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!
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.
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.
- 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.
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
Rick: Typical So-Cal fare that would be at home on Skunk
Records It's a decade late, though.
Michael: Goldfinger without the energy.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- 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.