Archive for July 2010

RA RA RIOT – Boy EP

July 22, 2010

Ra Ra Riot were formed in Syracuse, NY, so I always feel a sense of hometown pride when I hear them mentioned (even though I’m not from Syracuse and most people from Syracuse probably have never heard of the town where I grew up or the town where I now live). Nonetheless, their ascent to […]

THE LOVE LANGUAGE – Libraries

July 7, 2010

Libraries is North Carolina’s The Love Language’s second album. I liked their first album and I like this one, too. I like the faster songs the most – they are at their best when they get the tempo cooking and the instruments rocking and everyone singing and yelling and making noise all at once. File […]

THE WAVES – Shock Horror!

July 6, 2010

The Waves were the predecessors to Katrina and the Waves. Shock Horror, their 1983 debut EP, was recently re-released to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the hit single “Walking On Sunshine” which was found on 1985’s Katrina and the Waves. Shock Horror is chock-full of guitar-driven pop and New Wave music. I like it a […]

TEEN INC. – Fountains / Friend Of The Night

July 5, 2010

From Los Angeles, Teen Inc. was formed by the sibling duo of Daniel and Andrew Aged. They were both studio musicians (apparently for big-name artists like Pharell and Raphael Saadiq) so we know right off the bat that they’ve got the playing chops, but can they write their own stuff? I decided to give this […]

THE DRUMS – The Drums

July 4, 2010

The Brooklyn quartet finally releases their first full-length album, after tempting us constantly with singles and an EP. They sound like they came straight out of the 1980’s post-punk/indie scene. I’m shocked they’re not British. Their music is great and if they’re not huge by the time I post this review then I am sure […]

TOKYO POLICE CLUB – Champ

July 1, 2010

I’ve been holding off on writing about this album for a few weeks now because I haven’t been sure just how to describe my feelings about it. I don’t have a lot of time right now to wax poetically, so here’s the shortened review: My favorite new release, so far, of 2010. http://www.myspace.com/tokyopoliceclub http://www.tokyopoliceclub.com