Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Your Daily Lick: Deborah Pardes

Love and Discipline (Mentl Music)

by Nate Seltenrich
Tue, Dec 18, 2007 at 2:19 PM

One of those unexpected treats that validates digging through the crates. Pardes may be neither hip nor happening, but proves herself a pro when it comes to the three pillars of singer-songwriting: lyrics, vocals, and composition.

Monday, December 17, 2007

Your Daily Lick: Johannes Wallmann Quintet

Minor Prophets (MooseWorks Productions)

by Nate Seltenrich
Mon, Dec 17, 2007 at 2:19 PM

Wallmann recently moved west to direct jazz studies at Cal State East Bay, but Minor Prophets pays tribute to his former home of New York City with a breezy palette and an inviting, complex finish.

Friday, December 14, 2007

Your Daily Lick: Justin Martin and Various Artists

Chaos Restored with Justin Martin (Buzzin' Fly Records)

by Nate Seltenrich
Fri, Dec 14, 2007 at 2:17 PM

Bedroom ravers rejoice: local talent Martin lays down a seventy-minute set of stylish European house featuring three of his own compositions (and one from brother Christian) plus selections by other producers here and abroad.

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Your Daily Lick: Michael J. Downey and the World

America (self-released)

by Nate Seltenrich
Thu, Dec 13, 2007 at 2:16 PM

Perhaps little more than one man's mission to front a band featuring four beautiful women. Though Downey's lyrics reflect reputable morals, his songs soil adult-contemporary's already beleaguered name.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Your Daily Lick: Please Quiet Ourselves

Please Quiet Ourselves (Mushpot Records)

by Nate Seltenrich
Wed, Dec 12, 2007 at 2:13 PM

A promising pop mess (think broken down Broken Social Scene) from seven Berkeley high school students. Some songs have yet to find themselves, but surprisingly many are downright glorious.

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Your Daily Lick: Stevedood

Source Domain (Hella Baked Tapes)

by Nate Seltenrich
Tue, Dec 11, 2007 at 3:00 PM

A song- and beat-based sound collage sourced from original material (local musicians on upright bass, drums, violin, and electric guitar, plus Stevedood on djembe, synth, and a jar of mayonnaise) that remains listenable throughout.

Monday, December 10, 2007

New Green Day?

by Kathleen Richards
Mon, Dec 10, 2007 at 5:59 PM

Blogs are abuzz over a new six-song EP from a garage rock band called Foxboro Hot Tubs, with suspiciously Billie-Joe-ish vocals. Like they did with the Network, the members of Green Day appear to be not-so-subtley releasing music under another pseudonym. Stop Drop and Roll is currently available for free download on their web site. No word yet on show dates.

Your Daily Lick: Caren Armstrong

Everything (Wildplum Recordings)

by Nate Seltenrich
Mon, Dec 10, 2007 at 2:59 PM

These sincere, middle-of-the-road country-tinged tunes from singer-songwriter Armstrong (and friends) neither offend nor particularly impress, but could be just the thing for the right time and place.

Friday, December 7, 2007

Your Daily Lick: Scene of Action

Scene of Action EP (Pop Smear)

by Nate Seltenrich
Fri, Dec 7, 2007 at 2:58 PM

Straight outta Cal, Scene of Action's angsty, Muse-ish sound needs time to lighten up and develop beyond its influences. Still, not bad for a debut EP.

Thursday, December 6, 2007

Your Daily Lick: Gyan Riley

Melismantra (Agyanamus Music)

by Nate Seltenrich
Thu, Dec 6, 2007 at 2:56 PM

The virtuosic music of Berkeley-based, internationally recognized guitarist Gyan Riley flows between flamenco, jazz, raga, classical, and Satriani-esque shredding without so much as a hiccup.



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