Thursday, 30 April 2009

Easy Star All Stars - Dub Side of the Moon

We're back! I have a final in nine hours and I'm writing a paper, but then sweet summer! This is the perfect album to just chill back with pool-side for any Pink Floyd fan. It can't be described any other way besides a reggae band covering The Dark Side Of The Moon by Pink Floyd nailing it right on. A great infusion of two awesome things!

There are plenty of lo-key and indie bands coming up!

Tuesday, 28 April 2009

4 Strings - Believe

4 Strings is one of those bands that you hear about, but you never really know what it is they sing. It took six months before I found out Take Me Away was made by this group. This is their debut album. The songs are sung by Vanessa van Hemert, who has since left leaving only Carlo Resoort and Jan Loechel. I'm a sucker for female vocalists in trance, so next to Ian Van Dahl, this is one of my favourite trance groups. The album itself is varied from slow, ambient trance to faster, louder material one expects to hear at their local nightclubs.

Thursday, 23 April 2009

Polaris - Music From The Adventures From Pete and Pete

Don't push this album under the table, it is a keeper. Not only is Pete and Pete the greatest show that ever aired on television, it was the only old Nickelodeon show to make it on DVD besides The Secret World of Alex Mack. Polaris did the entire soundtrack and is referenced throughout the show. They also did the theme song which is super-catchy. Favorite tracks "Hey Sandy" and "Summerbaby".

Saturday, 18 April 2009

Yo La Tengo - I Am Not Afraid Of You And I Will Beat Your Ass

Yo La Tengo hail from an eclectic New Jersey scene, which has been shown over the years, time and time again, through their music. Sculpting jams since 1984, these guys are vets of indie rock, with longevity and originality to boot. I Am Not Afraid Of You And I Will Beat Your Ass is the group's 11th LP, and is as confident as the title suggests. The throbbing psychedelica of tracks such as 'Pass the Hatchet, I Think I'm Goodkind', interspersed with the touching bittersweet of tracks such as 'Mr Tough' is testment to this eclecticism. This album shows off the bands technical chops, without compromising their melodic sensibilities. Whatever your taste, there's going to be something you dig on here.

Wednesday, 15 April 2009

Au Revoir Simone - The Bird of Music

Au Revoir Simone is an indie pop band from Brooklyn, New York that formed in late 2003. The group consists of Erika Forster (vocals/keyboard), Annie Hart (vocals/keyboard), and Heather D'Angelo (vocals/drum machine/keyboard).

Sunday, 12 April 2009

Maps and Atlases - Tree, Swallows, Houses

Maps and Atlases offer songs that wrestle themselves from flailing, algebraic fits of spazzy guitar notes and drum ruptures to lulling, voice-driven melodies that speak stories using lyrical images strung together like soup cans chasing a Cadillac.

This is a request! :)

Cap'n Jazz - Analphabetapolothology

Cap'n Jazz is the core of all emo music. Although being short lived, they were highly influential and helped the emo scene take roots in the indie community. Almost every emo band is influenced by these guys. This is their discography that they conveniently put together. You'll notice that a lot of their songs are band names. It seems that their influence breaks genre barriers and you'll notice a lot of familiar names.

Friday, 10 April 2009

Algernon Cadwallader - Some Kind of Cadwallader

Excellent music, excellent vocals, excellent everything. Members of Halfway to Holland form a new band with new influences and a rocking emo vibe. They come from Philadelphia and are one of my top rated emo bands which I would not expect from Philly. Don't get turned off by the emo tag, Algernon gives more of a Cap'N Jazz sort of feeling than the modern day emo sound but their album is from 2008 so it throws a new element into the genre.

Halfway to Holland - Discography

Pre Algernon Cadwallader, playing punk inspired emo music with some hardcore influence. It's quite good since I've been on an emo kick lately. Actually, I have been listening to these guys non-stop lately. I love Algernon Cadwallader so of course I'm into this band too.

Computer vs. Banjo - Computer vs. Banjo

The name of the Nashville band Computer Vs. Banjo says it all: Johnny Mann and Beau Stapleton blend folky banjos and acoustic guitars with synth-heavy electronica and experimental beats. The computer tends to win the battle on the group’s self-titled debut, but countless computerized samples of more traditional instruments give the record an eclectic, genre-bending sound.

The Black Keys - Magic Potion

The Black Keys are a two-man blues-rock group from Akron, Ohio, United States which formed in 2001, consisting of singer and guitarist Dan Auerbach and drummer Patrick Carney. The band name was inspired by a schizophrenic artist and friend in Akron, who used the term “black keys” to describe things he disliked or people he did not trust. The Black Keys have roots in traditional blues and psychedelic rock stylings.