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Mini-Beats – September 2011 – Edition 50

The Submarines – Love Notes/Letter Bombs (2011, Nettwerk) ♥♥½ :I’ll admit that there are hooks and choruses galore here but the ultra-glossy production saps all the charm out of these Apple-commercial-ready pop songs; you had a sense they were moving … Continue reading

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Night Birds – The Other Side Of Darkness

There’s not much more to be said about Night Birds. Over the last couple years they’ve released a slew of 80’s inspired surf punk 7″s, and their debut album on Grave Mistake is more of the same. However, just because … Continue reading

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Mini-Beats – August 2011 – Edition 49

Natural Child – 1971 (2011, Infinity Cat) ♥♥♥ :lots of vintage Stonesy blues ‘n roll for the enthusiasts but I don’t think this has enough character to extend itself beyond that audience; that said, this album could serve as a … Continue reading

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{WAX ECSTATIC} The Japanese War Effort – Surrender To Summer 10″

The Japanese War Effort – Surrender To Summer 10″ (Song, By Toad) It would appear that the internet has had only a minimal effect on America’s isolationist attitude toward music. I know this for a fact because Edinburgh-based label Song, … Continue reading

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A Kick In The Pants # 8 – Army Coach

While I suppose I could open with a line like “From the ashes of Team Stray” I don’t think that’s appropriate (albeit complimentary, as Team Stray released albums in my Top Tens of 2007 and 2008, respectively). The previous band … Continue reading

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Mini-Beats – July 2011 – Edition 47

Gray Young– Staysail (2011, 307 Knox) ♥♥♥½ :very melodic, atmospheric post-rock that relies heavily on sounds pioneered by The Appleseed Cast; while not the most unique showing, Staysail still struck me as solid songwriting, especially in a genre that rarely … Continue reading

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