DR. WEST AND THE THING: Self-titled: CD

For a band that says they embrace everything, this group has a pretty clear sound. I’m trying to find a way to say that it brings me back to that time when all anybody cared about was the soundtrack from that stupid movie with Zach Braff without it sounding like an insult. It’s like all the good parts taken from that time, from the Shins or Four Tet or Minus The Bear or even their influences like Pavement and Built To Spill. I’m especially partial to the more jagged pieces that make me think of more melodious Owls stuff. Either way, I’d bet money these folks own more than one record with a Kinsella brother on it. –Theresa W. (Outpost 31 Studios)