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click to enlarge Propagandhi  -  - Potemkin City Limits  -  - Fat Wreck Chords It's been a long time since - I've listened to Propagandhi, a band whose lead singer I - once saw play nekkid in Minneapolis (in February, even). - So I was quite surprised to hear how the Winnipeg-based - punkers have changed over the years. With the loss of - singer/bassist John K. Samson, gone are the over-the- - top, blunt, DIY anti-fascist statements found on classics - like "Haille Sellasse, Up Your Ass." Instead, - Potemkin finds Glen Lambert more than ably - filling Samson's Converse shoes. Propagandhi's style has - changed -- it's far more melodic now, with gobs of - shredding riffs -- but their political heart still is in the - right place. -- Kara Luger
  • Propagandhi

    Potemkin City Limits
    Fat Wreck Chords

    It's been a long time since I've listened to Propagandhi, a band whose lead singer I once saw play nekkid in Minneapolis (in February, even). So I was quite surprised to hear how the Winnipeg-based punkers have changed over the years. With the loss of singer/bassist John K. Samson, gone are the over-the- top, blunt, DIY anti-fascist statements found on classics like "Haille Sellasse, Up Your Ass." Instead, Potemkin finds Glen Lambert more than ably filling Samson's Converse shoes. Propagandhi's style has changed -- it's far more melodic now, with gobs of shredding riffs -- but their political heart still is in the right place. -- Kara Luger

click to enlarge Danny Elfman  -  - Corpse Bride Soundtrack -  - Warner Longtime Tim Burton collaborator - Danny Elfman conjures Corpse Bride's snow- - capped setting perfectly. He employs a handful of - talented classical musicians to summon the steeples, - dark hallways and grandfather clocks of Burton's - imagination. He winds these wintry string and choral - chamber pieces around the film's four musical numbers - -- Disneyesque with a morbid tinge -- to fit Burton's - dark comical style. Imagine skeltons playing bone - percussion and singing worms, and you get the idea. - Though cheesy at times, this album is an excellent - alternative to the same old holiday muzak. -- - Dan Wilcock
  • Danny Elfman

    Corpse Bride Soundtrack
    Warner

    Longtime Tim Burton collaborator Danny Elfman conjures Corpse Bride's snow- capped setting perfectly. He employs a handful of talented classical musicians to summon the steeples, dark hallways and grandfather clocks of Burton's imagination. He winds these wintry string and choral chamber pieces around the film's four musical numbers -- Disneyesque with a morbid tinge -- to fit Burton's dark comical style. Imagine skeltons playing bone percussion and singing worms, and you get the idea. Though cheesy at times, this album is an excellent alternative to the same old holiday muzak. -- Dan Wilcock

click to enlarge Castanets   -  - First Light's Freeze  - Asthmatic Kitty Raymond Raposa, the principal - mind behind the gothic Americana experimentalists - Castanets, is an up-and-coming king of tears. But unlike - now-household moody-mouths Conor Oberst or Fiona - Apple, who too often infect their songs with my-heart- - is-broken-now-who-can-I-blame?, Raposa brings a - wider perspective, building dilemmas heady enough to - make philosophy majors cry in their beers. First - Light's Freeze cultivates a Lost Highway- - set-in-Middle America mystique where things begin and - end on solitary nights. Banjos jangle behind pulsing - bass, guitars are strummed erratically, and drum - machines hide under hypnotic, reverbed verses. - -- Elliott Johnston
  • Castanets

    First Light's Freeze
    Asthmatic Kitty

    Raymond Raposa, the principal mind behind the gothic Americana experimentalists Castanets, is an up-and-coming king of tears. But unlike now-household moody-mouths Conor Oberst or Fiona Apple, who too often infect their songs with my-heart- is-broken-now-who-can-I-blame?, Raposa brings a wider perspective, building dilemmas heady enough to make philosophy majors cry in their beers. First Light's Freeze cultivates a Lost Highway- set-in-Middle America mystique where things begin and end on solitary nights. Banjos jangle behind pulsing bass, guitars are strummed erratically, and drum machines hide under hypnotic, reverbed verses. -- Elliott Johnston

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