Mini-Beats – October 2009 – Edition 5

Lou BarlowGoodnight Unknown (2009, Merge) ♥♥♥
-considerably more ‘manly’ than Emoh which might have something to do with the Dino Jr. reunion and Dale Crover drumming-
Unsparing SeaA Cloud In The Cathedral (2008, self-released) ♥♥♥½
-rustic backporch Americana; recorded to sound raw and powerful with a wide variety of instrumentation-
One For The TeamBuild It Up (2008, Militia Group) ♥♥♥½
-girl/guy indie-pop with a ton of harmonies and hooks-
VA – Just Like Heaven: A Tribute To The Cure (2009, American Laundromat) ♥♥
-hit or miss as is the case with most tributes; mostly misses-
VandeveerGrace & Speed (2007, Gypsy Eyes) ♥♥♥½
-Dylan-inspired folk likely to appeal to fans of Matt Costa and James William Hindle-
Dead Man’s BonesDead Man’s Bones (2009, Anti) ♥♥♥½
-yep, it’s Ryan Gosling’s band…and it’s quite good; recommended if you like old-school scary movies and children’s choirs…..-
65daysofstaticThe Destruction Of Small Ideas (2007, Monotreme) ♥♥♥♥
-more of the glitchy post-rock I’ve come to love from these guys with a rare vocal track at the end of the album-
IdahoBayonet EP (1995, Fingerpaint) ♥♥♥
-less dreamy, more lo-fi effort; contains the excellent ‘Sliding Past’-
MolyShut The Hell Up (2006, Tenor Vossa) ♥♥♥½
-loud/quiet dreampop in the vein of Great Northern or Mogwai-
Terra Terra TerraMind Like A Man, Soul Like A Child (2009, Bonded) ♥♥
-sleek and polished radio-ready pop/rock; not my cup of tea-
WeatherboxThe Cosmic Drama (2009, Doghouse) ♥♥♥
-fuzzy, garage-lite; think Emperor X or John Darnielle fronting the first Thermals album; an odd release for Doghouse….-
The Prime MinistersCompromiser (2009, self-released) ♥½
-this effort treads even closer to second-rate middle-aged power-pop than their last-
GirlsAlbum (2009, Panther Sounds) ♥♥½
-wildy inconsistent indie-pop drawing from many sources old and new; a reasonably hyped disappointment-
Kid SniperLandlocked (2002, High School Champion) ♥♥♥
-capable Pavement-inspired indie rock with a few jammy mathic numbers in the middle of the album-

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