Archive for March 2009

THE LOVETONES – Dimensions

March 19, 2009

Dimensions is the Australian band’s fourth album. Frontman Matthew Tow was previously in the band Drop City, recorded several solo albums under the name Colorsound, and also played guitar for the Brian Jonestown Massacre on one of their tours and wrote two songs for the BJM’s album This Is Our Music. The Lovetones play psychedelic […]

VOX JAGUARS – Vox Jaguars EP

March 18, 2009

This is the debut EP from these four Californian boys, two of which are still in high school. They’re a very young band and have a lot of room to grow, but their first release shows them as a band that should definitely be watched. It’s fuzzy, rough around the edges, lo-fi garage/punk/rock. The singer […]

THE TAKEOVER UK – Running With The Wasters

March 17, 2009

The boys from Pittsburgh (who have a British name, sound, and album title) present their first full-length album. Upbeat rockandroll/power-pop with a bit of a punk edge makes up most of the album, with a few slower tracks as well (including one that has a noticeable country influence to it). They’re fun and seem like […]

SAY HI – Oohs & Aahs

March 16, 2009

Oohs & Aahs is Say Hi’s sixth album, if you count the two under it’s current name, and the four released under the Say Hi To Your Mom moniker. Eric Elbogen played every sound that appears on this album, and every sound is very nice. The album is filled with wonderful indie pop that has […]

BEADS – No One Knows

March 13, 2009

BEADS is the duo of Snow and Garnet Keim, two brothers who are also two-thirds of The Blakes. The record starts out with a drunk-sounding southern-rock/garage song, “Evil”, which is probably the best track on here. As the album continues on, they explore psychedelia, Britpop, and the lighter, acoustic side of things as well. The […]

CLEM SNIDE – Hungry Bird

March 12, 2009

<img src=”http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y278/arada112/clem.jpg&#8221; width=”250″ height=”250″></img> This is the band’s sixth studio album and first in four years. They are led by a man with one of the best names ever: Eef Barzelay. Their sound on this record is one of indie/folk/country/pop, and it’s very mellow and easy-going. Eef has a unique voice that you will either […]

JEREMY JAY – Slow Dance

March 11, 2009

This is the second album from Jeremy Jay and his bandmates; it’s been less than a year since his first album, A Place Where We Could Go, came out in May 2008. Slow Dance seems to have a lot more synth than his debut did, and the songs seem to be a lot stronger as […]

BISHOP ALLEN – Grrr…

March 10, 2009

The Brooklyn-via-Massachusetts band releases their third full-length album, and the second one to be on the Dead Oceans label. They had their song “Middle Management” off of their previous album, The Broken String, featured on the Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist soundtrack and also appeared in the film. This increased attention has not meant a […]

NEW FOUND GLORY – Not Without A Fight

March 9, 2009

They’re from Florida, and have been around since the end of the 90’s. Not Without A Fight is their sixth proper studio album, following the release of Tip of the Iceberg/Takin’ It Ova!, which featured an EP billed to NFG and a full-length by NFG masquerading as the International Superheroes of Hardcore. Not Without A […]

PLUSHGUN – Pins & Panzers

March 5, 2009

Debut album for the Brooklyn-based group that began as a solo project for Daniel Ignala, but has since evolved into the trio that it is today. They make cute indie pop/synth pop with very pleasant male vocals. Bleeps and bloops throughout. It’s fun, sugary goodness, and very well done. RIYL The Postal Service. http://www.myspace.com/plushgun http://www.plushgun.com

AN HORSE – Rearrange Beds

March 4, 2009

They’re from Brisbane, Australia, and this is their first full-length album. They are a duo, comprised of Kate Cooper and Damon Cox. They play fairly standard indie pop/rock, with female vocals. It is pretty good. They remind me of Tegan and Sara quite a bit. http://www.myspace.com/anhorse http://www.anhorse.com

MALAJUBE – Labyrinthes

March 3, 2009

Excellent third album from the Montreal quartet. All of their songs are sung in French. I don’t speak that language, but the music is so good that it doesn’t matter that I have no idea what they are saying. Really awesome ‘indie rock’ and well worth giving a listen. If you speak French, let me […]

BELL ORCHESTRE – As Seen Through The Windows

March 2, 2009

Their second album. Two of their members are in the Arcade Fire. All of their songs are instrumental. You could classify them as indie/experimental if you needed to, I suppose. They would sound best on a long drive through a desolate winter landscape. http://www.myspace.com/bellorchestre http://www.bellorchestre.com