Wednesday, October 28, 2009

D+- On Purpose

Artist: D+
Album: On Purpose
Country of Origin: USA/Cascadia
Genre: Indie, Alternative
Year: 2008
D+ are almost a pacific northwestern supergroup; D+ is comprised of Bret Lunsford, Karl Blau, and Phil Elverum. They were on K records for most of their releases thus far. On Purpose is a compilation of sorts with re-done songs from earlier albums. If you like the Microphones, Mount Eerie, Thanksgiving, Beat Happening, Calm Down It's Monday, or any of the well-known K records/pacific northwestern artists connected to these, then I can almost guarantee you'll like it.

Tiny Vipers- Life on Earth

Artist: Tiny Vipers
Album: Life on Earth
Country of Origin: USA/Cascadia
Genre: Minimalist, Folk
Year: 2009
This is pacific-northwest folk at its finest. Tiny Vipers, the stage-name of Jesy Fortino, while minimalist in sound, leaves a profound impact. The sheer amount of genuine feeling is apparent in her vocals as well as her music, which is droney and atmospheric despite its minimalistic elements. If you're looking for some easy listening along the lines of Jolie Holland or Julie Doiron, give this a shot. I was definitely very impressed.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Spiral Stairs- The Real Feel

Artist: Spiral Stairs
Album: The Real Feel
Genre: Indie, Alternative, Classic Rock
Country of Origin: USA
Year: 2009 (Advance)
So just after announcing a Pavement reuinion world tour, yes, a Pavement reunion world tour, I found that Spiral Stairs (Pavement's lesser known co-songwriter and guitarist who also formed a post-Pavement band called Preston School of Industry) was releasing a solo album. I searched for an advance copy and I luckily found one. It's really good; a lot of the guitar tone is reminscent of Pavement's heyday, but is significantly more refined. Overall, the album has a really classic rock feel to it; if I'm not mistaken Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys did some work with him on it. Check it out if you're looking for some legitimate rock and roll.

this one'll get sheriff'd i'm sure so get it while it's hot and working.

Jeffrey Lewis- 12 Crass Songs

Artist: Jeffrey Lewis
Album: 12 Crass Songs
Genre: Anarcho-Folk, Alternative
Country of Origin: USA
Year: 2007
Not too much explanation needed, this is a folk album of Crass covers. I figured a lot of people here would be interested in it, or at the very least a few. It's good for the novelty of folk Crass covers, but is a pretty good standalone album. So even if you aren't into Crass, but are feeling a little adventurous on this Friday, give it a try.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

cave in - jupiter

Hey kids! It's been a while since i posted anything for you, so here's an album by the late, great Cave In.

Early in their career, the band played crushing hardcore with crunchy guitars and occasional rocking melodies. Somewhere along the way, they decided to drop the hardcore thing and make spaced out rock with heavy guitars and some metal undercurrents.

Jupiter is probably my favorite of their un-hardcore days, this release containing demo versions of "Stained Silver" and "Rubber and Glue" (titled "Bigger Riff" here) from the follow-up album Antenna. These versions are better than the ones that made it to Antenna, in my opinion.

ANYWAYS, just check it out. It's a solid album from a solid band.