Wednesday, January 28, 2009
The Dandy Warhols are a pop punk band if they'd been raised on Velvet Underground and psychedelia. If you love 90's pop via Greenday, but also love psychedelic this is the perfect meeting ground for you. Most of the Songs have a Velvet Underground simple-ness to them (they even have a song called "Lou Weed") and others are jammy; lasting fifteen plus minutes (It's A Fast-Driving Rave-Up With..).
Standout Tracks: Lou Weed, Ride, The Coffee And Tea Wrecks, Finale: It's A Fast-Driving Rave-Up With The Dandy Warhols Sixteen Minutes
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
R.I.P. CHARLIE COOPER
Charlie Cooper, better know as one half of Telefon Tel Aviv, passed away from an "unspecified" cause on Thursday, January 22. He was only 31. This is horrible. Their latest album, "Immolate Yourself" was released just two days before the event. This is the "suck" of the year I'm sure of it...
Monday, January 26, 2009
Sunday, January 25, 2009
I may be just now getting into Amp, but I can already tell you that they're blooming rather quickly into an obsessive-compulsive/coma-inducing "must own every album by this project" kind of the band. Amp is Bowery Electric mixed with a Lovesliescrushing kind of drone/experimentation. Drone is definitely the key term when it comes to describing Amp, but not the only.
Amp is drenched in reverb drone, flanged guitars, thick synths, "modern" electronic drum loops, plucked piano keys, throbbing "dub-like" bass lines, and of course Karine Charff's indie-grunge-pop vocals which beg for attention underneath all of these pleasing ear treats. Amp sounds like "psychedelic-grunge-dream-pop".
Normally I would only want to review one album at a time, but I got both of these on the same day and it's been pretty hard to take them away from my ears ever since. I can't help but listening to one after the other every time.
Astralmoonbeamprojections is more drug-inducing psychedelic drone, a very good fit for the Kranky label. I'm pretty sure this album could make you feel as if your brain is melting under certain mind altering dealy's(drugs). This almost reminds me of Spectrum at some points.
Stenorette is little more "poppy". Take Astral... add a dose of Cyann and Ben, a more classical piano approach, and more drums, voila! This seriously sounds like a missing Bowery Electric album had they produced just one more.
It's hard to say which of these releases is my favorite. But I would have to say Stenorette has more of "classical-poppy" approach so that one may be more well suited choice if you are just planning on checking these guys out for the first time. Listen to the song "Tomorrow" or "Sunflower" off of Stenorette. Hopefully that'll catch your attention.
Amp is one of my favorite Kranky band's of the moment. I look forward to checking out the rest of their releases. Your mind may like what it gets to ponder when Amp is your soundtrack.
Standout Tracks: Onehopesinuncertainty, Transmigration, Stellata, Polemic, Celestial Return
Standout Tracks: Tomorrow, You Are Here, Songe, Zoe, Tango Non, Sun Flower, Just-Ice
Saturday, January 24, 2009
Friday, January 23, 2009
Put on some goggles, your about to get some awesome in your eye. What do you get when you mix an overly cocky hair metal guitar god with musically inclined twins who can also sing their asses off and make their band 'milk' themed? Ladies and gentlemen, ready you empty glass for "White Gold And The Calcium Twins".
I honestly know next to nothing about this band. Not that I'm lazy or anything, I just cant find much about them. I instantly got hooked on this clever, but odd gimmick. Judging from the "Got Milk?" slogan proudly displayed on their website I'm not sure how serious they take themselves. But they're a high dose of fun and crazy antics none-the-less. The Calcium Twins consist of Skimberly on the drums and Wholena on the bass (heavy sigh, face in palm). And helming this milky odessey is White Gold himself. With the attitude of King Kong Crew, the voice of Dick Valentine (Electric Six) but a little sexier, and the shredding capabilities of an 80's funk metal virtuoso... I mean c'mon. What more can you ask for?
Their album releases on April 7th on CMPB Records. There's nothing else I can say to prepare you, just take the time to watch both videos below. Your Welcome.
Thursday, January 22, 2009
Last spring Bon Iver offered us an icy-folkloric quilt to sooth and relax our souls. This winter he offers us a new patch, or addition to said quilt. Only this time with a promise of warmth. "Blood Bank" is only Bon Iver's second release, and although it is a short ep, it still packs the same punch that "For Emma.." did, maybe more? The future for this artist can go one of two ways; either he will continue to explore "newer" territories as he has done with this latest ep, OR, he will become a mediocre indie-folk act in-vein of The Shins. My money is on the first half.
More than just a "folk" album, this is an atmospheric mood enhancer. Track 1 and 2, "Blood Bank/Beach Baby", would fit rather nicely on "For Emma..". Track 3, "Baby's", has an astonishing piano swell that just seems to get thicker and thicker as the song progresses. Track 4, "Woods"', oh my god, track 4.."Woods". Thank you Bon Iver for investing in an Auto-tuner, though I've never been a fan of Eiffel 65, Cher, Lil Wayne, etc. you have shown me the light. No instruments on this track, just layers, get ready.
I got this album today, I've already listened to it at least 4 times. I love it so much I pretty much only listened to Bon Iver today. I had to go back to "For Emma.." after listening to this. Give Bon Iver a go, listen to them for free online somewhere, then, assuming you like it, go out and buy both of the releases. You will not regret it. Very soothing.
Standout Tracks: They're all good, but the last track "Woods", is honestly one of the best acapella tracks I've ever heard.
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Sunday, January 18, 2009
Odawas third full length album, comes out on February 18th.
The first single "Harmless Love Discourse", which is FREE for download, you hear Odawas putting a twist on their Neil Young-experimental-synth-folk with terrific new elements. Think 80's pop, spacey synths, more drum machines, and of course the normal ethereal bliss Odawas bring. They haven't gone the full M83 here, you can still hear the acoustic guitars in the undertow, but overall the era shift is a good fit.
Here are a couple up and coming shows:
January 30 - KEXP live on air, for info go here, Berkeley, CA
February 27 - Noise Pop Festival, Cafe Du Nord, San Francisco, CA
Friday, January 16, 2009
Goldmund's previous atmospheric beauty, 2005's "Corduroy Road", was a tad better than this one. But if I didn't feel like splitting hairs, I'd tell you without hesitation that they are, for the most part, equally beautiful in my eyes. And I call it a template for a reason. You should never underestimate the power of a good "headphone album", you know the kind. That great album that cannot be appreciated until you've immersed yourself completely in it by way of headphones. This album consists of piano, just piano. And the simplicity of it allows you to add your own ambiance.
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
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Miko is a Japanese female singer/ songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from the outskirts of Tokyo. Being influenced by various rock/alternative bands in 90's, she began making music around 2000 using an electric guitar and 8 track MTR. After she got a Macbook PC in 2005, she started recording using her voice and instruments around her daily life such as electric & acoustic guitars, piano, synthesizers and samplers. She does recording and mixing all by herself. Her first album "Parade" was released by PLOP in 2008.