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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)

Banner 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.

Carrie 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.

Dirt 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 Frankenstein.
Seka
- Rock's obviously not dead… but it lost all its energy along the way.

John 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.

Green 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.

In 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.

It's 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.

June 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.

Moosejaww - 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.

Mutlu - 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 of jazz.
Seka
- A record with Darryl Hall? I mean, it's got to rock… or whatever.

Lee "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 to be.

Andrew 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.

William 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 soul.


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