Archives for October 2008

The Rosebuds – Life Like

The RosebudsLife LikeThe Rosebuds should be huge. Not in an “everywhere you go, there they are” Coldplay type huge. More like in a Decemberists/Spoon sort of way. It’s difficult to pinpoint why this is when they have everything going for them. Across four albums, their latest Life Like, they’ve built upon an original sound of low-key pop, awash in … [Read more...]

MoHa! – One-Way Ticket to Candyland

MoHa!One-Way Ticket to CandylandMoHa! (yes the exclamation point is part of the band name) is from Norway and One-Way Ticket to Candyland is the duo's third album for avant-garde label Rune Grammofon. Comprised of Anders Hana on guitar and electronics and Morton J. Olsen on drums, their music has far more in common with U.S. groups such as … [Read more...]

Small Wonders #13

Asobi Seksu - Me & Mary 7" Polyvinyl (http://www.polyvinylrecords.com) Asobi Seksu give us a brief preview of their upcoming full-length (due either in November or February depending on where you seek the release date....). "Me & Mary" is from the album and continues in much the same vein as their excellent Citrus album, meaning that … [Read more...]

Interview with Erica Elektra of Hearts of Palm UK

Photo Credit: Ian Broyles Delusions of Adequacy: Hi Erica! Thanks so much for doing this interview with me. I spun your new album For Life recently and was beguiled by your cool, electro-pop sound, engaging melodies, bittersweet lyrics, and warm, clear vocals. You have a lot going on now with the release of your album on October 14 and an album … [Read more...]

The Pica Beats – Beating Back the Claws of the Cold

The Pica BeatsBeating Back the Claws of the ColdThe opening lines of “Poor Old Ra” sound like the cheerful introduction to a movie set in the Middle East. It’s these spacey, larger than life and atmospheric sounds that make up the majority of the sounds on The Pica Beats’ Beating Back the Claws of the Cold. But what these Beats attempt in ambition … [Read more...]

The Wanteds – Failure Looks So Good

The WantedsFailure Looks So GoodDo you want the Wanteds? It's tough to say. I can't give Failure Looks So Good a stunning endorsement, but I can't totally denounce it either. It's the textbook definition of an alright record, with signs of potential buried underneath a layer of droning, static melodies. The opener, "Ladysmith", kicks off with a … [Read more...]

Pinataland – Songs for the Forgotten Future Vol. 2

PinatalandSongs for the Forgotten Future Vol. 2If you don’t consider Songs for the Forgotten Future Vol. 2 one of the most anticipated new records of the year, well, you just haven’t been paying enough attention. Released a full five years after Pinataland’s majestic full-length debut, the new record owns up to the promise of its predecessor, … [Read more...]

Department of Eagles – In Ear Park

Department of EaglesIn Ear ParkIn a different review, I wrote about side-projects and their differentiating similarities. The gist of it was that some work, others don’t and some are just as good as their “bigger” projects. Ultimately, Department of Eagles is not a side-project; as they are a full, great band all on their own. New York University … [Read more...]

Vivian Girls – Vivian Girls

Vivian GirlsVivian GirlsVivian Girls are an all-girl trio from Brooklyn, NY. Not to be confused with the goth-punk band Vivian Girls from Australia that also released a self-titled album way back at the beginning of this decade. A note to the Brooklyn band: it's 2008 already so you CAN use the internet to find out if a band name has been taken … [Read more...]

Brown Shoe – Jackalope

Brown ShoeJackalopeWhen your band has a knack for writing anthemic pop tunes of a disarmingly honest nature, there is little reason to believe the musical mainstream won’t embrace you. The formula worked for arena-rock staples like Coldplay, and nearly 30 years later, it continues to work for U2. But when your signature sound is also heavily … [Read more...]