jEFFSTANA on March 11th, 2010 TRAA – Dont haunt this place First released late 2008 with out label support, then re-released in 2009 on Saddle Creek Records (a project of Conor Oberst of Bright Eyes fame). The Rural Alberta Advantage (RAA) is an indie band from Toronto, Canada consisting of three musicians – Paul Banwatt, Amy Cole and Nils […]

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jEFFSTANA on February 4th, 2010 Bluetech – Holding Space Evan Marc, aka Evan Barthalomew, aka Evan Bluetech, releases another ambient, dub-step, down-tempo, chill offering with the release of The Divine Invasion. Hailing from Hawaii and creating Psytrance or Psybient tracks commercially since 2003, Bluetech melds a laid-back synthesized island mindset with a tight tempo-driving force and the perfect reflex […]

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jEFFSTANA on January 31st, 2010 Engineers – Sometimes I Realise Not to be confused with the band Engineer, what we have with the Engineers is a dream pop band from England with progressive punch. “Sometimes I Realize” is a fair representation, though “Hang Your Head” is truly in the key of energy. Produced by the same gent who backs […]

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jEFFSTANA on January 30th, 2010 Bowerbirds – The Ticonderoga Bowerbirds – Beneath Your Tree I am a sucker for anyone who jams with an accordion — especially a woman. That is what we have here with Bowerbirds. The first cut is from their Hymn for a Dark Horse introductory CD. The second cut is from their newest album: Upper […]

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jEFFSTANA on January 30th, 2010 The XX – Islands Slap me if this is too pop for alternative tastes, but this level of predictability is tolerable when wrapped in a minimalist package — sans pomp and ceremony — the likes of “pink” or ilk of that sort. Labeled post-dubstep, if you like labels, the XX have that certain catchy […]

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