Archives for May 2008

The Delta Fiasco – Death Letters

The Delta FiascoDeath LettersSince hearing that The Delto Fiasco has bagged a support slot with the fantastic Ladytron (tomorrow night, I believe), I was expecting great things from this Liverpool based trio Simon Hilton (drums), Nathan Walczak (vocals, guitar, synthesisers) and Nicolas Bentley (guitar, synths, laptops and programming). To be fair … [Read more...]

The Submarines – Honeysuckle Weeks

The SubmarinesHoneysuckle WeeksIt's not hard to believe that The Submarines, the amorous duo of John Dragonetti and Blake Hazard, hail from sunny, Southern California. Their sophomore album, Honeysuckle Weeks, contains 10 tracks of smart indie-rock coated with light and airy synth-based melodies over polished bass lines and breezy guitar strums … [Read more...]

God and Country – Molloch

God and CountryMollochGod and Country may have started as a hardcore-type band, but now the band seems to have situated itself near to the Neurosis or Isis side of the spectrum. There isn't a whole lot on Molloch that you haven't heard before, and some of the influences weigh heavier than do others. There's some Mars Volta seeping into tracks … [Read more...]

Flipsides & Otherwise: FAO #7

Although the current flood of ‘expanded’, ‘deluxe’ and ‘collector’s edition’ album reissues can be viewed as a concerted act of desperation by the music industry in the face of falling CD sales, it’s still a positive thing such releases that many are putting right was so wrong with many earlier CD pressings from the ‘80s and ‘90s. With … [Read more...]

Death Cab for Cutie – Narrow Stairs

Death Cab for CutieNarrow StairsWith 2003’s Transatlanticism and 2005’s Plans, Death Cab for Cutie created something remarkable; near perfection. Literally every song on these albums is phenomenal, cementing the group as one of the top acts in modern pop/rock. Naturally, the follow-up, Narrow Stairs, has some heavy expectations to satisfy and, … [Read more...]

Liars – El Paso – Club 101, Texas – 2008-05-21

LiarsWhere: El Paso - Club 101, Texas.When: 2008-05-21After one local band’s obnoxious rattling, followed by an Oklahoma band’s weird, shrieking music it was time for the real show to begin. I was unquestionably anxious and excited to see Liars in the flesh. After studying up for their show and immersing myself in their four proper albums, I was … [Read more...]

The National – The Virginia EP

The NationalThe Virginia EPLet’s get this out of the way first: this is an atypical EP. At nearly 49 minutes long, with twelve songs packed in, it certainly feels like an LP. But that’s just it, in order to fully accept this collection of B-sides, rarities and new versions you just have to remind yourself that it is an EP. Yes, it’s by The National … [Read more...]

Daniel Friel – Ghost Town

Daniel FrielGhost TownDaniel Friel's main band, Parts and Labor, offers up slabs of rock tempered with a little noise. Lots of bands have done that over the years, some to great effect and some to little. Parts and Labor always fell somewhere near the better end of the middle of that spectrum to me. On Ghost Town, Friel offers up pure pop tempered … [Read more...]

Atmosphere – When Life Gives You Lemons, You Paint that Shit Gold

AtmosphereWhen Life Gives You Lemons, You Paint that Shit GoldJob stated, “When He hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold”—a saying that can generate various interpretations; the obvious one being that when faced with a new trial or obstacle to shine through and overcome it. I’m guessing that when Atmosphere, the Minnesota duo of producer Ant … [Read more...]

Silver Jews – Lookout Mountain, Lookout Sea

Silver JewsLookout Mountain, Lookout SeaWith 2005’s Tanglewood Numbers, David Berman ostensibly birthed the Silver Jews Mark II; a seemingly more gregarious reincarnation of his previously hermit-like enterprise. Yet whilst it was fun to see his reinvigorated loose collective finally embracing the touring life, it’s arguable that the relatively … [Read more...]