Thursday, 28 February 2008
Behind all the hooks, synthesizers and raw energy of MGMT's debut Oracular Spectacular is a distinct air of coolness. The Brooklyn, NY duo creates horribly infectious tunes with just enough maturity to allow for longevity. Tracks like "Time To Pretend" and "Kids" provide high-intensity anthems, while "Pieces of What" and "The Handshake" provide the more laid-back ballads.
The Bouncing Souls is a band which has a prominent fan base in my home state, New Jersey. They have become popular for the amateur feel of their albums and energy of their concerts following a similar story to Saves the Day. References to the east coast, New Jersey, and popular teen activities, allow teenagers to have a feeling of representation. The album "Maniacal Laughter" is their defining album being only their second CD release. After, they were signed to the major record label Epitaph Records
Monday, 25 February 2008
How do you create a concept album about prostitution and doing drugs and end up with a classic top selling CD? I'm Rick James, bitch! There doesn't have to be much said about this album or Rick James himself. Check out some interviews and skits by Dave Chappelle for some humor.
R.I.P 2004. True musical genius.
Friday, 22 February 2008
Indianapolis ensemble Margot & The Nuclear So and So's have generated a great deal of buzz since the 2006 release of their debut album The Dust of Retreat. Despite having only one LP under their belt, they play sold-out shows nationwide and have joined the Epic record label. This is all with good reason - Dust is a flurry of relentlessly infectious pop songs with surprising depth. Their sophomore effort Animal! is expected later this year.
Thursday, 21 February 2008
Tuesday, 19 February 2008
I don't really have much to say about Bonerama, I just received this upload link from a friend and decided it was a convenient post. Bonerama is a New Orleans jazz band that has endured nine years and Hurricane Katrina. This is not like anything I have ever heard, creating incredible brass sound, it is amazing. Bonerama played the National Anthem at the Super Bowl recently and was on David Letterman promoting their new EP with OK GO(Which was pretty mediocre). This download includes their three albums not including their OK GO EP.
Scooter really need no introduction. One of the few trance bands to stand the test of time, they're still going strong with their 12th studio album in 13 years. Being a fan of their music, but only having heard what they've actually released in the charts, I felt obliged to obtain at least one of their albums to do justice to my music collection.
Their style of remixing old songs with random lyrics is a little... unique to say the least, but why mess with a formula that works? The music is upbeat and great to dance to. Admittedly, I still don't know the answer to the question Does the Fish Have Chips? but aside from that, it's a fine album from the boys who do it best.
Monday, 18 February 2008
Sunday, 17 February 2008
Friday, 15 February 2008
Denver, CO musician Gregory Alan Isakov employs beautiful lyrical imagery atop quiet, lilting instrumentation to create a distinctly pensive and melancholy mood. That Sea, The Gambler is the amalgamation of re-recordings of previous tracks as well as many new ones, Isakov's de facto debut. The songs feel right at home camping above timberline or walking on a Northwest beach.
Thursday, 14 February 2008
Wednesday, 13 February 2008
Gomez are a british indie band that fuse blues and rock to create a sound not quite like anything else. Tom Gray's vocals wouldn't sound out of place in a smokey 1950's bar, particularly on tracks like "Tijuana Lady" and "Get Myself Arrested".
Bring It On is the bands first album and was so well received it coined the phrase to "do a Gomez" was coined it means to release a debut album so successful and to such unanimous praise that expectations are raised to the point where it is impossible to follow it.
Monday, 11 February 2008
Saturday, 9 February 2008
Plus.....hell...who DOESN'T like a stand up bass?
Tiger Army Never Die
Friday, 8 February 2008
Emerging in 2006 with their debut album Flight of the Flynns and largely disappearing afterward, Oklahoma band Kunek created a lush, fluid sound evocative of somnolent trance. The beautiful piano, dream-like guitar and ominous strings of Flight combine to create a breathtaking product that engulfs the listener in its complexity. Highlights include "We Have Become," "Section 2" and "Coma."
Thursday, 7 February 2008
Oh no! Not a J-Rock album! Although I don’t understand a word they say (Except when they say a few English words), The Pillows have dominated my most listened to list. Most well known in
Wednesday, 6 February 2008
Tuesday, 5 February 2008
I can't say how much i love this album, every song is gem, although stand-outs "Dead Sound", "Black Satin", "Blush" and "You Want the Candy" get the most plays on my I-pod.
Sunday, 3 February 2008
The album has a smooth, electronic sound that provides a little peace and tranquility that is all but missing from my collection of CD's. It takes a few listens, but it's an album that grows on you over time.
With his three album releases, Patrick Wolf has created a collection of dense electro-pop, often fusing personal experience with legend and folklore. Though his most recent release, 2007's The Magic Position, turned more to upbeat optimism and major-key tonality, his debut, Lycanthropy, is an extremely dark and raw release dealing with boyhood, London and werewolves. Created almost entirely by Wolf on a 4-track, Atari and laptop, Lycanthropy begs the repeated listen.
Friday, 1 February 2008
Entertainment! is the debut album by the English post-punk band Gang of Four. Post-punk has transformed into the alternative rock genre we have today. Incorporating punk and even funk, Entertainment! has become #490 on the Rolling Stone greatest 500 albums of all time influencing Flee of Red Hot Chili Peppers directly. "It completely changed the way I looked at rock music and sent me on my trip as a bass player."
In 2007, Chicago songsmith Andrew Bird proved that he could follow up his amazing The Mysterious Production Of Eggs, doing so while not only refining his violin-laden, loop-happy style, but transcending it. Armchair Apocrypha displays a much more cohesive and cleaner Bird while retaining the complex lyricism and instrumentation of prior releases.
http://oikno.com/music/Armchair%20Apocrypha.zip (direct link)