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Monday, February 7, 2011

Recent reviews at

Hey kids, I've been busy lately scrawling book & record reviews at It's a great site, and here are some of my thoughts over the past few weeks, starting with some bare-bones rock & roll...

For those of you who prefer your musical a trifle more placid, these Benedictine nuns might suit your tastes better:

Here's some highbrow lit that I quite liked:

An unlikely combination of Kore (African harp) and cello that works really well:

Eye candy for six-string freaks:

Low-fi alterna-rock from small town Washington state:

And finally, appealing to the lowest common denominator in all of us:


The StereoFidelics said...

Really enjoyed your Elephant Revival review! We've crossed paths with those guys on our travels and always enjoy hearing them. Thanks for shining some light on the little guy!


Hi Melissa

Thanks for checking in!

One thing I really like about PopMatters is that they review loads of people... which means I get to hear tons of stuff I never would otherwise. It's not all great, and sometimes I write pretty negative reviews, but a lot of the time these tiny bands are more inventive and fun and accomplished than your arena-filling acts. So thanks for noticing! Yeah, I thought Elephant Revival were pretty good. And The Builders and the Butchers? Holy smoke--what a band!

Cheers & stay in touch

PS Still waiting for that Honolulu gig...

The StereoFidelics said...

I'd like to send you a copy of our new live album--not for work/writing, but just because I don't think we'll be making it to HI soon (which *does* make me feel sad) and it'd be the next best thing to a real show. If you'd like one, feel free to send me your mailing address to and I'll get one flying over the water to you!

Hope all is well!
The StereoFidelics