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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!

Ian Axel - I'm On To You

Vivian
: Great piano-based pop, like Ben Folds on a great day… catchy, kitschy. I'm in love.
Neil: He's like the female Michele Branch. I'll give him my support over James Blunt.
Rick: Piano happy-go-lucky New York tramp music.
Michael: I hear Supertramp and Eric Carmen.

Peter Baldrachi - Solid Ground

Vivian
: Mid-era Wilco-ish pop music, shades of Arizonan guitar… In danger of usurping Ryan Adams' throne.
Neil: That's almost a double-phallic name referring to shaved areas… and it's pube-less.
Rick: Semi-alt-country-rock… no twang, but lots of sass and sharp wit lyrically.
Michael: Billy Vera and the Beat-offs. "You're gonna" is the gem in all this. Beatle-y goodness.

Bonerama - Bringing It Home

Vivian
: New Orleans big band horn jazz mixed up with prog-rock guitar. Cool is not cool.
Neil: Tower Of Power with funk. Big welcoming sound, some jazz guitar and blues.
Rick: Just what the world needs… more not-great New Orleans jazz. Live is cool, though.
Michael: Chicago's horn section doing Thelonius Monk, Beatles and Zeppelin. And impressive originals. Good times.

The Expendables - The Expendables

Vivian
: Groovy sk-unk rock with hearty reggae influence. Amazing rhythm section, average Sublime-type rock. Great vibe.
Neil
: 311 wimpy vocals, 420 music. They thank Pepper. End of story.
Rick
: Typical So-Cal fare that would be at home on Skunk Records… It's a decade late, though.
Michael
: Goldfinger without the energy.

Hell On Heels - Dogs, Records & Wine

Vivian
: 60's-style garage rock, heavy organ, made by four hot girls… best chick rock this year.
Neil
: Bassist Chela Larue may be related to Chesty Larue. Le row, Le bow wow!
Rick
: Totally non-sub par girl rock with classic Memphis overtones. Nice guitar work and rhythm. Serious.
Michael
: Decent rolloer-girl rock. Delinquent girls with nice organs.

The Hit & Mrs. - Buried In The Backyard Of My Heart

Vivian
: Lo-fi high energy Jesus And Mary Chain-laden rock music. Sonic and beautiful with Hooters keyboards.
Neil: If the Ramones learnt how to play better. Damn good songs, rough but smooth.
Rick: Well sewn riffs and lyrics. Well-balanced production. '80s.
Michael: I like it for the Kinks value. Quite enjoyable. Manly fragrance, but I like it, too.

Last American Buffalo - Marquis For The Debutante

Vivian
: Heartfelt, clean rock music based in 80's post-modern and emo-alt-country. Fans of Wilco, Fixx rejoice.
Neil: Please observe the one note per syllable rule. Collective Soul Asylum.
Rick: Catchy, slow drum beats that leave you tapping your pen.
Michael: Dude can't sing just like Conor Oberst, but musically very solid.

Lovely Crash - Buddha Car

Vivian:
Girl power rock… dull teeth, occasional brilliant lyricism and solid musicianship. Chick needs voice lessons.
Neil: Meaty, driving road rock. The vocals need punched, but I'm digging it. 3 thumbs up.
Rick: Poor production, hollow lyrics, trite rhythms.
Michael: A second rate Breeders. Maybe third rate.

Murder Mystery - Are You Ready For The Heartache Cause Here It Comes

Vivian
: Jangly 80's style pop, Human League vocals, loosely electronic music… I'm confused, and so is this dude.
Neil: Clever vocals, cute They Might Be Giants songs. A nice upbeat depression. Triumph.
Rick: Lead singer sounds like an upbeat, swanky Morrissey. '80s.
Michael: Happy fun time whimsical rock with a small r.

The Radishes - Good Machine

Vivian
: Garage rock with real attitude. Awesome thrusting guitars and attitude-full rabble rousing lyrics.
Neil: Snotty heavy punk. Dead Boys, Gorilla Biscuits. Good for picking up slutty Jersey girls.
Rick: The Radishes are totally radical. Cop Shoot Cop.
Michael: Sort of Naked Raygun meets Baldo Rex. Hard hitting but audible everything. Very nice.

Switches - We Are Switches EP

Vivian
: Brilliant UK pop - touch of disco… fans of Franz Ferdinand, etc will be very pleased.
Neil: Power chord glam. Nice big sound but repetitive. Ladies choice skate… ladies choice.
Rick: Sounds like The Fratellis and Queen.
Michael: Sounds a lot like the Von Bondies.


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