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)
& The Chipmunks - Undeniable
Charles: I can hardly believe this still floats. Hilarious
song selection, but it's too tech-savvy for Chipmunks. Nipsy: It's like every American Idol contestant. Meanwhile,
I owe my bank $2700. Fanny: Not as poppy as some of their earlier work,
this album has a maturity that's obvious as Alvin & Co.
move into their middle ages. Sexy, strident and confident. Kitty: Way too awesome to put into words - the next
baby making of the year.
- All Night, All Day
Charles: Non-descript rock & roll adequate playing,
decent songs. Shades of The Outfield. Nice 80's production. Nipsy: Red Rocker, or is it Red Rider? Bo-jib-ee-an
translates literally to Hoobastank. Fanny: Pretty standard rock'n'roll with some nice twists.
Like the Bodeans w/o all the country fair hankerin'. Kitty: <yawn> The early 90's came and went.
British Columbians - The British Columbians
Charles: Amazing grooves, possibly stolen from Big Sugar.
Fun, but serious. Excellent moody alternative blues.
Nipsy: Like Rev. Peyton if you could understand him. Gritty,
fuzzy electric hillbilly. Very nice.
Fanny: Probably okay, sounds a bit like Black Keys but
just starting to get really torqued about my ex. Want to hear
something that sounds like unrepentant homicide.
Kitty: Hillstomp-ish blues/country, lo-fi and beautiful.
Excellent guitar playing, indie at heart.
Charo: Hey, guess what? The British Columbians are actually
from British Columbians.
- Soul Solution
Charles: Jammy, funky, bluesy soul music At times
there is cohesion, at times it's just fluff.
Nipsy: Finally. Blues rock is integrated. It ain't just
for whites anymore.
Fanny: Terrible. J needs to be here. J also needs to move
out of his ex-girlfriend's house.
Kitty: The red-headed stepchildren of soul. Nice horns and
some nice guitar.
Ghost - Hearts And Coffins EP
Charles: Bluesy, downbeat folk music with nice instrumentation
and mundane vocals not bad, just un-fabulous. Nipsy: Of Dave Sharp. It's funny when Brits sing
Southernly. Needs more fire or doom. Fanny: This is the kind of easy-going mellow that you
just talk all over when they're playing. Consistently dull. Kitty: Vaguely Dylan-esque alt. country/soul music. Cool
organs and low beat.
- Hollow And Drifting
Charles: Lucero-style alt. country with nice downbeat rhythms,
excellent production, beautiful songs. Real, real nice. Nipsy: God, I could really relax to this. But I'm stuck
in the middle of a conversation about crazy broads in New York.
I'll take this home and get back to you. Fanny: Here's Dave's alt. country. Well done before. Kitty: Comfy, quilt-snuggling music that makes you miss
Smith - An Endless Doubt
Charles: A poor man's Wilco, with horns and just enough
country to be alt. High, lonesome grit. Nipsy: Bitter alt. country obsessed with women and religion.
Gray and gripless. Fanny: Elvis Costello meets Westerberg. Kitty: If you drink too much beer & think you're
sensitive, this is your album.
- Trees And Shade Are Our Only Fences
Charles: Indie rock with tremendous amounts of soul and
melody. Beach Boys harmonies, awesome guitars. Tremendous! Nipsy: There can only be on half-Beatles and he is Chad
& Jeremy. Also XTC. Fanny: Reminds me of Drunken Boat with melodies. Kitty: The second coming of Jellyfish, at least the best
60's-style pop since. Bright & sunny.
Walker - Leap Of Faith
Charles: Brilliant modern R'n'B, juxtaposes Fats Domino
with Ray LaMontagne. Nice playing and sweet horns. Nipsy: A little bit of Rufus Thomas, a little bit of
Hank Ballard, a little bit of soap. Fanny: Great voice, old-timey music. Blues-ish. Kitty: Swanky swank.
Are Hex - Gloom Bloom
Charles: Noisy, off-key edgier indie rock. Hints at gothic
Nipsy: They're just doing it for attention. Ignore them
and they'll quit. Want to be X.
Fanny: Awful Like a mumbling march.
Kitty: Whiney indie pop with droney wah-wah.
Whore Moans - Hello From The Radio Wasteland
Charles: Loud, brash rock music with blues-hyped guitars
and solid punky drumming, throttling basslines. Sweet.
Nipsy: Punk amped up on neurosis. Ugly, brash, and satisfying.
Some Nick Cave seeping through.
Fanny: This is what I think about when I think about good
punk and the joys of arson.
Kitty: Rock that makes you want to throw toast or drag your
E. Eye - Til I Prune
Charles: Slow, low Calexico-sounding rock Red House
Painters meets M. Ward meets Joey Burns.
Nipsy: As depressing as ever, but with new soul tricks.
I got dibs.
Fanny: Delights skinny. Skinny reminds me of Tom Waits and
that guy from the Red Meat cartoon.
Kitty: Slow, happy, drown your life in brown liquors music.