Archive for April 2009

LEFT ALONE – Left Alone

April 30, 2009

California 3-piece gives us their fourth full-length. Fun, upbeat punk with ska influences. Recommended if you like new-school punk and The Clash (“Sad Story” even seems to have a reference to the Clash). http://www.myspace.com/leftalonepunx http://www.leftalone.net Advertisements

DUSTY RHODES AND THE RIVER BAND – Palace and Stage

April 29, 2009

Second full-length for the Californian band. They might be on the Side One Dummy label, but they’re far from your average punk band; they combine elements of folk, country, classic rock, punk, and more to create a highly enjoyable sound. They have toured with bands like Flogging Molly, Dirty Pretty Things, and Gogol Bordello. Their […]

THE FRESH AND ONLYS – The Fresh and Onlys

April 28, 2009

San Francisco band’s debut. Reverby 60’s influenced pop/garage rock/pscyh with male vocals and female backing vox. Overall really cool. Recommended if you like Thee Oh Sees, Raveonettes, and similar bands. http://www.myspace.com/thefreshonlys thefreshandonlys.com

THE RIPPERS – Why Should I Care About You?

April 27, 2009

Ripper I, Ripper II, Ripper III, and Ripper IV are from Sardinia, Italy. Their newest album (to date) packs twelve songs into thirty-three minutes of kick-ass garage punk/rock, a bit of harmonica for some added awesomeness, and Ripper IV spewing out lyrics that are difficult to decipher. They seem like the kind of guys who […]

COCKTAIL SLIPPERS – Saint Valentine’s Day Massacre

April 24, 2009

This is the third album (and second for Wicked Cool) for the all-female band from Oslo, Norway. They play a mix of powerpop and garage rock with lots of girl-group harmonizing. Some of the artists they remind me of are the girls in the B-52’s, Chrissie Hynde of the Pretenders, and the Pipettes – but […]

ART BRUT – Art Brut Vs. Satan

April 23, 2009

Art Brut Vs. Satan is the British quintet’s third full-length; this one is produced by Frank Black aka Black Francis aka Charles Michael Kittridge Thompson IV aka the lead singer for the Pixies. We get eleven songs of fun, upbeat British rock/post-punk goodness filled with witty lyrics (many referencing other bands, songs, and music in […]

FITZ AND THE TANTRUMS – Songs For A Breakup, Volume 1

April 22, 2009

Born in France but raised in Los Angeles, here comes Fitz (and the Tantrums). This EP of 5 songs is said to have been recorded in Fitz’s living room using only one microphone and written about an ex-girlfriend. The sound is one of poppy soul with a retro vibe that recalls the 60’s heyday of […]

PETER BJORN AND JOHN – Living Thing

April 21, 2009

The Swedish trio’s third album, following their debut, Writer’s Block and their instrumental album, Seaside Rock. This album is more on the experimental side of indie pop as they branch out into sparser, stripped down songs that still exhibit a decisive 60’s pop influence. Nothing on here is as poppy as their hits “Young Folks” […]

METRIC – Fantasies

April 20, 2009

The fourth full-length for the Brooklyn-born, Canadian-raised quartet. This set seems very polished and glossy to me (maybe a bit too much?) and is quite heavy on the synths. They’re still in fine form and Emily Haines sure does have a good voice, but there aren’t many songs to dance to, which makes me sad. […]

JUNIOR BOYS – Begone Dull Care

April 17, 2009

Third full-length for the Canadian duo of Jeremy Greenspan and Matthew Didemus. It’s really laid-back electropop with lots of blips, bleeps, and bloops. The vocals are sung/whispered in a manner so that they sound very intimate. Recommended if you like Hot Chip’s slower tracks. The album title references the abstract animated film of Norman McLaren, […]

WAU Y LOS ARRRGHS – VIVEN

April 9, 2009

Wau Y Los Arrrghs!!! are from Valencia, Spain and sing mostly in Spanish, though they do have a few lyrics in English as well. They play garage rock, so far this is the best garage rock album I have heard this year! They rock. Awesome. http://www.myspace.com/wauylosarrrghs