• Rush - Snakes and Arrows

    11. Mai. 2007, 20:57

    Rush's new album Snakes And Arrows is freakin' great. I mean, it's Rush. New Rush. New, good, Rush. Awesome.

    Too bad I still think Geddy Lee's voice is irritating.
  • The Books - Thought for Food

    17. Sep. 2006, 6:57

    This is, I believe, the consummate headphone album. All the way through Getting the Job Done the album is superbly crafted, each little found sound somehow fitting exactly into place. It all sort of coalesces into a sound you have never heard before. A great "sit outside and relax for an hour," just taking time out of life album. The empty space here is enormous, and almost feels like sailing through the void in a tin can picking up random transmissions from Earth. Truly The Books's best work.

    That's Thought for Food.

    Please give it a shot, and listen with your headphones on.
  • Please listen to this man.

    24. Jul. 2006, 3:38

    I have only the one album, Skiffle Bop, but I think I can say with authority that Brooks Williams is one of the most talented acoustic guitarists ever. His notes are clean and carry emotion, the music can be fun or melancholy. His blues influences are identifiable and it's that characteristic that propels my appeal for his music beyond that of ordinary folk music.

    So give him a try. Aim me or soulseek me or something if you want to hear a few tracks, and please please please contact me if you can share Little Lion with me.
  • 4/23/2006: Hockey v. Music

    24. Apr. 2006, 20:57

    Oh crap. This post has been lost. I'll retype it later I promise.

    I haven't spent as much time on music this week as I usually have been because the NHL playoffs have started, and I am a rabid fan. However, I still have opining to do! This week's theme is apparently music from the UK.

    I'll start out the week with some obscure, loud music again. This UK duo initially grabbed my attention by naming themselves after a significant hunk of my childhood; Operation Wolf. Mix dirty guitar, brit-accented yelling, simple yet pounding drums a la the White Stripes, (wait, it's better than White Stripes. Definitely.) and you get some wicked fun, intense music. Here's wishing them luck in getting a CD together and playing a show stateside, because their music beats hell out of Jerseycore. I have a few older tracks of theirs on my HD that are no longer on the myspace, so if you want to hear them give me an internet poke. Edit - turns out they have an entry here on Here it is: Operation Wolf.

    On the "clasic bands I completely missed out on but have been hearing them for years in commercials" front, I offer up Foghat. A favourite of the fat, balding Carl from the show Aqua Teen Hunger Force, I really didn't expect to like them, (among Carl's other favourite bands is Journey, a band I almost dislike more than Bon Jovi) but Foghat rocks, pure and simple. Emerging from the bevy of seventies hair rock bands, they give you something better. Something devoid of cheese (mostly) and glam. They are good like Steppenwolf, and for some reason I also think of Bob Seger when I listen to them. These guys even give Space Ghosts's Zorak's favourite band Boston a run for the title "Kings of Rock." If you've never heard of them, start with their 1977 release Fool for the City and work backwards from there.

    Moving forwards about 20 years, we arrive at The Libertines. With enough drama to fuel a reality series, they still managed to put out some high-quality punk albums, the second being mostly about that drama. Sometimes they use a little purposeful discordancy that reminds me of songs like Distopian Dream Girl by Built to Spill, or work by Pavement, but the songs always turn into catchy punk tunes. Start with The Libertines, highlights include Can't Stand Me Now and What Became Of The Likely Lads. These guys have been giving Ted Leo and his Pharmacists some stiff competition on my player.

    That's about all I've got this week, but some other new bands I've been introduced are Bleu, whose pop-punk is pleasant like a 3eb or Better Than Ezra. Apparently they have a track on the Spider-Man soundtrack, and one in the trailer for American Dreamz. They're alright.

    I've also had the hip-hop track Lifelines by Notes to Self stuck in my head for quite a while now. They have a demo album up for grabs but nothing on that album is nearly as polished or catchy as Lifelines.

    See you next week with more indie-fare and some awesome, American blues. Happy listening!
  • Goddamn this thing rocks.

    15. Apr. 2006, 9:31

    Lastfm totally rules. Can this please replace most of those other personal blogs?

    Anyway for my first post I'll just talk a little about Tetsu Arrey (or maybe Tetsu-Arrey) who plays some absolutely ridiculous Japanese rocket/core, which is some speedy, intense, GOOD hardcore/punk music. They rock hard. Their album II in particular is incredible, and might just inspire you to wreak some pastoral destruction. It's hard to find info on this band, but if you want to sample some music just give me a n internet poke.

    Die! Die! Die! also rocks your ass off your face, an Aussie punk band that happens to be playing a show in Asbury Park on Wednesday the 19th. I expect to be bruised. You can find this band on myspace.

    On the softer pop side of things, Mates of State is a little duo from CA who make some serious indie electronic pop. I've only heard one album, Our Constant Concerm, but if you put any stock in Pitchfork their newer albums Team Boo and Bring It Back are much better. The entire album Our Constant Concern is reminiscent of the track "Birdy Brain" by The Fiery Furnaces.

    Despite those aforementioned bands and albums making the rounds of my player recently, my current top two albums are some easy-to-listen-to punk.

    The Smoking Popes have some of the happiest candy punk music I have ever heard. The power chords slide down your aural canals like jello shots of fun. Specifically, the album Destination Failure lifts my spirits everytime I listen to it, despite the glum title. Perhaps the light, tuneful voice of Matt Caterer which contains absolutely no trace of whine or gothy angst or constipated growling is the source of this band's feelgood vibe, but I think the superb-yet-simple punk compositions have to share the credit. Among this album's highlights are the songs "I Know You Love Me" and "Capital Cristine" that will have you singing and skipping along in no time. Another album highlight is the cover of the Willy Wonka classic "Pure Imagination," a very different take on the song that will surely grow on any fan of the original Gene Wilder masterpiece.

    Also at the top of my playlist is the eminent Ted Leo and the Pharmacists with their album Shake the Sheets Your foot will start tapping to the opening track Me and Mia and when the guitars explode into the full verse you'll start drumming on the desk. By the end of the album, if you aren't dancing you're probably a robot. Pure, catchy punk sounds and ska-infused breakdowns mixed with an energetic frontman and excellent musicianship create this band's successful recipe. Though I've mentioned a specific album, you really can't go wrong with picking up any album of theirs and listening to any track.

    Sneaking into third place in my current top three is Minnesota based band Tapes 'n Tapes and their latest release; The Loon. Pavement-induced hook-ridden songs abound on this catchy indie-rock offering. There are a couple weak tracks, such as Manitoba where the lead lets his inner wail out, and Crazy Eights which features a stomping beat but somehow is off-putting, but Ten Gallon Ascots's exploding chorus, In Houston's two-beat stomp, and The Illiad's quirky groove more than make up for those two. Apparently this band has a bum rep in their hometown so maybe they're not so good live, but the sounds they have carefully assembled out of distorted guitars and synths for this album are fantastic indie fare.

    Happy Easter, Happy Passover, and Happy Listening! See you next week.