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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)
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The Bird And The Bee - The Bird And The Bee

Aramis
: Sort of like Astrid Gilberto meets Cocteau Twins. Airy and light, jazzy, summery, cool.
Porthos: 60's turtleneck lounge jazz. I will kill every last one of you motherfuckers.
Athos: The Girl from Iponema likes eclectic furniture and decorates with Christmas lights.
D'Artagnan: An English speaking Pizzicato 5.

Chrisopher Blue - Room Tones

Aramis
: Moody, dark lounge rock with a distinctive Mark Lanegan vibe… cool songs, a bit AAA.
Porthos: A very depressed Jack Johnson. If you need a push, I got your back.
Athos: Pretty good. Great voice, softer, got a darkness to it.
D'Artagnan: Moody, low-key and dreamy.

Chow Nasty - Super (Electrical) Recordings

Aramis
: Dirty sexy modern Curtis Mayfield style funk, skirts hip-hop, barely. Some very cool sounds.
Porthos: Unapologetic disco rock. How he keeps a straight face, I don't care (in the bedroom).
Athos: This funk makes titties bounce like they were on switches.
D'Artagnan: Like a Bootsie Collins disco album.

Mary Flower - Instrumental Breakdown

Aramis:
Purely instrumental collection from this highly talented old-timey guitar playing lady. Doesn't get any better.
Porthos: I miss her voice, but she picks amazingly. Her fingers are doing all sorts of magic.
Athos: Phenomenally good folk. Makes me want to eat with my fingers… and crush buttercups on a loving woman's forearms.
D'Artagnan: Down home, folksy, old timey lemonade drinking music.

Gustafer Yellowgold's Wide Wide World

Aramis
: Creative animated films, cute story about an alien from the sun, prog-folk melodies, easy listening.
Porthos: Sickly harmonies, inane lyrics, a perfect waste of brain cells. Very, very same sex.
Athos: Finally, something sucks. This music has no pubic hair.
D'Artagnan: This is the kind of album you make when you're always stoned.

Je Suis France - Afrikan Majik

Aramis
: Great big epic sonic rock'n'roll. Like Velvets and Sonic Youth covering Dinosaur Jr. and Kraftwerk.
Porthos: The road to Hell is awesome! Stadium jam band, Velvet Flaming Underground Lips.
Athos: Velvety, deep-textured, free-spirit, progressive rock. Awfully cool!
D'Artagnan: Moon music.

Abbey Lincoln - Abbey Sings Abbey

Aramis
: Great moody, smoky vocal jazz like the greats. Tons of beauty and groovy music.
Porthos: I want to lay back in this like a Nina Simone hammock. Too hot to move.
Athos: I had no idea this was a woman singing.
D'Artagnan: This is what blues would sound like if it came from France.

Chris Randall - The Devil Is Due

Aramis
: Gritty, bluesy Americana from former Sister Machine Gun frontman. Haunting and darkly neurotic, promising.
Porthos: Slomo blues rock. The male Allanah Miles. Fake Nawlins dirge jazz . St. James Infirmary defiled.
Athos: White man, you, you, you, you just starting to get the blues.
D'Artagnan: Standard bar blues with a French Quarter slant.

*Sons - Viracochos

Aramis
: Mildly shoegazey psychedelic rock throws back to Mary Chain and Slowdive. A more airy BRMC.
Porthos: Trippy, psychedelic and manly. Like Easy Rider. Gave me medicine head.
Athos: Everyone else is gonna say BRMC so I'm kind of stuck. Singer sounds like Lennon.
D'Artagnan: Spacey, trippy, distorted garage rock.

The Start - Ciao, Baby

Aramis
: Modern Curve… more conventional synthesizer and disco drumbeats, but really, really awesome. Hot girl, too.
Porthos: Hints of Dale Bozzio & Adam And The Ants. I'm unimpressed. Nothing stands out.
Athos: Gwen Stefani, touches of Missing Persons - awesome. First time I've insisted on having a BB disc.
D'Artagnan: 80's new wave with a techno infusion. Good stuff.

Sunwheel Psychedelic - Compassion And Cruelty

Aramis
: I also liked The Cult a lot… Pretty cool heavy guitar riffs, vocals lack oomph.
Porthos: Adam Sandler sings George Thoroughgoood. Wanker wanker monotony. They forgot the psychedelic.
Athos: Dingleberries on the surfer's butthole stoner rock.
D'Artagnan: When did Raging Slab change its name?

Svoy - Eclectric

Aramis:
Groovy electronica filled with real melodies and great vocals. Awesome production, nice songs, beautiful voice.
Porthos: You are the next American Idol! But first get your braces off. Nice programming.
Athos: My therapist has asked that I put my thoughts to house music.
D'Artagnan: New York lounge techno. I like it.

The Veils - Nux Vomica

Aramis
: Mildly Vaudevillian dark folk music, somewhere between Nick Cave and The Jam. Somehow Irish, Australian.
Porthos: Marc Almond meets Leonard Cohen. Stellar cabaret-based Vaudevillian blues and rock. A+.
Athos: Angst w/ vibrato. Will delight thinkers and horned-rim glasses. Solid.
D'Artagnan: I have no point of reference.

The Wildbirds - The Wildbirds

Aramis
: Rock and roll post-Jam style… Fratellis, Strokes, etc. Great guitar riffs and powerful drumming. ROCK!
Porthos: Is this freedom rock? Well, turn it up dude! Bad Company BTO Free. Die dinosaurs.
Athos: That late 70's rock-pop that's popular nowadays. Well done jangle rock.
D'Artagnan: The new Strokes, Vines, Jet, etc. I do like the rock'n'roll.

The Woggles - Rock And Roll Backlash

Aramis
: Almost maximum rock'n'soul. Derivative of some of the greatest rock of all time, good at it.
Porthos: Kinks got a new album? This is sweet garage rock, very well done.
Athos: Who is this? Yes, it is. Who? Yes. Who is the band? Yes, it is.
D'Artagnan:Damnit, I just cleaned the house and all the dancing done wrecked it up again.

Marva Wright - After The Levees Broke

Aramis
: Nice blues New Orleans-style. Gritty and soulful numbers about the debacle of Katrina. Awesome voice.
Porthos: I'm very glad Marva & Benny Turner made it out of Katrina. Wish this disc hadn't.
Athos: The blues, well-done - hurricane force. Never cover Bruce Hornsby… NEVER.
D'Artagnan: Decent New Orleans blues. /can't believe it was made in Australia.


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