Archive for September 2008

Raine MaidaThe Hunter’s Lullaby

September 30, 2008

This is the first solo album for the Canadian, he is well-known for being the frontman of Our Lady Peace. This album was originally released in 2007 but is just now being promoted to college radio. Since he is the voice of OLP, this is bound to sound similar to them. However, this has more […]

Kings of LeonOnly By The Night

September 29, 2008

The Followills (brothers Nathan, Caleb, Jared, and cousin Matthew, respectively) return for their fourth full-length album. Hailing from Nashville, they were originally referred to as the “Southern Strokes” for their blending of Southern rock with indie and garage rock. But this album feels restrained and doesn’t really kick out the jams; there’s some cringe-inducing lyrics […]

KoufaxStrugglers

September 26, 2008

The band presents their fourth full-length album. Band leader Robert Suchran wrote this album in the fall of 2007 while living in Prague. Though they used to be known as an emo band, they now have more of a grandiose rock/pop/80’s-influenced sound. I suppose they remind me of the Killers or U2 at times. Overall, […]

All Girl Summer Fun BandLooking Through It

September 25, 2008

The Portland trio of Kathy Foster, Jen Sbragia, and Kim Baxter (They used to be a quartet; former member Ari Douangpanya opted out of being a part of this record to focus on being a mom) offers up their third full-length and first since 2003’s “2”. This is also their first album to appear on […]

The Mystery TrampsWe Are The Mystery Tramps EP

September 24, 2008

They’re from Boston. I’m not sure how old they are, though they look like they are about fifteen. Prior to this EP, they released another EP and a full-length CD. They play a mix of pop/pop-punk/rock, though some songs teeter dangerously to the edge of being labeled as “emo”. The vocalist whines his way through […]

Mother MotherO My Heart

September 23, 2008

From Vancouver, this five-piece presents their second full-length album. There’s a brother and a sister in the band, it’s always good to see families making rock music together. The album is full of indie pop/rock with boy/girl vocals and harmonies, and some folk-rock influences (such as finger-plucked guitar, strings). It’s quirky and can get a […]

Boston SpaceshipsBrown Submarine

September 22, 2008

Following the conclusion of Guided By Voices, Robert Pollard has released a number of solo albums; Boston Spaceships is his new band. It’s a trio as Pollard is joined by Chris Slusarenko, another former GBV member, and John Moen, who is in the Decemberists. Boston Spaceships sound very similar to GBV, and should please fans […]

Passion PitChunk Of Change

September 19, 2008

Electropop from Boston. Rather busy sounding. Heavy on the synths. Apparently the guy behind this wrote these songs as a Valentine’s Day present for his girlfriend, which explains titles like “Smile Upon Me” and “Cuddle Fuddle.” Originally recorded solo, gigs now feature a full five-piece band. At times, I ask myself if this is a […]

Noah And The WhalePeaceful The World Lays Me Down

September 18, 2008

Folk/pop/tweefolk from England. This is the band’s debut. They are already big in the UK, having their song “5 Years Time” crack the UK chart’s Top Ten. Mostly warbly/yelpy male vocals, which can be a bit much at times. However, the female backing vocals are very nice. Not bad stuff. Recommended if you like Thanksgiving/Adrian […]

The WeeksComeback Cadillac

September 17, 2008

They’re a five-piece (two of which, the drummer and guitarist, are brothers) from Jackson, Mississippi. This is their debut album. If this is what Southern rock is nowadays, you can count me in. Rockandroll with bluesy-garage rock overtones, and a lead singer that sounds like he’s smoked one too many cigarettes. Imagine the Kings of […]

Band MarinoThe Sea & The Beast

September 16, 2008

They are a five-piece from Orlando. This album, their debut, was originally released in 2006 but has seen a nationwide “indie record shop” push this past year. As for the music, it’s indie folk-rock, complete with mandolin, banjo, and harmonica. The lead singer has a very distinct voice; imagine Of Montreal’s Kevin Barnes spending time […]

The SubwaysAll Or Nothing

September 15, 2008

The second full-length for the powertrio that features Billy Lunn on guitar and vocals, Charlotte Cooper on bass and vocals, and Josh Morgan on drums. Though they are from Britain, they recorded this album in Los Angeles with the production assistance of Butch Vig, the drummer for Garbage and long-time producer (he’s worked with Nirvana, […]

Eddy Current Suppression RingPrimary Colours

September 12, 2008

They are from Australia and the band members have awesome names like “Rob Solid” and “Danny Current.” It’s always great when members take on names related to their band name – and even better when their musical chops are just as cool as their chosen names. And cool this band is. They play a mixture […]

Brian WilsonThat Lucky Old Sun

September 11, 2008

The new solo album from the legend that is Brian Wilson. The theme of this album is California, and all of the songs bear a sunny, warm vibe that feels just like how I imagine summertime California would. He gets help from Van Dyke Parks on the narratives, which are just spoken word over background […]

Prima DonnaAfter Hours

September 10, 2008

They’re a five-piece from Hollywood. Lead singer/guitarist Kevin Preston also does guitar duty for Green Day’s side project, Foxboro Hot Tubs. Prima Donna is a glam/punk rock band, complete with dumb lyrics, big guitars, and saxophone that would make the Stones proud of the instrument’s usage in rock music. I like bands like this; they’re […]

The Airborne Toxic EventThe Airborne Toxic Event

September 9, 2008

Debut for the five-piece that is based out of Los Feliz, California (near Los Angeles). Right now they are on tour opening for The Fratellis, which should be your first clue to the quality of the music they make. They play rock/post-punk. Imagine if Franz Ferdinand and Interpol had a one-night stand; this band could […]

Jaguar LoveTake Me To The Sea

September 8, 2008

Their debut; features Johnny Whitney, Cody Votolato (ex-Blood Brothers members) and J Clark (ex-Pretty Girls Make Graves). The vocalist, Johnny Whitney, continues on his Blood Brothers style of high-pitched screams, singing, screeching, and talking. The music is a less chaotic version of Blood Brothers. If you like the Mars Volta and hardcore, and want them […]

Black GhostsBlack Ghosts

September 7, 2008

Debut album for the duo of Simon Lord (former member of Simian) and Theo Keating (The Wiseguys). They are based out of London. Marketed as a dancey electrorock group, several of the songs on here are slow and boring and highlight the fact that their singer isn’t that good. However, the faster songs live up […]

BirdmonsterFrom The Mountain To The Sea

September 6, 2008

The second full-length for the San Francisco group. Their first album brought them many comparisons to Modest Mouse, but this album is full of melodic indie rock that now comes with country/Americana/outdoorsy overtones. Male vocals that are very nice. My favorite song off the disc is “The Iditarod”; Greg Crane’s music video for the song […]