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Clearing Out The Mailroom: Tuesday, May 27, 2008

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We’ve got quite a backlog of CDs we've never gotten around to, so we’re going to try to chip away at the pile with this regular feature. Some are left over from previous music editors, others fell by the wayside because they were trumped week after week by albums that looked more promising. The plan: to take five at a time and play each CD for as long as I can stand it.

Joe Buck Yourself Joe Buck (Nashville) Joe Buck, sideman to Hank III and a member of Th' Legendary Shack Shakers, has created an extremely abrasive solo album of country-tinged punk rock. He's got a very distinct gravelly voice and pronounced Southern accent well-suited to his lyrics, which are primarily concerned with the overabundance of motherfuckers in his world. For example, the chorus of Track 2, "Are You My Enemy?" is nothing but Buck screaming "Die! Motherfucker, die!" Other song titles include "I Want Revenge," "Bitter is the Day," and "Evil Motherfucker from TN." I made it to: It started to get old by Track 6. I bet he'd be great live, though.

Here's to Being Here Jason Collett (Ontario) A Canadian folkie pairs Dylan-influenced vocal tics with the wimpiest Wilco impersonation possible. I made it to: About 2:30 into Track 3.

Darker Days Time Again (Los Angeles) Now we're talking. Time Again play good old-fashioned street punk--two-minute songs, crunching guitars, shouted vocals and breakneck drumming. I made it to finished: The entire 14 tracks.

Brave New World Intodown (Dallas) Psychedelic guitar rock, mostly instrumental, heavy on the improvisation. The first track has some good trumpet parts, but the meandering, go-nowhere soloing and plodding drum part on track 2 kills the momentum. I made it to: halfway through Track 2.

Some Mad Hope Matt Nathanson (San Francisco) Imagine Chris Martin singing over contemporary Christian music, circa 1990. I could not hit "eject" fast enough. I made it to: 1:20 into Track 1 --Jesse Hughey

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