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Mini-Beats – December 2010 – Edition 32

Deerhunter – Halcyon Digest (2010, 4AD) ♥♥♥½ -this falls into that hills-and-valleys category where there are 3-4 extraordinary songs that place Bradford ahead of anyone else mining this trippy, lo-fi, psyche-wave territory and then there are the missteps that make … Continue reading

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Mini-Beats – November 2010 – Edition 31

Dax Riggs – Say Goodnight To The World (2010, Fat Possum) ♥♥½ -Dax’s progressive (?) journey to his latest solo album has much in common with Jay Reatard’s path, having started out fronting thrash metal band Acid Bath and currently … Continue reading

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Mini-Beats – November 2010 – Edition 30

Mt. St. Helens Vietnam Band – Where The Messengers Meet (2010, Dead Oceans) ♥♥½ -i wasn’t particularly smitten with any of the sounds on here until the last few tracks…perhaps too late; oddly, this is the same exact feeling I … Continue reading

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Mini-Beats – October 2010 – Edition 29

Sufjan Stevens – The Age Of Adz (2010, Asthmatic Kitty) -see front page review- Franklin For Short – Swell (2008, Beehouse) ♥♥♥½ -simple, melodic power-pop/rock that isn’t breaking down any new barriers but it is filled with hooks galore which … Continue reading

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Mini-Beats – October 2010 – Edition 28

The Lesser Birds Of Paradise – The Scenery (2008, Tight Ship) ♥♥½ -mopey acoustic-folk that finds the band a little too far removed from the clever songwriting found on earlier releases- El Sueno De La Casa Propia – Historial de … Continue reading

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Mini-Beats – September 2010 – Edition 27

Tame Impala – Tame Impala EP (2008, Modular) ♥♥♥♥ -the world needs more sounds like Tame Impala and Dungen; fuzzy, low-end psyche crunch that makes this guy want to cut an (oddly-shaped) rug- Clean Equations – Clean Equations EP (2009, … Continue reading

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