Mini-Beats – October 2010 – Edition 28

The Lesser Birds Of ParadiseThe 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 PropiaHistorial de Caidas (2010, Pueblo Nuevo) ♥♥♥
-promising netlabel release from this Chilean electronic/glitch popsmith; this will appeal to fans of the more polished side of the chillwave movement-
Woody WhateverSystem Off (2009, self-released) ♥♥♥♥
-a fine collection of 2-minute mid-fi pop songs; Erik’s best record since 2003’s When I Lost I Left!-
Sun Kil MoonAdmiral Fell Promises (2010, Caldo Verde) ♥♥♥½
-you pretty much know what you’re going to get with a Mark Kozelek release under any of the monikers he hides behind; the classical/flamenco guitar interludes/intros/outros on this LP are a welcome addition to his otherwise simple approach-
Chatham County LineWildwood (2010, Yep Roc) ♥♥♥
-twangy, traditional Americana that is as formulaic as it is soothing and organic RIYL Son Volt, Ryan Adams, Fruit Bats
Eternal SummersSilver (2010, Kanine) ♥♥♥½
-formed from the nutrient-rich Magic Twig collective, this boy/girl guitar/drums duo bangs out short, simple, dreamlike bursts of noise with sticking power; RIYL Galaxie 500, early Breeders
The GlobesSinter Songs EP (2010, self-released) ♥♥½
-no doubt these guys are influenced by some of their Pacific Northwest peers like Menomena/Lackthereof but there’s still some things to tighten up here before giving it the nod-
Valley MakerValley Maker (2010, self-released) ♥♥♥♥
-Austin Crane has taken one of the most controversial literary works (Genesis) and set it to words in such a hauntingly powerful manner; Amy Godwin’s goosebump-inducing vocals can’t be overlooked here as well; easily one of the most solid (yet simple) releases of the year and available as a pay-what-you-want download here RIYL Palace Music, Papa M
Robocop KrausBlunders and Mistakes (2007, Anti) ♥♥½
-it would seem the crash-and-bang post-hardcore/punk of their earlier career has been traded in for something much less interesting; still one of my favorite German bands regardless-
Matt CostaMobile Chateau (2010, Brushfire) ♥♥♥½
-Matt has found himself a new signature sound that funnels all that is good with the 60’s; a much-improved step up from the ho-hum Unfamiliar Faces
At DuskSmall Light (2009, self-released) ♥♥♥
-left-of-center folk that can better be described as the Dodos’ less polished, younger brother-
At The SpineVita (2008, Global Seepej) ♥♥
-uneventful coulda-but-not-maybe-shoulda local college rock-
Zola JesusStridulum (2010, Sacred Bones) ♥♥♥
-80’s-influenced darkwave that has somehow breached the genre’s limiting barrier and thrust itself into the indie scene; I was excited at first after hearing ‘Sea Talk’ but little else wowed me as much; still worth a few listens-

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