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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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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.