Read the original "Culling the Herd" post *here*.

These things get all mixed up.  I think some of these came from the SXSW batch, but I honestly have no idea any more.

Badly Drawn Boy, "Is There Nothing We Could Do?" - 2 stars.  Dump it.

It's not *terrible,* or anything, just anonymous.  Navel-gazey mopey Britpop that I might like if I were in the right mood.

Basia Bulat, "Heart Of My Own" - 2 stars.  Dump it.

Precious and quiver-ey.

Bassnectar, "Art of Revolution" - 2 stars.  Dump it.

Electronic dance music.  Makes my head hurt.  Good god, I'm old.

Bebe, "Se Fue" - 3 stars.  Hold it.

Ah, the benefits of hanging on through that first listen.  I had no idea what I was in for, and it starts...inauspiciously.  But you stick around, and it builds into this absolute confection of spanish (I guess) pop

.  I don't know the lyrics and can't sing along, but it makes me happy.  What else can you want from a song?  Seriously!

Ben Harper and The Relentless 7, "Fly One Time" - 4 stars.  Dig it.

I have to say, I didn't have high hopes.  I used to work with a stoner / frisbee dude that, once he found out I dug Donna the Buffalo, was constantly suggesting jam band types to me.  At one point, he loaned me a copy of a Ben Harper CD, and I was not terribly impressed.  My recollection is that it was a pretty disjointed, unfocused record.  You know, a jam band.  But this particular song is pretty terrific - tight but inventive.  I'm inclined to just stick to this song and not disappoint myself.

Ben Sollee, "A Few Honest Words" - 1 star.  Dump it.

The album cover is a guy, forlornly standing on a dock, holding a cello, and the song is exactly what you'd expect.

I'm hoping that the dock collapsed into the lake during the photo shoot.

Bill Frisell,  "I Am Not A Farmer" - 4 stars.  Dig it.

A lovely song.  Allmusic's review - "A pleasant recording to listen to if not hang on to. It floats and hovers about the room as a peaceful backdrop" - is as dead-on as a review can get.

Billy Boy On Poison, "Drama Junkie Queen" - 3 stars.  Hold it.

I honestly have no idea what to do with this.  I sorta hate it; it's cartoonish and pose-ey.  On the other hand, so is the Cult, and I really like them; as a matter of fact, this really could be a lost outtake from "She Sells Sanctuary," which is a real guilty pleasure.  I guess I'll keep it?  I guess?

Bleached, "Searching Through The Past" - 4 stars.  Dig it.

A power-pop girl group.  Is there anything better?  I think not.

AuthorMatthew Riegler