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SPLENDID CEASED PUBLICATION ON 12/31/2005 (CLICK FOR DETAILS). It doesn't look like we're coming back, either, so please stop sending us music, okay? Enjoy some randomly selected reviews from our archives.
SPLENDID is a daily online music magazine for people with a voracious appetite for new music. Our focus is on independently-released material, and we review everything we receive. You'll find a wide variety here: punk, folk, world music, indie rock, electronic music, country, jazz, electroacoustic experiments, home-recorded CDRs and a whole lot of stuff that resists classification. The site is UPDATED DAILY with new music reviews (complete with audio clips), interviews, articles and full-length streaming audio tracks. After more than eight years, we have a MASSIVE archive -- more than 15,000 reviews. Enjoy.
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The Lucky Ones: Lonely Hearts' Waltz
Jeff Kaiser: Suite 1-3. Amplifying Their Parallels
Harry Manx: Death Have Mercy
The Opus: Fanum's Organs (Cuts by Big B)
Beans: I'll Melt You
A randomized selection of previously published reviews. You'll also find full-length tracks from many featured releases in the Boombox.
Mark de Clive-Lowe
Tide's Arising
Antipodean

Post Date: 10/19/2005
The record is a vibrant pastiche of soul, funk, jazz and hip-hop, all mashed together with the kind of creativity and polish that comes from technical skill so indisputable it's almost irrelevant... more»
Collective 4tet
Synopsis
Leo

Post Date: 2/13/2004
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Phame
Chapter: Four Verse: 15
Noble Casa

Post Date: 7/28/2005
"Remember My Name" begins with a catchy female vocal sample and a deep bass line. Phame's voice is striking; he dispenses rhyme after rhyme with the confidence of a real pro. "4 Tha People" trips along with a funky beat and plenty of hip-hop slang, while the outstanding "V.I.P." oozes R&B... more»
Busdriver & Radioinactive with Daedelus
The Weather
Mush

Post Date: 2/26/2003
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The rest of the day's reviews. Remember, it's not the length of the reviews that counts -- it's what we say in them.
The Dead Leaves Rising / Waking Up on the Wrong Side of No One / Plow City
Post Date: 11/5/2001
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Arab on Radar / The Stolen Singles / Three One G
Post Date: 5/20/2003
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Stations/The Strap-Ons / Split / CNF
Post Date: 3/15/2002
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Ninja Death Squad / Appreciate Our Art / Heartcore
Post Date: 12/28/2001
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The Long Winters / Ultimatum EP / Barsuk
Post Date: 10/25/2005
Aside from turning down his amps a tad, John Roderick appears to have changed very little during the band's downtime ...more»

Tony Romanello Band / Shades of Grey EP / Engine Shed
Post Date: 11/19/2001
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12/30/2005: Rosetta
· The Crimes of Ambition · PTI · Karl Blau · Helloween · Gary Noland ·
12/29/2005: Carlo Actis Dato and Baldo Martinez
· Bound Stems · Blacklisted · Quatuor Bozzoni · Tommy and The Terrors · Gary Noland ·
12/28/2005: Breadfoot featuring Anna Phoebe
· Comet Gain · Secret Mommy · The Positions · The Advantage · For a Decade of Sin: 11 Years of Bloodshot Records ·
12/27/2005: Beaumont
· Five Corners Jazz Quintet · Cameron McGill · The Slow Poisoner · Alan Sondheim & Ritual All 770 · Drunk With Joy · Davenport ·
12/26/2005: The Hospitals
· Ross Beach · The Goslings · Koji Asano · Big Star · Lair of the Minotaur · 10 Ft. Ganja Plant ·

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