Posts Tagged ‘pop

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 […]

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

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 […]

MOTION CITY SOUNDTRACK – My Dinosaur Life

February 6, 2010

My recent interest in pop-punk bands (see: Blink 182) led me to pick up the latest release from this Minneapolis band. Referred to as “a leading light in the punk-pop genre” on the AllMusic site, I figured I might as well try them out. My Dinosaur Life is the band’s fourth full-length album and their […]

SURFER BLOOD – Astro Coast

January 29, 2010

The debut from the West Palm Beach, Florida band. I got this album to review a few weeks ago but was delayed by other projects so I haven’t been able to listen until now. In those short few weeks, it seems to me that the band has been labeled as the next big thing and […]

PANTS YELL – Received Pronunciation

January 16, 2010

Pants Yell! are from Cambridge, near Boston, and they formed in 2003. In the past they had a girl drummer but it seems the trio is now comprised of all dudes. If I understand correctly, Received Pronunciation is their fourth full-length and their first release for Slumberland Records. I saw this band perform in Rochester […]

SPOON – Transference

January 10, 2010

Let me preface this post by saying that I love Spoon. They are the band that I hear whenever I think of my freshman year of college. I fell in love with them that year and I was constantly listening to them. During my junior year of college I got to see them play in […]

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 […]

BLINK 182 – Blink 182

November 15, 2009

Yes, I know that this album was released in 2003. However, recently, it’s been playing a lot while I’m at home so I figured I might as well write about it. I don’t know what it is about Blink 182 that makes me like this album so much, but I love it. It might be […]

CHROMEO – Night By Night (Single)

October 14, 2009

The first new Chromeo song since the 2007 release of their sophomore album, Fancy Footwork! The sound of “Night By Night” is instantly recognizable as Chromeo: upbeat, synth-driven pop/electrorock with Dave One’s smooth vocals and Pee Thug contributing vocals through his vocoder. Lots of fun; you will surely want to put this on at your […]

ANDY WERTH – Burn The Maps And Bury The Compass

May 1, 2009

From Seattle, this is the debut album for Andy Werth and his band. The sound is pop rock/power-pop/rock with male vocals that are reminiscent of the sound of Aqueduct’s. I heard Andy’s Seeing Stars EP in 2008 and really liked that and I like this album, too. Fun, carefree tunes and many of the tracks […]

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

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” […]

THE LOVETONES – Dimensions

March 19, 2009

Dimensions is the Australian band’s fourth album. Frontman Matthew Tow was previously in the band Drop City, recorded several solo albums under the name Colorsound, and also played guitar for the Brian Jonestown Massacre on one of their tours and wrote two songs for the BJM’s album This Is Our Music. The Lovetones play psychedelic […]

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 […]

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

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

BLACK GOLD – Rush

February 24, 2009

The duo releases their full-length debut. The two members are Eric Ronick (Panic at the Disco, Ambulance Ltd.) and Than Luu (Rachel Yamagata, shushshush, M. Ward). They play electropop/rock/dance with male vocals. At times, they do sound like a 2009 version of the Bee Gees, which is a huge compliment coming from someone who grew […]

SAM ROBERTS – Love At The End Of The World

February 23, 2009

This is the Canadian’s third studio album. He won Juno Awards in 2004 for Album Of The Year and Rock Album Of The Year, thanks to his debut album, We Were Born In A Flame (He also won for Artist of the Year that year). It’s not a surprise that he has received such accolades, […]

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 […]

FauntsFeel.Love.Thinking.Of.

February 13, 2009

They are from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada and this is their second studio full-length album. They play excellent pop/indie rock with a heavy electronic influence to make music that feels like you could float away on the sound waves. Perfect for late nights, early mornings, or any time in between. Very pleasant on the ears, nothing […]

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 […]