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)
- Rescue Through Tomahawk
Ruby: I bet this would be better without all the skipping
what I can hear, I like. Oswald: Sds lke grg rck srt f mmlies mts knks fffffffff.
Kngs f ln. Sirhaan: A little fast for my taste. Hinckley: Skips around a lot. TiVo for the ADD crowd. Love: skipping, broken disc music. The most beautiful
music I never heard. (ed. note: this CD was broken,
but we didn't realize it until into the review)
Ruby: This is Spacehog playing Led Zeppelin songs. Epic
and wonderful, excellent production, not much new. Oswald: Patronizing cock rock vocals, this dude gets
chicks, but not the ones you want. Sirhaan: No one wants another Guns'N'Roses. I predict
pretty boy looks like Axle in 5 years. Hinckley: Very handsome. Love: Slo-mo Axl Rose. The music is ok.
Bangkok Five - 10 The Hard Way
Ruby: More jumpy disco-new-rock move over Franz,
now there's something rockinger. Straight up solid rock'n'roll. Oswald: Aerosmith, spot on. Sleazy, energetic, and
completely irrelevant. Sirhaan: Same vocals as The Killers. Just about rocks
the same. Hinckley: Straight-ahead rock, sounds like your favorite
denim jacket went out drinking with high school drop-outs.
Brush - Lair
Ruby: Brilliant keyboard music ranging from Bach-ish
pieces to Freur-style techno. Varied and beautiful, but
weird. Oswald: Smooth, cool and seductive. Pink Floyd &
Tangerine Dream. Sirhaan: Music for the adult contemporist that isn't
an adult yet. Hinckley: Swirly, faraway, movie-ready, very professional,
ornamental, car commercial music.
Dove - Pronto
Ruby: The rockingest indie rock record in indie rock.
Kid's got identity problems sometimes cool, though. Oswald: Half turtleneck-ivy-league-come-down music,
half hopped up on Golden Earring stoner rock. Sirhaan: Multiple personality band, sadly with no
likeable personalities. Hinckley: Boring in a pleasant way. Needs a lot of
editing. Love: The Edgar Winter thing kind of throws me off.
What the fuck?
- When Caught In A Panic
Ruby: Which one is the evil twin? This guy, or Connor
Oberst? Just as good. Oswald: Legendary Pink Dots plus Bowie Very
enjoyable. Switches styles like shirts. Sirhaan: A modern day Billy Joel, but way, WAY better. Hinckley: Elliott Smith-ion, except he hasn't found
the inner strangth to plunge a knife into his chest.
- Grow Up Or Sleep In
Ruby: This must be Andy Partridge's cooler younger cousin
who wears designer jeans and black t-shirts. Oswald: Intentionally annoying Todd Rundgren shit.
Piss off, jerky. Sirhaan: Wow! They sound just like (insert-any-indie-rock-band-here). Hinckley: XTC, Pavement, Sebadoh, The Saints, Mad-Lib
That genre. Love: Jagged, brash piano pop. I will now go kill
several persons, thanks.
Kind Strangers - Still Building
Ruby: Low-beat semi-electronic pop. Modernized Pet Shop
Boys without super-techno. Sharp sounds, nice grooves. Oswald: Whines like a guy begging for sex. White
R&B, like Justin Timberlake doing slow jams. Sirhaan: A kind stranger would put this band out
of their misery. Hinckley: Uber 80's slow pop. Double, Spandau Ballet
- cool atmosphere but lacks emotion.
- Clear Blue Trickling
Ruby: Schizophrenic Orlando country-folk-rock stuff.
Good musicianship, but I'm a bit confused. Are they funny? Oswald: The first song is HOT! Elvis on fire. Then
hand-jive, bluegrass, and ska-rap. Make a choice. Sirhaan: It's not funny to be funny. Pick a genre
and do it well. Hinckley: Novelty Elvis featured in a musical about
a carnival. Love: Please choose a style and call us back.
Frere - Real Vampires E.P.
Ruby: Fucking Brilliant! Awesome female vocalist over
schizophrenic music styles. Great musical tension, great
sounds. Oswald: Course Of Empire or Cop Shoot cop fronted
by Poly Styrene. Very cool & soulful. Sirhaan: Old School Gwen Stefani voice fronting a
winning EMP pop band. Hinckley: Thought it was going to be Frente! Thank
God they rock. Sexy stuff.
England Roses - Face Time With Son
Ruby: Music that almost isn't. So slow and quiet
at least they don't keep parents awake. Oswald: Minimalist, Velvet Underground vibe. No concern
for key, yet feels good. Sirhaan: Almost good but just not. Hinckley: Good music for rowing a lifeboat. Love: Outsider Art Music. Beatnigs. Bootsauce.
Nguyen - Like The Linen
Ruby: Folky Edie Brickell style songs. Entrancing voice,
clever lyrics, cool sounds, excellent production, great
songs. Oswald: Joni Mitchell on a Tom Waits bender. Hip
girl making folk cool. Smile-inducing. Sirhaan: Good ingredients, decently shaken and mixed,
then well baked. I find it yummy. Hinckley: Brilliant lyrics. Turns a phrase with simple
wording but expresses complex ideals sweetly.
Is Movement - Stowaway
Ruby: Well recorded math rock. Awesome if you can disconnect
long enough. Interesting and mobile. Oswald: Awkward - Michael Stipe gone angular. Music
played through a prism. Disjointed. Sirhaan: Is this math rock? Or post rock? Hinckley: Honor student's thesis math rock.
Yer Pants - Poop Yer Pants
Ruby: Epic indie rock - chock full of noisy guitars,
great melodies a noisier version of Real People. Oswald: Exactly what the name implies, only not as
funny. Sirhaan: Reminds me of some forgotten mid-nineties
band. I sure liked that band. Hinckley: Clever, daydream-like folksy rock. Not
much vocal range.
Reale - Story
Ruby: Glittering Americana pop. Growly vocals over jangly
alt-country. Great guitars, well-written songs, cool vibe. Oswald: Like forced labor listening to his strained
vocal rhythms. Uninspired, plodding songs. Sirhaan: Singer/songwriter Dylan style for the musically
simple. Hinckley: I like Wilco, too, Tim. And the Replacements.
But I don't imitate them.
Ruby: Uplifting modern rock - excellent guitar work,
nice laid back songs. Just good rock music. Oswald: Beige rock. Not bad, but not gripping. The
kids will like it. Sirhaan: Despite waiting for the Jesus loves you
line, it isn't too bad. Hinckley: Rocking in a thoughtful, inspirational
way. Love: The modern version of the band in "Do
That Thing You Do".
Is A Process Of A Still Life - Light
Ruby: Beautiful ambient rock. Enough movement to captivate,
not so much to disturb. Perfect sleepy music. Oswald: Dreamy, pleasant watching plants grow
in fast motion music. Sirhaan: Really mellow and very very nice. Hinckley: Pretty & sad, like an elegant widow
or waking up from a coma. Love: If you were stranded in outer space, what one
album would you want?
Year Touqe - The Midi West
Ruby: On the indie side of jangle rock poppy and
very clever. Smart, fun, goofy, excellent. Oswald: What Poop Yer Pants should be funny
and dorky. Crazy Mary/They Might Be Giants. Sirhaan: Fun, hip, Paul & Paula. My six-year-old
will dig it, but so do I. Hinckley: Perverted playskool; fun, entertaining
birthday party jusic for adolescents who skip multiple grades.