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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)
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!

Admiral Twin - The Center Of The Universe

Sterling
: Like modern alt-rock Jellyfish. Crisp guitars and laid-back vocals, poppy tunes with much life.
Maureen: Nicely done power-pop. Full sound and fleshy arrangements. OK Go. Gret production.
John: Pretty good stuff, nice changes.
Lou: Not bad, but kind of a yawn.

David Bavas - Songs Of Love, Death, And Trains

Sterling
: Very down, indie alt-country… dark vocals and beautiful guitars on precise and hearty songs. Excellent.
Maureen: Good alt-country with sapping indie vocals. Like the Pat Boone or Vanilla Ice.
John: Sorry David, I have reached my alt-country limit. I no longer want to drink.
Lou: Decent interesting songwriting but he needs to be more aggressive on the vocals.

Bettysoo - Little Tiny Secrets

Sterling
: Poppy songwriter fare from Texas… her voice is too young, but the drums are excellent.
Maureen: It's all very nice and all. Sweet lilting vocals backed by decent musicians. Yuck.
John: Just don't care anymore. There's no revival here.
Lou: Singy-song writy chicky guitar piano music.

C.O.C.O. - Play Drums + Bass

Sterling
: Lack of guitars makes for poor rock… off-key vocals don't help. White Stripes anyone?
Maureen
: Intentionally crappyproduction, but great bottom. The rhythm section, not the girl. Pretty sweet.
John
: Good K records stuff… needs more.
Lou
: Bizarro White Stripes. I am left feeling like it's missing something though.

Fallen Tears - 'Faith'

Sterling
: You can't out-goth the gothfathers of goth. Cure covers record but more modern… therefore bad.
Maureen
: I love it, no whining, great arrangements… Update, some whining, still an improvement.
John
: Sex music if you hate the sun and colors - the Cure.
Lou
: They are doing something clever here… or so I'm told.

Grand Ole Party - Humanimals

Sterling
: Weird rocking mix of White Stripes and Heart… but not like either one. Cool drums.
Maureen: Hippies turned drama-punks. Her voice is more painful since I got a head-butt earlier.
John: Pretty good hep-cat music for the coffeehouse crowd.
Lou: White Stripes plus one in musical complexity. Vocals that are difficult to digest.

Kelli Hanson - Our Buildings

Sterling
: Vaguely Bjork-ish Ameri-pop with beautiful strings and more beautiful guitars. Great vocals, 80's keyboards.
Maureen: A little Kate Bush, some Lush and horse-riding rhythms. Real nice. Sounds European.
John: The kind of happy dreary that will put you right to fucking sleep.
Lou: Good, strong, melodic, musical. All around really decent.

Hoax Funeral - Pour Away The Ocean

Sterling
: Low dark English Americana. Mazzy Star with more country influence. Tremolo guitar & brushed drums. Beautiful.
Maureen: Mazzy Junkies. Lovely. Perfect soothing music for my aching Guliver. Is my nose broke?
John: Dreamy, faraway stuff. -2 points for using a toy piano without Ozzy's permission.
Lou: That mid-to-late seventies man in the mountain kind of crap.

Ingram Hill - Cold In California

Sterling
: Poppy alt-rock with quirky vocals… Train wants their songs back. Nice production & thick guitars.
Maureen: Hooty and the blowjobs. The middle of all roads. Most Christian rock has credibility.
John: Counting Crows feasting on the roadkilled carcass of the Wallflowers.
Lou: Uninspiring music for people that like to go with the flow and not challenge anything.

Mike Mangione - Tenebrae

Sterling
: A funky Ray LaMontagne… classic sounding rock, well produced and well written. Somewhat dark.
Maureen: The only guy who made it out of his town, the rest killed themselves.
John: Should fight James Blunt for the pansy-weight title.
Lou: Probably does well with the backward hat, khaki pants-wearing losers.

Paulie Rhyme & Deedot Present: Public Radio

Sterling
: Indie hip-hop with a generally positive message and some really fine production. Nice toasting.
Maureen: Well-formed flows with a 70's vibe. Wish the rap was less monotone.
John: B+ hip hop needs to get better hooks. Good beats.
Lou: Conscientious underground hip hop, not bad.

Rock, Star - Inamorato

Sterling
: Husker Du type rough rock… very east coast and almost punk rock. Great attitude, guitar.
Maureen: Nervous energywith no respect for key. Sometimes they like a melody. Foo Faster.
John: Littlem Jawbox, little Naked Raygun, all good - and only took 7 years to master.
Lou: Recorded in 2000, mastered in 2007, what happened in between?

Bobby Rush - Raw

Sterling
: Solo acoustic blues from a true master of the genre. Thick & gritty like great chitlins.
Maureen
: Stripped-down real deal blues. Bobby got some good songs and a few covers. Sexy.
John
: Will be performing on a front porch before somebody at Starbucks will decide in some Oprah-like sweep of magnanimous grandeur that this will help to sell the non-fat soy milk lattes to people who believe that the blues can be environmentally friendly, thereby "exposing" Bobby to a lot more money and countless unwanted conversations.
Lou
: Run of the mill blues complete with harmonica.

Shantel - Disko Partizani

Sterling
: The Turkish Falco… awesome gypsy-inspired dance pop. Amazing instrumentation and some great rapping.
Maureen: Best foreign disco since O zone. The traditional stuff is killer.
John: Polka in latex w/ cock rings. Hidden San Fernando of Bollywood - kiss Richard Gere and get an honor killing.
Lou: Pure awesomeness. I absolutely love it.

Mishka Shubaly - How To Make A Bad Situation Worse

Sterling
: Lou Reed style tales of depravity and free verse stories of life in the city.
Maureen: Angry drunk Crash Test Dummies. Dangerous but fewer killing songs than Nick Cave.
John: Morphine & Son Volt have a baby swaddled in lumberwear.
Lou: Simple, basic, honest, but still a little undercooked. Looking forward to the next one.

The Weightlifters - Last Of The Sunday Drivers

Sterling
: Jangly pop music with late 60's flair… bit of Byrds and Matthew Sweet without distortion.
Maureen: 70's bubblegum with no joke in the wrapper. Oh Mort, what's with the turtleneck?
John: Softee cake muffin.
Lou: More happy seventies music. Ick.


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