Monday, April 30, 2007

The Besnard Lakes Are the Dark Horse

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It's hard to deny how good this band actually is. Their comparisons to Arcade Fire was an immediate turn-off for me and I never bothered to download the album (well that and the fact that I would always mistakingly read their name as "The Barenaked Ladies"). Well, after seeing the badass album cover, I thought I would give it a try, and this is really good stuff. A mixture of The Beach Boys, Olivia Tremor Control, and Black Mountain would be more appropriate comparisons. Just because they are from Montreal, have a piano, and are led by a married couple, doesn't mean they deserve to be compared to such a band. With their more inviting vocals and catchier hooks, they have solidified Arcade Fire as an incredibly boring band. So if you're a part of the Arcade Fire bandwagon, hop off that one and head over to The Besnard Lakes'. The track "Devastation" makes this album well worth the listen.

- Dan

Sunday, April 29, 2007

Part Chimp - Cup


Cup is a rarities and b-sides collection, along with a killer Beatles cover and one brand new single from London based band Part Chimp. If you're not familiar with Part Chimp, Cup probably isn't the best place to hear them for the first time . I would suggest checking out their sophomore LP I Am Come, which I might just upload if i'm feeling ambitious later. Anyway, the only thing that you need to know about Part Chimp is that they are loud as fuck. Most of their songs sound like they were recorded entirely in the red with the band's amps turned up to 11. Part Chimp never sacrafices a good song in favor of ear melting volume though. Buried beneath the sludgey riffs are intelligently written, and flat out catchy songs.

- Steve

Thank you for your review of the new Part Chimp release on Monitor. We are truly grateful your enthusiasm.

However, we do not appreciate you linking the entire album for download. I am sure many people have different takes on whether you should be able to trade music for free, and here at Monitor we have our own.

It saddens me that you wouldn't even consult with a label first before giving their intellectual property away for free on your blog. Remember, if you bankrupt the labels and the bands, you wouldn't have anything to blog about.

I would appreciate it if you would remove the link to download the entire album...and you might want to do it with the other albums as well. If you truly want to support the artists (like your statement says at the header) you would take this request seriously.

You can, in this links place, put this link to the single from "Cup" called "New Cross:" http://www.monitorrecords.com/MP3/PartChimp-NewCross.mp3

We appreciate your cooperation and look forward to continue reading your blog.

Thanks.

Jason (Owner)
jason@monitorrecords.com

Unwound - Repetition


Unwound is a great band that was around for ten years or so and never got nearly as popular as they should have. Critics often called them the "west coast Sonic Youth" but that's a pretty stupid comparison to make. Other than the fact that Unwound had some noise rock influences, there's no reason to tag them with that label. You won't find many bands that sound like these guys. Every record they put out was extremely solid, but Repetition has always been my personnel favorite. This record was a turning point for the band, because it marked the first time they began to incorporate synths and other instruments into their music. It also showcases the band often relying heavily on their rhythm section for hooks, which allows for some really intricate guitar work.

- Steve

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Saturday, April 28, 2007

Melt-Banana - Bambi's Dilemma



I've never been a huge fan of Melt-Banana, but lovers of the band will, no doubt, love Bambi's Dilemma. It's most definitely not bad music, and I'm sure I would enjoy them live if I decide to go see them in June, but I think they should drop the punk sound and start making more songs that sound like the second track on this album. Deerhoof wins.

- Dan

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"On their sixth full-length studio release Melt Banana exercise a hitherto undetected area of their musical musculature: the 'rock' region. Summing up an entire album, and one as diverse as Bambi's Dilemma, with such a pedestrian qualifier is risky business, agreed, but it seems to fit like never before. The band, of course, refuses to accommodate any such pigeonholing: 'Maybe it is rock, but maybe not. We just make whatever we want. We just follow our own instincts!' The truth is Melt-Banana make music as they please, relying solely on their own maverick talent to get them where they need to be. Bambi's Dilemma's eighteen tracks careen from extreme, fast-blast attacks to more serene moments (usually reserved for non-album releases) to the band's revolutionary new, guitar and bassless 'Theremin-core.'" - Forced Exposure

Thursday, April 26, 2007

Elliott Smith - New Moon


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This is actually really worth a listen. It's been a good 4 years since I've really even listened to him, but this collection of demos from the mid-90s reminds me of why I loved listening to him "back in the day". A portion of the proceeds from this album will benefit Outside In, a social service organization based out of Portland, Oregon, so while downloading this, keep in mind that you're a giant asshole, as am I.

- Dan

Icky Thump MP3

For those of you, like me, who are too impatient to wait for the entire album to leak, here is the first actual single (not the radio rip that's been floating around)...

The White Stripes - Icky Thump

Hopefully the full album will leak very soon because it sounds as if the new album will easily surpass the last one.

- Dan

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Form of Rocket - Se Puede Despedir A Todos


Form of Rocket is a band that I somehow came across by accident, and since discovering this record I really haven't been able to learn much more about them. Apparently they're from Salt Lake City, Utah and have had tons of band members join and quit since their inception six years ago or so. The problem with this is inconsistency between records. I've heard their latest, and it certainly didn't leave an impression on me. With Se Puede Despedir A Todos though, everything seemed to align perfectly for these guys. They crafted a perfect blend of metal and math rock to create a sound that can best be described as Don Cabellero on steroids. I also love the way they mixed the vocals on this album. They're sort of shoved to the back of the mix so it sounds like the whole band is just rocking the fuck out and yelling their heads off without using any vocal mics. I've had this CD for two years now, and not once has it left my car.

- Steve

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Bjork - Volta



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Yes ma'am, it finally leaked over night, and you know what, it's pretty solid. I don't necessarily call myself a fan of Bjork, but I most definitely respect what she has done both musically and artistically (Dancer in the Dark is an amazing film). Hopefully the link will last, I have a feeling this one might get shut down quick, so get it while you can. Anyways, I don't feel I have much of a right to genuinely review the new album, so I'll place the responsibility into the hands of someone else.

- Dan

"The last time she was here, with 2004's Medulla, Bjork treated listeners to a smorgasbord of avant-garde vocal ideas and no instruments. It was a clever bit of techno-ethnography, but little else. 'A trip to the shops with my iPod - gosh, what I really want to hear is some Inuit throat music.'

This sixth album finds her, at least notionally, offering something for those who like Fun Bjork (the ear-popping sprite who, over a decade ago, was 'Violently Happy') and those who appreciate dress-eating Art Bjork.

So Timbaland, taking time off from reinventing pop music, contributes to three tunes. None will have Nelly Furtado complaining that the uber-producer short-changed her. But the car-assembly-line beats and synth squelches of 'Innocence' suggest that Sugarcubes featuring Justin Timberlake would have been the best group ever. 'Earth Intruders' is pretty good, too, its martial robo-stomp lent much-needed soul by experimental Congolese band Konono No 1 (no, me neither). But the third Timbaland tune, 'Hope', sounds like an explosion at the BBC World Music Awards - an unfortunate image, given the awkward lyrics: 'What's the lesser of two evils?/ If a suicide bomber made to look pregnant manages to kill her target or not.'

Best not to listen too closely to the words. As ever with Bjork, they're more about feeling than meaning. 'I am leaving this harbour, giving urban a farewell/Its inhabitants seem too keen on God,' she coos on the beautiful 'Wanderlust', its beats working well with trumpets, despite the latter being credited to a 'Facilitator of Conceptual Brass Ideas'.

Which brings us to Antony 'and the Johnsons' Hegarty, aka 'Supplier of Pissed-Up Pub Singer Theatricality' - his pseudo-castrato flights on the operatic 'Dull Flame of Desire' and the minimal lament 'My Juvenile' suggest that Vic Reeves has wandered into the studio.

That's the trouble with Volta. Listen intently, repeatedly, and you'll hear much to widen your consciousness: the next time someone offers me a Chinese pipa, I'll know to admire its fluttering stringed majesty rather than eat it. But listen for, you know, enjoyment and you'll be left wanting. Bjork shouting through the lumpen 'Declare Independence' ('don't let them do that to you') is like watching Teletubbies with a headache. The mournful brass of the elegant 'Pneumonia' is an example of how great things might have been. Couldn't we have more - and better - tunes as well as the restless, boundary-pushing innovation?" - The Observer

Monday, April 23, 2007

Quentin Tarantino's "Death Proof" - OST


1 Jack Nitzsche - The Last Race 2:40
2 Smith - Baby It's You 3:23
3 Annio Morricone - Paranoia Prima 3:20
4 Eli Roth & Michael Bacall - Planning & Scheming 1:01
5 T Rex - Jeepster 4:09
6 Rose McGowan & Kurt Russell - Stuntman Mike 0:19
7 Pacific Gas & Electric - Staggolee 3:51
8 Joe Tex - The Love You Save (May Be Your Own) 2:57
9 Eddie Floyd - Good Love, Bad Love 2:11
10 The Coasters - Down In Mexico 3:23
11 Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Titch - Hold Tight 2:47
12 Pino Donaggio - Sally And Jack 1:26
13 Willy DeVille - It's So Easy 2:11
14 Tracie Thoms & Zoe Bell - Whatever-However 0:36
15 Eddie Beram - Riot In Thunder Alley 2:04
16 April March - Chick Habit 2:07

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VA - Tales From The Australian Underground


I'm sorry about my lack of updates as of late. I've been bogged down with final exams, and the rest of my free time has been spent watching the Detroit Red Wings almost blow it in the playoffs, and combing the Internet for leaks of the new White Stripes and Shellac records. To make up for things, I'm doing an Ongakubaka first and upping a double album. Contrary to popular belief, Australia isn't just Crocodile Dundee, kangaroos, and koala bears. For whatever reason, Australia produced some of the greatest punk rock and indie music of the 1970's and 80's. Groups like Radio Birdman and The Birthday Party were light years ahead of their British and American peers. This compilation is a great starting point for anyone that has had only limited exposure to the early Australian music scene.

- Steve

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Friday, April 20, 2007

Black Moth Super Rainbow - Dandelion Gum



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"Dandelion Gum is a concept record loosely-based on witches who make candy in the forest. Each of its 16 songs represents a different candy-induced freakout in the gooiest and sweetest ways possible. Songs that are built to stick in your head for hours meet textures that are impossible to scrape off your teeth. You might not even realize that the sunny melody you're humming to yourself all day has so many hidden layers behind it - all hummable as well. It's as accessible of a record as it is abstract, and as bright on the surface as it is moody underneath. Dandelion Gum feels as colorful and sticky as its name suggests.
Recorded over the course of three years, the album is a product of the woods. It is deeply inspired by stories passed down from relatives and ones the band created themselves after long nights in the cabin. The best of those stories, and one that we hope could be true, is of the sisters who refused to leave their shack deep within the forest. The sisters (or witches as they are lovingly referred to in local folklore) were truly scary and it is said they would concoct all kinds of sugary treats for anyone foolish or adventurous enough to wander that deep. Most likely, this is an allegory for drugs and you can come up with whatever seemingly appropriate type of operation those women were running. But the stories of the individuals who made it back home are some of the most twisted stories around. Some are really bright, some are really sad, and some are designed to make you think about life and rainbows and death. BMSR wants you to feel that when listening to this record. And then they want you to remember it all day, and try it again tomorrow." - top40-charts.com

- Dan

Thursday, April 19, 2007

Mammatus - The Coast Explodes


I heard these guys had a new release coming out this year, and they're opening for Acid Mothers Temple coming up in a few weeks, so I figured I should check it out. I'm very glad
I did. Dead Meadow/Black Sabbath sounding vocals, swirling guitar riffs, and just enough stoner in its rock. For fans of Comets on Fire, Green Milk from the Planet Orange, Boris, and the bands previously mentioned.

- Dan

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Trans Am - Sex Change


I've always liked Trans Am because they associated themselves with post rock bands, but rarely ever bought into the seriousness and pretension often associated with the genre. Trans Am just wants to have some fun. After 2005's disappointing politically themed album Liberation, I got a bit worried. With the release of Sex Change, I can breathe a sigh of relief. Trans Am is in rare form here drawing from the best elements of their past albums (cheesy synths, over the top guitar parts) and boiling everything down to short three and a half minute bursts of great, eclectic music. No bullshit, no filler.

- Steve

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Afrirampo - Baka ga Kita!


Baka ga Kita feels more like a documentary than an actual album. Recorded in 2004, the duo traveled to Cameroon and lived with a tribe of Baka Pygmies for three months, recording improvised call and response sessions with the people. Overall, Afrirampo (or Afuriranpo if you're in Japan) has released an album that has been suprisingly catchy for me, and the idea alone makes it much more profound than a good majority of other albums.

- Dan

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Those who are not familiar with the band, here is a live video that will give you a better idea of their typical sound...

I'm in love with the drummer.

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

The Electric Prunes - Stockholm '67


"The Electric Prunes' December 14, 1967 show from the Concert Hall in Stockholm, originally taped for broadcast on Swedish radio, fully restored and properly remastered. The result is the finest record ever released by this band, and maybe the best live album of the psychedelic era. It was issued by a private label in England in a double-pocketed CD jacket with a beautifully illustrated booklet, complete with written reminiscences by the surviving members. The band's lineup is from their second album, Underground: James Lowe (lead vocals), Mark Tulin (bass, organ, vocals), Ken Williams (lead guitar), the late Mike Gannon (rhythm guitar, vocals), and Quint (drums). Calling them tight would be an understatement -- the band does a 45-minute set, parts of which ("Try Me On For Size," "You Never Had It Better") display long instrumental passages showing off Williams' prowess on the fuzz-tone guitar and Quint's powerful drumming to great effect; "I Had Too Much To Dream Tonight" is here, along with "Long Day's Flight" and "Get Me to the World On Time" and solid covers of "Got My Mojo Workin'" and "Smokestack Lightnin'." This live show presents the group as much more of a garage-punk band than a psychedelic band, though they still traffic in the currency of the latter, including lots of distorted guitars and organ cadenzas -- the snarl and energy keep things moving, however. Twice as valuable as their Edsel hits compilation." ~ Bruce Eder, All Music Guide

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Tuesday, April 17, 2007

The Clientele - God Save The Clientele


The Clientele return with their third full length, a collection of Big Star and Beatles inspired throwback psychedelic pop rock. The band's sound hasn't changed drastically from prior releases, which for the most part is a good thing. They also have really perfected their sound on this release. The addition of violin on several tracks, as well as other subtle added instrumentation really fleshes out some of the songs, making them even more beautiful. This is the perfect record to listen to on a cloudless summer day. It's too bad I live in Michigan and it's still fucking snowing in April.

- Steve

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Monday, April 16, 2007

Simply Saucer - Cyborgs Revisited



"Simply Saucer was Canada's first proto-punk band. Emerging in 1974 from the industrial city of Hamilton, Ontario, the quartet created a distinct and original sound that was decidedly out of step with the musical climate of the day...edgy rock & roll that was a combination of early '70s punk pre-cursors (Velvet Underground, Stooges, Modern Lovers), krautrock (ala Can, Neu, early Kraftwerk) and UK prog/psyche (Hawkind, Pink Fairies, Syd Barrett)...Although the only material released while the band existed was a two-song 45 rpm single, a 1974 recording session and a 1975 live set were collected together posthumously and released...in late 1989...Now long out of print, this newly re-mastered, expanded reissue is the first legitimate re-release of this material in more than a decade. Hailed as the 'best Canadian album of all time."

I uploaded the expanded version of Cyborgs Revisited, which includes a few demos and live tracks. I had forgotten how much I loved this album until just recently.

- Dan

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Password: ongakubaka

Sunday, April 15, 2007

Parts & Labor - Mapmaker


It's pretty rare for a band to be able pull off an album such as this one, but Parts & Labor have managed to do so. Punk rhythms and catchy pop-like vocals, but plenty of noise for those noisy kids. The first track, "Fractured Skies", sets you up for something pretty special, complete with a horn section with a rhythm that feels similar to those heard on a Neutral Milk Hotel record. Although Neutral Milk Hotel is not a likely influence, one can definitely hear an obvious Hüsker Dü influence, which works out quite nicely. Overall, I'm looking forward to seeing these guys with Adult. on May 5th, and I am extremely pleased that there is a band out there, with a sound like this, that can thoroughly entertain my picky ass.

- Dan

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Saturday, April 14, 2007

Cabaret Voltaire - Red Mecca


You know, I've been sitting on the new Black Rebel Motorcycle Club record for a couple of weeks now, but I just can't bring myself to upload it. I love the BRMC but the new record is some straight up U2 loving, overproduced, glossy, radio ready bullshit. I almost caved in and uploaded it today, but I decided it would be better to give you something old and awesome instead of something new and shitty. Maybe I should actually talk about what I've posted. As far as being cutting edge and generally not giving a fuck goes, Cabaret Voltaire reigns supreme. They started out in the mid-70's making noise and industrial music while the majority of the world was listening to Steely Dan. By the time the 1980's hit, they were one-upping their post punk peers by infusing funk, jazz, and tape loops into their music. In the early 90's when techno was just a tiny blip on the radar, Cabaret Voltaire were incorporating house and electronic into their records. Red Mecca is probably my favorite CB album, but really their entire body of work is pretty interesting. This album was a transition period for the band between their noise rock past and the more commercial friendly new wave sound they would adopt on later releases like The Crackdown. The result is pretty much a perfect median between artsy experimentation and infectious grooves.

- Steve

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Thursday, April 12, 2007

Pan's Labyrinth - OST

If I was forced to chose a favorite movie of 2006, it would be a toss up between and The Departed and Pan's Labyrinth. Although both are backed by a soundtrack incredibly fitting for the movie, the Pan's Labyrinth soundtrack is far superior. I had noticed the music while watching the movie, but just recently downloaded the OST. I've always been a sucker for classical music that carries heavy emotion. Javier Navarette often uses the single lullaby that is heard in the movie, and expresses it through various instruments throughout the album. He has composed both an effective and affective sound for Guillermo del Toro's film. Beautiful yet haunting, whimsical, hopeful, and powerful, it's a perfect soundtrack to accompany a perfect movie.

- Dan

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also, someone needs to buy me this poster...

Deerhunter - Fluorescent Grey EP


(LINK FIXED 4/28/08)

This EP is the followup to Deerhunter's solid sophomore release Cryptograms. The songs on Cryptograms were great because they slowly built tension over ambient tracks and then crushed your body into druggy splinters with an LSD soaked avalanche of psychedelic noise. With Fluorescent Grey the band seems to be heading in a different, but equally effective direction with their music. This EP feels much more condensed, and instead of building songs up Deerhunter goes straight for the jugular. These songs aren't nearly as experimental, but the songwriting is still top notch. Don't pass this shit up kids.

- Steve

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Wednesday, April 11, 2007

The Cassettes - 'Neath the Pale Moon

EDIT: I FIXED THE BUSTED LINK FOR THE ADULT. RECORD



The Cassettes are a side project of former Frodus/Decahedron singer Shelby Cinca, playing an eclectic mix of psychedelic rock, punk, twangy country, and beatles inspired pop rock. The instrumentation here matches the equally bizarre sound crafted by the band. Cinca plays a resonator guitar, another member of the band simultaneously plays an accordion and a Moog synth, a creepy bald guy plays the thermamin (and yes, there are killer theramin solos) and a Hare Krishna looking guy switches between the tabla and regular drums. This is one of the better records released last year, and easily one of the most original as well.

- Steve

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Monday, April 9, 2007

End. - The Sounds of Disaster

Over the last 3 years or so, this album has been one of my most played, specifically while driving in my car. I am extremely picky when it comes to electronic music, but this is everything I could ever want from the genre. If you aren't a fan of techno of any kind, I gaurantee you this is the one album that may win you over. If Quentin Tarentino or Guy Ritchie were musicians, this would be their sound. Watching Pulp Fiction/Reservior Dogs/Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, and listening to End. are practically one in the same. Highly Recommended.

- Dan

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Sunday, April 8, 2007

Beulah - Demo


This is a limited tour/independent record store only version of Beulah's final album, Yoko. The tracks here are all unmastered, unmixed, and mostly acoustic versions recorded on a 4-track. As much as I love Yoko, many of these songs are just flat out better on this rough demo. Tracks like "A Man Like Me" and "Me and Jesus Don't Talk Anymore" really pack an emotional wallop when they're stripped down to the bare essentials. I'm usually not the kind of person that supports sugary pop rock, but Beulah's great hooks and solid lyrics make them undeniably great. Also, to make up for my lack of updating as of late, I'm including a video of John Vanderslice humping the shit out of Miles Kurosky of Beulah.

- Steve



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Saturday, April 7, 2007

Throbbing Gristle - Part Two: The Endless Not

Although I rarely listen to them (except for the track "What a Day" from their 1979 release, which I listen to quite often), I very much appreciate the influence Throbbing Gristle has had on experimental music in general, but I could care less about anything and everything considered to be "industrial." Their first studio album in 25 years was originally slated for a September 2006 release, but for unknown reasons was pushed back to this month. The album as a whole is very entertaining and a very good effort by a group who have not recorded in over 20 years. It is much more polished than any other of their releases, which I suppose should be expected, and they manage to maintain some of the intensity heard in early releases using their typical approach of churning electronic rhythms accompanied by noise improvisations, but the album is not nearly as unsettling as some of the early material. When I hear Throbbing Gristle, I want to be disturbed, confused, and impressed all at the same time, and although there are moments throughout the album where I begin to feel those emotions, they never fall through. But hey, at least they're still pretty fucking weird.

- Dan

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Zubi Zuva - Jehovah



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Thank God for the early to mid 90s Japanese experimental scene. "...this latest curveball from Ruins mastermind Yoshida Tatsuya is a work of insane genius. Zubi Zuva is a freewheeling a cappella vocal trio, running the gamut from Gregorian Chant and Buddhist Shomyo to doo-wop, hardcore and looney tunes -- of course, as usual, all in a language of Yoshida's invention. Essential listening for those interested in the outer limits of weirdness." Jehovah was released in 1996, and wonderfully blends humor with pure genius. Rather than describing their sound myself, or attempting to explain exactly why it is badass, I'll rely on this video to explain.

- Dan

Thursday, April 5, 2007

Joanna Newsom and the Ys Street Band EP



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The new EP contains one new song, and two reworkings from previous albums. Her album Ys (produced/recorded by Steve Albini) is probably my favorite album of 2006. I had heard bits and pieces of her first album, and I mostly definitely could not get past her squeeky voice, but, with the release of Ys, I am officially a BIG fan of Joanna Newsom. She's made the right adjustments to her vocals, and has become a lyrical goddess. The most intriguing thing about her voice is her unique range. There are moments where she sounds like a 12 year old and others where she sounds like an 85 year old woman. The medievil and colonial era references throughout her lyrics are absolutely perfect. ANYWAYS, the new EP is entertaining and very well done, but being backed by a band takes away from the intensity of both her voice and lyrics. It is well-worth the listen, but for those who have not jumped on the Joanna Newsom bandwagon yet are better off starting with YS, which is also available to download below.

- Dan



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Wednesday, April 4, 2007

VA - New York Noise


This record is a bizarre combination of experimental rock, free jazz, hip hop, disco, and punk. In fact, the majority of these bands seem to be trying to cover all of these genres simultaneously. It's rare that I come across a compilation with virtually no weak tracks, but this definitely is one. Even the whitest white men will be shaking their asses to this. It also serves as an excellent documentation of every band The Rapture completely ripped off to get rich.

- Steve

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Boredoms - Super Roots 9

Ahhhhhhhhhh. This is the first addition to Boredoms' "Super Roots" series in nearly 8 years, and it is easily the most amazing thing released so far this year. It is beyond reviewable so I won't waste my time. Just download and listen.

- Dan

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Of Montreal - Pre Cherry Peel Demos



This album is a collection of demos recorded by the band that pre-date the original release of Cherry Peel. You'll recognize most of the tracks from other releases, but there are a few you haven't heard. Those, like me, who miss the old sound of Of Montreal will appreciate this collection of tunes. Those who prefer the new sound, or don't even know Of Montreal existed before the Outback Steakhouse commercial, are sadly missing out, but they will be very happy to know that the band will be making an appearance April 12th on Late Night with Conan O'Brien.

- Dan

Tracklist:

01 - Dreaming Of You
02 - Waiting On The Weather
03 - Lovely Notes
04 - Sleeping In The Beatle Bug
05 - Don't Ask Me To Explain
06 - Does My Voice Not Have Wings
07 - I Can't Stop Your Memory
08 - On The Drive Home
09 - Unknown
10 - Big Tittied Sluts
11 - Springtime Is The Season
12 - Garden Gate World
13 - Montreal
14 - Happiness + Love
15 - Scenes From My Funeral
16 - Panda Bear
17 - When You're Loved Like You Are

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Tuesday, April 3, 2007

Animal Collective - People EP


When released a few months back, many had dismissed the new EP as leftovers from the last record, which I would have to agree with, but any leftover from Feels is worth a listen to me. Animal Collective's sound is so centered on a single idea that it forces the listener to concentrate on its atmosphere alone. The three new tracks on the EP demonstrates this perfectly (specifically the first track). Any fan who is desperate for new material will be pleased to hear the new EP. The bands next scheduled release is coming this fall.

- Dan

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Adult. - Why Bother?



Adult. (yes, that period is important) have returned with their new LP "Why Bother?". On this release the band has ditched guitarist Samuel Consiglio, and yet somehow as a duo have created their heaviest record to date. This is some bleak, dark, and flat out fucking cold music. Many of the noisier tracks found here hearken back to the industrial punk rock bands of the early 1980's such as Throbbing Gristle. Nicola Kuperus' wild vocal style is as menacing as ever, and the songs are extremely well crafted. This is one of the first great releases of 2007.

- Steve

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Monday, April 2, 2007

8-Bit Operators - An 8-Bit Tribute to Kraftwerk



(LINK FIXED 9/17/07)

As the name implies, this is a compilation of various electronic artists paying homage to their roots by covering classic Kraftwerk tracks using original Gameboy and NES game systems as instruments. It's absolutely amazing how much these artists are able to pump out of simple 8-bit chip sets that weren't designed to be used to create music in the first place. Kraftwerk is a group I've never really loved, but always respected for the foundation they've laid for thousands artists in dozens of genres inspired by their work. The covers found on this records do a great job of not just rehashing the classic Kraftwerk sound, and at the same time maintaining the integrity of the original songs.

- Steve

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Sunday, April 1, 2007

Plastic Little - She's Mature

I am most definitely not a very big fan of most hip hop or rap, but something has clicked with Plastic Little and I. These guys most definitely do not give a fuck. 90% of what comes out of their mouths is absolutely ridiculous. For example... "i'm pro-choice, moist, and fresher than your average throw-away or throw-back or throw-pillow pornstar with a soft belly blacker than ron jeremy pumping personality into hoes with a 5th of soco." and the album only gets more interesting from there. Any fan of Spank Rock or Ghostface (both of which make guest appearances) will like this shit.

-Dan

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