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Entries Tagged as '2007'

act in haste or repent at leisure

04 May 2008 · No Comments

You’ve got just about a month left to place an order from Asaurus Records, the micro-indie label that releases beautiful hand-packaged CDRs from the likes of Pants Yell!, Colin Cleary, The Mathletes, and many more. There’s a very generous selection of free tracks to download, too. Among the “I Hate the Sound of Guitars”-endorsed discs [...]

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Tags: 2006 · 2007 · asaurus · c · indie pop · indie rock · lo-fi · n

Elvis Perkins – Ash Wednesday

08 Feb 2008 · 1 Comment

I really should have found the time to write about this album two days ago, but oh well, life is full of missed opportunities. I also missed my opportunities to hear Ash Wednesday in the year of its release, else it would’ve been shortlisted for the best-of set.
I try to avoid Neutral Milk Hotel as [...]

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Tags: 2007 · acoustic · alphabetical · folk · indie rock · p · xl recordings

Colleen – Les Ondes Silencieuses

03 Feb 2008 · No Comments

More justification for my usual laggardly approach to putting together the year-end mixes: If I’d put my 2007 list together midway through January, it definitely would’ve included Les Ondes Silencieuses, represented probably by “Echoes and Coral,” or “Sea of Tranquility.”
Colleen (real name: Cécile Schott)’s story would be intriguing even if I didn’t love the music. [...]

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Tags: 2007 · c · electro-acoustic · experimental · leaf

2007, part I

12 Jan 2008 · No Comments

This is not exactly a best-of, just a set (CD-sized, the first of two) of songs I really liked this year. I figure most of the folks I know are going to have heard the new Radiohead, Spoon, Ted Leo and the Pharmacists, and so on, so I try to concentrate on things that get [...]

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The Capstan Shafts – Consumption Violets, A Brace for Hephaestus, Kid Butane Goes to Greenland

12 Nov 2007 · No Comments

Here are some things that Dean Edward Wells, a.k.a. The Capstan Shafts, doesn’t have:

Fancy recording equipment
A rock-solid sense of timing
Rabid perfectionism about the recording process
Long songs

Here are some things that Dean Edward Wells does have:

A prodigious bounty of catchy melodies and riffs
A bevvy of quirky lyrics set to the former
A pretty good singing voice
A modicum [...]

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Tags: 2007 · c · indie pop · indie rock · lo-fi

Hallelujah the Hills – Collective Psychosis Begone

05 Aug 2007 · No Comments

My wonderful girlfriend walloped the proverbial nail right on its old beaner when she said that Hallelujah the Hills seemed to be aiming, sonically, for Neutral Milk Hotel, but achieving Guided by Voices. My (few) quibbles with this record are all things that I think involving professional studio help would have fixed (this will doubtless [...]

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Tags: 2007 · h · indie rock · misra