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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.
This Month: "I'm in the Moog for love." (albums with no Moog denoted by **)
(opinions expressed may not hold true after repeated listenings to albums)
Dig it! If you think you know who the reviewer's names represent, send an email to basement at hybridmagazine dot com with your guess and mailing address. At the end of each month, we'll pick a winner and send them some great new CDs!

Black Before Red - Belgrave To King's Circle

Bruce
: Sparkling indie pop with the perfect balance of interesting keyboards and chiming guitars. Cool stuff.
Clark: Shoot the piano player. One note for 16 measures. Otherwise, nicely Liverpudlian.
Peter: Kind of a Paul McCartney vibe.
Dr. Bruce: Droning and sweet songs from a band with more than a little Shins influence happening.

**Suzy Callahan - Freedom Party For Insects

Bruce
: Weirdly tragic, beautiful songs from strange-voiced singer… only the insane tell you they're not insane.
Clark: Dear John songs sung to children. Who exactly has she been dating?
Peter: Not bad musically, but lyrically it's super corny.
Dr. Bruce: If there was still a Muppet Show, Callahan would be a great guest. Lori Carson.

Demander - The Unkindness Of Ravens

Bruce
: If Bauhaus were around and had a far inferior singer… Dark music with brilliant drumming.
Clark: Demander… I did! Aggressive art-punk thrilling dynamics. Badass drumming, sweet bass, wanky guitar.
Peter: The songs are good but not as good as the song intros lead you to believe.
Dr. Bruce: Oh my God… the thing in a hoodie is a girl, too.

**Goodnight Loving - Cemetery Trails

Bruce
: College rocky alt. Americana… lots of jangling guitars and jumpy rhythms. Interesting spawn of Replacements.
Clark
: Rockous… Cow punkous… lively brash bar tunes. I hear harmonica. Denim & diesel.
Peter
: An indie-alt-country-rock band with reasonably agreeable multiple personalities.
Dr. Bruce
: If you're gonna play in Milwaukee you got to have a bald guy in the band.

**Gringo Star - Gringo Star

Bruce
: Channeling R.E.M., but infusing the sound with 60's psychedelia and some Southwestern flare. Sweet.
Clark: 80's dream rock. Teardrop Explodes. The Church, but American. Dreams So Real… also from Atlanta.
Peter: Song two is really pretty cool… Rocking heartfelt 60's grunge country rock.
Dr. Bruce: The thing in the sombrero is a dude! But man, can these guys rock…

Joy Electric - Workmanship

Bruce
: Some great synth rock with a vintage vibe… Kraftwerk-style blips and cool laid-back grooves.
Clark: Slo-mo analog crap. Each tedious track is explained/ justified in liner notes.
Peter: Not having heard other JE records, much of this album is lost on me.
Dr. Bruce: Domo arigato Mister Roboto… tasty FM synths and really, really early 80's textures.

**Rob Kendt - I'm Not Sentimental

Bruce
: Best when mashing covers, but otherwise some brilliant orchestration & soothing pop music. Excellent guitar solos.
Clark: Aspiring musical scorer writes for scenes, not albums. Cabaret, jazz, Rogers, Hart.
Peter: Is he being funny? Cause if so, he's funny, if not, he's funny.
Dr. Bruce: This guy's on that show… the G word. Sure can sing, though.

Melody Club - At Your Service

Bruce
: Synth-heavy pop music with a decidedly mid-80's flair… Great keyboard lines and 909 grinds.
Clark: Trite lyrics, predictable chords, aggravating rhymes. Absolutely awful. They don't mean maybe.
Peter: 80's drivel… bleh. Tiffany would be proud.
Dr. Bruce: Swedes rock better than they electro... didn't know Sweden had Crumbacher records.

**The Opposite Sex - Violent Heartstrings

Bruce
: Echo And The Bunnymen meets Echo And The Bunnymen. And also, Echo And The Bunnymen.
Clark: The Cure.
Peter: Joy Division x6 but crappier.
Dr. Bruce: Dark post-punk with too much chorus on the guitar. Very 80's, and very cool.

**Joshua Path - Headlight In The Sun

Bruce
: Thick, crunchy California pop/rock… Great guitars and interesting lyrics make for some great songs.
Clark: Solid power pop, XTC, Elvis Costello, but then turns to arena cheese.
Peter: Not bad for OC/American Pie rock. Actually, better.
Dr. Bruce: This guy proves that REO Speedwagon could have been better if they'd tried harder.

**The Pietasters - All Day

Bruce
: Pietasters are more soul than ska anymore, which is awesome… but also some great ska.
Clark: Ironically singing "I'll never change my ways" in a 60's soul song. Mighty damn fine.
Peter: The lproduction is pretty cool with its old skool feel.
Dr. Bruce: Ska and soul go together like ice cream and apple pie… here's your proof.

**Josh Small - Tall

Bruce
: Engaging, dark American music done with sparse and raw instrumentation. Small's voice is achey & brilliant.
Clark
: Hand-embroidered mountain songs to make you heartsick. Resigned sorrow cavesingers.
Peter
: There are a few really amazing traditional-like songs that carry the rest of the album.
Dr. Bruce
: Some of the finest mountain folk music of the day. Excellent banjo and dobro.

Uh Huh Her - I See Red

Bruce
: Cool & beepy indie electronica from hot girls sounding like Annie Lennox, Cocteau Twins, Massive Attack.
Clark: I dig the Missing Persons' full sound. Layers. Very sensual. Divinyls, Danielle Dax.
Peter: Thick melodic music that your music snob friends will dig.
Dr. Bruce: Hot girls making music for hot girls to kiss hot girls to.

The Umbrella Sequence - Events

Bruce
: Newer Flaming Lips-inspired pop music with an extremely gifted writer and pure spirit. Cool, engaging.
Clark: Needlessly busy. Electronics would ruin these pop songs if they didn't suck already.
Peter: Decent blend of old and new school indie rock style.
Dr. Bruce: Best Moog tonight… Better than what you are listening to right now. Apples In Stereo.

Used Alien Mind - The Placement Aside

Bruce
: Slightly groovy lo-fi shoegaze like Darkside, early Spiritualized. Then it falls apart quickly.
Clark: Dude is making up lyrics as he goes. Thus, very repetitive beat poetry.
Peter: Dark, trippy, disjunctional music that borders on experimental if it wasn;t already over done.
Dr. Bruce: boo, boo, boooo… I see what the theme is: Moog night. A space carnival? Sweet!

**Nibs Van Der Spuy - Beautiful Feet

Bruce
: Peaceful, organic singer-songwriter fare from South Africa… a bit Ben Harper, only lighter & more relaxing.
Clark: Vanderspuy… I did! Nibs' mild voice is nearly messianic. Masterful guitarring, underplayed humility.
Peter: If you're into Dave Matthews' "I'm better than you because I'm sensitive" then you'll love it.
Dr. Bruce: Something about Cat Stevens, Goddamnit… Somewhat essential modern hippy music.


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