April 11, 2006

Rack And Opinion: Release Date 4.11.06

Aloha -- Some EchoesThis release date seems like it has been a particularly long time coming because we've been listening to its arguably strongest release, Aloha's Some Echos, for months already. The post-rock act, which somewhat underwhelmed us with 2002's Sugar [read our embarrasingly over-written Junkmedia review here -- it was our try-out piece, so treat us gently], has really turned in an ace effort this time around. It's smart, it's melodic, it's the whole enchilada. We've also had our dirty, dirty mittens on the Built To Spill record for several weeks: A good thing, too, because it gave us ample time to warm up to the set and decide that it is pretty darn good. Also notable this week are the Mono set and the Ladytron remix record. All that and our other picks (well, pick) for your weekly sojourn to the record shoppe are listed below. As always, links go to relevant commercial opportunities with our former car detailers over at Insound.

Aloha -- Some Echoes -- Polyvinyl [clicky clicky review]
Built To Spill -- You In Reverse -- Warner Bros. [clicky clicky review]
Calexico -- Garden Ruin -- Quarterstick
Ladytron -- Extended Play -- Rykodisc
Mono -- You Are There -- Temporary Residence

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