Monthly Archives: November 2009

Wicked Hemlocks

Brooklyn-based psych rock band. Sounds like it should have more bass than it does, but pretty right on. A bit like a more mellow Strokes. Clean sounding guitars and drums, slightly fuzzed vocals, sythesized keyboards…close to British 80s rock in a way too. Groov-a-licious. Play: 1, 2, 5, ALL! FCC: clean RIYL: The Strokes, Girls, […]

A Ghost At The End Of The World

Acoustic leaning three piece from Seattle. Some quieter tracks, a few rocking ones. Definitely a variety, from droney noises to indie rock. Childlike lyrics, a bit quirky, overall decent, cute is an appropriate word.  Play: 2*, 9*, 13, 14, 15, 17, 8 (mellow), for droney noise try 6, 16, ghost sounds try 10 FCC: ok […]

Mother

Hot on the heels of their first EP, Hollands comes out with a second EP. It makes me happy, rock with melodies that are simple and complex at the same time. Yummy basslines interplay with guitar, violins and synthesizers nicely. #1, 3, 4, 5. #6 is more folky.

Kitty, Daisy and Lewis

3 siblings in England made this awesome album influenced by R&B, blues, swing, hawaiian, rock & roll, country & western. The album was made with vintage 40s and 50s instruments and recording equipment, which gives it a real authentic old timey feel.  It reminds me of drinking coffee and reading the Sunday paper while listening […]

Eureka Birds

6 piece pop band plays big, dramatic, moody story songs with many instruments and time changes. RIYL The Decemberists. Nice kazoo on #2, cabaret feel on #3.

This Is for the White in Your Eyes

This Danish ensemble creates mostly slow, orchestral pop led by Jannis Joya Makrigianni’s big soulful voice. While the songs themselves are well textured and arranged, Jannis’ voice really is the centerpiece. In that way it reminds me a bit of Rufus Wainwright but more subtle, a bit less theatrical. #4 feels a bit out of […]

“arrow”

Minimal, pretty dream-pop/folk duo. sweet, childlike vocals. #5 is a Genesis cover! tracks: 1 2 3 5 6 riyl: camera obscura, my brightest diamond, feist *slomo recommends

EP II

Violet Vector and the Lovely Lovelies is a psychedelic pop band with lots of guitar and synth.  Catchy melodies, lovely lyrics and vocals.    Clapping is present in the last track! FCC: 4 Recommended Tracks: 3, 5

“silhouette”

Full, dramatic, epic rock with violin, horns, piano, organs, climaxes & valleys.  A sentimental party in your ears brought to you by one guy (Harald Froland, ex-jaga jazzist) with alot of friends. tracks: 1 3 5 6 *recommended

“moon lit”

“moody, bouncy instrumental piano-jazzy-pop.  A vintage sound thanks to the “early-60’s Wurlitzer electric piano”.  Reminiscent of “AM radio, detective dramas, twilight falling on kitchenettes, and lounge acts in their thrid set.” but “sincere to a fault.” tracks: 1 2 3 7

“tea tornado”

melancholy, minimal, bouncy pop.  sensitive male vocals sing sad love songs with female backing and noisy at times. tracks 1 2 4 5 riyl: jonathan richman, women, beat happening *recommended

“late season kids”

Boston-based rough, raw but fun and melodic emo-rock/post-punk.  Heavy guitars, driving drums, hooks and a live sound and feel. tracks: 1 2 4 5 (9 & 12 are mellow) riyl:  Mission of Burma, Pixies *slomo recommends

Paper Zoo

Los Angles based Paper Zoo is a four piece band that keeps to book when it comes to making music. This is their self titled EP and while it supplies some catchy songs and has a great sound from start to finish, there is something about Paper Zoo that turns me away. That something is […]

Neon Graveyard

Edmonton native Cecil Frena is the mastermind behind GOBBLE GOBBLE and his debut album, Neon Graveyard, is his first release of music he genre-izes as ‘Flu Pop’. “Flu Pop expresses anxious celebration: having a full-on candy kid rave on the scorched earth after the bomb drops,” explains Frena. “I’m aiming for this to be like […]

Neon Graveyard

Edmonton native Cecil Frena is the mastermind behind GOBBLE GOBBLE and his debut album, Neon Graveyard, is his first release of music he genre-izes as ‘Flu Pop’. “Flu Pop expresses anxious celebration: having a full-on candy kid rave on the scorched earth after the bomb drops,” explains Frena. “I’m aiming for this to be like […]

Bell Ord Forrest

I Love You – Bell Ord Forrest The album cover says it all. The rise of electronic rock that claims is danceable party music but is purposefully not is evident here. Avant-garde art punk electronic rock is the only way to describe this album, which is better than most of the other commonplace anti-dance dance […]

Savoir Adore – In The Wooded Forest

Debut album from a Brooklyn duo. Features male/female vocals with some interesting, quirky, pop melodies. Incorporates some synthesizer, electro-pop, and plenty of layers. Fun album. Play: 3,4,6,9,10

Gavin Castleton – Random Anthems EP

New 3 track EP. Track 1 is an upbeat, 80s synth, falsetto, driven tune. Track 2 is a slower, more emotional acoustic song. Track 3 is a collaboration with producer Zach Lipkins, with some nice rock hooks. Play: Any

Lymbyc System – Shutter Release

An indie/post-rock, instrumental duo comprised of brothers from Arizona. Beautiful, big epic melodies, with in your face beats. Also features electronics and some horns.  RIYL: Tortoise Play: All FCC: Clean

Poetry of the Deed

Frank Turner – Poetry of the Deed FCC: 2, 7 Recommended Tracks: 1, 3, 4, 6, 8, 9, 11, 13 Wow. Starting with a fantastically placed piano ballad, and ending with some of the most hopeful, intelligent lyrics of the genre, this album is (as the English punk rawkers would say) bloody fantastic. Fast, gritty, […]

Fan the Flame

Golden Bloom is multi-instrumentalist Shawn Fogel who claims to sound ‘45% more bad ass than Death Cab for Cutie’ (I think not). Fan the Flames is his first album under this new moniker, second release from the sleepy west. The album starts off very upbeat and catchy almost to the point of immediate turn off, […]

Waumiss

Waumiss is a duo from North Carolina who claim they sound like “a hummingbird fart” and reference their influences to “beats, beers, flowers, reverb, bike rides, puppies, and bar*b*cues”. To say the least these guys are pretty out there and their sound reflects their creativity. Their debut album consists of 11 originals and 4 remixes […]

Softly Towards The Light

The Black Hollies-Softly Towards The Light Ernest Jennings Recording Co. Reminiscent of 60s sound Good harmonies Garage Rock/Psychedelic Revival Comparable to many sixties pop psychedelia Tracks: 1, 2, 4, 6, 10

Softly Towards The Light

The Black Hollies-Softly Towards The Light Ernest Jennings Recording Co. Reminiscent of 60s sound Good harmonies Garage Rock/Psychedelic Revival Comparable to many sixties pop psychedelia Tracks: 1, 2, 4, 6, 10

Dreaming In Stereo

Dreaming In Stereo-Dreaming In Stereo Dying Van Gogh Records Melodic Indie Rock Good lyrics, very dramatic Weak Ballads but strong up-tempo songs Vocalist akin to Red Hot Chili Peppers Tracks: 3, 4, 6 FCC Warnings: 2

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