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Banner Barbados — Banner Barbados

Banner Barbados -- Banner Barbados
On their debut self-titled EP, unsigned Seattle locals Banner Barbados triumphantly strum their bar-chords on a disc so full of everything underground rock and roll has ever been known for.

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The Public — Saturn Missile Battery

The Public -- Saturn Missile Battery
I heard layers of melodies, awash with dirty guitar lines backed with clean, tactile, tight rhythms. I heard serious drum fills, organic bass wanderings.

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Key Note Speaker — Fiction

Key Note Speaker
Fiction is a promising debut for a newbie band that's obviously confident in the music they are writing and recording.

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Brent Amaker — Blood Diamonds

Amaker proves himself a strong and serious solo artist as he explores darker, more genuine territories, tongue-lodged-in-cheek swagger traded in (mostly) for edgy earnestness.

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This Invitation — The Skin of Light

Sonic Youth. Right away that's my first thought...

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Colin Meloy — Colin Meloy Sings Morrissey

Colin Meloy Sings Morrissey
Meloy, of Decemberists fame, recorded six Morrissey songs with just his nasally voice and acoustic guitars.

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Derby — This Is The New You

Derby -- This Is The New You
This Is The New You, by Oregoners (or is it Oreganos?) Derby sounds a bit more like the old me, really. Influences are worn on sleeves (Brit-pop from my early adulthood writ large on those patches).

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Death Cab for Cutie, Harvey Danger, MxPx, Pretty Girls Make Graves, Smoosh, The Divorce, The Lashes, The Presidents of the United States of America, Visqueen — Live from the Morning Alternative

Live from the Morning Alternative
107.7 The End hasmade a commitment to raise $50,000 for Vera and this compilation CD, Live from the Morning Alternative, is part of the fundraising effort, including the Divorce, Death Cab, Smoosh, and Pretty Girls Make Graves.

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The Mu — 3D Feelings

The Mu -- 3D Feelings
The songs have hooks (some lyrical, some musical), and generally fit within the familiar formats of pop convention, but lack the gloss, sheen and precision of conventional pop music; the music shambles along, a bit unruly, but generally has a naïve and tentative sort of charm.

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The Fading Collection — Stems

This album from Seattle's The Fading Collection is a curious and clever series of remixes from the songs originally found on the album Interactive Family Radio. Remixers include members of Dahlia, Beehive, Kuma, and others.

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