Archive for May 2008

SpiritualizedA&E

May 22, 2008

J. Spaceman and company return for the first Spiritualized album in five years and the group’s overall sixth album. The album needs more rocking of the spaces and less of the whiny, suicidal vocals (though, to be fair, J. Spaceman did almost die of pneumonia in 2005 so I guess he has a right to […]

The Republic TigersKeep Color

May 21, 2008

They’re from Kansas City, Missouri and their lead singer, Kenn Jankowski, used to front The Golden Republic. This is their debut. It’s midtempo melodic pop/rock, definitely has Britpop influences. It’s pleasant; not the most profound album by any means, but nice to listen to and relax. http://www.myspace.com/therepublictigers (They do not appear to currently have their […]

Mates of StateRe-Arrange Us

May 20, 2008

The husband-wife duo returns with their fifth full-length and second for the Barsuk label. They play cutesy indie-pop. Kori plays a variety of keyboard instruments (keys, organ, piano) and sings while Jason is the drummer and second singer. Their indie-pop is sweet and adorable, to the point that I find them to be one of […]

BlackstrapSteal My Horses and Run

May 19, 2008

This is the quintet’s sophomore album. They’re from Stockholm, Sweden, and play slightly bluesy rock’n’roll that has shoegazey influences, demonstrated through their simultaneously shimmering and fuzzy guitar lines. Mainly male vocals with female backing, though occasionally there are female leads. They remind me of the Black Rebel Motorcycle Club that I’ve heard. http://www.myspace.com/blackstrap001 http://www.blackstrap.net

Jamie Lidell – Jim

May 16, 2008

This is the third full-length release for the Brit who has frequently been touted as the new King of Soul. He’s certainly got soulful, rhythm and blues influences in his sound. Some music sites list his sound as electronic, but aside from a few electronic bits in the backing music of his songs, he owes […]

This Is Ivy LeagueSelf-Titled

May 15, 2008

This is the debut for the Brooklyn-based duo of Ryland Blackinton and Alex Suarez. It’s chock full of delightful folk-influenced pop music. They remind me of a modern-day, upbeat Simon and Garfunkel. They are super super good. So good! http://www.myspace.com/ivyleagueonline http://www.thisisivyleague.net

Death Cab For CutieNarrow Stairs

May 13, 2008

Since I don’t really like music and, therefore, don’t pay much attention to it, I’ve never heard of these guys before. I guess they’re kinda popular? Well, this is their sixth album so they must be making records for a reason. It’s indie rock/pop, the guy who sings is probably heartbroken or longing for something […]

Jeremy JayA Place Where We Could Go

May 8, 2008

This is the debut album for the Californian. It’s pop music that would feel at home in the late 1970’s. It’s okay but nothing compares to the song “Airwalker” off of the EP he released around the end of 2007. The songs on this album remind me of the Modern Lovers songs that I have […]

The Black and White YearsSelf-Titled

May 6, 2008

They are a quartet from Austin, Texas; this is their debut album. Jerry Harrison produced this and since the band didn’t have a drummer for the recording, Steve Ferrone of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers rocked the kit for this album. They play upbeat rock that has post-punk, funk, and electro influences. Since Jerry Harrison […]

These Modern SocksPicking A Lock At The Speed Of Light

May 5, 2008

They’re a five-piece from Minneapolis and this is their second album. Indie pop/rock with electronic touches. Male vocals. Very relaxing while at the same time very upbeat and not boring. Maybe it’s the clean guitar lines and the singer’s unoffensive voice? Music to take with you on your leisure trip to the Moon. http://www.myspace.com/thesemodernsocksmusic thesemodernsocks.com

Thee Oh SeesThe Master’s Bedroom is Worth Spending A Night In

May 2, 2008

Led by John Dwyer of Coachwhips fame, here is garage rock that Frankenstein’s Monster would probably play at his next social gathering. The vocals are buried in the mix and difficult to decipher; both male and female vox. Calling them a lo-fi B-52s might work, but it’s a bit of a stretch. This band is […]

The SpecimenDo U Damage EP

May 1, 2008

Led by Matt Gorny, born in Poland; New York City dweller since he was eleven. Apparently he won the John Lennon Songwriting Competition in 2007. He makes upbeat electro-infused rock that has a high level of danceability. Some of the songs are decent and could probably get played in a club somewhere. A few bored […]