Monthly Archives: February 2009

Magic Marker: A House Full of Friends (Compilation)

Superb indie/twee pop comp by Magic Marker label, which brings together all your favorites.  An odds and sods collection over 2 CDs. Every track is lovely: includes Shins, the Decembrists, Mates of State, The Dressy Bessys, The Thermals, Tullycraft, All Girl Summer Fun Band, and the Aislers Set. PLAY ALL TRACKS!!!!

mae: destination beautiful

Sounds like 311 to me. 1,3,4.

M83: Before the Dawn Heals Us

WRUV‘s own DJ Formbuilder describes his superb show as including “ambient countryscapes.”  This term applies readily to M83’s 2004 “Before the Dawn Heals Us.”  These Frenchmen create dramatic, atmospheric music.  1-4, 6, 8, 10, 12.

Ludo

Pop punk ska stuff that comes off like Goldfinger. 1,4.

Samara Lubelski: The Fleeting Skies

Lilting, melodic coffee shop indie pop. lovely female vocals, sparse instrumentals, soaring harmonies! 1,3,5,6,8,10.

Low: The Great Destroyer

Slightly poppier than their earlier efforts, this droney, glacially beautiful album is slowcore at its best. It’s probably my second favorite album of theirs behind “Things We Lost in the Fire.” 2,4,5,8,10,11.

Jack Logan: Nature’s Assembly Line

Featuring several Drive-By Truckers, this record was put together by about a dozen musicians in Athens, GA over the course of a year, read cover blurb for the full story.  Anyway, it is an eclectic, athens-flavored record that touches on a number of twangy styles. Patterson Hood sings on a number of tracks. 2,5,7.

Little Brazil: You and Me

LB is a charming hodge-podge of indie rock poses. I turned on track one and thought i had accidentally thrown on Weezer’s “Holiday.” The majority of the record sounds much like Superchunk. At times, there is a Neutral Milk Hotel feel, including the title track, which we previewed as an advanced single. Track 8 should […]

Amos Lee

Eclectic sounding mix of soul, Fogelbergcore, Jack Johnson, and whatever it is that Ben Harper does.  Fits well on a major label. Innocuous, pretty music that offends no one and offers the RIAA a hint of “authenticity.” 1,3.

The Layaways: We’ve been Lost

Catchy Guided by Voices-like rockers who lay it on sweetly and sincerely, just like Lionel Richie. 1,3,4,7.

Last Days of April: If you lose it

Swedish rockers with sweet falsettos and catchy, original hooks. a bit like Unbunny or Elf Power. 1,2,3,5,6,8,10.

Kings of Leon: Aha Shake Heartbreak

A significant step forward by the Perth quartet. Since they are all about 13 years old, I can’t wait to see the progress they’ll make in high school. Eery Aussie feel makes fairly common indie sound unique. If Colin Hay fronted Television, you’d have the Kings of Leon. They hang out with the Strokes way too […]

Kill Your Idols: From Companionship to Competition

True to the roots of hardcore. Consistently listenable, though full of pottymouth. KYI sounds a bit like on this Agnostic Front LP. 1,3,8,15. FCC: 11,12,13, 2,4,5,6,7,9.

Kevin Tihista’s Red Terror: Wake Up, Captain.

Simultaneously mellow and orchestral, this chamber pop album reminds me of early 70s Nilsson records. Lyrically, he ain’t exactly Lord Byron, yet he seems quite sure that the Nobel Committee will come knocking on his door any day.  I hate it when crummy lyrics interfere with a good record. Rock musicians should realize that they […]

Keren Ann: Nolita

On her second album, the lovely Keren Ann moves  in a more robust direction sonically. Her French language coquettish, cafe music makes a smooth transition into wall of sound production 1,3,4,5,6,7,8.

Kasabian

Brits filled with lager-sloshing bravado. Driving drum beats. Something like Primal Scream. Every song sounds like a car chase in a Guy Ritchie film.  3,5-7.

K and the Boys: Don’t Waste Time EP

Meandering new wave guitars, dirty dance beats, funky bass lines. 1,5.

K and the Boys: Don’t Waste Time EP

Meandering new wave guitars, dirty dance beats, funky bass lines. 1,5.

Joy Zipper: American Whip

Infectous chamber pop that bears the influence of the Zombies and “Waterloo Sunset”-era Kinks. 2,3,4,6. MAJOR LABEL

John Doe: Forever hasn’t Happened Yet

A series of alt-countryish, 104.7ish duets. the best, by far, features Neko Case (5). 3,5,6.

Jennifer Gentle: Valende

Whimsical, British, jangle pop. Their songs come off like a mix of Syd Barrett’s “Gnome named Grimble Grumble” and The Kinks’ “Dedicated Follower of Fashion” 1,2,4,8,9,10.  

Jacaranda

Funky, foulmouthed, political LA rockers who like their butt shaking! 2,7. FCC all else.

J Church: Society is a Carnivorous Flower

Husker Du influenced hard rockers with a keen sense of melody. They are a bit heavy with the overdrive, but a strong rhythm section adds a lot to this band. 1,2,3,5. FCC 6

Ivy: In the Clear

Ivy’s dreamy, keyboard rich fourth album has the feel of Prefab Sprout. Its breezy acoustic guitars, elegant string arrangements, inviting vocals & smooth synth make for a superb listen. 1,2,5,6.

Ivy: In the Clear

Ivy’s dreamy, keyboard rich fourth album has the feel of Prefab Sprout. Its breezy acoustic guitars, elegant string arrangements, inviting vocals & smooth synth make for a superb listen. 1,2,5,6.