Thursday, 30 October 2008

I Like Japanese Hardcore - I Like Japanese Hardcore

Not much info on this band other than it's a Plan-It X freebie. I really like the female vocals and cute lyrics. I'm not really sure why they are so good to me, but they are.
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This was a short lived Bloomington pop band along the lines of go sailor or cub.The band was 2 people, Casey on guitar and vocals and Chris Clavin on drums.They never got around to recording anything but once, Casey played live on the cool local radio station during women in music week. They only have one album, which is available online through plan-it x’s website.
(Will re-up eventually... until then, download free(legally!) from here.)

Paul Baribeau - Grand Ledge

The follow-up album of Paul Baribeau. This 2007 release does not disappoint and certainly perks my interest. Enjoy the second album Paul Baribeau's Grand Ledge.

Paul Baribeau - Paul Baribeau

First of all, I want to say sorry for the large gap of album per day ratio. We have received an email threatening our blog from blogspot itself saying that if we keep posting albums, they might shut the blog down. The blog is not going anywhere and posting will continue as usual but maybe slower as we figure out what to do. IF the blog gets deleted without warning, I will be backing up the blog in word hopefully soon and we'll work something out.

Onward! Paul Baribeau is another great folky punky beardy artist from the Plan-It X label which I'm a large fan of. With his witty lyrical content and unique voice he could be a new favorite up there with the likes of Andrew Jackson Jihad. I'm really digging his self titled album, but I'm also going to be upping his newest album Grand Ledge.

Paul Baribeau - Self Titled

Wednesday, 22 October 2008

Mercury Rev - Snowflake Midnight

Mercury Rev has been floating around since 1984 yet obviously hasn't broke into the mainstream music. I suppose that's better for us then. What you're getting is a mellow chill out music for those cold nights. Chaotic instrumental bridges and the power of Orchestral influences pour from the seems of these songs. I guess the best way to describe these guys is "dream pop" as much as I hate to use that tag. As mentioned, the band has been playing together for nearly 25 years now, and each of them has mastered a piece of musical genius. So sit back, grab a nice fancy coffee, and relax to the therapeutic sounds of Mercury Rev.


Tuesday, 21 October 2008

The Zydepunks - Finisterre

Finally! Gypsy punk posted that isn't Gogol Bordello! The Zydepunks are a New Orleans folk punk band that incorporates various elements of gypsy punk using the according, fiddle, and drums. Yiddish riddles, Irish ballads, Cajun punk, and vocals in six languages are a small demonstration of why they astound new audiences. They have a very unique sound which I'm sure you'll love.

Sunday, 19 October 2008

Thriving Ivory - Thriving Ivory

Here's something from my home state of California for you faithful bloggers. Although I will admit this genre is a little outside the norm of our indie-rock/underground rap/folk rock/punk rock/etc posts, it is definitely worthy of a mention. I am really sticking my e-rep out on this one but even if a few people enjoy it, I've done my job. What you get to look forward to with this band is Adult Contemporary piano rock meets Smashing Pumpkin's Billy Corgan. I'm just going to say it, don't knock it till you try it.

Songs worth a Listen: Angels on the Moon, Hey Lady, and Overrated.


The Heavy - Great Vengeance & Furious Fire

The Heavy have taken the raw roots of modern rock and elaborated them to a whole new level. What you'll notice right away is the gritty distortion of the instruments and the powerful soul of a blues singer. This band has taken the two things modern rock has been trying to purify and has twisted it into a metaphorical arm-bar, and it has never sounded better. The song "Colleen" is sure to get things rolling for The Heavy since it is featured in Burton's new snowboard DVD "It's Always Snowing Somewhere" (I did not find the band because of this though.) So before this song/band gets played out, I have brought it forth to you to enjoy and share.

Songs Worth a Listen: Colleen, That Kind of Man, and Set Me Free.


Thursday, 16 October 2008

MF DOOM - Operation: Doomsday

DOOM is like beer. first time you try it... it's awful, though if you stick with, good times can certainly be had. i classed this guy as unlistenable after hearing the track 'Doomsday' from this album like 4-5 years ago but didn't delete it off of my mp3, Playa (what what) for some reason. i gave it a few more spins and once his whole drunken slurring style sunk in i was totally hooked on the guy. This album is chock full of amazing samples, namely from old Fantastic Four cartoons and even a beat made entirely of Scooby Doo sounds ('Hey!') but as the legend goes, DOOM didn't clear any of them, and the album was recalled and cancelled* by Fondle 'Em... though i'm one of the lucky few to own an original copy. And you're fucking nuts if you think i'm uploading that... i've literally played it once.

Fuck copyright.

*(apparently being released on DOOM's own Metal Face Records in a month)

Tuesday, 14 October 2008

Front Line Assembly - Civilization

This is the first Front Line Assembly I've ever had, and is one of the best. Here, we can here Bill Leeb's over 20 years of experience come together and create a masterpiece. The first two tracks, Psychosomatic and Maniacal, are classic dancefloor stompers in the classic FLA style. The rest, however, show a deeper, more involved approach. The songs are more, well, ambient (lacking a better word). Tracks such as the title track and Transmitter are amazingly well put together songs that aim for someone other than the average industrial dance club attendee. They are masterful works of art (yeah I know I'm sucking a lot of dick here). That' s all I can say it is. Definitely an album for your industrial or electronica listener.

Monday, 13 October 2008

The Refreshments - Fizzy Fuzzy Big and Buzzy

I learned about this band when my English teacher played the song "Banditos" in class for a class project. I spoke with her about it after class and she told me the name of the band, and the name of the specific album it was on. She said that if I enjoyed punk rock at all then I'd like this album.

She was fucking right. This album is a beautiful piece of late 1990's rock, with awesome guitars, beautiful lyrics, and stories that make you think. Some specific songs I recommend on it are "Down Together","Mekong", and "Banditos".


Department of Eagles - In Ear Park

The Department of Eagles formed pretty much by accident in the dorm room of two students attending New York University. The cryptic duo have been making music together for 7 years now and the music shows how far they've come. To be quite honest, this isn't my favorite kind of music, but I can definitely appreciate it for what it is.

Songs worth a Listen: Teenagers, No One Does it Like You, and In Ear Park.

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Sunday, 12 October 2008

Bomb the Music Industry! - Discography

Bomb the Music Industry! is a side project of Jeff Rosenstock of The Arrogant Sons Of Bitches but the two bands share members frequently. They are known for their DYI Punk ethic doing everything themselves and getting fans and friends involved in shows. They also distribute all of their music for free which is awesome aside from being a kickass band. Rosenstock uses in a lot of his songs nothing more than a powerbook and a microphone but still maintains his folk-punkyness.

Enjoy their music for free, it's a personal favorite(Click the side albums for download) Get the entire album or just individual songs.


Saturday, 11 October 2008

Deltron 3030 - 3030

Deltron 3030 is the DJ/MC/Producer Hip Hop Supergroup of Kid Koala, Del tha Funkee Homosapien and Dan the Automator. Chances are you'll instantly recognise Del's voice as 'that guy from Gorillaz'... no surprise then that Automator was one half of the original Gorillaz project. Deltron 3030 is a true Hip Hop Epic in every sense. The lyrics are inventive and the music itself is mind-blowingly crafted though if you aint into the whole space rap thing... stay away. This is quite the concept album and one of my personal favourites of all time. Enjoy


Bitter:Sweet - Drama

I heard these dudes playing in the background where i work and thought i'd share them here. if i'm being honest the womans voice can get annoying at parts but there is some really good tunes on here worth the download. namely 'Get What I Want' and 'Trouble'.

Tuesday, 7 October 2008

:Wumpscut: - Embryodead

Embryodead is perhaps the pinnacle of :Wumpscut:'s career, or at least it is in my opinion. On this disc we see Rudy Ratzinger's masterful industrial prowess, from the dancefloor stompers such as War (my personal favorite :W: song, ever) and the title track, and we see (or should I say hear) his ability to make slower songs as well, as seen from Stillborn and Angel. If you are a fan of :W: but are missing this album, shame on you! Embryodead is an amazing work of industrial, and a must have for any self-proclaimed industrial maniac.

Monday, 6 October 2008

Company Flow - Funcrusher Plus

if you dont already own this CD... I FUCKING HATE YOU. But i'm willing to let bygones be exactly that and give you a chance to have the CD that revolutionised rap in the late 90's and introduced us to underground hip-hop's current king... El-P (you can tell i'm like really obsessed with him, right?) this shit is raw lyricism with grimy filth for beats... nothing to dance to here, bub.

Sunday, 5 October 2008

Electric Masada - At The Mountains Of Madness

Last month was a very poor month for music around here, and I'm hoping I can help be apart of the solution instead of part of the problem (as in uploading MSI albums). So therefor I offer you this: Electric Masada. Perhaps they could be described as 'Jew Metal', seeing how most of the members are Jewish and masada translates to prayer in Hebrew. They're even lead by John Zorn. The music here is really sort of a jazz metal fusion, but even that is kind of dumbing it down too much. Some songs don't even seem to have a standard musical construction, such as the song that seems to be almost industrial in the fact that it is the rhythmic sounds of things breaking and other strange sounds. Some of the songs seem metal, with horn thrown in and other, less conventional sounds. Others seem to be a bizarre form of jazz that I really can't describe. None of the songs have lyrics, however. But trust me, that does not subtract from their appeal. Another thing to note is the length of the songs. The shortest song is 5:17, whereas the longest one is an even 18 minutes. The band also redoes some of the songs from the first disc in the second one, such as Kedem and Karaim. But this is definitely an album to check out.

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CSS - Donkey

When I search for music, I typically look for something I can snowboard to. As jock/retarded/lame as this sounds, it typically helps me find some of the best music around. As much acclaim their first album got, I personally love the 2nd album. Donkey is a smoother, more refined "pop rock"sound compared to its sister album Cansei de ser Sexy(what CSS actually stands for). As much as I like Donkey, the Cansei ser de Sexy album is a more popular album amongst CSS fans, so if this isn't for you, give their old album a shot.


Saturday, 4 October 2008

The JV All-Stars - Take Me Back to Spectre [Extended]

The JV All-Stars (the real ones, not the millions of ones you might find on Myspace) are by far one of Nebraska's biggest bands at the moment (not up there with 311 quite yet, but getting close). Not only are they one of the tightest and most talented group of musicians, they're super cool guys. I spent a week living in their house with my band recording our album. This copy is the extended version, with bonus tracks [my favorite being "How's It Goin' Royal Ugly Dudes???"] and some acoustic stuff.

JVA, however, are much bigger in Japan than in America at the moment. They are 100% independent in the United States (most of their recordings are from their basement-seriously) yet signed to Trolley-Bus Records in Japan. They own a nice, small piece at our local record store and have an entire cardboard-cutout stand for their Japanese stores. It's crazy, but they've been to Japan many times and love their Asian fans.

JVA's sound is a mixture of pop, post-punk and on occasion some electrical elements. They put on a really fun show and have a great time whenever they get on stage. They're going on a super tour in November (but not coming anywhere near Chicago or Milwaukee, if that's what you're wondering). In 2007 they (as well as Go Crash Audio, another Nebraska band big in Japan) were name one of AbsolutePunk's 100 Up in Coming bands.

They're going somewhere and even if it's MTV they're good enough guys that they deserve it.


Thursday, 2 October 2008

The Morning Benders - Talking Through Tin Cans

It seems like most popular rock has heavily submerged itself in electronics recently. Even though they have shared the stage with MGMT and The White Rabbit, don't let this fool you about their type of music. The Morning Benders have separated themselves from the modern day trend of chopped synths and heavy distortion and have constructed a sound that reflects the simpler times of music. Don't expect intricate layers because you won't find any. Instead I challenge you to see how much can be done in music with so little. The Morning Benders will not disappoint.

Songs worth a listen: Waiting for a War, Dammit Anna, and Boarded Doors. For Radiohead fans, I highly recommend the song Heavy Hearts.


Tilly and The Wall - Bottoms Of Barrels

Out of Omaha, Nebraska comes a unique indie band that I can barely fit into a genre. Using shakers, tambourines, guitars, keyboards, and tap dancing they create a beautiful blend of pop fun. Their use of tap dancing in replacement of a drummer in many instances has brought them to be intriguing in every sense. Check out "Black and Blue", "Rainbows In The Dark", and "Bad Education" for great instances of their classic sound.


Los Campesinos! - Hold On Now, Youngster...

Los Campesinos! (translated; the Farmers) is a UK imported band here to spread the joys of good ol' fashion fun music. There isn't much to say about these guys that can create an accurate enough picture to understand what they're about. They are simply a cosmos in chaos type band playing violins to guitars and synths to glockenspiels and hitting just about every genre along the way. If you're looking for your indie fix of the week, look no further.

And if you don't find yourself toe tapping/dancing/smiling to the playfulness of this band, I don't know what the hell is wrong with you.


Wednesday, 1 October 2008

Ratatat - Ratatat

All hope would seem lost for this blog if the declining effort and quality of the music posted last month were to persist. This month I have made it my goal to resurrect the ideals and passion that we initially set forth with from the start.

With the ever popular trend of electronic music in our mainstream, everyone is trying to find "the next big thing". Well, you can stop looking, cause here they are. New York's Ratatat has combined the melodic sounds of a guitar and beaten it to a choppy synth driven tone that we all crave. This is their first album which has set the standard for the electronic genre as a whole. Even though the album is 4 years old now, it still holds that edgy Electrock sound that we hear from the likes of Justice today.

Songs Worth A Listen: Seventeen Years, Germany to Germany, and Bustelo.