Archives for February 2005

Cellar Steps – Shakedown

Cellar StepsShakedownFans of spacey pop songs and experimental indie rock rejoice, because The Fatales finally have some competition. Cellar Steps are a fresh, new band with members that are anything but new to the music world - and their impressive histories definitely contribute to how well developed their sound is already. Psychedelic, catchy, … [Read more...]

People for Audio – And This Will Be Our Homecoming

People for AudioAnd This Will Be Our HomecomingIt was only a week ago that I began to wonder why the world of post-rock didn’t have more utilization of the ridiculously versatile sound of a simple piano... and then, in a moment of sheer chance, I stumbled upon People for Audio. Now, don’t be immediately turned off by the words “post-rock”. Yes, … [Read more...]

Alva Star – Escalator

Alva StarEscalatorAlva Star’s frontman, John Hermanson, set out to “unlearn everything he knew about songwriting and recording” when he began forging the album that is Escalator. I’m not sure what facets of his craft he actually unlearned, but apparently he retained a knack for putting together melodic songs that carry messages of self-doubt and … [Read more...]

Kings of Leon – Aha Shake Heartbreak

Kings of LeonAha Shake HeartbreakOne band seems to have slipped through the cracks of rock’s second new wave, in which sympathetic reviews, sold-out tours, live records, and high-concentration poster campaigns throughout all of hipsterdom have become norm for bands like The Strokes, The White Stripes, and, more recently, The Killers. At some point … [Read more...]

Coralie Clement – Bye Bye Beaute

Coralie ClementBye Bye BeauteYou can tell Coralie Clément is sexy without ever seeing her photo. It’s not because she’s French or because she actually is quite beautiful (and she is). It’s that voice, that half-whispered, come-hither murmur that will make all men (straight or gay) drip in their jeans. When I first listened to Coralie’s … [Read more...]

The Postal Service – We Will Become Silhouettes EP

The Postal ServiceWe Will Become Silhouettes EPSomehow, the Postal Service experience has eluded me to this point. That’s surprising, seeing as how I have most Death Cab for Cutie albums and enjoy them considerably, but the side project of Death Cab’s Ben Gibbard and Dntel’s Jimmy Tamborello, for all its upbeat electro-pop goodness, just passed me … [Read more...]

The Mountain Goats – We Shall All Be Healed

The Mountain GoatsWe Shall All Be HealedConviction can count for a lot. It’s easy to believe any statement that is said with enough conviction, even if there is no empiric evidence to support it. And there has arguably been no musician that has blurred the line between truth and fiction as finely as John Darnielle of the Mountain Goats. Even … [Read more...]

The Mass – City of Dis

The MassCity of DisThis is one of those CDs you pop into the stereo, sit back, and think to yourself: "What the hell is going on?" Much like other Crucial Blast artists (see Genghis Tron), The Mass fusees together several different sounds that are seemingly polar opposites, but the band makes it work, and makes it work well. I suppose you could … [Read more...]

Mark Mulcahy – In Pursuit of Your Happiness

Mark MulcahyIn Pursuit of Your HappinessClearly expounding the theory that a long-lasting musical career, albeit a commercially unsuccessful one, relies a lot more on feeling rather than surface presentation, Mark Mulcahy is undoubtedly one stubborn anti-visionary. With his early-80s to late-90s years spent fronting much-maligned (and painfully … [Read more...]

Brian Michael Roff – In the Analog Woods EP

Brian Michael RoffIn the Analog Woods EPIt’s refreshing, halfway through the first decade of the 2000s, to know that computers, electronics, and a love of the digital age have not completely overcome our sensibilities. Rebelling almost without trying, there’s always been a slate of folk artists who approach music the way it’s been done for hundreds … [Read more...]