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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)

The American Plague - Heart Attack

Babe
- John… Cougar… Mellencamp. Featuring a healthy dose of rock and roll goodness. Heavy and sharp.
Wade - Big AC/DC sound wasted on BTO singer. Decent hard rock… Somewhat milder Motorhead.
Roger - Huge rock. Good lyrics. This is what happens when Nashville happens to good rock.
Johnny - You've got another thing coming… A rockabilly guitar solo, to be sure.

Aram Danesh And The Super Human Crew - The Grind

Babe
- Highly musical and groove-oriented hip hop. If you need urban stuff, dig this. Tight.
Wade - Well-articulated rap. A little too well articulated. Inventive arrangements. Lots of soul, light on flow.
Roger - Knowledge-dropping hip hop. A little too produced but excellent musicianship. You have to supply your own cussing.
Johnny - Sesame Street hip hop. Lots of learning to be had, great concepts, nice vibe.

Chris Barron - Pancho And The Kid

Babe
- Squeeze and Glen Phillips getting all soulful and solid pop. Brilliant songs, awesome production.
Wade - Nice Crowded House sound, but lay off the Counting Crows. Quite enjoyable.
Roger - See Topher Mohr.
Johnny - The Spin Doctors are solely responsible for the downfall of New York.

Bellafea - Cavalcade

Babe
- Some angsty early-Pixies type rock… disjointed and beautiful. This girl has great pipes. Slightly mathy.
Wade - Crazed discordant art-punk. Manic and neurotic. Yay!
Roger - Pretty ripping stuff, she's got good pipes. Very driven stuff.
Johnny - I don't really understand it all, but I like it for sure.

Bella Koshka - Slow Dancing On The Ocean Floor

Babe
- Female-led atmospheric rock music… think bastard child of Evanescence and Human Drama.
Wade
- Like Black Tape, but better. Less pretentious and prettier. And spooky.
Roger
- Bjork, Evanescence and The Orb.
Johnny
- About as close as you can get to 4AD now that 4AD is no more… almost.

The Boy Bathing - A Fire To Make Preparations

Babe
- Beautiful music, indie pop at its absolute finest. Decemberists meet someone who can't sing as good.
Wade - Unsettling, like a pedophile singing lullabies. Truly disturbing folk-pop. Creepy in a creepy way.
Roger - Very quiet. This will not bring the troops home. Honestly? Leaving NY was the best thing I've ever done. There was a time long ago when New York was inhabited by New Yorkers, but they abandoned it and in their place came a bunch of nancy-boys in cheap tees and designer jeans making a scene with no vibrancy at all. This music is great if you have a trust fund and shop at Urban Outfitters.
Johnny - This is exactly what would happen if Yum Yum had a bad singer… great songs, though.

Bravo Johnson - The Crooked And The Straight

Babe
- Tom Petty. Seriously. Better than that crappy Mudcrutch record. Gritty guitars and excellent drumming, cool.
Wade - Pictures of chubby nudes are nice. Mild hippy music is dull. I'm guessing Portugal.
Roger - This is a 2 CD set. No Shit. Either this band is secretly huge, or very wealthy.
Johnny - Like Crazy Horse backing Tom Petty.

Bronze Radio Return - Bronze Radio Return

Babe
- Jason Mraz style funk-pop… nice grooves, a bit of soul. Popular with the ladies?
Wade - Jamiroquai, and also Jamiroquai. British hippies think they are funky. Sheeeeeet.
Roger - Jinka jinka jinka smooth a doob a jinka jinka.
Johnny - Bumpa bumpa a jinka dinka jinka booom booom hoo-hooo wicka wacka.

Candygram For Mongo - Candygram For Mongo

Babe
- Cheap Trick style rock with some new punk attitude… dumb songs that rock.
Wade
- Better and worse than "Red Pill." "Big Mary" is hilarious. Great basslines.
Roger
- Nice fun blend of ELO chord progressions w/ a touch of NOFX & The Vapors.
Johnny
- All the overlooked fun parts of the '70s.

Coin Opera - What Went Wrong With The Right?

Babe
- Lo-fi folky Jesus and Mary Chain style songs… suspiciously lacking in melody, really.
Wade - Better musically than Boy Bathing, but indeterminate boy and girl singing androgyny takes its toll.
Roger - Needs a drummer, a singer, 70 more decibels and fleeting bouts of happiness.
Johnny - Once this band gets rolling the guitars are sweet… til then it's sleepyville nightmare town.

Flobots - Fight With Tools

Babe
- Like dude from Cake… with a bit more hiphop stylee. Lots of horns, beats, raps.
Wade - Some of Flobot's best, but enough with the strings already. Good jams.
Roger - Hooray Colorado!
Johnny - Smooth rapping, light scratching, urban wonderland grooves, intelligent references, nice use of band instruments.

Ghost Buffalo - The Magician

Babe
- An edgier & louder version of Area… weird female vocals, wall-of-sound guitars, crisp drumming. Nice!
Wade
- Great vocalist with a lot of tricks. Hard-rocking, fiery pro band. Strange fit though.
Roger
- Solid, deep emo rock with touches of alt. country.
Johnny
- Slightly Americana-esque Hum fronted by typical Denver girl singer… great band, excuse the vocals.

Richard Julian - Sunday Morning In Saturday's Shoes

Babe
- Occasionally Lyle Lovett's large band-ish swing, but other times not… nice songs about NYC.
Wade - Lyle Lovett. Slow, beautiful blues. Silly, boppy vaudeville. Clever finger-picking.
Roger - This sounds like Zima.
Johnny - I hate New York City.

Lords Of The North - Lords Of The North

Babe
- Music for dudes that love Cheetos, Dungeon & Dragons, fire, and Sabbath.
Wade - Salvadores Del Norte. Music for Orc hunting on the permafrost with newbiw Barbarian caster.
Roger - Stoner rock, sword & priestess, animal pelts & wizardry.
Johnny - Heavy metal motherfucker! When dude isn't singing this band rocks, Ren.

Topher Mohr - True Love On The TV Set

Babe
- Dude sounds like Elvis Costello… with less young twang and more cool smooth pop riffs.
Wade - Lounge singer backed by hard-hitting alt-rock. But what's it all about, Alfie?
Roger - Pleasant pop, Wallflower-y Crow-Counting… good voice.
Johnny - Lots of feeling, lots of emotion, lots of piano and acoustic guitar.

Ness - You Can't Afford To Feel

Babe
- Musically based in The Who, Ride, and burlesque. Great tones… bad singer. Nice rhythms & rhyme.
Wade - Instead of pushing your range could you transpose down a half or whole note? Thanks.
Roger - Strong ability, good build-up, Urge Overkill. We need more of this.
Johnny - Some amazing guitar stuff going on, just a really toneful record… really classic sounding rock.

Scotland Barr & The Slow Drags - All The Great Aviators Agree

Babe
- A poor man's Dave Alvin… Americana done rather well, but missing an edge. Goofy rhymes.
Wade - Arena alt-country. Over produced, but great songs. Captain Beefheart.
Roger - Dave;s alt. country, right on cue.
Johnny - Musically ambitious alt.country stuff with nice steel guitar and rumbly drums.

Team Rockit - Rockit Science

Babe
- Dude's don't rock it nearly as hard as their name implies… stupid lyrics. Heavy drumming.
Wade - Southern rock sounds good all speeded up. Kings Of Leon. Ballsy and bassy. And bassy.
Roger - Tight rock'n'roll, all of the right elements, needs better hooks.
Johnny - Best Pokemon rock band since Peek At You. Like Mike Peters covering Grandmaster Flash.


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