Archive for September, 2010

Blackbird Blackbird

September 21st, 2010 | Mp3 Posts | 0 Comments


San-Fran Chillwave-y shoegazer Blackbird Blackbird‘s been getting some good blog hype lately. Grubtunes approves. Check out his album Summer Heart, available as a free download off his Bandcamp page.

Blackbird Blackbird – Summer Heart

Sunset

September 20th, 2010 | Features, Uncategorized | 0 Comments

 

Sometimes you find out about a band and you’re like, “uh, why aren’t these guys super famous?” This week’s band of the week is like that. They just made an album that’s a total masterpiece and it rocks and you should hear it NOW! The band of the week is… SUNSET!!!

I blogged about these guys recently but since I haven’t received a million emails telling me, “Omg, you were totally right, these guys are amazing!” I’m going to make ’em a band of the week.
So, basically Sunset is the ornate, psych-rock project of Bill Biard, one time member of one time buzz band Sound Team. As happens sometimes, the buzz died down, the artist kept making music, and the music got better while nobody watched. But seriously, now it’s time to pay attention.
Though Sunset has a bunch of great albums in the can, their latest, Loveshines But The Moon Is Shining Too, is a borderline masterpiece, and if it’s just a little too long and indulgent to be one, it’s got enough amazing songs to make the point debatable. It may very well be one of the best album I’ve heard this year.

Carrying on in the tradition of walking the thin line between classical music and psychedelic rock (see: The Moody BluesDays of Future Past or The Rolling Stones’ Their Satanic Majesties Request), the album is a swirling haze of baroque pianos and violins, but they’ll put a stuttering beat behind it or something and it’ll be just perfect, like in the song “Late Night Dawning”. Unlike the two albums referenced above though, there’s nothing heavy handed about Loveshines…, rather it feels like a very intimate, even fun album, and there are moments of chaos, discordance and random instrumental forays that distinguish it is as such.

You need to listen to this album now. If there is justice in the world, this album will find it’s audience and they will rise from the underground. No work of art as great as Loveshines… should go unappreciated to the extent it deserves, so buy it, dl it, stream it off bandcamp, just hear this thing, please.

http://www.sunsetswebsite.com/

BIGCOLOUR

September 19th, 2010 | Mp3 Posts | 1 Comment


BIGCOLOUR is the shoegaze project of one Brian Brissart of Chicago. As far as bedroom-gazers go – and it’s getting to be a pretty common occupation – BIGCOLOUR‘s stuff is definitely some of the most inventive I’ve heard, with effervescent samples lighting up the soundscape like fireflies in the night…Check out the two free EPs on his Bandcamp page. Gooooood stuff.

It’s also interesting that he uses the Canadian spelling of “colour” rather than the American…

Cloud Nothings Release Split Album

September 17th, 2010 | Mp3 Posts | 0 Comments


One of my favorite lo-fi bands, previous band of the week Cloud Nothings, are releasing a split album with noise-rocker/Bridgetown Records owner Kevin Greenspon, with each party contributing five songs. Check out one of Cloud Nothings‘ contributions, the manic “You’re Not Good At Anything”.

Cloud Nothings – You’re Not Good At Anything

http://www.myspace.com/cloudnothings

The Killers

September 12th, 2010 | Features | 0 Comments

This week’s band of the week is definitely an odd choice for an indie-rock blog and might ruffle up some feathers, but one of my favorite things to read other writers write about is why they really like bands that aren’t necessarily the bands most music critics like. This week’s band of the week came out of Las Vegas a couple years ago and quickly exploded from catchy dance-rockers known by a select few cool people to one of the biggest contemporary rock bands in the world. Along the way they TOTALLY sold out, but really, they never had all that much cred to begin with. But they did have great songs, which is why this week’s band of the week is…

THE KILLERS!!!

The phrase most of you are probably waiting for right now is “guilty pleasure”, but I never really feel guilty listening to The Killers because when Hot Fuss came out everybody liked it. I didn’t know anyone who didn’t dig that album, especially songs like “Somebody Told Me” and “Mr. Brightside”. Come on, those were and still are amazing songs. Of course, it soon became unfashionable to like The Killers when they got insanely popular and Brandon Flowers started touting Sam’s Town as one of the greatest albums of the last twenty years when really it was just an overproduced wannabe-Springsteen dud with a couple solid tracks. However, even then, those couple solid tracks on it (“Read My Mind”, “Bones”, even “When You Were Young”) were incredibly well-written tracks. I’ll re-iterate what I’ve always said when talking about The KillersBrandon Flowers may be a douche, but the man knows how to write kick-ass songs.

Not just good songs, seriously, Flowers is an exceptionally talented songwriter, and his best songs to this day are the kind of jump-right-at-you super accessible rock singles that you don’t hear that much anymore now that radio’s been taken over by Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber and shmucks with auto-tune. Indie rock may be exploding with incredible bands artists left, right and center (not that anyone not tuned in would know it), but like James Murphy said – “so you wanted a hit/Well we don’t really do hits.” And that’s cool, but hey, a great pop song is a great pop songs.

So anyway, after Sam’s Town came Day and Age, which may have been even worse as a whole than Sam’s Town, since it lacked the vision and ambition of its misguided predecessor. Still though, Flowers gave us a couple great, great, great songs in “Losing Touch”, “Human”, and “Spaceman”. Even “Joyride” isn’t all that bad. It was also nice to hear Flowers going back to dance-rock and get off his Springsteen trip which never worked at all, but instead just made him seem really lame.

Recently he released his first solo album, the Vegas-honouring Flamingo, and unfortunately he’s kind of gotten back into Springsteen and, even more strangely, country. As usual, it’s got some solid songs (“Crossfire”, “Hard Enough”, “Magdalena”) but as a whole it feels too long, disjointed, stylistically inconsistent and yeah, the whole country+Springsteen stuff for the most part never works, though it is kind of interesting in a weird way. Some band make great albums, bands write great songs but can’t write 12 of them at a time. The Killers fall into the latter category. However, the great songs they do write are worth your time.

http://www.myspace.com/thekillers