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)
Pilot - Resignation Day
Jenna - Lo-fi punk rock like punk rock is supposed to
be no pop shit. Heartfelt, gritty goodness. Ron - Galloping drums, gravelly vocals, dude trying
to frig off the bass. Double plus good. Peter - Late 80's, early 90's hardcore, recently coming
back into vogue. Not adult, not contemporary. Thank you Baby
Jesus. Seka - Makes me miss Adolescents, Samiam, All, Face
To Face, Lag Wagon beautifully simple and lovely.
Hassler & Hard Rain - CHHR2
Jenna - Great little newgrass record with traditional
elements. Great banjo Union Station, anyone? Ron - Traditional bluegrass done really well, but Carrie's
a bit too city. Knock out a tooth. Peter - Adult Contemporary #4. Hard not to make Dixie
Chicks reference. I don't understand this genre, whereas Dave
keeps rosin behind his ear in case somebody's bow runs out. Seka - Hassler? I did That white suit's got to
go. Let's see some tits.
Mall - Got The Goat By The Horns
Jenna - Straight ahead rock and roll music with predictable
guitar solos and throbbing rhythm. Jet.
Ron - Slaughter - thinks it's punk but comes off as metal.
Singer needs to commit.
Peter - Rock in the vein of New Bomb Turks, Spitfires, Electric
Seka - Rock's obviously not dead but it lost all its
energy along the way.
Eichleay - John Eichleay
Jenna - Ben Folds no piano, but indie instead cool
production, songs vary remarkably.
Ron - British Parlour ska. Anemic cabaret. Like Bob Dorough
singing over V.A.S.T.
Peter - Lindsey Buckingham, Jason Webley, Morrissey, sure.
Seka - This guy from New York? I'm betting yes. At least,
he'll claim it.
Room Rockers - Hoosier Homegrown
Jenna - Soulful ska music straightforward, great horns,
lots of cowbell tons of fun! Ron - 60's ska & dance party soul. What Pietasters
are doing. Fun, lively sweet organ & horns. Peter - Great frat-house ska. Seka - Booker T/James Brown... But substitute skanking
for soul and funk. Nice, but not deep.
Cadeo - In Cadeo EP
Jenna - Wonderful indie rock with tremendous depth and lyric
musicianship Built To Spill wishes they were this great. Ron - Layers, builds dynamics they make me lose
track and run red lights. Peter - Later Meat Puppets or later Buffalo Tom.
Highly melodic and dark college pop. Connells? Seka - Though it's been done thousands of times before,
this angsty noise-pop breathes fresh life.
Elephants - Little Trouble In Chinatown
Jenna - Noisy, incoherent rock music with hints of Chili
Peppers and Soundgarden but not as polished. Ron - Garage sludge metal poorly produced but intriguing
stoner rock. Worth checking out. Peter - Thin Lizzy, Fugazi, Jawbox, Bluetip. Seka - Got all the changes of Pixies, all the angst of
Screaming Trees Not too shabby.
Star - Cora Belle
Jenna - Lucero indie style less polished, more hillbilly.
Beautiful guitar and nice melodies. Awesome. Ron - Tom Petty partying with Shane McGowan. See: The
Thin Man, then go back to drawing board. Peter - Adult Contemporary #5. Jay Farrar crashes a test
dummy. Seka - Yaaaaaaaawn. Mostly boring alt. country
some nice bits, but sad, really.
- Seduce And Paralyze
Jenna - Nice melodies sung poorly. The dynamism of The Frames,
but lacking prowess. Tone-deaf Buffalo Tom. Ron - I'm not writing 2 W's. Off-key singer making Lemonheads. Peter - The Urges sing about Moosejaw. It's in Alaska.
Boy do The Urges rock! Seka - 90's pre-grunge-core nice guitar lines and
droning off-key vocals. J. would be proud of what he wrought.
- Livin' It
Jenna - Well-produced Jack Johnson-esque folky rock with
heart. Can't go wrong with Amos Lee.
Ron - Makes me very angry. Amos Lee should be ashamed. Hell,
Darryl Hall should be ashamed.
Peter - Adult Contemporary #3. Easy listening pablum. Upchuck
Seka - A record with Darryl Hall? I mean, it's got to rock
"Scratch" Perry - Repentance
Jenna - Perry once more creates his own genre trip-dub
amazing slower dubby Reggae with atmosphere by tons. Ron - I've never been turned on by a dude this old. Except
that one time. Peter - Very cool, sounds like summer. I'm actually okay
listening to this for the rest of the night, but I've been forewarned
that there's going to be a lot of Adult Contemporary tonight.
Great. Seka - This is exactly everything Gwen Stefani wants
Ripp - Fifty Miles To Chicago
Jenna - Super funky AAA like Jason Mraz, but this guy says
nothing he is groovy though. Ron - Better than Jamiroquai, not quite Stevie. Funky,
sticky, sweaty, sleazy, yucky. Piss off. Peter - Adult Contemporary #1. Equal parts Jamiroquai,
Timberlake, and Zima. Seka - Trying hard to be Stevie Jamiroquai doesn't make
you that . But he does have that hat.
Walter & Co. - Late Night Solitaire
Jenna - The sort of folky acoustic rock Edwin McCain forced
on the world. Touch of soul, nice production.
Ron - Decent MOR blues with indecent amount of Rod Stewart
bullshit "rock" pronunciations.
Peter - Adult Contemporary #2. Inexcusable homage to Dave
Matthews, John Mayer, etc.
Seka - Nice unassuming music for frumpies. Frathouse acoustic