Archive for October 2008

Sebastien GraingerSebastien Grainger And The Mountains

October 29, 2008

This is his debut solo album. He is best known for his work with the drum-and-bass dance-punk duo, Death From Above 1979. He continues to play upbeat dance rock/punk on this album, but for the most part, it is less abrasive and more accessible than DFA1979. In fact, this album really rocks. It is recommended […]

The So So GlosTourism/Terrorism

October 28, 2008

They’re a quartet of young dudes from Brooklyn, and they play rock/punk/garage. The singer reminds me of The Hives’ Howlin’ Pelle Almqvist. They have a bit of a DIY/lo-fi feel to them. They are really cool but, unfortunately, the singer likes to say “fuck” so there’s not too many radio-friendly songs. Of course if you […]

Kaiser ChiefsOff With Their Heads

October 27, 2008

The five lads from Leeds return with their third album. They continue to combine Britrock, mod, pop, post-punk, new-wave, and rockandroll influences into their music. While the songs aren’t as immediately catchy as the ones on their first album, Employment (see: “I Predict A Riot”), they display a more muscular sound that even incorporates different […]

Ryan Adams And The CardinalsCardinology

October 24, 2008

You’ve probably heard of Ryan Adams. The prolific songwriter returns for a new album with his band, The Cardinals. This will be their third official album together, though The Cardinals also played on Ryan’s 2007 solo album, Easy Tiger, and an EP, Follow The Lights, in addition to their work on the full-length albums Cold […]

Tom GabelAnna Is A Stool Pigeon single

October 23, 2008

He is the lead singer for Against Me! This is the single for his debut solo EP, Heart Burns, which comes out on October 28, 2008. The sound is different from Against Me! in that it is acoustic-guitar based, but it still has politically-charged lyrics and Tom’s trademark angry young man spoken vocals. It’s good […]

Lindsey BuckinghamGift Of Screws

October 22, 2008

Let it be known that I love Lindsey Buckingham, so this review may be a bit biased. You should recognize his name from Fleetwood Mac, or perhaps from Buckingham Nicks. Gift Of Screws is his fifth solo album and showcases his wonderful fingerpicking guitar style, incorporated excellently into the pop/rock sound that he creates. It’s […]

Chris DiffordThe Last Temptation of Chris

October 21, 2008

He was the co-founder (with Glenn Tilbrook) and lyricist for the British pop/new-wave band Squeeze. This is his third solo album. His lyrics tend to be stories about everyday events and people, sometimes deviating to topics that most writers wouldn’t want to touch (example: “Reverso” is about vasectomy). The songs are all very good and […]

Jackson UnitedHarmony And Dissidence

October 20, 2008

Chris Shiflett has played with Foo Fighters, No Use For A Name, Me First and the Gimme Gimmes, and Viva Death, among other bands; this is the second album for his band Jackson United. Alt-rock with punk influences which are evidenced through the ‘political’ themes that are present throughout the album’s lyrics. Possibly if Green […]

The Little OnesMorning Tide

October 17, 2008

Very nice pop on the debut for the Los Angeles quintet. The music has a warm, sunny, upbeat feel to it. Soak up the sun with this album. I saw them at SXSW ’08 and they were good, and so is their CD. Recommended if you like pop music influenced by the Beach Boys. It […]

Eagles of Death MetalWannabe in L.A. single

October 9, 2008

The new single from their third album, Heart On, which comes out on October 28, 2008. If you’re not familiar with them (you should be!), the core of EoDM is Josh Homme (Kyuss/QOTSA) and Jesse Hughes. Homme rocks the drums and Hughes does vocals and guitar duty. They are a lot of fun and they […]

Jack’s MannequinThe Glass Passenger

October 8, 2008

The main man behind this band is Something Corporate’s Andrew McMahon. According to a friend who saw him play with Something Corporate about five years ago, he is amazing live; he treats his piano in much the same way Ben Folds does – believing that the keys aren’t the only part of the instrument that […]

Japanese MotorsJapanese Motors

October 7, 2008

Awesome! garage pop/surf/rock on the debut from the Costa Mesa, California quartet. I can’t really say too much more about them, except that they are coolest band I have listened to in a while. Picture the Strokes going surfing. This band is SO GOOD.

Catfish HavenDevastator

October 6, 2008

Rock with soul/blues influences from the Chicago power trio of George Hunter (vocals/guitar), Miguel Castillo (bass), and Ryan Farnham (drums). This is their second full-length. I can definitely dig a band that sounds like this, they know how to rock. As an aside, I saw them open for The Hold Steady in 2006 and they […]

Cold War KidsLoyalty To Loyalty

October 3, 2008

They’re from California, this is their sophomore album. They are classified as “indie rock,” though that term really doesn’t mean much these days. I think they sound like they have the vocalist of Ghostland Observatory (though Cold War Kids’ lead singer, Nathan Willett, wishes he was Thom Yorke instead of the guy from Ghostland) crossed […]

Ben FoldsWay To Normal

October 2, 2008

Way To Normal is the third proper album from everyone’s favorite piano rocker. In the nineties, Ben was the leader of Ben Folds Five, who gave Weezer a run for their money as the coolest power-pop band that your nerdy friend liked. Today, Ben is now 42 years old, yet he still appeals widely to […]

Tobias FrobergTurn Heads

October 1, 2008

Froberg is from Sweden and this is his third album. He has produced several songs for the solo work of Peter Bjorn and John’s Peter Moren. Moren makes a guest appearance on this album, contributing vocals to the song “Just Behind A Brickwall”. Froberg’s music is best classified as singer-songwriter indie pop, with some folk-pop […]