As most of you have probably noticed, I'm no longer doing the "New at Not Lame" or "New at Kool Kat" features. Those posts just got to be too time-consuming for me, and Not Lame didn't help matters when they went to a once-a-week, 16-at-a-time schedule. But that doesn't mean I'm going to ignore stuff they break first, and I have to rave about a couple of (literally) related discs Not Lame unearthed in the last month or so.
First up is 2003's Brothers In Stereo. The project of Newfoundland brothers Andrew & Chris LeDrew, this is jangle pop of the absolute highest order. Bruce gave it a big push over at Not Lame, but if you missed it, don't pass up a chance to check it out. Here are two mp3s from the album:
Reachin' for You
"Worst Crowd" is just one of those songs that immediately went into heavy rotation in my head. Unfortunately, I don't see a myspace page, but you can get some more samples at the Not Lame page linked above. While the disc is a bit expensive as an import at $16, this is one of those releases that I wouldn't quibble about in terms of price.
And shortly thereafter, Not Lame came across the 2005 solo release of Andrew LeDrew, Ladies Lookout, and I daresay it might even be better. Streaming samples of four tracks from the album can be found at his site (no myspace for Andrew either), and Not Lame has some samples as well. This album would have definitely been in my top 20 of 2005 had I heard it when it came out last October. It's $16 as well, but again money well spent. Perhaps those of you who are male and have children can drop some hints about these being a good Father's Day present. Or you can just treat yourself, like I always seem to do.