One of the more distinctive releases of 2003, "Gallowsbird's Bark" is also one of the best. Sure, Brooklyn-based brother and sister duo Eleanor and Matthew Friedberger tend to ramble a bit, but they've got charm and attitude to spare. It helps to smooth over some of the rough edges, like a tendency towards the cute and the quirky. A few of the similarly offbeat bands they bring to mind include LiLiPUT, Royal Trux, and Quasi. There's some tinkly Kinks-style musical hall here, Stones-y slide guitar blues there, and lovely lo-fi garage-pop everywhere. I've never heard anything quite like it before.