Review: The High Llamas

The High Llamas "Beet, Maize & Corn" (Drag City) It is instrumental music with alluring, but delicate melodies. The band eschews guitars for a string section. It drifts you down a river of "Pet...

Review: The Boils

The Boils "Pride and Persecution" (TKO Records) Yawn.  How can music so fast be so boring?  I think the best analogy comes to us by way of Valencia, CA, and Magic Mountain.  Take two rides, say...

Review: Velvet Acid Christ

Velvet Acid Christ "Hex Angel: (Utopia - Dystopia)" (Metropolis) Velvet Acid Christ is perfect for fans of mid-era Skinny Puppy albums such as "Remission" and "Vivisect VI".  If you long for pure old...

Review: The Procedure

The Procedure "Rise of New Reason" (Brightside / Blackout!) I met this guy the other day that was so stoked that he was into Thursday before everyone else was into Thursday.  I guess we all do the same...

Review: The Threats

The Threats "Twelve Punk Moves" (Dr. Strange) I doubt anybody outside of Scotland has really been waiting for a Threats reunion, much less a new album, but here it is.  While they still play competent...

Review: Super Furry Animals

Super Furry Animals "Phantom Power" (XL Recordings/Beggars Group) When it comes to Super Furry Animals you must remember one thing: as bad as you might think it sounds, you can make terrific tracks by...

Review: Surrounded

Surrounded "Safety In Numbers" (Deep Elm Records) Ohh YYaaaww Yaw! Sveden! Sveden!  Just kidding.  I'm just jealous because Surrounded is from Sweden and I want to check out it some day.  "Saftey In...

Review: The Cuts

The Cuts "2 Over Ten" (Birdman) The members of The Cuts are in tight with early rock sounds allowing them to present original material that could be out of the Alex Chilton songbook or a set by The...

Review: The Darkness

The Darkness "Permission to Land" (Atlantic) Everybody is talking about this fucking band from England like they are the second coming of rock and roll.  I love the rock and roll.  It don't matter if...

Review: The Mars Volta

The Mars Volta "Televators" (Universal/GSL) Seems that the new The Mars Volta music video for "Televators" was released on Universal's site.  It's pretty tight, and well worth watching.  Pulled a tube...