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click to enlarge Enon  -  - Lost Marbles and Exploded - Evidence  - Touch and Go With this collection of singles, - B-sides and rare tracks, Enon, a trippy trio of pop - experimenters from Brooklyn, will appeal to fans of - Stereolab and Pizzicato Five. On songs like "Knock the - Door," chanteuse Toko Yasuda chirps cute and cool over - a funky bass line and Atari-esque sound effects. But the - real treat here is the accompanying DVD, each video - showcasing a certain dash of mad genius -- especially - "In the City," with its futuristic, kaleidoscopic take on - Tokyo's pop culture. Another, "Daughter in the House of - Fools," is a pink spray-paint tribute to Warhol. Enon is so - good at making videos they only should release DVDs. It - makes sense that a band with such a madcap fleamarket - sound would excel at visual punkiness. -- Dan - Wilcock
  • Enon

    Lost Marbles and Exploded Evidence
    Touch and Go

    With this collection of singles, B-sides and rare tracks, Enon, a trippy trio of pop experimenters from Brooklyn, will appeal to fans of Stereolab and Pizzicato Five. On songs like "Knock the Door," chanteuse Toko Yasuda chirps cute and cool over a funky bass line and Atari-esque sound effects. But the real treat here is the accompanying DVD, each video showcasing a certain dash of mad genius -- especially "In the City," with its futuristic, kaleidoscopic take on Tokyo's pop culture. Another, "Daughter in the House of Fools," is a pink spray-paint tribute to Warhol. Enon is so good at making videos they only should release DVDs. It makes sense that a band with such a madcap fleamarket sound would excel at visual punkiness. -- Dan Wilcock

click to enlarge Gorillaz   -  - Demon Days  - Virgin What the hell? Gorillaz broke out of the - starting gate as the best fake cartoon band this side of - the Archies, but their latest album, Demon Days - seems to have misplaced their sense of fun. Always - functioning as a collaborative effort headed by Blur's - Damon Albarn, key players like producer Dan "the - Automator" Nakamura and vocalists Miho Hatori and Del - Tha Funkee Homosapien are gone, leaving Gorillaz a few - bananas short of a bunch. Super-hyped DJ Danger - Mouse has hopped on board in their absence, but even - his mad-scientist approach doesn't lift Demon - Days out of its dreariness. "Last Living Souls" - encapsulates the disc's gloomy theme. Continuing the - Gorillaz' Clint Eastwood fixation, however, is "Dirty - Harry," featuring a children's chorus amidst a wild funk - line. There are glimpses of booty-shakin' salvation here, - but crazy spoken word performed by crazy actor Dennis - Hopper trips it up. -- Kara Luger
  • Gorillaz

    Demon Days
    Virgin

    What the hell? Gorillaz broke out of the starting gate as the best fake cartoon band this side of the Archies, but their latest album, Demon Days seems to have misplaced their sense of fun. Always functioning as a collaborative effort headed by Blur's Damon Albarn, key players like producer Dan "the Automator" Nakamura and vocalists Miho Hatori and Del Tha Funkee Homosapien are gone, leaving Gorillaz a few bananas short of a bunch. Super-hyped DJ Danger Mouse has hopped on board in their absence, but even his mad-scientist approach doesn't lift Demon Days out of its dreariness. "Last Living Souls" encapsulates the disc's gloomy theme. Continuing the Gorillaz' Clint Eastwood fixation, however, is "Dirty Harry," featuring a children's chorus amidst a wild funk line. There are glimpses of booty-shakin' salvation here, but crazy spoken word performed by crazy actor Dennis Hopper trips it up. -- Kara Luger

click to enlarge Falconhawk  -  - Here's Your Ghost  - Saved By Radio The cover of Falconhawk's - Here's Your Ghost makes me all nostalgic for - North Dakota's flat snow-covered plains, which is why I - picked it up. Singer/keyboardist Kara Keith's clear, - faintly husky vocals, a l Kim Deal, are likeable. With Dave - Alcock on drums and Steve Elachuk on bass, the group - has a boppy feel, like a calmer Mates of State. Sadly, - though, much like the frozen tundra that is Nodak, - Falconhawk's sonic landscapes seem to go on forever, - with one plinky piano song nearly indistinguishable from - the next. Though "It All Comes Down to Mars" has Keith - gleefully boasting "I'm trash talking!" the promising "Gay - Man Pants" needs to be, er, filled out. -- Kara - Luger
  • Falconhawk

    Here's Your Ghost
    Saved By Radio

    The cover of Falconhawk's Here's Your Ghost makes me all nostalgic for North Dakota's flat snow-covered plains, which is why I picked it up. Singer/keyboardist Kara Keith's clear, faintly husky vocals, a l Kim Deal, are likeable. With Dave Alcock on drums and Steve Elachuk on bass, the group has a boppy feel, like a calmer Mates of State. Sadly, though, much like the frozen tundra that is Nodak, Falconhawk's sonic landscapes seem to go on forever, with one plinky piano song nearly indistinguishable from the next. Though "It All Comes Down to Mars" has Keith gleefully boasting "I'm trash talking!" the promising "Gay Man Pants" needs to be, er, filled out. -- Kara Luger

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