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ADAM ARCURAGI Adam Arcuragi (High Two) This is Philadelphian singer/songwriter, Adam Arcuragi's untitled first album. And you know, I don't typically go for such earnest and heartfelt crooning such as this, but after giving this CD a couple plays that still hold true. The effort, nonetheless, is appreciated—Bow Diddley

HEALTHY WHITE BABY Healthy White Baby (Broadmoor) I'm not familiar with the bands The Blacks or Blue Mountain from whence HWB members once hailed, but I do enjoy the sound on this recording. Kinda folksy, kinda rock, gots kind of a 70s feel to it for some reason I can't exaclty pinpoint. 70s in a good way, though. Don't mistake my meaning. Don't care much for the name, but even so the HWB done right by me musically, and in a my advanced age that's all I ask—Irresistbile Frank

THE KRUNCHIES In De Winkel (Criminal IQ) Holy shit. Holy shitt. Hot shittt. Krunchies lay it down fast and furious. Don't know what a In De Winkel is. I know what a Rip Van Winkle is. I know what a Rob Van Winkle is but I sure don't know what a In DeWinkel is. I think I knew in college but anyway, I think it must surely mean the music made when three freaks make punk rock music—Joey Germ

M.O.T.O. Raw Power (Criminal IQ) Oh, the M.O.T.O. and that rock and roll they do so well, so effortlessly. Granted, this ain't the wheel Caporino and crew are reinventing here but it satisfies a certain part of the brain that finds comfort in the familiar. Songs about physics class ("Getting It Up for Physics"), meeting by the flagpole ("Meet Me by the Flagpole") and getting drunk alone ("Gonna Get Drunk Tonight"), generate a certain and undeniable nostalgic feeling in the listeners synapses. That's raw power, professor—Jimminy Van Tuffet

THE PHENOMS Home Brain Surgery Kit (Beer Can) Home-made rock and roll from Chicago. Dirty, sloppy, crude, spastic, unrelenting, stoopid, mind melting home-made rock and roll from Chicago. The Phenoms aren't just owners of the Home Brain Surgery Kit, they're also a client—Joey T. Germ

THE POLKAHOLICS Polka Uber Alles (seff-released) (Pretend there's an umlat up there on the U in Uber.) The Reglar Wiglar has been a Polkaholics booster for years, since back in the days when Jumpin' George and Merry Mike were the Polka-nist rhythm section on the nort' side or the sout' side for that matter. But it's not just polka, there's elements of rock and roll thrown in there so even the baby boomers can dig it. And am I crazy or is that a tip of the hat to Television's "Marquee Moon" on "Pimps of Polka"? Brilliant. Now if you'll excuse me, my brat is ready—P.C. Jones

SELF-EVIDENT Self-Evident's Epistemology (DPG) As everyone knows epistemology is the part of philosophy that studies the nature knowledge and shit like that. What is self-evident is that this is some indie math rock from Oklahoma. It's like a prog rock emo band. That is what is self evident. What may not be so self-evident is that I am not a flag waiver of any of those particular genres. Well, I do have a few Yes albums, but I bought those mostly for the album covers (you know what I'm talking about) so listening to Self-Evident's treatise on the nature of knowledge is not something that I am enjoying—Pig Patterson

THE WILLIS Bathtub, Lightbulb, Heartattack (DPG) The Willis have kind of an early 90s indie rock sound. It's reminding me at times of American Music Club and Pavement which are two bands that I dig but have not listened to in quite awhile. It's ago ok to go back there. Some of my mid 90s wounds have healed and I can listen to this and deal with the painful memories. Beside if the 80s are back now, can the 90s be far behind. We just have to get through the grunge revival first. Look for that to start hitting in 2008—Sneaky Petes

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