Archives for May 2008

Collections of Colonies of Bees – Birds

Collections of Colonies of BeesBirdsSomewhere between epic post rock and No Wave guitar movements lies Birds, the 4 song suite from Collections of Colonies of Bees. This 5 piece creates something rare in either genre: accessibility. Guitars grow and swell across the album, anchored by powerfully appropriate drumming, to glorious crescendos that are … [Read more...]

Various Artists – Elemae / Memorial / Soon

Various ArtistsElemae / Memorial / SoonEngineer Records' third recent 3-way split release offers US bands Elemae and Memorial and Belgium's own Soon. Elemae and Memorial deal in hard rock. Expect no screams or hardcore breakdowns, just aggressive guitars and confident drums. 8 year-old band Elemae comes out of New Jersey. Their sound is within … [Read more...]

Blind Willies – If You Was a Good Pimp

Blind WilliesIf You Was a Good PimpSo many good albums, so little time! I really enjoyed the Blind Willies' debut album, The Unkindness of Ravens - so much so that it made the number 7 slot on my Top 10 of 2007 list. I was thrilled when the new Blind Willies disc, Everybody's Looking for a Meal, arrived recently. Though it's a great album, I just … [Read more...]

Joe Pug – Nation of Heat EP

Joe PugNation of Heat EPI've been burned out on folk music - an old favorite genre - for some time now. There seem to be too many two-bit, untalented hacks trying to pass themselves off in coffee shops, street fairs, and bars as the next great singer-songwriter. Add to that the overwhelming number of submission we receive here at DOA headquarters … [Read more...]

Ladytron – Velocifero

LadytronVelociferoLadytron have been a firm favourite of mine since I saw it supporting Nine Inch Nails last year, so I was very excited to find out it was releasing a new album and even more excited to be able to review it. The current release is entitled Velocifero, and marks a clear progression since the group's last offering, Witching Hour. … [Read more...]

Bellafea – Cavalcade

BellafeaCavalcadeIt's rare that a band is aggressive and delicate all at once. The great bands can pull it off after years of honing their songs into the perfect sound for them, Bellafea does it on their first full length. The major reason why this works so well is the guitar/vocals of Heather McEntire. I had to read the liner notes a few times … [Read more...]

HotChaCha – Rifle, I Knew You When You Were Just a Pistol EP

HotChaChaRifle, I Knew You When You Were Just a Pistol EPThe relative newcomers that make up all-female outfit HotChaCha come from extremely diverse backgrounds, but now work out of Columbus, Ohio and are signed to Exit Stencil Recordings. With songs written in German, French, and English, Rifle, I Knew You When You Were Just a Pistol also boasts … [Read more...]

Animal Collective – Water Curses EP

Animal CollectiveWater Curses EPThere are many things you could say about Animal Collective; they’re different, they’re distinctive, they’re creative, they’re musical, or maybe, one of my favorites: they’re cuddly weird. But one thing is for sure, Animal Collective are immaculately consistent. Maybe you can see it in their energetic and outstanding … [Read more...]

Strangers Die Everyday – Aperture for Departure

Strangers Die EverydayAperture for Departure The latest album from Strangers Die Everyday, Aperture for Departure, hit my mailbox a while back and the redundancy of reviewing yet another instrumental band has been the only thing holding me back. I’m glad I waited this long to truly absorb this album. The sound of this record is dominated by an … [Read more...]

The Brixton Riot – Sudden Fiction EP

The Brixton RiotSudden Fiction EPNew Jersey's The Brixton Riot make no bones about "looking toward the Clash's 'Guns of Brixton' for inspiration", but the quartet's music is about as far removed from its forefathers as any "inspiration" could possibly be. It's easy to assume that a young Jersey band is no comparison to The Clash, but it's not clear … [Read more...]