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Tuesday, October 03, 2006

New Music (New For Me, At Least!)

Guster - "One Man Wrecking Machine"
From their CD, Ganging Up On The Sun.

Together for over a decade, Guster's new album is their fifth and it shows them having gained a certain breadth in their middle age (that's middle age in band years). Recorded in Nashville, they're now expanded to a quartet with multi-instrumentalist Joe Pisapia as a fulltime member adding a range of mature sounds and textures (everything from lap steel guitar, banjo and dulcimer to trumpet). They've fashioned a work that's radio friendly without being cloy, largely because of the subtle unpredictability of the arrangements and the underlying songs. They move with ease from the dreamily hypnotic "Satellite" to the slashing guitars of "The New Underground." They're equally at home with high volume (the thunderous "the Beginning of the End") and low ("Empire State"). Ryan Miller's confident vocals lend an everyman friendliness to the set as a whole. --David Greenberger
(Review stolen from Amazon.com.)

Persephone's Bees - "Paper Plane"
From their CD, Notes From The Underworld.

Like a sexy, real-life Natasha (as in Boris and), Angelina Moysov will seduce you with kittenish lead vocals into her cool punk-Gypsy-lounge world — but will never leave you stranded at the party by yourself. Have a fantastic acid flashback while jamming to Tom Ayres’s electric guitar licks and Bart Davenport’s deep bass on both the “Nice Day” and “City of Love” tracks. With influences ranging from Blondie to Russian folk tunes, the band manages to channel the voices in their heads into a one-of-a-kind signature sound that’s cooler than most.
(Review stolen from DailyCandy.com.)

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