nu-folk, 80's anthems, dumb skits and Van Halen. Schizophrenic much?
Elroy
: Good alt.country. Dave's a liar.
Jane
: What just happened between these songs? I'm very confused by the changes.

The Trend - Meet… The Trend

George
: Nice indie pop, chunky guitars and fabulous melodies. The Rentals, w/ no keyboard - which makes Weezer.
Rosey: Oohee-oo I look just like Buddy Holly.
Elroy: Weezer is, in fact, a trend.
Jane: Weezer. I swear they even do the sweater song.

Vary Lumar - Waiting Room

George
: Almost Britty. South, but dirtier… solid guitar rock/pop. Adorable without groove and Pete. Cool.
Rosey: Now that's what I call 80's chick rock! Blue October. The Fixx. 3 Doors Down.
Elroy: Duran Duran, Marcy Playground.
Jane: Pop too good and too interesting to be on the O.C. but kids would still love it.

Victims Of Circumstance - Do It Yourself

George
: A poor substitute for the Bosstones… enough ska to be ska, but not enough punk to be punk.
Rosey: '82 punk, deep & fast. Bosstones ska. Silly covers like Goldfinger does. B.
Elroy: Sure.
Jane: I miss punk, too… but I still don't put hot crazy chicks on my album covers.


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