Archive for January 2008

Shelby Bryant – Luscious

January 31, 2008

I had high hopes for this album based upon the awful album art. It kind of reminds me of what it would sound like if The Unicorns/Islands mated with the Flaming Lips and the results were not as good as they should be. Quirky lo-fi pop stuff. This is the closest I can find to […]

The Alphabetical OrderI Am Magically Happening!

January 30, 2008

These guys (and girl) are definitely influenced by 90’s D.C. emo/hardcore, with extra bits of rock and punk influences as well. Songs tend to vary in style from one another but maintain their hardcore energy throughout. The second half of this album is remarkably boring. They’re okay, but certainly not great. “Submarines” was my favorite […]

Ghostland ObservatoryDancing On My Grave single

January 29, 2008

The new single from their upcoming third full-length album. They are a weird mix of trashy electronica, dance, rock, and funk. The singer has a distinctive, high-pitched voice. The B-side to the single, the instrumental “Club Soda,” is the best track on this three-song sampler. A band for the more adventurous person to enjoy. As […]

The WhitsundaysThe Whitsundays

January 28, 2008

60’s influenced “reverb-wrapped” pop music, I quite like it. Would play nice with bands like The Shins, Spoon, etc., plus older 60’s pop bands. The chorus on #6 is strangely reminiscent of The Who’s “Boris The Spider” despite not having anything in common at all. http://www.myspace.com/thewhitsundays http://www.friendlyfirerecordings.com/Bands/Whitsundays/whitsundays.html

The DecemberistsPicaresque

January 28, 2008

Having heard the song , “The Mariner’s Revenge Song,” I had great hopes for this album. This song, albeit almost nine minutes long, had great vocals, storytelling and backup musically. To follow that up, “The Infanta,” with it’s unusual introduction, sits in my mind as the second best song. The rest of the album blurs […]

The FleshtonesTake A Good Look!

January 26, 2008

Formed in Queens in 1976, these guys have been releasing records since the early 1980s. A testament to the fact that being old doesn’t mean you can’t rock, these guys know how to kick out the jams. Twelve tracks of solid toe-tappin’ garage-rock pop goodness, this rocks. Thank goodness for bands like this. http://www.myspace.com/fleshtones http://www.fleshtones.org

AA BondyAmerican Hearts

January 25, 2008

The new solo album from AA Bondy, who is actually Scott Bondy, who used to be the lead singer of the alt/indie band, Verbena. This is acoustic, stripped-down folk music that has country and blues influences. His voice is reminiscent of Patrick Park. Very laid-back, music to play if you are just going to relax […]

The GentzRock City

January 24, 2008

This band hails from New York but recorded this album in Detroit. This album is awesome! A throwback to 1980’s pop/rock with a power-pop/New-Wave edge and romantic feeling to some of the songs; guitar solos and keyboard flourishes on some tracks. Excellent. I need a Camaro to ride around in and blare this from the […]

The Battle RoyaleWake Up, Thunderbabe!

January 23, 2008

Out of Minneapolis, here is their second album. The first half is a strange mix of electronic-dance-rock, similar to The Faint, except not as dark. The second half segues into indie-dance/pop territory. The vocals can get annoying after a bit. Just alright. http://www.myspace.com/thebattleroyalemusic http://www.afternoonrecords.com/thebattleroyale

Nina Nastasia – Dogs

January 22, 2008

Nina Nastasia’s debut album impresses with a strong leading vocal and a simple acoustic guitar backing. This debut comes out with a variety of instruments played by associates, ranging from many stringed instruments (cello, mandolin, violin) to the drums and piano. Although this album was released in 2000, only 1,500 copies were released out of […]

The RopesCry To The Beat EP

January 22, 2008

Here is the newest EP from New York City’s female-fronted dance-rock band, The Ropes. The different parts of the songs, such as verse/chorus/bridge, don’t really flow together naturally and it makes for a jarring listen. It sounds like they can write decent parts of songs, but not whole songs. An underwhelming effort. As a side […]