Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Irrwisch - Irrwisch

Artist: Irrwisch
Album: Irrwisch [Demo]
Genre: Black Metal
Country of Origin: Netherlands
Year: 2008

Track Listing:

1. Vom Felsen
2. Flug
3. Leer
4. ...der Freiheit
5. Irrgang

Irrwisch started in 2006 playing an atmospheric kind of Black Metal. Influences (although they may not be heard) are bands such as Lunar Aurora, Klage, Nocternity, Drudkh, etc. The band consists of members from Widergeist. This demo really stood our for me this year, and I can not wait till they grace us with a full-length effort.


Joyless - Wisdom & Arrogance

Artist: Joyless
Album: Wisdom & Arrogance
Genre: Depressive Rock/Post-Punk
Country of Origin: Norway
Year: 2000

Track Listing:

1. Divine
2. Close to God
3. Stand
4. Isn't It Nice?
5. The Nails
6. Transpire
7. Why Should I Cry?
8. Trust Endorse
9. Room of Velvet Splendour

Norwegian group consisting of both male and female members, their first album, Unlimited Hate was an Avantgarde Black Metal album, while this one, Wisdom & Arrogance is strictly Depressive Rock/Post-Punk (so don't go in expecting black metal ... or metal at all)


Janvs - Vega

Artist: Janvs
Album: Vega
Genre: Progressive, Avant-Garde Black Metal
Country of Origin: Italy
Year: 2008

Track Listing:

1. Torri Di Vetro
2. Saphire
3. Tarab
4. Dazed
5. Mediterraneo
6. Vega
7. Vesper II

Super tasty Progressive/Black Metal album by these dudes - Now to look for some more...

RapidShare (not my upload)

phuse - mingus lingers

band: phuse
album: mingus lingers
genre: funk, jazz
country: ireland
year: 2008

Fronted by Dubliner Gavin Lockhart, Phuse is a collective of musicians where each performer effortlessly blends a myriad of styles - jazz, hip-hop, funk, electronica, ambient, cinematic backdrops and break-beats into a deep and intense soundscape.

This sound is created by the band's integration of standard acoustic instruments such as double bass, drums, saxophone and piano with electric guitars, samplers and a host of other electronic compositional tools.

this album has been playing pretty much every other hour in my apartment for the last week. beautiful mix of styles; never redundant, never boring.


Monday, December 29, 2008

Yoshida Brothers - III

Yoshida Brothers - III

1. Erghen Diado
2. Passion
3. Canon
4. Hit Song
5. Overland Blues
6. Cherry Blossoms in Winter
7. By This River
8. Morricone
9. Oh My Love
10. Tsugaru Jinku
11. My Heart Holds
12. Tsugaru Jongara Bushi


Thursday, December 25, 2008

Bon Iver - For Emma, Forever Ago

Artist: Bon Iver
Album: For Emma, Forever Ago
Genre: Folk Pop
Country: US
Year: 2008

I can't describe this album much better than this:

From allmusic.com:
Bon Iver is the work of Justin Vernon. He isolated himself in a remote cabin in Wisconsin for almost four months, writing and recording the songs on For Emma, Forever Ago, his haunting debut album. A few parts (horns, drums, and backing vocals) were added in a North Carolina studio, but for the majority of the time it's just Vernon, his utterly disarming voice, and his enchanting songs. The voice is the first thing you notice. Vernon's falsetto soars like a hawk and when he adds harmonies and massed backing vocals, it can truly be breathtaking. "The Wolves (Acts I & II)" truly shows what Vernon can do as he croons, swoops, and cajoles his way through an erratic and enchanting melody like Marvin Gayeafter a couple trips to the backyard still. "Skinny Love" shows his more of his range as he climbs down from the heights of falsetto and shouts out the angry and heartachey words quite convincingly. Framing his voice are suitably subdued arrangements built around acoustic guitars and filled out with subtle electric guitars, the occasional light drums, and slide guitar. Vernon has a steady grasp of dynamics too; the ebb and flow of "Creature Fear" is powerfully dramatic and when the chorus hits it's hard not to be swept away by the flood of tattered emotion. Almost every song has a moment where the emotion peaks and hearts begin to weaken and bend: the beauty of that voice is what pulls you through every time.For Emma captures the sound of broken and quiet isolation, wraps it in a beautiful package, and delivers it to your door with a beating, bruised heart. It's quite an achievement for a debut and the promise of greatness in the future is high.

riyl: Iron & Wine, Bonnie "Prince" Billie, Little Wings


Juno Reactor - Bible of Dreams

1. Jardin De Cecile
2. Conga Fury
3. God is God
4. Komit
5. Swamp Thing
6. Kaguya Hime
7. Children of the Night
8. Shark
9. High Energy Protons (Orion Mix)


Wednesday, December 24, 2008

greyboy allstars - what happened to television?

band: the greyboy allstars
album: what happened to television?
genre: funk, jazz
country: us
year: 2007

The Greyboy Allstars (GBA) are a San Diego funk and jazz group created in the early 1990s. The group began as collaboration of DJ Greyboy (turntable) with Karl Denson (saxophone, flute) during weekly shows at the Green Circle Bar in San Diego and on the DJ Greyboy albums Home Cooking and Freestylin’. Together they gradually gathered musicians co-founding a house band including Robert Walter (keyboards), Chris Stillwell (bass), Elgin Park (also known as Mike Andrews) (guitar), and Zak Najor (drums). The Greyboy Allstars were a major part of the mid-90s acid jazz movement and a catalyst for renewed interest in late 60s/early 70s soul jazz. Denson has described the Greyboy Allstars as a boogaloo band, a distinction which has set them apart from other contemporary soul jazz/acid jazz combos.

i've been listening to this album pretty regularly for the last year. i don't know a lot about the genre they fall into, but this is a solid, super entertaining album you should check out

i'll send YOUR space!!

Thursday, December 11, 2008

The Spectacle - I Fail

Artist: The Spectacle
Album: I Fail
Genre: Punk
Location: Norway

Awesome Release from DIY punks The Spectacle.  Every track is superb, my favorite is easily "self and other"

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Back Door Slam - Roll Away

Band: Back Door Slam
Album: Roll Away
Genre: Blues Rock
Country of Origin: Isle of Man
Year: 2007

Track Listing:
  1. Come Home
  2. Heavy On My Mind
  3. Outside Woman Blues (Cream cover)
  4. Gotta Leave
  5. Stay
  6. Too Late
  7. Takes A Real Man
  8. It'll All Come Around
  9. Too Good For Me
  10. Roll Away
  11. Real Man
Back Door Slam are a Blues Rock trio from the Isle of Man. Roll Away is their debut album is full of excellent basslines, great Blues riffs and the deep, emotive singing of vocalist Davy Knowles. I can't compare it to anything as I'm not much of a Blues person but I know that I really dig this album, so maybe you will too.


Murder by Death - Red Of Tooth And Claw

Band: Murder by Death
Album: Red of Tooth and Claw
Genre: Indie Rock
Country of Origin: USA
Year: 2008

Track Listing:
  1. Comin' Home
  2. Ball & Chain
  3. Rum Brave
  4. Fuego!
  5. Theme (for Ennio Morricone)
  6. A Second Opinion
  7. Steal Away
  8. Ash
  9. The Black Spot
  10. '52 Ford
  11. Spring Break 1899
For my main man Tim.


Tuesday, December 9, 2008

of Montreal - Skeletal Lamping

Band: of Montreal
Album: Skeletal Lamping
Genre: Indie Pop
Country of Origin: USA
Year: 2008

Track Listing:
  1. Nonpareil Of Favor
  2. Wicked Wisdom
  3. For Our Elegant Caste
  4. Touched Something's Hollow
  5. An Eluardian Instance
  6. Gallery Piece
  7. Women's Studies Victims
  8. St. Exquisite's Confessions
  9. Triphallus, To Punctuate!
  10. And I've Seen A Bloody Shadow
  11. Plastis Wafers
  12. Death Is Not A Parallel Move
  13. Beware Our Nubile Miscreants
  14. Mingusings
  15. Id Engager


of Montreal - Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer?

Band: of Montreal
Album: Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer?
Genre: Indie Pop
Country of Origin: USA
Year: 2007

Track Listing:
  1. Suffer For Fashion
  2. Sink the Seine
  3. Cato as a Pun
  4. Heimdalsgate Like a Promethean Curse
  5. Gronlandic Edit
  6. A Sentence of Sorts in Kongsvinger
  7. The Past Is A Grotesque Animal
  8. Bunny Ain't No Kind of Rider
  9. Faberge Falls for Shuggie
  10. Labyrinthian Pomp
  11. She's a Rejector
  12. We Were Born The Mutants Again with Leafling


of Montreal - Icons, Abstract Thee

Band: of Montreal
Album: Icons, Abstract Thee
Genre: Indie Pop
Country of Origin: USA
Year: 2007

Track Listing:
  1. Du Og Meg
  2. Voltaic Crusher/Undrum to Muted Da
  3. Derailments in a Place of Our Own
  4. Miss Blonde, Your Papa Is Failing
  5. No Conclusion


of Montreal - The Sunlandic Twins

Band: of Montreal
Album: The Sunlandic Twins
Genre: Indie Pop
Country of Origin: USA
Year: 2004

Track Listing:
  1. Requiem For O.M.M.2
  2. I Was Never Young
  3. Wraith Pinned To The Mist (and Other Games)
  4. Forecast Fascist Future
  5. So Begins Our Alabee
  6. Our Spring Is Sweet Not Fleeting
  7. The Party's Crashing Us
  8. Knight Rider
  9. I Was A Landscape In Your Dream
  10. Death Of A Shade Of A Hue
  11. Oslo In The Summertime
  12. October Is Eternal
  13. The Repudiated Immortals
  14. Art Snob Solutions
  15. The Actor Approbrium
  16. Keep Sending Me Black Fireworks
  17. Everyday Feels Like Sunday


of Montreal - Satanic Panic in the Attic

Band: of Montreal
Album: Satanic Panic in the Attic
Genre: Indie Pop
Country of Origin: USA
Year: 2004

Track Listing:
  1. Disconnect The Dots
  2. Lysergic Bliss
  3. Will You Come And Fetch Me
  4. My British Tour Diary
  5. Rapture Rapes The Muses
  6. Eros' Entropic Tundra
  7. City Bird
  8. Erroneous Escape Into Eric Eckless
  9. Chrissie Kiss The Corpse
  10. Your Magic Is Working
  11. Climb The Ladder
  12. How Lester Lost His Wife
  13. Spike The Senses
  14. Vegan In Furs


of Montreal - Aldhils Arboretum

Band: of Montreal
Album: Aldhils Arboretum
Genre: Indie Pop
Country of Origin: USA
Year: 2002

Track Listing:
  1. Doing Nothing
  2. Old People In The Cemetery
  3. Isn't It Nice?
  4. Jennifer Louise
  5. The Blank Husband Epidemic
  6. Pancakes For One
  7. We Are Destroying The Song
  8. An Ode To The Nocturnal Muse
  9. Predictably Sulking Sara
  10. Natalie And Effie In the Park
  11. A Question For Emily Foreman
  12. Kissing In The Grass
  13. Kid Without Claws
  14. Death Dance Of Omipapas And Sons For You


of Montreal - Coquelicot Asleep in the Poppies: A Variety of Whimsical Verse

Band: of Montreal
Album: Coquelicot Asleep in the Poppies: A Variety of Whimsical Verse
Genre: Indie Pop
Country of Origin: USA
Year: 2001

Track Listing:
  1. Good Morning, Mr. Edminton
  2. Peacock Parasols
  3. Look at the Bell
  4. An Introduction for Isabell
  5. Let's Do Everything for the First Time Forever
  6. Coquelicot's Tea Party
  7. Rose Robert
  8. It's a Very Starry Night
  9. Mimi Merlot
  10. Butterscotching Mr. Lynn
  11. Coquelicot, Claude and Lecithin Dance Aboard the Ocean Liner
  12. Go Call You Mine
  13. The Events Leading Up to the Collapse of Detective Dulllight
  14. Penelope
  15. A Dreamy Day of Daydreaming of You
  16. Hello from Inside a Shell
  17. Lecithin's Tale of a DNA Experiment That Went Horribly Awry
  18. It's Just So
  19. The Frozen Island
  20. Upon Settling on the Frozen Island, Lecithin Presents Claude and Coquelicot With His Animal Creations for them to Approve or Reject
  21. Let's Go for a Walk
  22. The Hopeless Opus or the Great Battle of the Unfriendly Ridiculous
of Montreal's rather bizarre concept album.


of Montreal - The Gay Parade

Band: of Montreal
Album: The Gay Parade
Genre: Indie Pop
Country of Origin: USA
Year: 1999

Track Listing:
  1. Old Familiar Way
  2. Fun Loving Nun
  3. Tulip Baroo
  4. Jaques Lamure
  5. The March Of The Gay Parade
  6. Neat Little Domestic Life
  7. A Collection Of Poems About Water
  8. I'd Be a Yellow Feathered Loon
  9. The Autobiographical Grandpa
  10. The Miniature Philosopher
  11. My Friend Will Be Me
  12. My Favorite Boxer
  13. Advice From A Divorced Gentleman To His Bachelor Friend Considering Marriage
  14. A Man's Life Flashing Before His Eyes While He And His Wife Drive Off A Cliff Into The Ocean
  15. Nickee Coco And The Invisible Tree
  16. The Gay Parade Outro


of Montreal - The Bedside Drama: A Petite Tragedy

Band: of Montreal
Album: The Bedside Drama: A Petite Tragedy
Genre: Indie Pop
Country of Origin: USA
Year: 1998

Track Listing:
  1. One Of A Very Few Of A Kind
  2. Happy Yellow Bumblebee
  3. Little Viola Hidden In The Orchestra
  4. The Couple's First Kiss
  5. Sing You A Love You Song
  6. Honeymoon In San Francisco
  7. The Couple In Bed Together Under A Warm Blanket Wapped Up In Each Other's Arms Asleep
  8. Cutie Pie
  9. Panda Bear
  10. Sadess Creeping Up And Scaring Away The Couple's Happiness
  11. Please Tell Me So
  12. My Darling, I've Forgotten
  13. You Feel You Must Go, Don't Go!
  14. Just Recently Lost Something Of Importance
  15. The Hollow Room
  16. It's Easy To Sleep When You're Dead


of Montreal - Cherry Peel

Band: of Montreal
Album: Cherry Peel
Genre: Indie Pop
Country of Origin: USA
Year: 1997

Track Listing:
  1. Everything Disappears When You Come Around
  2. Baby
  3. I Can't Stop Your Memory
  4. When You're Loved Like You Are
  5. Don't Ask Me To Explain
  6. In Dreams I Dance With You
  7. Sleeping In The Beetle Bug
  8. Tim I Wish You Were Born A Girl
  9. Montreal
  10. This Feeling (Dereks Theme)
  11. I Was Watching Your Eyes
  12. Springtime Is The Season
  13. At Night Trees Aren't Sleeping
  14. You've Got A Gift


Monday, December 8, 2008

Like The Exorcist, But More Breakdancing

Artist: Murder By Death
Album: Like The Exorcist, But More Breakdancing
Genre: Indie, Folk, Alternative Rock
Year: 2002
the first full length album by MBD (previously known as Little Joe Gould).

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Circle Takes the Square - as the roots undo

Artist: Circle Takes the Square
Album: Self Titled EP
Genre: Screamo
Year: 2001
Location: Savannah, Georgia, USA

Great screamo album mixing elements of Grind, Punk, and Metal.
Probably my favorite Screamo band.

Sunday, November 30, 2008

He is Legend - I Am Hollywood

he is legend
album: i am hollywood
genre: rock, metal
country: us
year: 2004

I Am Hollywood is the first full length release from rock/metal/post-hardcore band He is Legend. It's a really really fun, hard-rocking record that doesn't take itself too seriously (check out the video for "the Seduction" for proof) and deserves to be enjoyed by more of us than just Nick and I.

here is sendspace

Tuesday, November 25, 2008


Artist: Glenny417
Album: Find out what you've been missing
Genre: Electronic

Now, i know i say this alot,  But this is one of my all time favorite albums.  I have listened to this release at least 1000 times over the past couple of years, every song is so good.  If you want to hear some of the best electronic music that side of the atlantic check this shit out.  He was also a fan of the first vorarephilia release, if that means anything.

3rd Degree Entertainment - Grills, Skills, and Purple Spills

Artist: 3rd Degree entertainment
Album: Grills, skills, and purple spills
Genre: Rap
Year: 2002
Location: Texas, USA

3rd degree mix tape. Real trill shit mang.

Midlake - The Trials of Van Occupanther

band: Midlake
album: The Trials of Van Occupanther
genre: folk rock
country: usa (not that anyone here would really know them)
year: 2006
"It is a suite of lush, heavily melodic songs laden with multi-part harmonies, given evocative lyrical imagery set in woodlands, boats and log cabins, telling oblique but moving tales of pioneering, travel and isolation." -wiki
it's also rumored to be based on the video game, the oregon trail.

you've got dysentery!

Monday, November 24, 2008

Kieth Tippet Group - Dedicated to you, but you weren't Listening.

Band: The Kieth Tippet Group
Album: Dedicated to you, but you weren't listening
Genre: Jazz
Country: England
Year: 1971

Sunday, November 23, 2008

hella - there's no 666 in outer space

album: there's no 666 in outer space
genre: math rock
country: us
year: 2007

Hella are guitarist Spencer Seim and drummer Zach Hill. They play frenetic, improvisational math rock. For There's No 666... they recruited another guitarist, a bassist, and a vocalist and put together some super unusual and interesting songs. I wasn't sold on this album the first time i heard it, mostly for having been caught off guard by the vocals, but songs like "the Ungrateful Dead" and "the Hand That Rocks the Cradle" are hard not to listen to on repeat for half-hours at a time.

check it out.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Murder By Death - Those Who Survive...

band: Murder By Death
album: who will survive, and what will be left of them?
genre: folk, alternative
country: usa
year: 2003

instrumental, punk rock, folk, alt-country. murder by death is the perfect mix of it all and it only goes down better with a cold sarsaparilla and cigarette.
"I guess the first thing I should say is that this album is not trying to be artsy, or profound or anything more than the story it is. It's meant to entertain, bring the feeling of sitting around telling ghost stories or something. Also, I'm a religious studies major, so I tied in a lot of weird religious stuff. This is just a story, there's no religious affiliation on our parts. So there's my disclaimer."
-adam turla, guitarist/lead singer

Monday, November 17, 2008

the murder of rosa luxemburg - everyone's in love and the flowers pick themselves

band: the murder of rosa luxemburg
album: everyone's in love and the flowers pick themselves
genre: post-hardcore, math rock
country: uk
year: 2003

"So what makes The Murder of Rosa Luxemburg, different from your average post-hardcore band? Well, let's see first off there are the numerous experimentations with electronica, seen in the tracks Jack and Oscar Have A Fight and Ex Post Facto. These electronic tracks are very similar to the interludes found on Minus the Bear's first LP Highly Refined Pirates. Another aspect that The Murder of Rosa Luxemburg's music has is the sense of humor and spazziness found in a group like The Blood Brothers. The thing that makes The Murder of Rosa Luxemburg's music more interesting then The Blood Brothers is that instead of concentrating on having ridiculous vulgar lyrics screamed by two crazy singers with very simple music backing it, the actual music seems to be the center point of The Murder of Rosa Luxemburg experience, and what wonderful music it is. The group's main tools of destruction are the fantastic bass and guitar interplay. The bass lines on this album are one of the key reasons I love it, they are so jumpy and random very similar to the bass lines of another favorite band of mine, Off Minor. The guitars have that jazzy hardcore sound that The Plot to Blow up the Eiffel Tower has, for those that have heard them. The drumming is simple yet suits most of the songs and the lead singer's scream/talk is nasally but not to the extent where it is bothersome. The lyrics aren't anything special just nonsense that is trying to tell a crazy *** story about a man and the fight inside his conscious which is represented by a cat and a dog. All of the songs that are not electronic experiments are constantly progressing into new parts which really keep this album from getting old. While most of the songs are heavy, the band is able to jump between various styles of heavy music whether it is straight up hardcore, grind, and even some alternative rock type stuff."

you probably haven't heard much music like this before, so give it a shot. it's fun.


Thursday, November 13, 2008

Brenna Sahitjian - Crude but Lucid

Brenna Sahitjian

Album: Crude but Lucid
Genre: Folk
Country: USA
Year: 2005

Brenna is a member of the Riot Folk collective, a non-profit (more aptly described as anti-profit) group of folkers and punkers. As such, all of their music is completely free.

Brenna plays slow (for the most part) acoustic folk music, with biting lyrics and a wonderful voice (I'm a sucker for female vocalists). Plus it took me FOREVER to track down any of the Riot Folk albums, so hopefully its appreciated. So here it is for you all. Hope you enjoy it.

Brenna Sahitjian - Crude But Lucid (MEGAUPLOOOOOAD)

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Prophet's Greatest Hits

Band: Triple Six Mafia
Album: Prophets greatest hits
Genre: rap
Location: Memphis TN, US
Year: 2oo7

Only the second disc, dragged and chopped.


Monday, November 3, 2008

Tom Lehrer - Frost Report Songs

Tom Lehrer:

Frost Report cast:

Band: Tom Lehrer
Album: Frost Report Songs
Genre: Satirical Pop/Piano
Country of Origin: USA
Year: 1966

Track Listing:
  1. Decimal
  2. Pollution
  3. So Long Mom (A Song For World War III)
  4. That Is the End of the News
  5. Who's Next
Tom Lehrer is Harvard professor and in the past was also a musician slash satirist. While this isn't actually an official album, it is a cohesive collection of songs he did live for the Frost Report, an old British comedy TV show. Tom Lehrer's sharp wit and sense of humor accompany his catchy tunes as he goes on about everything from nuclear proliferation to jingoism to pollution. He's also done a lot of songs on science and math, and made risque songs like "Masochism Tango", about BDSM. Given the time period, you can see how ahead of his time he was. Anyway, this short (just over 12 minutes) collection of tunes is hilarious, catchy and classic.


Friday, October 31, 2008

V/A Anarcho Compilation

Band: V/A
Album: Nick's Magical Anarcho Compilation
Genre: Folk/Punk
Country: USA
Year: 2012

This is a comp I put together of the bands that I have select discographies of, so anyone interested in any of the groups can tell me and I can upload what I have of their material. I put together my favorite groups and some of my favorite tracks by them. Alot of these artists (although certainly not all) distribute their music for free, and play in garages and small venues for free. Quite the DIY punk mentality, but just folky instead of crusty. And there's a nice variety here. Fun dancey hoedown jams and slow emotional ones; fun lyrics and political lyrics; old men and young kids; well known groups (Chumba and Against Me) and no name kids.

I hope you guys enjoy it. And like I said, comment here or on AE if you would like to request albums from any group/person on the comp.


01 - Mischief Brew - Thanks Bastards
02 - Chumbawamba - Word Bomber
03 - Al Baker - Til the Fences Fall
04 - Saw Wheel - Obvious Hit
05 - Defiance Ohio - Oh Susquehanna
06 - Andzrej Stepien - Robin Hood
07 - David Rovics - New Orleans
08 - Johnny One Lung - Fix Up
09 - Tin Tree Factory - Revolution Pop
10 - Casey Neill - Dancing on the Ruins (of Multinational Corporations)
11 - Madeline - Dumpster Dive Mother
12 - Against Me - Impact
13 - Joey Only - Fire on Anarchist Mountain
14 - Shannon Murray - Conspiracy Theory
15 - Bread and Roses - Buried in Business Casual
16 - Rosa - Whiskey Smile

Mega Buttload

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Marnie Stern- This Is It and I Am It and You Are It and So Is That and He Is It and She Is It and It Is It and That Is That

Band: Marnie Stern
Album: This Is It and I Am It and You Are It and So Is That and He Is It and She Is It and It Is It and That Is That
Genre: Indie, Experimental
Country of Origin: America
Year: 2008

Track Listing:
  1. "Prime" - 2:28
  2. "Transformer" - 2:09
  3. "Shea Stadium" - 3:38
  4. "Ruler" - 3:52
  5. "The Crippled Jazzer" - 4:19
  6. "Steely" - 4:00
  7. "The Package Is Wrapped" - 3:45
  8. "Simon Says" - 3:20
  9. "Vault" - 3:26
  10. "Clone Cycle" - 3:32
  11. "Roads? Where We're Going We Don't Need Roads" - 2:59
  12. "The Devil is in the Details" - 3:39
I think Marnie Stern will appeal to every listener on this blog; she has catchy songs and is an incredibly technical guitarist. Personally, I find a lot of her riffs remind me of something from the 8-bit Video Game era, like MegaMan, etc. Her music is very quirky and light-hearted, but very "real." Everyone should give her a chance; you'll either not really like her music or you'll adore her music. It's definitely worth giving a try.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Margot & the Nuclear So and So's- Animal!

Band: Margot & the Nuclear So and So's
Album: Animal!
Genre: Alternative/Indie
Country of Origin: America
Year: 2008

Track Listing:
  1. "At the Carnival" – 6:00
  2. "O' What A Nightmare!" – 4:03"
  3. "Hello Vagina" – 3:46
  4. "I Am A Lightening Rod" – 3:55
  5. "Love Song For A Schuba's Bartender" – 4:18
  6. "Mariel's Brazen Overture" – 6:00
  7. "There's Talk Of Mine Shafts" – 2:17
  8. "A Children's Crusade On Acid" – 4:10
  9. "German Motor Car" – 4:04
  10. "Cold, Kind And Lemon Eyes" – 4:37
  11. "My Baby (Shoots Her Mouth Off)" – 4:10
  12. "As Tall As Cliffs" – 4:01
Margot & the Nuclear So and So's are a little of an anomaly to me; they've been around for quite a while and just recently go signed by a major label (EPIC) and released TWO, that's right, TWO, albums on the same day. One titled "Animal!" and one titled "Not Animal!" (the former being tracks that the band chose wanted to release, and the latter being the order and tracks the label wanted them to release). Interestingly enough, a lot of the songs are remakes of old demos of theirs. Their debut album on an independent label, The Dust of Retreat, is fucking amazing. They are hard to classify, but they have a celloist and a pianist and they play alternative rock (which I've labelled as Folk-Rock because of the obvious influences of folk- pedal steel guitars, etc). They're rather mellow, but have some harder songs. I suggest everyone check it out; you will probably like it, and everyone needs to hear the quality of the percussion recording :awesome:. If you want more, I have "Not Animal!" "the Daytrotter Sessions EP" and a collection of demos of theirs.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Plus - Seven Deadly Sins

Band: Plus
Album: Seven Deadly Sins
Genre: Psychedelic
Year: 1969

A pretty rare album from a great north american band. Very diverse album. Its truly a mystery why this album isn't more well known. VERY UNDERRATED!


Sunday, October 19, 2008

Film School - Hideout

Album: Hideout
Genre: Alternative/Shoegaze
Country: USA

Hideout is the third release from the band, and also features guest appearance by Colm Ó Cíosóig of my bloody valentine fame. Its awesome, you should download it. i don't like typing posts, you should download it. stop reading this, you should download it.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

moving mountains - pneuma

band: moving mountains
album: pneuma
genre: post-rock, indie rock
country: usa
year: 2007

"...I have yet to detail why I’m so ticked off at myself for being woefully under-informed. Pick your reason. But it’s probably the vast diversities between songs - “Aphelion” mixes horns with startling screams, while “Sol Solis” is a simple, acoustic ballad. Their ability to write a mathy and atmospheric rock song (“Alastika”) never hampers their aptitude at transcending the restraints of ‘regular’ post-rock (“The Earth And The Sun”). Quite simply, there is nothing these guys can’t do."

This is music in the 'post-rock/indie rock mashup' vein that bands like the Appleseed Cast or A Red Season Shade occupy, though said bands RARELY reach the intensity or the sheer quality Moving Mountains have put together here.


Wednesday, October 15, 2008

sgt. - stylus fantasticus

band: sgt.
album: stylus fantasticus
genre: post-rock
country: japan
year: 2008

"Formed in 1999, the Japanese four-piece sgt. utilizes a broad range of genres to create their distinctive sound, including that of post-rock, jazz, ambient and improvisation. Using a guitar, violin, drums and bass guitar, the band creates uplifting instrumental compositions comparable to such acts as Toe or Anoice."

Sgt. are a fabulous little band from Japan who make instrumental music which varies from Caspian-like epic (p.s. listen to Caspian) to an almost Ozric Tentaclesian jam, but with more focus and less rave drugs


Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Gallhammer - Ill Innocence

Band: Gallhammer
Album: Ill Innocence
Genre: Black Metal/Crust Punk
Country of Origin: Japan
Year: 2007

Track Listing:
  1. At the Onset of the Age of Despair
  2. Speed of Blood
  3. Blind My Eyes
  4. Delirium Daydream
  5. Ripper in the Gloom
  6. Killed by the Queen
  7. Song of Fall
  8. World to be Ashes
  9. SLOG
  10. Long Scary Dream
Thick and bassy Black Metal from Japan, and all the band members are women! Omigosh. Anyway, excellent almost brutal album.


Saturday, October 11, 2008

Ascent of Everest - How Lonely Sits the City!

Artist: Ascent of Everest
Album: How Lonely Sits the City!
Genre: Post-Rock (Instrumental)
Country of Origin: USA
Year: 2006

Track Listing:

1. Alas, Alas! The Breath of Life
2. As the City Burned We Trembled for We Saw the Makings of It's Undoing in Our Own Hearts.
3. Molotov
4. A Threnody (For the Victims of November Second)
5. If I Could Move Mountains
i. Majesty and Awe
ii. Collapse Into Understanding
iii. Gathered Hearts Rise and Sing at the First Breath of Dawn

Not sure how many of you are familiar with these guys so I thought I'd up it. The Ascent of Everest are another diamond in the sea of post-rock artists nowadays. I'd say they are very comparable to artists like Yndi Halda, Caspian and a little bit of Laura thrown in for good measure. Having seven members from all across the country brings a lot to the table. Each member contributes his or her own style, which is then intertwined with the calming ambient sound of the band.


Warning - Watching from a Distance

Artist: Warning
Album: Watching from a Distance
Genre: Doom Metal
Country of Origin: United Kingdom
Year: 2006

Track Listing:

1. Watching from a Distance
2. Footprints
3. Bridges
4. Faces
5. Echoes

“Take ahold of my life
Make it into one that I want it to be
Make a whole of my life
Make my faces one that I want you to see.”

Simply stated, UK's Warning play Doom, and to elaborate a bit further, UK's Warning play the most authentic, emotional, depressing, heart-wrenching and "true" doom that you will ever hear. The vocal delivery and lyrics are nothing short of spectacular and once you've taken this trip with Pat Walker (vocals) and crew, you will be changed... It's a journey any metal fan has to take, in order to gain that little shred of hope, that inspiration still exists in this world.

“When I am not alone
I sever silent moments
Building bridges with meaningless words
And only feel the distance further
Remember being happy in our silence
I wish that you were with me tonight.”


psychotic waltz - a social grace

band: psychotic waltz
album: a social grace
genre: progressive metal
country: USA
year: 1990

"...maybe it's my 70's upbringing as a progressive rock geek returning to haunt me, because this music is art rock if it's anything.

The songs are relentlessly episodic. The band plays in 4/4 only grudgingly and only long enough to respectably establish a groove before veering off into multi-metered mania!
If you dissect the guitar playing you'll find the ghostly image of Fripp a-leering. These conceits may or may not thrill you, but when they're executed this well and recorded this clearly, I don't believe you could walk away unimpressed.

It's the eerily symbiotic partnership of guitarist Dan Rock and Brian McAlpin that impacts most astoundingly. Not a lead lick goes by that isn't harmonized in any one of dozens of sophisticated scaler schemes - you couldn't mistake these two for one guy and an Eventide unless you were genuinely ignorant.

The egoless interplay between Rock and McAlpin is virtuosic, and their composing is a bountiful pleasure.

Ward evans & Norm Leggio on bass & drums tackle the wickedly complex structures with bravado, on the aural evidence they relish the challenge of playing these tunes, and succeed. This band must live to rehearse!
" -Review By Mike Keneally (Frank Zappa guitarist)

Psychotic Waltz were a progressive rock/metal band from San Diego who achieved a decent amount of fame overseas, but never quite struck a chord with american audiences. i'm not a musician and can't claim to truly understand all of the technical underpinnings of their music, but the songs on display here are original, ambitious, and most importantly an absolute blast to hear. Buddy Lackey (current Deadsoul Tribe frontman) had an honesty in everything he sang that grabs you deep inside and rubs you in all the right ways. the guitar, bass, and drums all sound psychotic as hell (hoshit,pun) without sounding pretentious; i.e. i've never gotten the feeling that Dan Rock's solos were only there to show us how good Dan Rock was at playing the guitar

recommended for fans of Spiral Architect and Watchtower

highly recommended for anyone who has never heard either of those bands


Thursday, October 9, 2008

Uncle Outrage - The Chinchilla Album

Band: Uncle Outrage
Album: The Chinchilla Album
Genre: Junk Rock/Synth Punk
Country: Canada
Year: 2008

Self-described junk rockers from Edmonton, Alberta.  This is their fourth major album to date, and it certainly doesn't disappoint.  If you like punk shows and a healthy dance party every now and then, you'll dig this.

riyl: Operation Ivy, Wu-tang Clan, The Faint, Peaches

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Mischief Brew - Smash the Windows

Band: Mischief Brew
Album: Smash the Windows
Genre: Folk/Punk
Country: USA
Year: 2005

The best there is to offer in the anarchist folk punk breed. Erik Peterson is a one man band who on occasion has a little help from his friends. Political, funny, and a hell of a song writer... he's also one of the nicest guys alive and he puts on one hell of a live show. No more description necessary. The lyrics alone are worth the price (free) of admission.


Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Steven Von Till - A Grave is a Grim Horse

Band: Steve Von Till
Album: A Grave is a Grim Horse
Genre: Acoustic Folk
Country of Origin: USA
Year: 2008

Track Listing:

1. A Grave is a Grim Horse
2. Clothes of Sand
3. The Acre
4. Wilow Tree
5. Valley of the Moon
6. The Spider Song
7. Looking for Dry land
8. Western Son
9. Brigit's Cross
10. Promises
11. Gravity

Steve von Till works as an elementary school teacher, is singer and guitarist for the sludge metal band Neurosis and records solo work under both his given name and the moniker Harvestman.

Very moody and melancholic American folk. The man is a genius, his ideas, his storytelling and heart that go into each track are unparalleled - so if you haven't heard his solo stuff yet, and are familiar with his more famous work (Neurosis) definitely give this a try, it shines an entirely different light on him as a singer, guitarist, musician, lyricist, and person.