Mini-Beats – January 2010 – Edition 12

James BlackshawO True Believers (2006, Important) ♥♥♥½
-instrumental open-tuning odes in the same vein as Jack Rose; this would have gotten a higher rating but the 18-minute Middle Eastern homage slows the album’s momentum down-
HussaloniaKnow Your Eastern European Anthems EP (2010, self-released) ♥♥♥
-see upcoming front-page review-
The Turn-OnsLove Ruined Us EP (2002, Bop Tart) ♥♥♥
-mellow Velvets inspired sounds; this is pretty much the pre-cursor to their excellent East album-
Andrew Cedermark/Family PortraitSplit 7-inch (2009, Underwater Peoples) ♥♥♥
-features the excellent ‘Mega Secrets’ track; one of my favorite singles of ’09-
Make Your ExitMake Your Exit EP (2008, self-released) ♥♥½
-i felt a jazzier American Analog Set vibe here with the occasional horn flourish-
Murder MysteryMurder Mystery EP (2006, Detroit Sounds) ♥♥
-angular indie/garage rock with shouty vocals that unfortunately comes off a little amateurish-
Lemon Fresh KidsReason to Believe (2004, RockMePopMe)
-power-pop that likely means well but comes off sounding like your favorite local bar band-
Yo La TengoPopular Songs (2009, Matador) ♥♥♥½
-this is the first YLT album I’ve enjoyed in quite some time; equal mix of catchy psyche pop and lengthy introspective instrumentals-
Fred ThomasFlood (2007, Magic Marker) ♥♥♥½
-was never a big fan of Saturday Looks Good To Me but when Fred goes it alone he lets his freak flag fly and the results are psyche-pop bliss-
Black Joe Lewis & The HoneybearsTell ‘Em What Your Name Is! (2009, Lost Highway) ♥♥½
-standard fare garage-stomp rock much like King Khan but with less oomph-
The Life and TimesTragic Boogie (2009, Arena Rock) ♥♥♥½
-you’d think these guys would have lost their touch after all these years; not as good as their debut but give it time…-
Owl CityOcean Eyes (2009, Universal Republic) ♥♥♥
-this one got universally ragged upon for its blatant thievery of sounds; I look at it as the sophomore Postal Service album that we lkely will never see-
SpoonTransference (2009, Merge) ♥♥♥½
-a surprise consider several trusted sources beat their fists off this one; love the syrupy post-punk feel of ‘Got Nuffin’-
Tap TapLanzafame (2006, Catbird) ♥♥♥
-not as strong as their recent album reviewed a few months ago; Shins fans can still gape at how similar the vocals are to James Mercer’s-
Beach HouseTeen Dream (2010, Sub Pop) ♥♥♥♥
-for whatever reason I loathed Devotion but this effort hit me in all the sweet spots, like all great dream-pop should-

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