Archive for Category ‘Eric Saeger’

Yellow Dubmarine: Abbey Dub (Goldlion Records)

Reviewed by Eric Saeger Honky-reggae-ized Beatles tribute band from Maryland set up like a NOLA jazz octet. Beatles fans are universally despised creatures, still gobbling up anything to do with a band that broke up forty years ago; so this is for them,

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Dark Loft: Dark Loft (self-released)

Reviewed by Eric Saeger Comprised of big-deal sidemen who’ve been involved with everyone from Alicia Keys to The Drifters, this project makes arena-rock that should be palatable to Minus the Bear fans, which is not to say that there are that many curveballs

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Vince Mendoza: Nights on Earth (Horizontal Records)

Reviewed by Eric Saeger Someone has to be responsible for the orchestral backgrounds provided to Sting and Björk… wait, it’s this guy, who did an LP of originals with the London Symphony in 1997 titled Epiphany, and has since been busy working with

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Camille Bloom and the Recovery: Never Out of Time (self-released)

Reviewed by Eric Saeger I dunno, Scandal meets zzzzz, um, huh, something or other, and at some zzzzzz points there’s cello, like a bunch of shapeless ’80s-pop B-sides had a polite outdoor Chardonnay-tasting and Perfect Circle were throwing Nerf balls

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Brite Futures: Dark Past (Turnout Records)

Reviewed by Eric Saeger Jeez, man, the way this album was described, I was expecting something that wasn’t completely mediocre – “Abba pop with chainsaws”, I think it was. Instead, we get the remains of Seattle band Natalie Portman’s Shaved

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Duda Lucena Quartet: Live (self-released)

Reviewed by Eric Saeger With a pro PR effort breathing new life into its perceived relevance, Brazilian jazz guitarist Lucena’s late-2010 live collection (mainly comprised of Latin classics such as ‘Corcovado’) will reach many more ears, and deservedly

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Obadiah Parker: The Siren and the Saint (self-released)

Reviewed by Eric Saeger Famed for his apologetic, unplugged cover of Outkast’s ‘Hey Ya’, Obadiah Parker is the adopted name of Phoenix busk-rocker Mat Weddle, who apparently popped in at the Howard Stern show, I’m assuming to talk about his addictions

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Heart-Set Self-Destruct: Of Nightmares (Soundmine Musicworks)

Reviewed by Eric Saeger This Chicago neo-hardrock four-piece has a tough nut to crack, mainly because they do stuff correctly. They’re equal parts Gravity Kills (the on-the-phone-patch hollering part), Offspring (the singer’s a dead-ringer when in

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Malefice: Awaken the Tides (Metal Blade Records)

Reviewed by Eric Saeger Despite the fact that the words “awaken the tides” look like they came together by way of a heavy metal album title randomizer (I know, I know, by “tides” they probably mean “legions of downtrodden blue-collar dudes who’ve

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Gothsicles: Industrialites and Magic (Wtii Records)

Reviewed by Eric Saeger This Chicago duo-or-however-many-some invented Tosh.0 for the goth scene before there was a Tosh.0. They can be forgiven, then, for fixating on old NES games and internet memes the way twelve-year-old boys worship virus-riddled

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Forty Winks: Bow Wow (End Sounds)

Reviewed by Eric Saeger Every six months or so some foreigner finds my eclectic, willy-nilly output and assumes I’d be super-psyched to receive a big-ass stack of random LPs from their country. Poland, Belarus, Singapore, whatever – they’re always

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Correatown: Pleiades (Another Room Recordings)

Reviewed by Eric Saeger As a Californian, Angela Correa routinely winds up on TV and movie soundtracks (Ugly Betty et al, the vocal double for Darlene in Dewey Cox), which is something to envy unless you factor in the conformity that’s required to

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Samiam: Trips (Hopeless Records)

Reviewed by Eric Saeger The eighth album and third Hopeless Records release from this Berkeley, CA punk crew finds them relaxed in their age but not hurting for slam-dunk old school emo melodies. Matter of fact, there are countless newer bands who would

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Jenn Mierau: Hush (Galactique Recordings)

Reviewed by Eric Saeger Montreal-based Mierau has her google-eyed-chick moves down, but with so many google-eyed chicks around there’s little to do to set oneself apart from the pack but slow it down a little more and get more spacey, which she accomplishes

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Mambo Legends Orchestra: Ten Cuidao! Watch Out! (Zoho Music)

Reviewed by Eric Saeger Being the remaining contingent of Tito Puente’s band, Mambo Legends Orchestra is essentially the Latin reply to today’s Count Basie Orchestra, aiming to preserve the vibrancy of 40s/50s core mambo and salsa – there’s no

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Wyld Olde Souls: Ensoulment (My Generation Productions)

Reviewed by Eric Saeger With Florence and the Machine making Grace Slick cool again, it’s important to pay attention to every bunch of second-hand hippy fashion plates that barge in. Album opener ‘Ferris Wheel’ dredges up every 60s acid-pop trick

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Dida Pelled: Plays and Sings (Indie Europe Records)

Reviewed by Eric Saeger My great hopes for this jazz-guitar record were negated, but that’s a preference thing, so don’t let that stop you if you’re into standards as examined by subdued, dreamy, barely-plugged guitar. Dida Pelled studied at Thelma

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Steve Lipman: There’s A Song In My Heart (Locomotion Records)

Reviewed by Eric Saeger What rapturous justice that this Sinatra-loving dentist (from Connecticut!) has released a terrible vanity album that I can torture with impunity! Just like all of you people, I’m staring down the barrel of tens of thousands

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Mike Bloom: King of Circles (Little Record Company)

Reviewed by Eric Saeger Though mostly a one-man operation run by a Julian Casablancas solo band associate, this project has a money trail leading to actor Tobey Maguire, who funded it up to the time it was picked up by a new record label from Pierre

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Last Winter: The Heart and the Broken Compass (Six Degrees Records)

Reviewed by Eric Saeger Last Winter have a lot of things not-going for them. One, they’re from Florida. Worse, they’re from Orlando. And last, they’re trying to find safe haven for their unadventurous rawk in the plain-vanilla waters of the emo-rock

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Karmacoda: Eternal (Sola Musa Music)

Reviewed by Eric Saeger This column offers safe haven for all trip-hop comers, even this debatable effort from the stubbornly DIY San Fran threesome. Obviously the fetish is there, being that they kinda-sorta named the band after a Massive Attack tune,

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Arrica Rose and the …s: Let Alone Sea (pOprOck records)

Reviewed by Eric Saeger This stuff is just a few DNA strands away from being something you’d picture your mom doing with her for-the-hell-of-it bar band. Said genetic sequences are comprised of faraway spaghetti guitars, a few puffs of synth, and a

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In One Wind: How Bright a Shadow (Primary Records)

Reviewed by Eric Saeger Rooted mostly in twee-folk, these too-long-in-the-city Brooklynites erupt in occasional Boredoms no-wave (‘Death By Sea Air’) and play to their inarguable strengths with dweeb-prog (opener ‘Tuck Me in with Bells’), all

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The Front Bottoms: The Front Bottoms (Bar/None Records)

Reviewed by Eric Saeger Microwaving the Dead Milkmen for Generation Text pretty much on schedule, although this unplugged New Jersey guitar/drums punk duo have a darker edge, obsessed not with booger-fingered AIDS jokes but uber-emo concerns, from taking

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Driftwood Fire: How to Untangle a Heartache (self-released)

Reviewed by Eric Saeger I suppose at the least we can now say it’s no longer a mystery how a pair of chick scientists (as in females utilizing glorified vocational training in various scientific McJobs, not scientists who try to understand chicks)

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