Thursday, July 23, 2009

Cymbals Eat Guitars- Why There Are Mountains

Artist: Cymbals Eat Guitars
Album: Why There Are Mountains
Genre: Indie, Alternative, Post-Punk
Year: 2009
Country of Origin: USA

I don't remember how I stumbled upon these guys (it might have even been through, but they are amazing. I love their sound, which is reminiscent of Modest Mouse as well as Colour Revolt. They do, as well, have a slight shoegaze sound to them. If you're looking for something that is destined to become one of the next big(ger) indie bands, Cymbals Eat Guitars are who you're looking for.


Friday, July 17, 2009

Beck- One Foot in the Grave (Deluxe Edition)

Artist: Beck
Album: One Foot in the Grave
Genre: Folk, Alternative, Indie
Year: 1994, 2009 remaster
Country of Origin: Pacific Northwest, USA

Beck is fairly well known, even internationally, from his album "Odelay!" and songs like "Loser" and "Devil's Haircut". His newer releases, however, have found him going back to his roots, so to speak. This album, "One Foot in the Grave", is much more folk driven and was originally released on K Records in colaboration with Calvin Johnson of Beat Happening, Dub Narcotic Sound System, the Halo Benders +. This year, Beck chose to re-release this album with 13 previously unreleased tracks that were recorded around the same time. This is that album.


Thursday, July 9, 2009

Oingo Boingo - The Anthology

If you don't listen to this, you'll find yourself missing your teeth. It has Danny Elfman. That is all you need to know.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Moon Hips + Spoon Lips

Artist: Big Old Eyes
Album: Moon Hips + Spoon Lips
Genre: Alternative, Rock, Indie
Year: 2005
Country: Canada

The Pecker EP

Artist: Big Old Eyes
Album: The Pecker EP
Year: 2005
Genre: Alternative Rock, Indie Rock
Country: Canada

The first release from Prince George's own Big Old Eyes, essentially known as the greatest band to come out of PG. It's only two songs, but it certainly showcases the talent that the band was only just beginning to discover.

More to come! I plan on uploading their discography, as well as frontman Rob Dunlop's solo material.

riyl: The Beatles, Pavement, Halo Benders

Monday, July 6, 2009

The (International) Noise Conspiracy- A New Morning, Changing Weather

Band: The (International) Noise Conspiracy
Album: A New Morning, Changing Weather
Genre: Punk Rock
Country of Origin: Sweden
Year: 2001
  1. "A Northwest Passage" – 3:55
  2. "Up for Sale" – 3:27
  3. "Bigger Cages, Longer Chains" – 4:21
  4. "Breakout 2001" – 3:43
  5. "A Body Treatise" – 3:24
  6. "Born into a Mess" – 5:21
  7. "New Empire Blues" – 3:19
  8. "Capitalism Stole My Virginity" – 3:38
  9. "Last Century Promise" – 6:10
  10. "Dead Language of Love" – 4:24
  11. "A New Morning, Changing Weather" – 4:27
As a former teenager who listened to punk almost exclusively for a couple years (aside from some classic Pink Floyd and artists like Nick Cave), I find myself currently very particular in the punk music that I listen to now, which mainly consists of bands that I used to listen to. The (International) Noise Conspiracy is a band formed as a result of the dissipation of the Refused and do sound reasonably similar. I, however, am not a *huge* fan of the Refused; I think they're a cool band with a good sound, but for some reason I never really got too into them. If you're looking some new(er) Punk to sink your teeth into, definitely give this a try. I really dig their anti-capitalist agenda (a characteristic of a lot of punk bands granted, but some fail pretty pretty epic-ly), but I have a leftist bias. ;)

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Radio Moscow- Radio Moscow

Artist: Radio Moscow
Album: Self-Titled
Country of Origin: USA
Genre: Indie, Blues-Rock, Psychedelic
Year: 2007
Radio Moscow is a relatively new blues-rock band from the States; they are often cited as being Psychedelic, but I slightly disagree with a label, at least in this respect. This album is their first release and is produced by Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys (I think I posted his album on the blog and some people dug it). Radio Moscow do sound quite a bit like the Black Keys, but I find myself more attatched to Radio Moscow. All-in-all, I think their album art visually encapsulates their sound and I figure a lot of people here will dig it quite a bit. They sound very genuine and, while not necessarily outstandingly unique, are quite refreshing. These guys are legit.


Johnny + the Moon- Johnny + the Moon

Artist: Johnny + the Moon
Album: Self-Titled
Genre: Folk, Indie, Pacific Northwest
Year: 2006
  1. "Green Rocky Road" - 3:20
  2. "Kid Heaven" - 2:34
  3. "The Ballad of Scarlet Town" - 3:15
  4. "Johnny and the Devil" - 4:20
  5. "When You're All Alone" - 2:39
  6. "All Things Gonna Come Back Around" - 3:24
  7. "Little Red Cot" - 3:01
  8. "Oleanna" - 2:49
  9. "Scarlet Town, Pt. II" - 2:46
  10. "Tamed a Lion" - 2:11
  11. "When I Die" - 4:11
Johnny + the Moon are an indie folk band from British Columbia. Though they sound nothing alike, the band's frontman is Dante DeCaro from Hot Hot Heat and Wolf Parade. When I saw Handsome Furs last month, these guys were the opener, and I rather enjoyed it. I seeked their album out previously when I heard they were opening and really dug it. Though Dante is a bit of a douchebag (he backhandedly insulted everyone's- except his own- music tastes while playing), this album is definitely worth a shot if you're looking for something folk-ey, pleasant, and accesible. I figure a lot of people here will enjoy it.