Posts Tagged ‘American

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

YEAH YEAH YEAHS – Zero (single)

February 27, 2009

New single from the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, off of their third album, It’s Blitz!, which is slated for release on April 13. The single showcases a dancier side of the band, complete with synths. Karen O is still one of the best frontwomen, and best lead singers regardless of gender, and she helps to keep […]

FAKE PROBLEMS – It’s Great To Be Alive

February 26, 2009

This is the band’s third full-length album and first for the SideOneDummy label. They’re from Naples, Florida, so the comparisons to Against Me!, who are also from Naples, are inevitable. Fake Problems plays poppier punk rock than the aformentioned Against Me!. Some of their stuff has an acoustic, folk-punk influence. All in all, it’s a […]

SPARKS – Exotic Creatures Of The Deep

February 20, 2009

Ever dreamed of Devo having sex with Scissor Sisters? Me neither, but Sparks is what their elderly love child would sound like (Of course, since Sparks was formed in 1970, this could not be possible unless both Devo AND Scissor Sisters were sent back in time through the use of a DeLorean powered by plutonium […]

THE VON BONDIES – Love Hate And Then There’s You

February 19, 2009

The Detroit four-piece returns with their third studio album and first release since 2004’s Pawn Shoppe Heart. They play rock music with a punk attitude and swagger, though their sound is definitely more rooted in rock than punk. They are pretty cool, and hopefully they will be known more for their music than for the […]

Nickel EyeThe Time Of The Assassins

February 12, 2009

Debut for the solo project of The Strokes’ bass player, Nikolai Fraiture. It’s much less rocking in comparison to The Strokes; this has more of a singer-songwriter/folk vibe to it. Fairly decent, though no track stands out too much. I prefer fellow Strokes member Albert Hammond, Jr.’s solo output. http://www.myspace.com/officialnickeleye

The Love LanguageThe Love Language

February 11, 2009

From Raleigh, North Carolina; this is their debut. It’s good! They play indie pop that has a garagey, lo-fi feel to it. Catchy and instantly likeable. They sound like they could play a club and get everyone in the place singing along and doing handclaps and it wouldn’t feel hokey at all. They seem like […]

The Blizzard of ’78Book Of Lies

February 10, 2009

They are from the Boston area and this is their second LP. It’s good stuff! Indie rock that combines a variety of influences, sometimes alt-country, sometimes using horns, sometimes sounding like U2 circa their Boy album, or even sometimes reminding me of Elvis Costello and the Attractions. I like these guys. http://www.myspace.com/theblizzardof78 http://www.tbo78.com

Nous Non PlusMenagerie

February 6, 2009

The second album for the band that formed following the dissolution of Les Sans Culottes. Though they were formed in New York City, the songs are primarily sung in French (the lead singer, Celine Dijon, did grow up in Paris). They play delightful pop music that should get your toes tappin’. They’re awesome. They cover […]

Dent May & His Magnificient UkuleleThe Good Feeling Music Of…

February 5, 2009

The debut LP for Mississippian Dent May, his bandmates, and his ukulele. They will all be on tour with A.C. Newman through March, and like Mr. Newman, Dent May makes pop music. The lyrics are often humorous and probably shouldn’t be taken too seriously. Lots of different influences can be heard, from 50’s/60’s pop music […]

The Weather MachinesBones and Brains EP

January 30, 2009

Really nice poppy rock music with male vocals. Breezy and light, with 70’s pop influences. Good stuff. The opening track, “Parts Of Speech,” has handclaps! Recommended if you like A.C. Newman and Fancey. http://www.myspace.com/theweathermachines http://www.theweathermachines.com

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

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]