Archives for July 2008

Jo Gabriel – Fools and Orphans

Jo GabrielFools and OrphansThis review is of Jo Gabriel’s limited release version of her album Fools and Orphans on her own Ephemera record label. A gothic, European version will be released in the fall or winter of 2008 on Kalinkaland Records. Self-taught pianist, singer, and song-writer Jo Gabriel delivers an album of intimate and sustained … [Read more...]

Spy Island – Famous Shipwrecks EP

Spy IslandFamous Shipwrecks EP The Famous Shipwrecks EP is prime indie rock. On itsr third release, Spy Island seize inspiration from the finely aged sounds of Mercury Rev and Pavement and capture those rare aesthetics that, for many, define indie rock. The sound screams DIY, where fabricated flaws and seemingly carefree musicianship are just part … [Read more...]

I Rise – Down

I RiseDownI read a complaint about the current state of hardcore saying every band is trying to be No Warning or Infest. This stereotype rings true, but I Rise goes a different path, taking influence from a crop of 90's bands that I love. The record at hand, Down, is a mini discography of new and old material. "Burn" got me into this band's … [Read more...]

Broken Social Scene Presents: Brendan Canning – Something for All of Us…

Broken Social Scene Presents: Brendan CanningSomething for All of Us...When you’re the kind of band Broken Social Scene is, people tend to expect a lot from you. Some of indie-rock’s most celebrated artists, the Toronto-bred and proud “super-group” have amassed quite the following. The breakthrough success of You Forgot it in People led many to … [Read more...]

The Electric Bunnies – Fantastic Metal Eye 7"

The Electric BunniesFantastic Metal Eye 7"In the words of Nelson Muntz, I can think of two things wrong with that title. The title being “Fantastic Metal Eye,” the latest 7” of “other” from Florida’s Electric Bunnies. Starting off the 3 song single are some rollicking drums with a pulsing Farfisa-like organ in a Silver Apples like trance. Not … [Read more...]

DOA’s Guide to the Recordings of…James

The creative, alternative, Brit-rock band James was formed in Manchester, England in 1982 by Paul Gilbertson (guitar), Gavan Whelan (drums), Jim Glennie (bass) and Tim Booth (vocals). More than 25 years later the band is still going strong, with two original members (Booth and Glennie), and an impressive catalog of ten studio albums, a few live … [Read more...]

Sebastien Grainger – American Names EP

Sebastien GraingerAmerican Names EPSebastien Grainger, former member of Death From Above 1979, recently released a four song EP named American Names. The one sheet that accompanied the digital download from Saddle Creek mentioned, in so many words, that Grainger does not intend for American Names to be indicative of his upcoming full-length … [Read more...]

Loop-Aznavour – Dancing with the Dogs

Loop-AznavourDancing with the DogsLoop-Aznavour comes from Manchester, UK and has a resonance reminiscent of other English pop/rock artists like David Bowie, Roger Waters and, of course, The Beatles. The group's song "Dancing with the Dogs," apparently from the album The Onions Turn to Cry, combines the melodic sensibilities of the aforementioned … [Read more...]

Effusion 35 – Stonewind

Effusion 35StonewindThe Philadelphia quartet, Effusion 35, create an amalgam of alternative, metal, prog-rock, punk and indie-rock that borrows heavily from the dynamic, classic rock of the 70's mixed with the brawny attitude of early 90's alternative rock, resulting in something that can also be described as indie power pop and prog-rock that … [Read more...]

The Slow Beings – We Know Why the Earth Moves

The Slow BeingsWe Know Why the Earth MovesThe Slow Beings are a fresh, new outfit from Australia. Their blend of pop, rock and fuzzy, funny punk is a nice change of pace that allows their music to soothe over you. With their debut, We Know Why the Earth Moves, they have accomplished a modest task: make an album that has equal parts indie and rock, … [Read more...]