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Consumer Guide by Review Date: 2013-08-30


The Child of Lov: The Child of Lov (Domino, 2013) Bedroom soul, as in where this homespun illbient funk is made--the lov's made in the mind of the funkateer ("Give Me," "Owl") ***

Crazy & the Brains: Let Me Go (Baldy Longhair, 2013) Jolly garage punks prove how heedless they are by adding xylophone ("Saturday Night Live," "Beach Bug") **

Ezra Furman & the Harpoons: Mysterious Power (Minty Fresh, 2011) Complete with guitar band and harmonica, throwback chronicles teenage wasteland and America the not so beautiful ("I Killed Myself but I Didn't Die," "Teenage Wasteland") ***

Billy Hough & the X-Loves: Venice (Garagedog, 2013) Kissoff jokes so nasty he probably deserved a worse breakup than he got ("Venice," "She's Not Coming Over") *

Kreayshawn: Somethin 'Bout Kreay (Columbia, 2012) Netwise trope-tweaking at its best worst ("Blas? Blas?," "Go Hard [La.La.La]") **

Land of Pines: The Long Defeat 12" EP (Fin EP, 2013) Crunch and chime, groove and tune, baritone and soprano, elegiac and skeptical, but not dynamite songs, not yet ("Cave Painting," "Dead Feathers") *

The Pozniaks: Pozniak Street (Jamrag, 2013) Hooky pop cheer fails to modulate unbearable falsetto anxiety ("I Think I'd Like You Better if I Loved You," "I Heard It Was a Beautiful Party") ***

Wavves: Afraid of Heights (Mom + Pop, 2013) Like Ben Folds--although he's punker than Ben Folds (as is Max Martin)--Nathan Williams proves that a talent for tunes does nothing for one's annoying personality ("Demon to Lean On," "Afraid of Heights") *

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