Archives for August 2008

Women – Women

WomenWomenThis self-titled album from the band Women will certainly be contending for the title of best indie-rock album to come out this year. It covers quite a bit of musical ground, so calling it indie rock itself is something of a cop-out. That said, it's an impressive debut. Where to start with this one? We have ambient instrumentals (the … [Read more...]

Flipsides & Otherwise: FAO #9

With some artists there is no such thing as a ‘definitive’ version of a song. For them, songs are there to be stretched, sped-up, slowed-down, stripped-back, blown-up, chilled or reheated. Just check out the bewildering self-stocked sonic libraries of Howe Gelb, Will Oldham, Johnny Cash, Lee Hazlewood, The Fall, Spiritualized and Bob Dylan if you … [Read more...]

Applicants – Life In The Bus Lane

ApplicantsLife In The Bus LaneTechnology, right? We take it for granted. Buttons do what they're meant to when we press them, plugs empower our household goods, that tv control is useable from more than one corner of the room, great steel constructions cut swathes across our country horizons carrying 80.000 volt cables with which we can make hot … [Read more...]

Statehood – Lies and Rhetoric

StatehoodLies and RhetoricThe Dismemberment Plan is one of those great, disregarded bands who released a couple of terrific albums, including 1999’s Emergency & I. And for some reason their bassist, Eric Axelson, seems unsatisfied with the success they have garnered. Not only did he help form the maligned Maritime but he has now started a new band … [Read more...]

The Unholy Two – "Kutter" b/w "Porkys"

The Unholy Two"Kutter" b/w "Porkys" Somewhere between the aural assault of noise rock and the unabashed sloppiness of garage rock lay The Unholy Two. This is a band that is too primal for the new crop of noise bubbling under the surface of the indie “mainstream” but too chaotic for the confines of a basement. It is a sound that … [Read more...]

Slow Dancing Society – Priest Lake Circa ‘88

Slow Dancing SocietyPriest Lake Circa ‘88Brian Eno is one of those rare and unique artists whose influence on today’s music is only beginning to be fully realized. Not only did he help shape the sound of some of the best albums of the past twenty and thirty years but his own solo endeavors have proven to have a large impact on many of today’s … [Read more...]

Giant Sand – proVISIONS

Giant SandproVISIONSWhilst much of the immeasurable pleasure of Howe Gelb’s immense recorded repertoire - beneath the umbrellas of Giant Sand, OP8, The Band of Blacky Ranchette, Arizona Amp & Alternator and as a solo artist - comes from its ear-foxing diversity and untamed sprawling, it still periodically needs a solid ‘standalone’ album to help … [Read more...]

The Torn ACLs – Cedar-by-the-Sea EP

The Torn ACLsCedar-by-the-Sea EPIn the sea of CD submissions I love to read all of the hand written notes from bands. Sometimes something catches my eye - a turn of phrase, how flattering the note is, the handwriting, or, in the case of one member of Seattle, WA based The Torn ACLs the number of exclamation points in relation to total punctuation … [Read more...]

Empire! Empire! (I Was A Lonely Estate) – Year Of The Rabbit 7"

Empire! Empire! (I Was A Lonely Estate)Year Of The Rabbit 7"Upon first listen of “Year of the Rabbit” I was afraid of making the comparison to Death Cab For Cutie, thinking Empire! Empire! (I Was A Lonely Estate) has probably heard that one plenty enough. But after preparing their entry into the massive DOA database it became clear that the … [Read more...]

The Foxglove Hunt – Stop Heartbeat

The Foxglove HuntStop HeartbeatDo you, or did you, miss the 80s? Well, The Foxglove Hunt is here to make sure that you get what you're looking for. Stop Heartbeat unapologetically takes you back to 1985's synth takeover. Disco never dies! The band has captured and repackaged - without modern updates - the spirit of that time. Electronic beats, … [Read more...]