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)
Ethic - Inertia
Speed - Clean modern pop-rock, similar to soft Spacehog.
Interesting lyrics, great playing just doesn't drive. Spridle - Abject emotion tends to remain emotion. This
whiner is begging for a lead lobotomy. Sprocket - Radiohead ruined another band. Chim Chim - I blame Bono for the rise in falsetto singing
underpants wearing lily-huggers.
- Morning Kills The Dark
Speed - Dark, downbeat indie-pop-folk. Say Hi To Your Mom
mixed with Red House Painters. Beautiful, dreamy. Spridle - Leonard Cohen meets Todd Rundgren & The
Pogues. Boppy, but dark with serious depth. Awesome, resonant. Sprocket - Decent band that makes indie cool again. I
dig this record. Chim Chim - All encompassing, entrancing, fulfilling,
like Madness with a broken heart and bad childhood Excellent
Brosseau - What I Mean To Say Is Goodbye
Speed - Amazing stories piled on beautiful acoustic palettes.
Tons of soul & depth. Sings like Turin Brakes. Spridle - Weird, intriguing androgynous folk. Mellow,
and the opposite of annoying. He's the female Devendra Banhart. Sprocket - Strongly melodic country inspired indie music.
Very pretty. Chim Chim - Sara Watkins plays on this? I love you Sara
Watkins! More than the middle Dixie Chick.
- Megaton Robotic Apple Pie
Speed - California pop-metal, cool songs, but recording
lacks all high end. Some nice guitar work. Spridle - Flat, one dimensional construction paper rock.
Needs to be harder to be hard rock. Sprocket - Non-threatening bar room metal that reminds
me of warm, flat beer. Chim Chim - Much better cover art than music Hey!
That's Joel Hodgson!
Speed - Now, that's some fucking guitar playing - wicked
fuzztones on dirgy, piano-thick dark punk. Very nice. Spridle - Disturbed Talking Heads stuff. Nice piano rhythms.
Suitably jarring Tom Waits pomp. Excellent. Sprocket - The loud intense vocals grow on you. Chim Chim - The carnival ain't over, motherfucker. Birthday
Party clean up.
Thinkers - Necks Move
Speed - Solid, groovalicious hip-hop. Excellent rapping
over infectious beats, excellent DJ work. Awesome collection
of sound. Spridle - Usually, I like a lot of words. Buf for this,
I'll make an exception. Nice arrangements. Sprocket - MC with style & decent form. Very progressive
& unique DJ work. Impressive record. Chim Chim - This does not offend my ears not rapping
about bitches & hos. I like it.
Douglas - Statecraft
Speed - That's some fine indie-pop derived from Beach Boys,
Matthew Sweet, Weezer, Jesus & Mary Chain. Spridle - Every song is a verse in the same dumb unfinished
lousy love song. Sprocket - Sounds familiar. Pretty sure the last twelve
indie-rock bands sounded like this. Still good though. Chim Chim - I especially enjoy the downbeat beauty of
the song about The Prisoner cool songs.
Speed - Simply beautiful, psychotic rock music. Amazing
guitars, moody, crunchy, driving cool synthesizers. Fucking
awesome. Spridle - Chunky guitars and cool keys tones while unassuming
man sneaks out the vocals. T-rex Numan. Sprocket - Rocking guitars, subtle vocals, works well.
Major Tom vibe on song 2 was cool. Chim Chim - Not only yes, but HELL YES! Beggars, but
heavier guitrs and driving rhythms. Urge Underkill.
May - Safe In A Crazy World
Speed - Beautiful songs from a resonantly siren-voiced chanteuse.
Fans of AAA girl pop rejoice. Spridle - Sounds like Vanessa Carlton. The uvula of music
- you can never remember her name. Sprocket - This should play well on the radio. The 13-year-old
girls will dig it. Chim Chim - Celine Dion pop with inane, awkward, embarrassing
lyrics. Also overproduced.
Montgomery - For Your Ears Only
Speed - Brilliant solo acoustic guitar recordings. Downtempo
Kottke style to fast paced McLaughlin. Extraordinary & beautiful. Spridle - Jazz-grass. More listenable than Coryell. Fancy,
but you can follow it. Captivating. Sprocket - Very clever, technical live acoustic guitar
for those that dig such things. Chim Chim - Michael Hedges is from Mars. Montgomery is
from Venus. Never plays the wrong note.
Neill - Memory Against Forgetting
Speed - Dark alt-folk covering myriad topics. Excellent
lyrics, amazing variety of music. Full of soul & depth. Spridle - Damn! Jerry Jeff Walker style. Fine songs and
booming sound. Top ten material. Sprocket - Impressive heartfelt folk. Strong thick vocals.
Hope to hear more. Chim Chim - Jay Farrar Warren Zevon Michael Stipe Gordon
Lightfoot Shane McGowan Herman Jolly Christie Moore Springsteen
- The Whole World Spinz Away
Speed - Overproduced multi-rhythmic pop music. Very cool
sounds and grooves, lacks soul and vision. Spridle - Roots pop? Against all odds, I like it. Something
innocent and hopeful about it. Sprocket - Yawn boring. Uncreative lyrically and
musically. What is Ostin? Chim Chim - Is that my sister? Bob Swanson looks familiar,
Owens - Fugitive Moments
Speed - Highly introspective songs from a modern troubadour.
Ranging from soft & low to solid rock'n'roll. Spridle - It's okay in a Smithereens way, but wouldn't
you rather be inspired? Sprocket - He has nothing on the first song, but the
rest isn't too bad.
- Jalopy Pop
Speed - Nice, lightly orchestrated pop music. Jellyfish
without the cajones. Very cool synthesizer work. Spridle - Nice production for Beach Beatles, XTC, Weezer,
Oasis sappy smarm. Sprocket - I stopped listening after the Vwbug on the
cover of the album. Chim Chim - Who is this Bart Pader, and what has he done
with Anakin Skywalker?
Set - Summer Set
Speed - Thick North Carolina indie-pop. Cool songs infused
with resonant keys and guitars. Brilliantly cool rock. Spridle - Cool downbeat Beack-ish rock. Bits of Americana,
great tones. Too hip for hipsters. Sprocket - Simple, subtle, sweet. Chim Chim - I read this magazine for the articles and
Redbook for the recipes.
Grass Captains Of Greater Chicago - She Moved Through
Speed - Dirty, supersonic psychedelic pop - Beatles for
new millennia. Tons of cool stuff happening. Spridle - Diamond Dogs. Very full, enjoyable sound. Sensitive
& beautiful. They really thought this out. Buy two. Sprocket - Songs start out strong & then fizzle out.
The Beatles recycled again. Chim Chim - I prefer the Tall Grass Captains Of Greater
DeBuke, but still better then Wings.
TenPoundFactor - Fed 'Til We're Dead
Speed - Lush rock music spanning genres - highly melodic,
enthralling lyrics, cool guitars. Fans of everything. Spridle - The camera adds ten pounds of shit in a five
pound bag. Sprocket - Basic rock that doesn't suck, doesn't inspire
Weekes & Adowa - Doubt
Speed - Best reggae I've heard in years. Confusing lyrically,
but musically beautiful. Perfect summer day. Spridle - Eartha Kitt of the islands. Jah history repeating.
Stellar reggae with no dancehall interruptions. Sprocket - Can't understand a Jah-damned thing she has
to say, but good album nonetheless.