Archive for November 2008

The Takeover UKIt’s All Happening

November 27, 2008

Four lads from…Pittsburgh! This is their debut EP. They are awesome. They play upbeat rockandroll that has powerpop influences and a sprinkling of punk thrown in for good measure. Great stuff. They remind me of Locksley. Spin this! http://www.myspace.com/thetakeoveruk http://www.rykodisc.com/thetakeoveruk/bio Advertisements

LAKEOh, The Places We’ll Go

November 26, 2008

Delightful indie pop on the third album from this Olympia, Washington group of musicians. Both male and female vocals. It has a lo-fi 70’s feel to it. Very well done. http://www.myspace.com/lakemusicmusic http://www.laketheband.com

Past LivesStrange Symmetry

November 25, 2008

Features ex-Blood Brothers members Jordan Blilie (vocals), Morgan Henderson (guitar/keyboard), and Mark Gajadhar (drums), as well as ex-Shoplifting member Devin Welch (guitar), who at one point, was also in the Blood Brothers. The result is a band that sounds very similar to the Blood Brothers – “experimental” rock with post-hardcore influences and angsty high-pitched male […]

AnnualsSuch Fun

November 24, 2008

They were talked about quite a bit in 2006 when their debut, Be He Me, was released, but soon after it seemed no one cared about this North Carolina band much anymore. But they’re back with their second album and it’s decent stuff. Folky indie-rock, they remind me of an indie pop version of My […]

The (International) Noise ConspiracyThe Cross Of My Calling

November 21, 2008

Their fourth studio full-length album. They’re Swedish so my review isn’t even necessary; put it on, press play, you know it’s gonna be good! But if you need more info, they play rock/pop/punk/garage-punk. Their sound is more polished on this record than it was in the past. Their guitarist is named Lars, the drummer is […]

Dead To MeLittle Brother EP

November 20, 2008

Good ol’ pop/punk from San Francisco. This is their second release; their debut, Cuban Ballerina, was released in 2006. They are fun and I like them. Good upbeat music. They are similar to their label mates of Fat Wreck Chords, which includes some of the big bands of the 90’s pop/punk scene – NOFX, Less […]

Isobel Campbell and Mark LaneganSunday At Devil Dirt

November 19, 2008

Their second album together, following in the footsteps of 2006’s Ballad Of The Broken Seas. Isobel Campbell is best known for her work with Belle and Sebastian and The Gentle Waves Mark Lanegan is recognized for singing with Screaming Trees, Queens of the Stone Age, and The Gutter Twins. Both have also released solo albums. […]

Snow PatrolA Hundred Million Suns

November 18, 2008

This is the fifth full-length for the band whose members hail from both Scotland and Ireland. They have experienced a massive increase in their fanbase due to the single “Chasing Cars” off of their last album, Eyes Open. Their sound can be classified as poppy alt-rock that is fit to be played to an arena […]

Thing OneYou’ll Be Fine

November 17, 2008

Hailing from New Jersey, they started out playing hip-hop but they have since evolved into an electropop/dance/rock band. There are still some hip-hop influences as well as some soul and funk influences, but their main objective now is to get you dancing, and they do a damn good job. I saw them live and their […]

Eagles Of Death MetalHeart On

November 14, 2008

Shit, goddamn…these guys rule. The third album for Jesse Hughes and Josh Homme, they continue their same style of upbeat rock/garage/glam that is most definitely influenced by the records that the Rolling Stones recorded during the disco era. Nothing too serious, just dumb rock music, which means that you should like it. For a good […]

Tom GabelHeart Burns EP

November 13, 2008

Tom is the frontman for the Gainesville, Florida punk band, Against Me!. Though this is officially his first solo EP, Against Me! began as his solo project, so it’s not unfamiliar territory for him. He maintains the political and protest songs of his bands, offering commentary on the world around us. This release maintains the […]

Bloc Party – Intimacy

November 5, 2008

The British quartet presents their third full-length album. Their first album was full of catchy angular rock/post-punk; the second album saw them branching out a bit, experimenting with new rhythms and electronics, but maintaining most of the good qualities that their first album possessed. On Intimacy, however, they feel like a pretentious band that shows […]