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Rahim, ‘Ideal Lives’ (Frenchkiss)

Jungles, the first EP from the New York trio Rahim, was a pretty straightforward little beast of a record. The band wore their Dischord influences…
Matt Terl / April 7, 2006

The Ladies, ‘They Mean Us’ (Temporary Residence Limited)

Zach Hill is the crazy, Animal-from-The-Muppets-on-crack drummin' chocolate in Rob Crow's tuneful alterna-pop peanut butter, and They Mean Us is their sonic Reese's Peanut Butter…
Matt Terl / February 24, 2006

Audio Bullys, ‘Generation’ (Astralwerks)

There are worse crimes in music than mediocre lyrics. A decent melody or a catchy chorus or just one spot-on turn of phrase, and an…
Matt Terl / January 25, 2006

Hilken Mancini and Chris Colbourn, ‘Hilken Mancini and Chris Colbourn’ (Kimchee)

There's a tendency in rock to lionize the early flameout and demonize any hint of maturity. "Hope I die before I get old," they say,…
Matt Terl / December 9, 2005

Curt Kirkwood, ‘Snow’ (Little Dog)

Snow is a very good album. It's comprised of ten lovely songs, country- and folk-inflected pop tunes that make you want to drink very cheap,…
Matt Terl / October 28, 2005

Gravenhurst, ‘Fires in Distant Buildings’ (Warp)

Some music works best as a background. It doesn't work so well when you're driving on the open road, windows down, and so on, but…
Matt Terl / October 21, 2005

The Exit, ‘Home for an Island’ (Wind-Up)

The Exit have lofty goals. Apparently, they're determined to use their second album to depict the scarred psyche of post-911 lefty America. Given that their…
Matt Terl / October 12, 2005

Mr. Oizo, ‘Moustache (Half a Scissor)’ (Mute U.S.)

Mr. Oizo does not make comfortable music. If you want simple beats tracked under a basic melody line, best to look elsewhere. That's not what…
Matt Terl / September 29, 2005

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