Mini-Beats – August 2009 – Edition 1

Agent RibbonsYour Love Is The Smallest Doll (2009, Acuarela) ♥♥♥
-quirky, cutesy pop RIYL The Last Splash-era Breeders-
MC LarsThe Laptop EP (2004, SideCho) ♥♥♥½
-entertaining nerdcore-‘rap’ with surprisingly capable old-school beats RIYL MC Chris-
Drag The RiverChicken Demos (2004, Suburban Home) ♥♥♥½
-alt-country from former lead singers of punk bands ALL and Armchair Martian; album’s worth of leftovers and outtakes that still need to be in your collection-
Paul SimonSongs From The Capeman (1997, Warner Bros.) ♥♥♥½
-album of extreme high’s and low’s; absolutely loved the tracks peppered with doo-wop and salsa roots-
Kristeen YoungEnemy (2007, self-released) ♥♥
-imagine if Sleater-Kinney banged out noise on keyboards instead of guitars; however, don’t expect the same quality of songwriting-
Black Moth Super RainbowEating Us (2009, Graveface) ♥♥♥½
-sugary-sweet psyche-pop; considerably better than the horribly overrated Dandelion Gum-
worriedaboutsatanArrivals (2009, Gizeh) ♥♥♥♥
-a solidly mesmerizing ambient experience from a promising record label-
Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic ZerosUp From Below (2009, Vagrant) ♥♥♥½
-very interesting take on the backporch revolution focused on melodic, gospel-tinged folk and soul; how exactly did this find its way on Vagrant….-
God Help The GirlGod Help The Girl ♥♥½
-not the highest point in Stuart’s career by any means; a few pretty moments-
LiechtensteinSurvival Strategies In A Modern World (2009, Slumberland) ♥♥½
-a mix of female-fronted twee and dream-pop; suffered a little from sameness syndrome-
Summer CatsSongs For Tuesdays (2009, Slumberland) ♥♥♥
-short, quick bursts of Beach Boys influenced agit-pop-
Pushmi-Pullyu/The Enright HouseTogether Split EP (2009, self-released) ♥♥♥♥
-awesome ambient, post-rock split; each band covers the other; available as a free download-
There Will Be FireworksThere Will Be Fireworks (2009, self-released) ♥♥♥♥
-this band of Scots is making a push for best new artist of ’09; obviously reminds a good bit of Frightened Rabbit and not just in the vocals-
We Were Promised JetpacksThese Four Walls (2009, FatCat) ♥♥½
-another new group on thee Scottish scene but much less memorable; some of their yelps seem a bit out of place-
The DodosTime To Die (2009, Wichita) ♥♥♥
-sadly nothing like their first few albums but worth a listen; i’m betting it’s a grower-

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