Damon Green - The Mini-Thins

· Ryan Adams ­ HeartbreakerRyan Adams is my guy. Just ask anyone I've made a mix for in the last five years. In my opinion, Heartbreaker is a perfect album -- honest, heart-wrenching

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Damon Green - The Mini-Thins



· Ryan Adams ­ Heartbreaker

Ryan Adams is my guy. Just ask anyone I've made a mix for in the last five years. In my opinion, Heartbreaker is a perfect album — honest, heart-wrenching songs that I will never be sick of.

· The Shins ­ Oh, Inverted World

This is my favorite "Indie Rock" album in recent memory. Beautiful, sunny, reverb-y songs that will stick in your head for days. If you want just a taste, the Garden State soundtrack includes two of the best songs from the album ("Caring is Creepy" and "New Slang"). Natalie Portman says that "New Slang" will change your life. I agree with Natalie Portman.

· The Newbees ­ Songs from a dilapidated apartment

Jeff, Misty, Chris and Tim are among the nicest, most talented musicians in the area. They write truly infectious Pop songs with a wonderful sense of humor — plus, Misty plays a mean cowbell.

· Iron & Wine ­ The Creek Drank the Cradle

This album dominates my iTunes Top 25 Most Played Smartlist. As long as I'm admitting to being a geek, here are the keywords I entered into the comment field: lo-fi, backporch, quiet, sincere and somber. If you are looking for a local with a similar style, I suggest you check out For Algernon (Jason Wells). And no, I'm not just saying that because he plays keys for the Minni-Thins.

· Old 97's ­ Too Far To Care

I finally caught these guys live at the Southgate House a couple of months ago, after five-plus years of heavy listening. They blew me away, far exceeding my lofty expectations. Too Far to Care, which contains the classic tracks "Timebomb" and "Barrier Reef," is a great introduction to an amazing AltCountry/Pop band.

THE MINNI-THINS (minnithins.com) play the BRINK:2005 festival at the Southgate House on Friday and at The Comet on Saturday with Montgomery Greene.

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