Monthly Archives: February 2009

Neptune: Intimate Lighting

3rd outing from Neptune has a funky, industrial postpunk atmosphere. driving bass, twirling guitars coincide with the banging of car doors, oil drums, and barbells. The medium is the message with this act. The growling of the lead singer is utterly indiscernible. 1,4,5. Advertisements

Narnack Records: Narnack Records is…

Narnack sampler features the whole crew including Guitar Wolf, The Fall, Shesus, and Lil’ Pocketknife. 1,3,7,11,13,15,16,17.

My Robot Friend

New Deal-ish snyth-botics. 1,4,6.

Monade: A Few Steps More

Cafe rock of a French persuasion.  Mystical, Stereolab-like vibe throughout. 1,3,5,8.  

Monade: A Few Steps More

Cafe rock of a French persuasion.  Mystical, Stereolab-like vibe throughout. 1,3,5,8.  

Mommy and Daddy: Fighting Style Killer Panda

Yeah Yeah Yeahs oriented rockers who mimic their idols respectfully, reverentially, and faithfully. Open disc to see a cute Panda! 2,3,5.

Mobius Band: City v. Country

Moving away from their RPM roots, the tight electronic groove augments the pattering drums & intricate vocal suites. 2,4,5.

The Moaners: Dark Snack

New female duo featuring Melissa Swingle of Trailer Bride. Avoids the sound of Trailer Bride, instead trying on a mix of Juliana Hatfield & Built to Spill. 5,6,8,10,12.

Minus Story: Heaven & Hell

Elephant 6 oriented pop with irresistible hooks. 1,2,5.

Amy Miles: Noble Hatch

Scruffy folk rock that sounds like it may end up on VH1 Crossroads. 3,5,8,9.

Amy Miles: Noble Hatch

Scruffy folk rock that sounds like it may end up on VH1 Crossroads. 3,5,8,9.

The Mercenaries: 5 Star Hotel

Eclectic mix of Springsteenesque ballads, London Calling era Clash soundalikes and Harry Chapin storysongs. 2,3,5,6. FCC 7.

The Mercenaries: 5 Star Hotel

Eclectic mix of Springsteenesque ballads, London Calling era Clash soundalikes and Harry Chapin storysongs. 2,3,5,6. FCC 7.

Mean Reds: Some Kind of Adventure Through History

Zappy, laser punk, lo-fied wildness. Thumping morning music. 1,2. FCC 4,5.

Mean Reds: Some Kind of Adventure Through History

Zappy, laser punk, lo-fied wildness. Thumping morning music. 1,2. FCC 4,5.

Eric Matthews: Six Kinds of Passion

A Lush wall of sound backs the strange-voiced Matthews. He sounds something like the guy from Crash Test Dummies doing karaoke over a Nick Drake album. 2,3.

Matt Pond PA: Winter Songs

A gem of an EP. Most of the seven “Winter Songs” are covers, including songs by Neil Young, Lindsey Buckingham, and Richard Thompson. Matt Pond PA applies their melodic, chamber oriented acoustic pop vibe to each song. Lead singer Pond’s vocals soar like Roy Orbison’s. PLAY ALL!!!!!!!

Maserati, Cinemechanica, We Versus the Shark

Three-partite sampler from Hello Sir records, a new Athens based label. Maserati goes with their mystical experimental thing Cinemechanica is all driving, twangy instrumental with hardcorian vocals 4. We Versus has an experimental sound. 2,4, 6.

Mars Volta: Frances the Mute

Visceral post-rock, free jazz oriented album that sheds their At the Drive In past completely. 1,5,11. MAJOR LABEL WATCH FOR BUZZ PLAY!

Marbles: Expo

Side project for Robert Schneider of Apples in Stereo. Similar to his other work. 2-4,6,7*,9.   FCC 8.

Marbles: Expo

Side project for Robert Schneider of Apples in Stereo. Similar to his other work. 2-4,6,7*,9.   FCC 8.

Mar Project

Most of the album sounds like Lou Reed posturing over acoustic guitars. 2,8,10 feature Italian pop vocals which are the most interesting tunes on the record.  2,8,10.

Mando Diao: Hurricane Bar

Combines Bob Mould demeanor with glam rock tones, 2,4,7 FCC1

Manda and the Marbles: Angels with Dirty Faces

Fun go-gos soundalikes put pep in its place on this catchy 26 minute album. Singer sounds much like Belinda. 1,4,5.

Magnus Dominus Corpus: Corpses of the Ultimate Dominator

traditional punk rockers hit us up with some topical lyrics and DOA/Dead Kennedys hooks. 2,4,6,7,11. FCC 1,5,8,9,10,14,16.