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Clayton Giles

  1. Lytton, British Columbia
  2. Alternative
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  1. Some Kind Of Sunshine
    by Trevor Menear
    November (A Long Way From Here) November (A Long Way From Here)
    From the opening wail of the slide guitar, you know you're in for something special. Great blues and soul. His guitar-playing is first-rate. Especially the finger-picking. I love the production as well. Courageous and astounding.
  2. Nathan Jones is Dead
    by ghostpal
    Will the Circle Be Unbroken? Will the Circle Be Unbroken?
    These guys are obviously young, and they have an energy and sound that is incredibly infectious. This is a great concept album & I highly recommend it. The passion the singer puts into "Circle" is awesome.
    by ghostpal
    So Inside So Inside
  4. In Cinema
    by Oddarrang
    Self-portrait Self-portrait
  5. Necrobisect
    by peter j hochstedler
    devil got his eye on me devil got his eye on me
    This musician mines the richness of traditional folk-blues while exploring 21st century sounds. Found-sounds, samples and all sorts of other goodies find their way into the tunes. His lyrics and clever word-plays hit hard. An album I'll be listening to a lot.
  6. Symphony of Ghosts
    by Dan MacCormack
    Fear in the Wild Fear in the Wild
    Just a great album by a talented singer who writes haunting songs with a country-folk feel, but the music isn't easily classifiable.The backing musicians are consistently first-rate. This is an outstanding album.
  7. Mechanisms
    by Jean Baudin
    Tumbleweeds Tumbleweeds
  8. Me You You Me
    by Daniel Carlson
    Eko Eko
    This is an album that requires attentive listening to appreciate fully. The liner notes reference The Beatles & Floyd. I trace an arc from Burt Bacharach & Beach Boys through Transformer-era Lou Reed, David Bowie, Roxy Music to Norah Jones and modern dreampop. Unexpected chord changes and pensive lyrics take me on a gentle, dreamy musical ride.
  9. When I'm Down
    by RUBI
    Great track! The song, production, musicians combine to create an atmosphere that is at once familiar and new. Give it a listen.
  10. mostla tara tape
    by Tara King Th.
    Ventolin (with Halasan Bazar) Ventolin (with Halasan Bazar)
    An alluring, surreal aural feast. Maybe this is what French cabaret music will sound like on the first Mars colony.
  11. the saltpeter wars
    by peter j hochstedler
    o my brain o my brain
    Drawing on traditions of American folk and protest songs, the artist has produced an album of really great songs with lyrics that pull no punches but don't leave you in a puddle of despair either. He has a strong, honest and at times angry voice. The songs have an at-times sharp edge, but their honesty leaves me with a feeling of redemption and semi-hopefulness. PS: Is South Bend Indiana the new Hibbing Minnesota?
  12. No Wonder
    by Will Stratton
    Who Will Who Will
    A truly gorgeous album by a modern troubadour and an excellent musician who writes beautiful songs with a universal appeal. Consummate guitar work, excellent production. Plus, a song about Franny Glass.
  13. 50 Songs 50 States
    by Netherfriends
    Tallahassee, FL Tallahassee, FL
    A former mayor of Calgary once said, "The Americans are our best friends whether we like it or not." What better way for me to get to know my best friends than through this ambitious and successful project? The title says it all (actually 51 songs -- it includes DC). Shawn Rosenblatt plays with sound, form and rhythm; the result is a three-hour-plus musical geography lesson/travelogue of diverse, dreamy pop songs.
  14. 50,000,000 Elvis Fans Can't Be Wrong
    by Caroline Says
    My Fiancé's Pets My Fiancé's Pets
    Excellent indie pop that's easy on your digestion. Not a bad song on the album.
  15. Your time is soon
    by Master Harker
    With jaw ajar (we enter oblivion) With jaw ajar (we enter oblivion)
    I can't decide whether I semi-hate this or kinda like it. Without a doubt. it's an in-your-face, uncompromisingly anti-genre, lo-fi record. I like the mellotron, horns and violins; I think the guitar could use tuning and the voice needs work, but, hey...Neil Young, Vic Chesnutt. Not to mention Yoko. It takes talent and audacity to put out an album like this. Okay, I kinda like it.
  16. The Night That Guided Me
    by MESTA
    I Seek Your Face I Seek Your Face
    Serbian-mantra post-punk, postrock, post-everything darkwave. Slow, somewhat haunting, melancholic music that's largely acoustic and strangely affecting, with subtle textures and crescendos that keep it from becoming boring. For me, it's like strong medicine, best tasted in small doses. Also contains rumbles deep enough to shake the plaque off your teeth.
  17. beat easton
    by Beat Easton
    '98 Buick '98 Buick
    Indie band from UK. This is not your run-of-the-mill, three-chord garage band. They are four excellent musicians; their music is rich & complex; their lyrics are full of imagery. A happy surprise.
  18. Fire Times
    by Steve Uccello
    Mysterious Barrier Mysterious Barrier
    Basses! Standard, stand-up, even a custom made resophonic. A fine album of jazz music that flows seamlessly through capacious freeform to more traditional rhythms. I have one complaint: it's too short!
  19. Saturn in the Ninth House
    by Bonikowski
    New World Values New World Values
    Beats from the desert. Most of the tracks are short sketches.
  20. French Exit
    by TV Girl
    Birds Dont Sing Birds Dont Sing
    Excellent, dreamy, sunny-side-up indie pop with enough musical and lyrical hooks to catch a giant squid. The polish of the music is contrasted by edgy lyrics, eg. "When her letter came he didn't cry/he wrapped her pantyhose around his eyes." Nice lyrical reference to Dylan.
  21. You Me Tree
    by You Me Tree
    Slideshow Slideshow
    An exceptional indie band from UK. I like their sound, immediate and kind of rough around the edges without being sloppy. Solid, mantra-like lyrics, great singer and a killer drummer. They've probably been compared to Mumford. I like these guys more.
    Ain't No Sunshine Ain't No Sunshine
    A great interpretation of a classic song, reminds me of James Blake.
    Definitely worth the buck.
  23. Resonance
    by Marc Rossi & Satish Vyas
    Sunset Blues Sunset Blues
    Ever since I was a kid listening to my dad's vast jazz collection, I've asked myself: What makes jazz "work?" This wondrous and astonishing jazz-Indian fusion music deepens the mystery.
  24. Kopolo
    by Orchéstre Baka Gbiné
    Kopolo Kopolo
    Here is an album of joyful, authentic music recorded deep in the Cameroon rainforest, overflowing with sparkle and jubilation. PLUS it comes with a great video of the entire community making music. PLUS the money goes to a great cause (helping them preserve their ancestral homes).
  25. Sleeping With The Past EP
    by Daniel Land & The Modern Painters
    Sleeping With The Past (radio edit) Sleeping With The Past (radio edit)
    An excellent album of atmospheric chill/ambient, etc. Highly recommended. Every track is my favorite.
  26. amoeba ep
    by Max & Harvey
    Big Amoeba Sound Big Amoeba Sound
    This track is perfection.
  27. Sacred Dimension
    by Nat Birchall
    Peace In Nineveh Peace In Nineveh
    Laid-back and spacious, dreamy jazz. The musicians (six?) really listen to each other and never lose it even when they get loose. On a couple of tracks a sort of musical mandala is created by (usually) the piano, and the other musicians play within it; on others it's wide open space.
  28. Ibiza
    by Barbarie Boxon
    A tango-esque song that is bright, fun and unpredictable.
  29. Absentee
    by Jack Campbell
    Absentee Absentee
    Very good pop-rock by a young man with great talent. I look forward to hearing more.
  30. Dust Bowl
    by Howe Gelb
    Reality or Not Reality or Not
    I wouldn't be surprised if fistfights have started between people who like Howe Gelb's music and people who don't. I like him a lot, but I'm not going to fight about it.
  31. First Light
    by Andrew McCormack
    First Light First Light
    It always amazes me what great music a masterful jazz trio can produce. Although I can hear references to the past, the music is modern and all their own. They sometimes play with restrained beauty, other times they swing nicely or push the envelope. A really good album.
  32. Secret Garden 2
    by Various Artists
    Nym - Cansaço Nym - Cansaço
    The overall tone is less jazzy than vol. 1 and more chill. The album contains a diverse range of inventive downtempo trip-hop and maintains a cool cohesion. If you like chill music, I highly recommend it.
  33. Falling
    by Little Children
    Oh Help Me Now Oh Help Me Now
    Four track EP of gentle melodic songs, beautifully arranged and produced. A small gem of an album.
  34. Dance Party in the Balkans
    by Alaska In Winter
    The Beautiful Burial Flowers We Will Never See The Beautiful Burial Flowers We Will Never See
    A gorgeous orchestral dreamscape. The tracks flow one into another seamlessly, and recurring motifs subtly change as each piece progresses. Great arrangements and tasteful, understated use of orchestral instruments (I notice Zach Condon aka Beirut is listed as a collaborator, and his influence is sometimes evident). Even the use of auto-tuned voices (which i can find annoying) is done well. A very classy album.
  35. Yo También [Me Too]
    by VV.AA.
    I Don't Believe In Love I Don't Believe In Love
    I've never seen the movie, but the soundtrack is pretty good. There are a lot of short filler pieces, and some really good longer tracks. 32 tracks, 78 minutes.
  36. Invenzioni
    by Steve Lawson and Mike Outram
    A Beautiful Mind A Beautiful Mind
    A beautiful improv by two excellent musicians. I think this will be an album that I'll return to time and again.
  37. Kid Carrion
    by Dirty Dirges
    If Love is Dead (What's This Livin' in My Soul) If Love is Dead (What's This Livin' in My Soul)
    Psychedelic Country that's fun for the whole family. Look! Even Grampa's clapping!
  38. En L'air
    by Dark Furs
    1984 1984
    Wall-of-Sound power pop. Nothing new, but really well done and she's got a great voice.
  39. Goodbye, Cagoule World
    by Benjamin Shaw
    Break the Kettles and Sink the Boats Break the Kettles and Sink the Boats
    An astounding, genre-defying, unabashed concoction of anti-pop musical strangeness. I'm glad I stumbled upon him.
  40. Crowd of Reeds
    by emmalee^crane
    Crowd of Reeds Crowd of Reeds
    A deceptively complex and rich album of postrockorchestralambient beauty.
  41. Nave Manha
    by Trupe Chá de Boldo
    Splix Splix
    Addictive Brazilian rhythms from a group whose joy is infectious. The ending on the final track approaches epic. An album that has been on my playlists constantly..
  42. Big Mean Machine
    by Eyecontact
    Fehlgeschlagene Fehlgeschlagene
    Big and mean rock. Fehgl...Fehflesh...the first track reminds me of Neil Young at his garage band best. Turn it up to 12!
  43. We Leave Only Ashes
    by Eef Barzelay
    All At Once All At Once
    He had me on the first line of All At Once!
  44. Mountain High
    by Dustin Thomas
    Waves In JASRI Waves In JASRI
    Great voice, powerful songs, honest and raw.
  45. Pete Gage & Innes Sibun 1999
    by Pete Gage
    Blackjack (Ray Charles) Blackjack (Ray Charles)
    Authentic blues-rock, consistently first-rate.