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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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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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Mini-Beats – August 2011 – Edition 48

Cults– Cults (2011, Columbia) ♥♥♥½ :this comes very close to being deserving of the abundance of hype its received over the past year; mostly culled from singles that have slowly emerged over the past year and then rounded out with … 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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Mini-Beats – July 2011 – Edition 46

Warpaint – The Fool (2010, Rough Trade) ♥♥♥ :seems like YEARS ago that bloggers were hard pimpin’ these ladies as ‘the next big thing’…well I’m a little late to the show so this opinion will count for next to nothing … Continue reading

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Mini-Beats – June 2011 – Edition 45

JEFF The Brotherhood – We Are The Champions (2011, Infinity Cat) ♥♥♥♥ :I knew I was going to love this immediately after hearing the opening 30 seconds of swirling 90’s indie guitar jamminess; it’s sweet and hooky when it needs … Continue reading

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