Archives for March 2009

Casiotone for the Painfully Alone – Advance Base Battery Life

As the name implies, Casiotone for the Painfully Alone work in a foundation of minimalist, electronic keyboard patterns and sounds with darkly satirical lyrics, often delivered in a deadpan manner. Advance Base Battery Life is a compilation of pieces recorded between 2004 and 2007, only two of which have previously appeared on CD, from electronic … [Read more...]

Stórsveit Nix Noltes- Royal Family – Divorce

Stórsveit means 'big band' in Icelandic.  I haven't found out what Nix Noltes means yet, and there are even fewer clues as to why this ten-track instrumental set is entitled Royal Family - Divorce in English.  What I can tell you is that Stórsveit Nix Noltes are an Icelandic supergroup of sorts, including within their ranks members of several … [Read more...]

Morrissey – Years of Refusal

Throughout his career, Steven Morrissey has enjoyed a steady, successful catalog of gloomy music. During his unlikely partnership with Johnny Marr, the two helped make The Smiths (no, they aren't reuniting) one of the most revered bands of the 80s. Alone, he's also enjoyed a rich solo career that some consider being just as good, if not better, … [Read more...]

Pure Horsehair on Tour

Pure Horsehair (aka Garrett Devoe and Shahzad Ismaily) is gonna hit the road in April! East Coast tour includes: Apr 14 2009 - Chapel Hill, NC @ Night Light Apr 15 2009 - Richmond, VA @ Triple Apr 16 2009 - Harrisonburg, VA @ Blue Nile Apr 17 2009 - TBA Apr 18 2009 - Brooklyn, NY @ Union Pool Apr 20 2009 - Somerville, MA @ PA's … [Read more...]

April 2009 Album Release Dates

April 7 Abstract Rule: Rejuvenation (Rhymesayers) Antony & The Johnsons: "Epilepsy Is Dancing" 7" (Secretly Canadian) Arcade Fire: Mirror Noir DVD (Merge) Balkan Beat Box: Balkan Beat Box; Nu Made Remixes (vinyl) (J Dub) Bat For Lashes: Two Suns (Astralwerks) Bell Ochestre: As Seen Through Windows (vinyl) (Arts & … [Read more...]

Yeah Yeah Yeahs – It’s Blitz!

The fact that the whole thing commences with a warbling synthesizer, is enough reason to realize that this is an electronically-infused album. But like fellow New Yorkers, TV on the Radio, what Yeah Yeah Yeahs are king/queen for is creating album after album with a completely new sound. Even their EPs have been able to take on a life of their own … [Read more...]

All We Seabees – MKultra

  And here I'd gone and forgotten alt. country was still around at all! Then again, it wouldn't be entirely fair to peg down All We Seabees as existing wholly within the confines of the genre in general. The sound is a mix, really, one half front porch soliloquy, one half backroom bar brouhaha, smelted in country music locus Nashville, … [Read more...]

Van She – “Changes”

Groovy. Fresh. Hip. These three words can only slightly express the precision which permeates Van She’s musical brew. The band's most recent album, V, released in August of 2008, is full of electro-popping, funky tunes that cause serious head bopping syndrome. Hopping out of Sydney, Australia, Van She produced a single, “Changes”, that sounds like … [Read more...]

Baja – Aether Obelisk

This fourth installment under the Baja moniker finds eclectic composer Daniel Vujanic promising an album that favors thematic cohesiveness over trite sonic noodling. In other words, we’ve been told to expect quality over quantity. Even the disc’s title, Aether Obelisk, makes esoteric hints at music that has time and space to develop its inherent … [Read more...]

Camera Obscura tour

April 21st will see Camera Obscura release their fourth full length album, My Maudlin Career, their first for esteemed label 4AD. After completing a tour of the UK in April they will hit North America for over a month of shows. May 27th - Nashville, TN - Mercy Lounge 28th - Newport, KY - Southgate House 29th - Chicago, IL - Metro 30th - … [Read more...]