Posts Tagged ‘Indie

MATT & KIM – Sidewalks

October 29, 2010

Matt & Kim, the too-cute couple duo from Brooklyn, present their third full-length album. Their sound hasn’t changed too much from their previous albums: upbeat indie pop/rock with nerdy male vocals. Fans of previous albums should be pleased. I’m personally not as crazy about this as I was for their first two albums, but I […]

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 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

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

MATT and KIM – Matt and Kim; MATT and KIM – Grand

March 14, 2010

Matt & Kim’s self-titled debut was released in 2006, and Grand, the follow-up, was released in 2009. I’m reviewing them now because, while scouring the internet for shows coming to my area, I found that this Brooklyn-based duo is scheduled to play around here very soon. Not many bands playing original music play near where […]

COLD WAR KIDS – Behave Yourself

January 31, 2010

Savvy Orange Juice Party Noise readers may recall that in 2008, I reviewed the latest album by the Cold War Kids, Loyalty To Loyalty. If you don’t remember, I will sum up the review: I did not like that release from these four boys from Fullerton, California. Fast forward a little over a year; I […]

NOVELS

January 30, 2010

NOVELS is a project conceived by several Canadian dudes who range in popularity in the indie music scene. Personally, I only recognized the names Graham Wright and Luke LaLonde. The other three guys are Will Currie, Dean Marino, and Jay Sadlowski. In January 2009, these lads and some other musically-inclined people got together in Toronto […]

VAMPIRE WEEKEND – Contra

January 9, 2010

I’m sure there’s already a million blog posts out there about this album, so I may as well throw in my two cents. I have somehow managed to avoid all reviews regarding this album, perhaps by unintentionally avoiding all music sites lately, so my opinion remains untarnished. Contra is the sophomore album from everyone’s favorite […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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

BON IVER – Blood Bank [EP]

February 16, 2009

The project of Justin Vernon (he does get a tiny bit of help from others on here, as well as during his live shows, this is Bon Iver’s first EP and second overall release after 2008’s For Emma, Forever Ago album. The tracks on this EP were recorded at varying points in time so each […]

Her Space HolidayXOXO, Panda and the New Kid Revival

February 3, 2009

<img src=”http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y278/arada112/xoxo.jpg&#8221; width=”250″ height=”250″></img> Cutesy ‘indie’/twee pop. Male vocals that remind me of Of Montreal’s Kevin Barnes’ voice. Likeable stuff, and the lyrics tend to be pretty clever and interesting. Recommended if you like twee pop, indie bands like The Shins, and things of that nature. <a href=”http://www.myspace.com/herspaceholiday&#8221; target=”_blank”>www.myspace.com/herspaceholiday</a> <a href=”http://www.herspaceholiday.com&#8221; target=”_blank”>www.herspaceholiday.com</a>

Army NavyArmy Navy

January 28, 2009

Much wimpier than their name implies. Their debut; it’s ‘indie’ rock/pop with nasally male vocals. They had a song on the Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist soundtrack so they’ve probably got, like, a million fans already. You’ve heard this band’s sound before but you still like it. Recommended if you like Ted Leo and Death […]

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