EX-MAGICIANS: California Grass: Cassette

Well, hoss, we’d have called this “college rock” back in the day. Fuzzy guitars, clearly discernable vocals, nicely done little guitar lines and “whoo hoos” placed strategically throughout, with just an undercurrent of ‘50s rock peppered in there. Anyone remember bands like Sponge, Cracker, and Overwhelming Colorfast? Ex-Magicians—and take this how you will—remind me of those bands if they had never met a gigantic recording budget or placed themselves in the major label wringing machine. There’s some definite promise here, but the band’s still somewhat couched in generica at this point.

 –keith (Garbagetown)