Archives for June 2008

Ride Your Bike – Bad News from the Bar

Ride Your BikeBad News from the BarOn its debut album, Bad News from the Bar, Coloradan band Ride Your Bike garnishes its pleading indie rock with some sweet choruses and surprising instrumentation, yielding a better-than-average first outing. The album’s one notable weakness is lead singer-songwriter Mike Getches’ limited vocal delivery. He often … [Read more...]

Funeral Crashers – La Fin Absolute Du Monde

Funeral CrashersLa Fin Absolute Du MondeThe immediate appeal of a band like Funeral Crashers is their DIY ethos. Their first album, La Fin Absolue Du Monde comes straight from the band as a CD and download on the band's homepage. One of my personal turn-offs was the band's use of such aliases as PH Lovecraft and Frankie Teardrops. It’s a small … [Read more...]

Flor de Loto – Madre Tierra

Flor de LotoMadre TierraIf you ask any progressive rock fan where the genre came from, they’d probably say England. No one can deny the influential invasion of bands like Genesis, YES, and ELP to the states in the 70s. However, there was also prog from Italy, Germany and even Spanish-speaking countries. Today, the genre is being kept alive thanks … [Read more...]

Marvin Ayres – Eccentric Deliquescence

Marvin AyresEccentric DeliquescenceMarvin Ayres is a modern classical composer who specializes in ambient orchestral minimalism. He effectively weaves piano and classical string instruments such as violins, cellos and violas with experimental electronica and slumberous timbres to create shadowy soundtracks to mysterious worlds. Imaginative, yet … [Read more...]

Words – Suicide Nation

WordsSuicide NationI witnessed Words play in Ottawa and it's a miracle my head didn't detach during their set. Watching a naturally intense band in a claustrophobic basement was a trip. This is one of the most headbanger friendly bands in hardcore, but their seclusion (Quebec City) hides them from the masses. Words is dissonant and dirty, but … [Read more...]

My Morning Jacket – Evil Urges

My Morning JacketEvil UrgesNews flash: My Morning Jacket’s Z was not their first album. Even though this is a common fact amongst aficionados of the band, after the album’s breakthrough success in 2005, it sure felt like it was their first album. The band acquired many new fans, held onto their devoted fanbase and received praise from critics and … [Read more...]

Merchandise – "Sometimes" b/w "Glitterati"

Merchandise"Sometimes" b/w "Glitterati"Bouncing out from under the grey skies of England comes a new 7” from Merchandise, a duo that create hope filled little pop ditties to raise your spirits. The single, on nice white vinyl, is the first release for the group since 2004’s Lo-tech Solutions to Hi-tech Problems and veers away … [Read more...]

Hats And Glasses – s/t EP

Hats And Glassess/t EPThis is really charming, really. Hats And Glasses is just starting up as a band with its first, self-titled EP, but the members have all the energy in the world. They write blistering, unapologetic rock songs. They have this old, warm, trebly tone that sizzles out of your speakers. They have razor-thin guitars that skewer … [Read more...]

Chris Strawn – I Left My Hat in Hades

Chris StrawnI Left My Hat in HadesIntroducing the halitosis of DIY, Chris Strawn's new LP I Left My Hat in Hades. This album slurs and slops through 14 indigestible tracks just for its own amusement. This is an insult to you, to music, and to the polycarbonate plastic it's written on. When the production sucks and the artist doesn't bother … [Read more...]

Sirhan Sirhan – Blood

Sirhan SirhanBloodSan Diego spawned one of the most powerful, albeit short-lived, scenes when such bands as Antioch Arrow blew away audiences with their mid-90s spazzcore/screamo. Sirhan Sirhan, a decade later, points San Diego in a different direction: much of Blood sounds like early Sub Pop (cf., Mudhoney) with hints of UK hardcore (cf., … [Read more...]