Andrew - What's It All About?
Dasher: Bright, shiny pop music - very 60's flavor. Peaceful
and easy feeling feeling good rock.
Donner: Like a one-man 60's pop revival.
Prancer: From Gin Blossoms To Connells to the Turtles,
Andrew makes some excellent pop music.
Aphasia - Aphasia
Dasher: Nu-metal kids. Sharp beats, thick and sweet guitars...
not groundbreaking, but very good.
Donner: Nu Metal + Emo = Rush.
Prancer: Standard Hoobastank and Incubus type nu metal.
Vixen: I'm into this teen sounding stuff, and I love
Army Of Me - Fake Ugly
Dasher: Clever and intriguing indie semi-pop. quirky
vocalist on solid, well-written tracks. Cool guitars, too.
Donner: Sounds like space. Indie-rock-lounge-nasal.
Prancer: Hard to place. Decent rock'n'roll, familiar
yet not so familiar.
Vixen: Cabaret warbling and opposing smart aggressive
music. Pretty damn cool, like that band Space.
Bermuda Triangle Service - High Swan Dive
Dasher: Quirky pseudo-Americana from ambitious indie
kids. Clever lyrics anddiverse, interesting music and arrangements.
Donner: Singer is weird like Ani diFranco, but cool.
They Might Be Cowboy Junkies.
Prancer: Finally - educational rock music, songs that
transcend boy-meets-girl tripe.
Vixen: Bad imitation of Mazzy Star.
Various Artists - Christmas Grass vol. 2
Dasher: Essential new collection of modern songs re-interpreted
nicely as bluegrass. Great songs, great players.
Donner: Gorgeous string bending and firebrand fiddling.
Lush harmonies. Dolly needs to shut up and sing.
Prancer: Good folky, bluegrass holiday music. Nice to
hear good holiday music!
Vixen: It has cool cowboy christmas songs. Very cool,
great background music for holidays.
Client - City
Dasher: Oblique European synth-pop. Very cool sounds,
very cool female vocals, very cool grooves.
Donner: Totally tubular. Droll and wry satire of love
songs, utterly devoid of emotion.
Prancer: Like very dark Depeche Mode mixed with darker
Human League. I'm an evil robot!
Daniel Carlson - Now
Dasher: Melancholy, beautiful pop music filled with strings,
organs, and smooth songwriting. Lush with emotion.
Donner: Mopey and dreary. Best listened to when your
plan's to sit and bask in ennui.
Prancer: Almost folky orchestrated music to pick up chicks
by. I think it would work, too.
Elly Brown - Wax The Roses
Dasher: Laid-back country singer-songwriter with moments
electronic, but always beautiful songs. Nicely produced.
Donner: Melodic and folky with a few small surprises.
Better than most female singer-songwriters..
Prancer: Like a back-country Suzanne Vega. Not as depressing
due to her country charm.
The Fight - Nothing New Since Rock'N'Roll
Dasher: Logical continuation of Blink 182 style pop-punk.
Great chops, high energy, fun rock music.
Donner: That's a girl? I think she's got more cojones
than most guys I know!.
Prancer: You've heard pop-punk before. If it's your bag,
go get this.
The Firebird Suite - Archives 1996-1998
Dasher: Old school Chicago emo at its finest, mixing
up nice guitar with musical ingenuity.
Donner: Tuneless, driveless drivel. Postal correspondence
from emotional cripples.
Prancer: A little slow, but the music is good.
Vixen: Drawing a blank.
Glen Closer - Glen Closer
Dasher: Fairly laid-back AC-style rock, adequate and
pleasant. Not challenging or explosive. Great sounds and production.
Donner: Too many references to draw from. Mellow, simple,
Prancer: Local band makes good record for hometown fans...
not much else, though. Cute girl.
Vixen: Sometimes they sound like they're channelling
The Who. And sometimes they don't.
Hanzel Und Gretyl - Scheissmessiah
Dasher: Tongue-in-cheek heavy industrial rockers seem
a bit more serious this time. Maybe it's that Dante.
Donner: Perhaps more brutal than Third Reich. Tighter,
but not as funny.
Prancer: Angry German metal from New York. Look out Rammstein.
Vixen: Always love this hard rock. It's got power that
blows me away.
Heaven Is A Hotel - Heaven Is A Hotel
Dasher: Captivating and musical indie-math-rock for people
who like good songs. Cool production and Atari sounds.
Donner: Ian Curtis fronts yet another awesome indie rock
band. Great drumming!.
Prancer: Well, it's certainly spacey and unique. Rhythmically
complex; maybe it's nerd music.
International Guitar Night - An Evening With...
Dasher: Simply beautiful acoustic guitar music - from
Spanish to Irish folk. amazing dinner music.
Donner: Understated but elegant numbers. Rich classical
and jazz tunes for the Tuck Andress set.
Prancer: If you like acoustic jazz gutiar, this is your
Vixen: Mellow, smooth, beautiful instrumental guitar.
Jaffe - Something To Fall Back On
Dasher: If Jackopierce were from California... Great
musicianship, adequate songs, very cool guitar and keyboard
Donner: Madonna, Cher, Prince, Jaffe? I'm not sure an
unknown singer-songwriter deserves a one-name moniker.
Prancer: More John Mayer type singer-songwriter stuff.
Not bad, not exceptional either.
James L. Venable - Holding Space
Dasher: Cartoon composer makes good with quirky electronica.
Great off-kilter beats and cool synths.
Donner: This collection of highly syncopated, orchestrated
electronics shows why he's the new Danny Elfman.
Prancer: Crazy, funky electronica with a jungle beat
Vixen: Great collection of fast paced songs, plus hearing
Samurai Jack demos is awesome.
The Jane Anchor - Second Wave
Dasher: Brilliant emo-pop with (finally!) a good girl
vocalist. Nice melodies, lush guitars, cool songs.
Donner: Needs to learn about timbre and melody. Her voice
Prancer: Very nice songs, some fast some slow... good
Vixen: Reminds me of Belly.
Kim Hill - Real Christmas
Dasher: Cool AAA interpratations of Christmas classics.
Smooth, husky voiced chanteuse with nice modern arrangements.
Donner: Lousy arrangements and ill-fitting phrasing.
She's just trying too hard. Nice instrumentation.
Prancer: The WB's One Tree Hill, Gilmore Girls, etc.
Vixen: A bit slow for me, but it is nice music.
Little Darlin' Christmas feat. Bobby Helms and Johnny Paycheck
Dasher: Re-issue of classic Helms Christmas record with
cool Paycheck songs as a bonus.
Donner: Bobby's too twangy, even for me. Johnny was even
better before he lost all hope.
Prancer: Never knew Johnny Paycheck was this soulful.
My new favorite Christmas songs ever.
Vixen: Old timey country christmas album. Good stuff.
Lorenzo Goetz - Jesus Elephant
Dasher: Groovy jams with interesting rhythms and sounds.
Lennon-style vocals and songs, only with indie attitude.
Donner: Skirting the edge of 70's pop psychedelia, with
nice songs and tuneful vocals.
Prancer: Many Beatles vocal elements mixed with American
rhythm and pacing... Sort of.
Ming & Ping - Mingping.com
Dasher: Tasty Kraftwerk-style techno full of 80's flavor
and smoooooth vocals. Almost industrial, but clean.
Donner: Who knew pandas liked Erasure? Not really bad
for the dead language of synth-pop.
Prancer: Poppy dance music, heavily 80's inspired.
Vixen: I'm digging it! Very cool sounds.
Nell Bryden - White Rose e.p.
Dasher: Beautifully voiced siren on ironclad Massive
Attack style pop songs. Vibrantly produced exceptional songs.
Donner: Great voice capable of evoking soulful reverberation.
Accompanying music is a little weak, though.
Prancer: Nice voice and music along the lines of Tori
Amos, Shawn Colvin, etc. and she's hot.
The Paper Champions - Weekend Of Compromise
Dasher: Pure emo goodness. Heavy guitars, but weak drums.
Great vocals, but shallow lyrics.
Donner: Whining, crying, and wailing accomplishing nothing.
Musical equivalent of spitting in the wind.
Prancer: Love this new stuff. Bam! It hits you hard,
Vixen: Emo Must Die!
Pinkeye d'Gecko - Dry Clothes For The Drowning
Dasher: The bastard progeny of hair metal and blues rock,
mostly... musical identity crisis.
Donner: Schizo leaps from Great White to Ministry. The
sort of band your brother-in-law was in.
Prancer: If you like Delbert McClinton, you might like
the first two songs or so.
Vixen: Started with a bluesy feel, then hit a KMFDM vibe,
then went somewhere uncomfortable.
Ragz Mo' Rocka - Rise Of The Phoenix
Dasher: Groovy, funny hip-hop with unique style and chillin'
grooves. The most listenable hip-hop ever!
Donner: A less ambitious, less ominous A3. Very solid,
clever and groovy.
Prancer: Funky, soulful hip hop like the Gorillaz. Track
4 is killa!
Vixen: Sort of hip hop, a little jazzy, groovy.
The Scrubs - Return To The Basement
Dasher: Bad Religion-esque punk rock - crisp playing,
cool guitars and thick meaty vocals.
Donner: Decent pop punk. More like Yellowcard than Blink
Prancer: Same review as for The Fight. And then some.
The Snake, The Cross, The Crown - Mander Salis
Dasher: Ultra-sonic beauty in a semi-Britpop shell. Well
prioduced, perfect songs full of depth and character.
Donner: A rich, fleshed out sound that still can't seem
to move me.
Prancer: More heavily Radiohead influenced songs from
a borderline metal band. Weird, huh?
The Spectacular Fantastic - Vortex Of Vacancy
Dasher: What Pet Sounds should have been. Incredible
one man psychedelic band. Simply groovy, awesome tones.
Donner: Has listened to a lot of Donovan, but obviously
not the newest one.
Prancer: Psychedelic rock like the Polyphonic Spree,
only it's just one dude.
Vixen: I think the yellow submarine sprang a leak.
The Planet The - Physical Angel
Dasher: 110% prog rock with the punk attitude. If Fripp
was 20 years younger....
Donner: Frank Zappa goes electronica.
Prancer: New Wave freakouts turn into indulgent art jams.
the annoying voice is cool.
Vixen: Wow! Funny person singing the songs. Very cool.
What Made Milwaukee Famous - Trying To Never Catch Up
Dasher: Keyboard heavy garage rock, filled with cool
grooves and excellent, emotive songs. More great drumming!
Donner: Could be mistaken for an early 80's James Bond
Prancer: Indie rock with brilliant new wave sensibilities.
Infectious and danceable.
Zolof The Rock'N'Roll Destroyer - Popsicle e.p.
Dasher: Smooth, punky pop music with female vocals, bright
drumming and cool guitars.
Donner: Best artwork 2004. Best song titles 2004. Not
the best rock, though, unfortunately.
Prancer: For 13-year-old girls who've wanted to trade
their Barbies for Doc Martens, but can't commit.
Vixen: Bubblegum pop punk.
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