Wednesday, May 27, 2009

T.Rex - The Slider

Artist: T.Rex
Album: The Slider
Year: 1972
Genre: Glam Rock, Proto-Punk, Classic Rock
Country: UK

Simply put, it's summer, and what a disservice I would be doing if I didn't share an excellent album to kick start the hot months.  Not much else gives me the feeling of freedom and possibility with as much zest as a good ol' T.Rex album.  T.Rex is one of those bands that should have been/should be more popular than they are.  Marc Bolan is simply fabulous, and definitely a must on everyone's summer evening play list.

riyl: The Rolling Stones, David Bowie, The New York Dolls, Freddie Mercury

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Emily Wells- The Symphonies

Artist: Emily Wells
Album: The Symphonies
Genre: Indie, Freak Folk, Trip-Hop
Year: 2008
Country of Origin: USA
  1. Symphony 1 In the Barrel of a Gun
  2. Symphony 2 & the Click Boom Boom
  3. Symphony 3: The Story (Featuring Count Bass D)
  4. Symphony 4: America's Mercy War
  5. Symphony 5 Was a Surprise
  6. Symphony 6: Fair Thee Well & the Requiem Mix
  7. Symphony 7: Dreams Memories & Heaven
  8. Symphony 8 & the Canary's Last Take
  9. Symphony 9 & the Sunshine
  10. Symphony 10: Could This Really Be the End?
As has been stated many times, Emily Wells is an "anomoly" (a word used by many critics). She's a multi-instrumentalist that was offered a major record deal at 18, denied it, and now has released two albums on her own accord, with "The Symphonies" being her most recent. Emily Wells' voice is a cross between Joanna Newsom and Devendra Banhart though she often sounds like Beth Gibbons of Portishead (though the music is quite different than that of Portishead). She frequently uses violins (arguably her main instrument), looping, drum machines, and children's instruments (including toy echo mics that I definitely remember playing with as a child). In short, Emily Wells is creativity in music; she fuses genres in a very accesible way. Even fans of Post-Rock, especially you, Tim, will more than likely enjoy this. Right now, Emily is definitely the coolest artist I have came accross in a while.

Here it is.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

The Coral

artist: the coral
album: the coral
genre: folk, neo-psychedelic(ish)

mixing in some olde tyme folk and neo psychedelic sounds the coral had an original hit in 2002 with their debut album. what's happened since then? well honestly nothing all that notable some four or five albums later. admitidedly after nightfreak and the sons of becker i didn't feel there was any reason to keep up to date with them. but that doesn't change what once was. genre splicing and sound blending, this album is fantastic. by all means though don't let me tell you what to think about their later albums. feel free to update me on their latest.

grab it here

Friday, May 1, 2009

Crystal Castles - Alice Practice

Artist: Crystal Castles
Genre: Electronic, Chip
Album: Alice practice (EP)

I was hyping these guys back in '06 when this came out. Yet another classic case of no one listening too me. Look where they are now!

Get that shit!