Archives for May 2009

Jeremy Jay – Slow Dance

Slow Dance is a dream pop record. Not in the common sense of the term which signifies ethereal and blurry bliss outs by bands like Cocteau Twins and other 4ADers, but in the sense that it is music that evokes dreams, myths, and fantasies directly through its singer’s words and affectations. Its music is steeped in rebellious pop music traditions of … [Read more...]

Drawn From Bees- And The Blind Shall Lead The Way

One of the drawbacks of pop music is the tendency to blend into the crowd. Too many bands pass off albums that sound like they could have been recorded by 10,000 other bands. What is frustrating is that those albums usually aren't bad, they just don't have anything that makes them stand out. Pop music's formula shouldn't be too hard to figure out, … [Read more...]

Northern Valentine & p d wilder – Untitled EP

Silber Records labelmates Robert Brown, of Philadelphia-based Northern Valentine, and p d wilder, of Texas-based Hotel Hotel, collaborated on this untitled, 6-song split EP released on the Gears Of Sand record label.  The all-instrumentals EP is a combination of solo compositions and live improvisations that Robert and p d recorded together while … [Read more...]

Lucinda Williams on Tour

5/28: Anaheim, CA @ House Of Blues 5/29: Tucson, AZ @ Rialto Theatre 5/30: Phoenix, AZ @ Mesa Arts Center 6/01: Santa Fe, NM @ Paolo Soleri Amphitheatre 6/03: Denver, CO @ Denver Botanic Gardens 6/04: Boulder, CO @ Chautauqua Auditorium 6/06: Council Bluffs, IA @ Whiskey Roadhouse 6/07: ONEIDA, WI @ ONEIDA BINGO & CASINO - PAVILION … [Read more...]

Radiohead Recording New Album?

According to an interview with BBC News, which can be found here, Radiohead's bassist Colin Greenwood stated that the Oxford band are back in the studio with long-time producer, Nigel Godrich. "We just went in last week," Greenwood said, "It was really good. It was really noisy and chaotic and really fun." Radiohead getting louder? Sounds … [Read more...]

Ex-Wilco Member, Jay Bennett, Passes Away

Former Wilco multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Jay Bennett passed away in his sleep early Sunday morning, he was 45. The cause of death is still unknown and an autopsy will be performed. Bennett was an integral member to Wilco's songwriting process and was especially important on the band's Being There, Summerteeth and Yankee Hotel Foxtrot … [Read more...]

Grizzly Bear – Veckatimest

Loaded with flourishing arrangements dripping with a bountiful of opulently layered music, Grizzly Bear is a master at delivering, to be succinct, gorgeous music. The group's arc is an interesting one to follow: there was the bedroom tranquility of Horn of Plenty, which was followed by the ghostly restlessness of Yellow House and then the Brooklyn … [Read more...]

Outrageous Cherry – Universal Malcontents

Universal Malcontents refreshes late 1960's and early 70's bubblegum and power pop. More traditional and rootsy than other pop rock revitalizers like The New Pornographers or, from earlier days, The Cars, Outrageous Cherry fits the current indie scene well, sporting strong vocal harmonies, abundant pop hooks, and solid rhythm guitars. The band has … [Read more...]

Skeletons With Flesh On Them – All The Other Animals

  Skeletons With Flesh On Them is surprisingly fun, spirited rock and roll, and has no pretensions or desires to be anything else. In an age where bands feel forced to break genre conventions and be something more than just a good band, this group's down to earth, grassroots approach is refreshing and sorely needed. All The Other Animals … [Read more...]

Wilco – Ashes of American Flags DVD

With any new Wilco release comes a certain air of excitement; a sense of anxiousness, if you will, that does not subside until one can get their hands on it. If you're familiar with Wilco's spectacular, 2005 live, double album, Kicking Television: Live in Chicago, then you probably know that along with Radiohead, My Morning Jacket, et al., they are … [Read more...]