Archive for June 2010

STARS – The Five Ghosts

June 30, 2010

Fifth full-length from Canada’s Stars. For me, this band is the perfect soundtrack to cold winter nights spent dreaming of your crush. I’ve always described them to others (okay, maybe just myself) as having a romantic sound. Their sound is just so warm and welcoming and Amy Milan’s angelic voice plays perfectly off of Torq […]

DEVO – Something For Everybody

June 29, 2010

DEVO!!! How could you not be excited? This is their ninth studio album and first since 1990. It’s fantastic, ridiculous new-wave pop music. Great lyrics. Catchy stuff. It’s DEVO! How could you not like it? http://www.myspace.com/devo http://www.clubdevo.com

BORN RUFFIANS – Say It

June 28, 2010

Second full-length from Toronto’s Born Ruffians. Another exercise in well-crafted indie-pop that jangles along the way. Luke LaLonde continues his yelp-laden, marbles-in-mouth-sounding vocals. I think he sounds more confident on this release. I’d still recommend this band for fans of cutesy pop music, Vampire Weekend, and Clap Your Hands Say Yeah. Not too much has […]

RATATAT – LP4

June 27, 2010

The duo of Evan Mast and Mike Stroud returns with their aptly-titled fourth album, LP4. I learned that this album is best played loudly on a decent stereo system. Your computer speakers just will not do. I also learned that I still think Ratatat’s first two albums are their best efforts. Sure, LP4 is good […]

THE GET UP KIDS – Simple Science EP

June 24, 2010

The Get Up Kids were formed in Kansas City, Missouri, in the mid-1990s and released their debut album, Four Minute Mile, in 1997. They went on to become one of the torchbearers of the late ’90s “emo” movement. But unlike Jimmy Eat World, who broke out in a big way in 2002, GUK never really […]

THE MOONDOGGIES – You’ll Find No Answers Here [EP]

June 23, 2010

New 5-song EP from this Seattle (technically, Everett, Washington, but who likes technicalities these days) band who released their debut album, Don’t Be A Stranger, in 2008. Their sophomore album, Tidelands, comes out on September 14th. Until then, if you see the Moondoggies on their tour with Blitzen Trapper, you can pick this up. The […]

WE ARE SCIENTISTS – Barbara

June 22, 2010

Third album from these guys. They’ve got a new drummer – Andy Burrows, formerly of Razorlight – for this release. Barbara is definitely a return to form for We Are Scientists. It may be just as good, if not better, than their debut album With Love And Squalor. We all know how many times I’ve […]

BOUNCING SOULS – Ghosts On The Boardwalk

June 21, 2010

Eighth full-length studio album from this band from New Brunswick, New Jersey. Last year, the band celebrated 20 years together by releasing a new song every month. This album collects those 12 songs so you can keep them all in one place. It’s hard for me to believe that the band is actually that old […]

THE BLACK KEYS – Brothers

June 20, 2010

I’ve liked the Black Keys since at least my freshman year of college. I may have heard them before then, but I can’t be sure. I have no idea what song I heard by them first but I do know that “Set You Free”, off of Thickfreakness, is a song that goes on just about […]