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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)

Autopilot Is For Lovers - To the Wolves

Max
: It's like Akron/Family sung by female goats… at the circus. Very weird voice, I can't get past it.
Clarence: I like the gypsy music but the witchy-poo vocals left a stain on the couch.
Steven: I want to like this, but it sounds like the soundtrack to a gerbil in a man's ass.
Patty: Jello witches.

Chris Stuart & Backcountry - Crooked Man

Max
: Really beautiful bluegrassy folk. Downbeat and wonderful, ancient sounding. Ultra Dorian… Low lonesome sound.
Clarence: The bluegrass is happily delivered depressing stuff. The folk is beautifully depressing harmonies. Great sound.
Steven: Traditional folky stuff that is folky and traditional.
Patty: What a bad start to the night… bluegrass on my arrival.

Common Market - The Winter's End EP

Max
: Some nice, soulful down-beat hip-hop with nice music. Actual melody and mostly clever lyricism.
Clarence
: I also like the bass. Street musician hip-hop. Nice stuff for having no guitar.
Steven
: Good lyrical skills backed by clever tunes.
Patty
: Looney Tunes stylee hip-hop. I love that he's not talking about bitches & bling & whatnot.

James Dunn - The Long Ride Home

Max
: Marc Cohn channeling the spirit of Bruce Cockburn… beautiful low-beat acoustic pop. Excellent songs & production.
Clarence
: Steve Earle overly sincere, but nice. 80's Springsteen, but not that bad.
Steven
: We could spend all night coming up with people that this sounds like. Currently we're at 17.
Patty
: This just reminds me of how catastrophic my life has become. Seger w/o any edge.

Jenny Gillespie - Light Year

Max
: Heavily Joni Mitchell influenced piano and vocals. Beautiful songs with power and serenity.
Clarence: Sparse girly folk. Like a beautiful velvet poster of Unicorns.
Steven: Solid. Music that doesn't leave you wanting, but still has room to grow.
Patty: Talented sensitive woman w/ piano. Little bit of Sarah McLachlan - nothing swings and animals still need adoption.

The Great Depression - Forever Altered

Max
: Grand, epic pop… like George Michael mixed all up with The Divine Comedy. Not depressing.
Clarence: Orchestrated prog-goth. Sounds like half of everything on Projekt.
Steven: I am really surprised the band name The Great Depression wasn't already taken.
Patty: Shins-ish. Decemberists-ish. Lounge-ish. Eminently forgettable.

Ernie Halter - Starting Over

Max
: Soulful pop ala Ray LaMontagne, only with heavy 70's rock and disco influence. Excellent production.
Clarence: PBS blues. Amos Lee. Ben Harper. Dude has a voice that makes the ladies quiver.
Steven: The crap that musicians write & sing to sound clever & soulful in order to get laid.
Patty: Paul Rodgers. Apparently girls hook up with him because they are "ready for love".

Stephen Lynch - 3 Balloons

Max
: Very, very funny & irreverent acoustic songs. Very well written, excellent playing. Well worth a listen!
Clarence: Hilarious now, I hope it holds up. Very YouTube.
Steven: Tenacious D, Jack Black stuff.
Patty: Hilarious and talented.

Matthew And The Arrogant Sea - Family Family Family Meets The Magic Christian

Max
: Arrogant indie rock with artsy production and grand ideals. Beautifully Beach Boys but Flaming Lips more.
Clarence: Better than most Flaming Lips bands fronted by Neil Young.
Steven: Self-indulgent droney crapthat even musicians would have a hard time liking.
Patty: More of that Decemberists shit. Indie yodeling.

Muy Cansado - Stars + Garters

Max
: Incredible alt.rock… like Orbit playing with the Pixies. Very 90s. Very guitar. Very great.
Clarence
: Pere Ubu, Yo La Tengo. Loud quiet loud. Ok, but I'd rather hear The Points.
Steven
: Although no one would agree, this reminds me of Everclear. Very late 90's sound.
Patty
: Strong finish, good rock. A little bit of X with The Strokes.

The New Duncan Imperials - End Of Phase One

Max
: When this band rockabillies, people listen… because they still rock. Tasty guitars and select drums.
Clarence
: They're back! My Facebook friend Little Steven should check this out. Country garage.
Steven
: I'm guessing this is much better live. The CD lacks energy.
Patty
: Cake mixed with Dramarama. Too polished to be a bar band, too skimpy to get 2nd play.

Number Prophets - Simple Songs For Dangerous Times

Max
: Heavy, soulful psychedelic rock with great, deep guitars and throbbing rhythms. Dangerously good.
Clarence
: Proto-metal with garage vocals. Fulfilling the promise Kings Of Leon pissed away.
Steven
: Good production, but the song lyrics left a lot to be desired.
Patty
: Has the same preachy XTC qualities I thought Van Halen had extinguished for all time.

Peelander-Z - P-Pop-High School

Max
: Toshiro Mifune fronting Ramones all Japan-stylee. The best Japunk of all time; eclipses Shonen Knife.
Clarence
: Guitarwolf meets The Banana Splits. Lots of cheerleaders like a rollerblade videogame.
Steven
: Japunk in Technicolor. Straight awesome!
Patty
: Awesome! Tonight's winner. Velly gooood. Not only funny, but way upbeat and tight.

Christine Santelli - Any Better Time

Max
: Bar rock Sheryl Crow style… rough-edged vocals on personal songs with no real commitment.
Clarence
: She's been hurt… real bad. But I'd tangle with her. I think I could hurt her more.
Steven
: Sophisticated truck stop whoring blues.
Patty
: Bonnie Raitt. Sheryl Crow. This is what panties smell like after an engine rebuild.

Jesse Terry - The Runner

Max
: Nice Nashville country/rock… nothing incredible, but a great start with great production. Find your voice!
Clarence
: What WB teen opera is he on? Over-produced country pop. Set this band free.
Steven
: A few okay songs amongst fluff and boredom.
Patty
: Jesse Terry doesn't excrete waste.

The Von Ehrics - Loaded

Max
: Tasty punk country… tons of Social Distortion influence… tons of beautiful grit and power. Incredible.
Clarence
: Punk grass? Incredible drumming, hot licks and Steve Earle song. Damn straight.
Steven
: Fast songs rock, slower songs not so much. FF through the first 2 songs.
Patty
: Finally some alt.country w/ some bite & distortion & speed. A+ w/ chest hair.


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